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Hi Heli,

It might help us to know what make and model HD you have in brainstorming about 
your buzzing. Just a thought. 

Glad the situation is getting better! 


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   1. Re: Another ailing dulcimer ... :-) (Heli L. Roosild)


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Date: Wed, 10 Apr 2013 18:50:12 -0600
From: "Heli L. Roosild" <heliel@earthlink.net>
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Subject: Re: [HD] Another ailing dulcimer ... :-)
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You folks are the greatest! Thankyouthankyouthankyou all! (I'm squirreling
away all your advice in case I should need it in the future.)


As for my HD-it is definitely better, largely, I think, to the increase in
humidity. We actually had a whole day of on-and-off (but steady) rain-quite
unusual, especially lately. (I also put the HD in a closet with a large bowl
of water overnight.) I suspect, as several of you suggested, that something
got loose, due to the wood drying out even more than usual.


In any case, no buzzing today (although I definitely need to retune!). And
in the future, I will monitor the humidity regularly, and take humidifying
steps when needed. 


And Jeanne, thanks particularly for the local SW guidance. In the winter
months, I run an indoor fountain right next to the HD (but that apparently
hasn't been enough for this drought). Also, I do have a "swamp cooler," so I
appreciate your confirmation that it should provide enough humidity during
the summer.


Again friends, many heartfelt thanks-and happy hammering!




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Sent: Tuesday, April 09, 2013 9:46 AM
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Subject: Re: [HD] Another ailing dulcimer ... :-)


Hi Heli,
I'm a hammered dulcimer player here in Albuquerque and can tell you that the
dry weather does a number on all of our instruments. Definitely keep
humidifiers going all winter and all summer, too, unless you have an
evaporative cooler for your air conditioning unit. That puts a lot of
moisture in the air and my instruments do better in the summer when that is
running. If the buzzing is due to humidity it's probably because your wood
is contracting and causing something to loosen up. If you have rosettes or
some other decoration in your sound holes, you might take a look at those.
I've had those loosen up with the dry weather before and cause buzzing. I
have a bunch of harps, too, and one thing we learned is that the buzzing is
not always coming from strings. It's often coming from some other
source...and like I said, the dry wood contracting can be a source of that.
If you're getting buzzing with multiple strings, it's probably not the
strings themselves. It's something else. As Ted said, check your bridges and
every possible place that something could be loose or out of place.

Hope this helps!

On Tue, Apr 9, 2013 at 11:21 AM, Heli L. Roosild <heliel@earthlink.net>

Today, when I went to tune my HD (in preparation for a local jam), a number
of courses in the lower bass bridge didn't sound right no matter what I did.
There was a distinct buzz on some of the courses, while one course seemed
"dead."  But everything had sounded right yesterday, when I did a lot of
I was able to get through the jam fine, so I had high hopes that the buzz
was a temporary fluke.  But I never needed those low notes at the jam, and
when I got home and checked them, they were worse, if anything, and some
other notes on the bass bridge (further up) were buzzing as well. I have
checked the outside of the HD, and can't see any cracks or other obvious
My dulcimer (dearly beloved!) is about 20 years old, built in West Virginia.
About 5 years ago, I brought it from Northern 
Virginia out here to very dry New Mexico-and this past year the humidity
(usually around 30%) has been even lower (in the teens).  I can't help but
think that this has something to do with it.
Can anyone tell me what's happening?  Should I replace those bad-sounding
strings? Or is this something more serious? 
I really have no idea what to do to "fix" the problem-or even if it can be
fixed. And I haven't yet found any instrument builders here who might be
able to help me.
I am so grateful for this wonderful resource of the HD List--I know one of
you will have an answer for me!
Many thanks in advance.
(Ms.) Heli L. Roosild
Albuquerque NM

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