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Re: [HD] Dulcimer in the Desert

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From: "Foss, David L" <DFOSS@amfam.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Jul 2013 14:51:20 +0000
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Thread-topic: [HD] Dulcimer in the Desert

If the soundboard is at all dark, you’ll want to be very cautious about playing in direct sunshine.  It can heat up the soundboard really rapidly, which will cause the instrument to go out of tune, and possibly crack.

Dave Foss

Madison, WI

 

From: Hdlist [mailto:hdlist-bounces+dfoss=amfam.com@hammered-dulcimers.org] On Behalf Of George Polkowski
Sent: Wednesday, July 10, 2013 8:48 PM
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Subject: Re: [HD] Dulcimer in the Desert

 

"My dulcimer lives in the California desert. Humidity is usually around 10%. It goes out of tune if the humidity climbs higher but, if I play it a lot, that seems to keep it happy and in tune."

 

My son is involved in some medieval groups and has asked me if I would like to play my instrument at some of their meetings.  Living in Las Vegas, are their issues about performing outside in 110F temperatures, and perhaps in the sunshine?  If not, then perhaps I'll learn a few medieval tunes.

 

Oh, I've finally did a first tuning of my instrument, but it badly needs another tuning perhaps which will take and not immediately need to be retuned like the last one.  I've put it off the last few days because of the higher humidity and rain.

 

George Polkowski

Las Vegas, Nevada

 

From: Nan Rebik <nanrebik@hotmail.com>
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Sent: Thursday, July 11, 2013 3:14 AM
Subject: Re: [HD] Dulcimer in the Desert

 

My dulcimer lives in the California desert. Humidity is usually around 10%. It goes out of tune if the humidity climbs higher but, if I play it a lot, that seems to keep it happy and in tune. When we go camping, which is often, I leave it home and opt for the Mountain Dulcimer - much easier to transport. Most of the time in campgrounds if you are playing music we find people anxious to listen, sing along, or even jam. Hope you had a good time.
Nan Rebik
 


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