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Thread #85910   Message #1595715
Posted By: GUEST,leeneia
02-Nov-05 - 09:15 AM
Thread Name: my non-lap dulcimer
Subject: RE: my non-lap dulcimer
I like the suggestion of "fretted dulcimer."

Thanks, kat, for suggesting the French site. I will check it out.

Who was it said something about 4 strings? Thought I'd mention that I use only three strings. Having double strings for the melody didn't seem to accomplish anything, and it led to problems because they didn't stay perfectly in tune. So I started using a thumbpick to bring out the melody string.

Since the melody string gets the most work, the extra string they sell you can be used to replace a worn one before the lower strings wear out. (I buy strings separately when I can.)

punkfolkrocker, if you treat your d'er like a guitar, I worry about how long it will last.