The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #60344   Message #966879
Posted By: DonMeixner
14-Jun-03 - 12:15 AM
Thread Name: Building a mountain dulcimer
Subject: RE: Building a mountain dulcimer
I have built several Lap Dulcimers and these are the advisements I'd pass along.

1. Shape is pretty much unimportant. I have built rectangular boxes as well as tear drops and the prime sound conditioner was the quality of the woods used. Not the shape.

2. Get the frets located correctly. I used banjo frets in mine.

3. Don't go cheap on the tuners. Violin pegs and cutters and reamers are an expense you don't need unless you plan to make a living building very trad instruments. I like geared guitar pegs.

All my instruments are 8 banjo strings, four courses of two each.

Course one= Wound (22)and Octave (12) strings, two = Wound (18) and Octave (12)strings, three = Plain (16)and Plain (16) four = Plain (11)and Plain (11).