I ran across a blog of a fellow who wondered what was used for frets in early mountain dulcimers. His research found that fence post staples were used on the melody string and one fellow used his…Continue
"I contacted them and as beautiful as it is, it's about $1600-$1700. Shipping alone was $260.00
I was thinking of something like this but far more modest. I was wondering if standard guitar fret wire would work and what the string spacing…"
You make some really nice pottery. I am a potter too and have been wondering how I can incorporate pottery into a CBG. I am new to this instrument and will be building soon. I look forward to seeing what you decide to do…"
Sorry, I just sent a message to all in the group instead of starting a discussion here on pups. If anyone has some thought other than "Hang the newbie" :) please bear with me , I 'll get it after awhile.WyndhamSee More
"Folks have used nails, staples, cotter pins, bicycle spokes, windshield wiper stiffeners, thin rod, thick wire, wood strips and everything else available.
Here's the Museum of Appalachia slide show Diane mentioned
Find more videos like this…"
"I'm still searching for the best fence staples -- all the ones I find are too large or more horseshoe shaped. But I still have a notion to build a Tennesee music box one day, with the fence staples under just the melody…"
"Thanks Sam. I have a test fret board(To Be) from Lowes I might try both just to see what the difference is. Lot of fun learning about this stuff.
BTW if you run across a fellow on TV named "Les Feldick" he has a Bible Study that's…"
"Can be done, has been done, but a lot of extra work to get not as good result as using manufactured frets... if you're looking for do-it-yourself vide, go for it. If you're looking for a player and don't want an extra 20 hours…"
"Thanks for all the links and info. It helps in understanding how stuff works a lot better with the pictures.
Ted there are some drill bits that are designed to route out as you push the material through once the primary hole is drilled, that…"
Hi Wyndham, welcome to the Clubhouse! You might enjoy checking out the Dulcimer Village group.
The focus here is on all types of handmade instruments and music. There are lots of helpful builders and players here and lots of Groups to teach and learn. We welcome participation so don't be shy.
Have a look around, introduce yourself in My Name Is... and add yourself to the Member Map. There's an active Chat Room where you can ask questions, offer help or just talk about anything with some great folks.