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The combo of a hardwood on again and facets, with softer wooden for prime, supplies an exceptional mellow sound, and the distinction of 2 woods is enjoyable to work out. Cherry on again and aspects, and California redwood on best will make a delicate tone. Butternut and walnut also are sturdy. i take advantage of loads of wormy chestnut with walnut. the colour, grain, and computer virus holes make a pleasant taking a look best, and likewise an exceptional tone. diversified woods will have an effect on the tone of the software slightly, even though the dimensions and form of the sound holes have little or no impression, apart from appears. i exploit an "F" form, like in a violin, for many of mine: yet I do make center, diamond, or different shapes whilst asked to take action. i've got used many various woods, similar to apple, purple elm, oak, sourwood, BANJOS AND DULCIMERS PLATE 176 189 PLATE 177 PLATE 178 PLATE 179 BANJOS AND DULCIMERS 191 : PLATE one hundred eighty PLATE 181 PLATE 182 gum, pecan, cedar, beech, birch, sassafras, chestnut, butternut, walnut, cherry, maple, and others. every one of these have been merely to work out what they'd glance and sound like. if you happen to persist with black walnut for the again, and butternut, gum, chestnut, or poplar on best, you may get solid effects. Curly poplar of the deep pink colour makes a superb dulcimer. The wooden isn't really as very important because the building, and every software may be higher than the final. PLATE 184 PLATE 183 PLATE 185 BANJOS AND DULCIMERS 193 PLATE 186 PLATE 187 194 FOXFIRE three The dulcimers I make on the market are made as approximately just like the outdated conventional ones as i will get them. No fancy inlays of unique woods, no veneers or plywood, simply reliable, dry wooden like that utilized by the early craftsmen. i don't use steel guitar-tuning keys, yet make wood keys from Brazilian rosewood. i exploit sleek strategies, glue, and finishes. All wooden used might be kiln-dried until you're convinced it really is completely air-dried, to regulate shrinking and cracking in low humidity. As we can't keep watch over the surroundings round the dulcimer, we strive to guard the dulcimer from the extremes of humidity. Our sleek houses get very dry within the wintertime and air-con retains the humidity low the remainder of the time. I practice heavy coats of sanding sealer lacquer, then coats of end lacquer, hand rub with metal wool after every one coat of lacquer, and wax with an outstanding paste furnishings wax. A dulcimer needs to be a great musical device, and if it seems to be sturdy additionally, lots the higher, yet musical caliber comes first. i'll describe and make a four-string dulcimer of wormy chestnut and black walnut, within the form commonly known as the elongated hour glass. we are going to make all components, tough sand, gather the elements, trim, end sand, follow the end, hand rub, wax, string, track up, and, optimistically, play. THE PEG HEAD As this can be to be a four-string dulcimer, we are going to choose a section of black walnut eight" lengthy x 1 0.5" huge x 2 half" thick. the form of the peg head is traced at the part, and the form of the peg field is traced at the most sensible. The peg field is 5/8" broad and approximately 7/8s" deep, and lengthy sufficient to house 4 tuning pegs (Plate 177).