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Posted by Dusty Strings - Nov 11, 2016, 4:51 PM
You’ve probably heard at some point that bad things might happen if a wooden musical instrument gets too dry, but what does that actually mean? How dry is too dry? Is it the inside air or the outside air that matters? How do you measure it? What’s actually at stake if you don’t pay attention to the humidity? Is there any reason to panic?
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Posted by Dusty Strings - Sep 29, 2015, 1:01 PM
Planning to travel with your harp or hammered dulcimer? We'll explain the new rules and what they mean for your next airplane trip.
Thumbnail for Hammered Dulcimer: Tuning the Treble Bridge
Posted by Dusty Strings - May 22, 2015, 1:15 PM
Help! I can't get both sides of the treble bridge in tune! Everyone who plays the hammered dulcimer will at some point or other come across some variation of this problem. There are simply too many strings on the darned thing for tuning to be smooth and easy every time, and it can be quite frustrating when you can get one side or the other of the treble bridge in tune, but not both sides at the same time. The good news is that (assuming your hammered dulcimer is structurally sound) you can most likely solve the problem yourself!
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Posted by Dusty Strings - Apr 29, 2015, 3:01 PM
We get asked this question a lot, most often by people who are new to the hammered dulcimer. They are understandably concerned with getting the combination of options that will make it easiest to learn this new instrument, and the choice of black vs. natural finish on the soundboard seems like a big one.
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Posted by Dusty Strings - Jul 30, 2014, 6:39 PM
Most hammered dulcimer makers offer both laminated (plywood) and solid wood instruments, and it can be difficult to know how to choose, or even how important the choice is. Here are some explanations and observations about the differences between the two materials.