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  • frode_kettilsson
    Aug 18, 2012
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      Heheh, actually, it sounds surprisingly good (I was pleasantly surprised).  I didn't learn till later that maple isn't considered a proper/traditional sound board material, but, hey, it works, so...
      I first saw the design on Paul Butlers Rutgers web site , and promptly failed to  follow his dimensions, so mine is a little oversized.  I recommend his site to anyone interested in this sort of thing!
      I've heard that about the fret board on a dulcimer, but at the time, I didn't have the large Forstner bit I thought I'd need to do the hollowing, and being impatient (and assured that the arch method would also be better than solid wood), I went ahead and arched.  I'm going to hollow the next one out, though.  Ought to lighten things up noticeably, too.

      --- In medievalsawdust@yahoogroups.com, Karl Newman <kaisaerpren@...> wrote:
      > well, at least it looks good ;)
      > where did you get plans/dimensions? for it? or did you just wing it?
      > on the dulcymer... if you hollow out the beam that the finger board is on
      > top of, so that it is a u channel w walls about 3/16" thick, it will
      > substantially increase the volume of sound it produces. a solid beam
      > dampens the string vibrations before they get to the soundboard.
      > K
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