15313Re: What's new?
- Aug 18, 2012Heheh, 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 email@example.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.
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