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17/16 Hammered Dulcimer Build

PostPosted: Mon Jan 29, 2018 9:06 pm
by Kevin Kemp
I'm currently building my first hammered dulcimer. I'm using the plans from Music Makers (harpkit.com). The back is Baltic birch ply, the rails are walnut, the pin blocks are hard maple and the braces and bridges are also hard maple. Actually, I haven't made the bridges yet. I put a walnut veneer on the pin blocks. The top is 3/8" European? Spruce. The spruce was salvaged from an 1800's piano made in London. The piano I converted into a wine cabinet for my daughter.

I have a photo album on Google Photo of the dulcimer project...

https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipMu5wBrbkPGJRmYD3HbMedEJ-1l6_fCuh9-su6jAX5huLr3fAV_2tuRgI-mbLn49g/photo/AF1QipMnGgtlpxveyqTOrxpJF2pTFOilVEtq0z1_7lGD?key=Q3VtREhkazV4UkhkQzRDRTBFX2E0bzFqemVPMVhR

Re: 17/16 Hammered Dulcimer Build

PostPosted: Tue Jan 30, 2018 6:49 am
by Charlie Schultz
Nice!

Re: 17/16 Hammered Dulcimer Build

PostPosted: Wed Jan 31, 2018 12:43 pm
by Bob Francis
Nice joinery Kevin.

Re: 17/16 Hammered Dulcimer Build

PostPosted: Mon Feb 12, 2018 9:44 am
by Kevin Kemp
I finished the dulcimer and built a stand this weekend. I'm really happy with the way it turned out. I starting learning to play it this weekend. The photos are updated to show the finished dulcimer.

Re: 17/16 Hammered Dulcimer Build

PostPosted: Sat Feb 24, 2018 12:06 pm
by Bob Francis
Final Pics?

Re: 17/16 Hammered Dulcimer Build

PostPosted: Wed Feb 28, 2018 9:45 am
by Kevin Kemp
It should be in the link above.

I'm going to try upload a photo here.

20180210_172619.jpg

Re: 17/16 Hammered Dulcimer Build

PostPosted: Wed Feb 28, 2018 9:44 pm
by Bob Francis
That is really nice!
Thanks

Re: 17/16 Hammered Dulcimer Build

PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 2018 4:35 pm
by Jim McConkey
Great job! How does it sound?

Re: 17/16 Hammered Dulcimer Build

PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2018 9:59 am
by Kevin Kemp
Great job! How does it sound?


Thanks.

I just started learning to play the thing. I made a video of Oh Susanna and a practice exercise. I uploaded them to the same photo album. They are at the very end. You can tell me how it sounds :)


Here is the link again...

https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipMu5wBrbkPGJRmYD3HbMedEJ-1l6_fCuh9-su6jAX5huLr3fAV_2tuRgI-mbLn49g/photo/AF1QipMnGgtlpxveyqTOrxpJF2pTFOilVEtq0z1_7lGD?key=Q3VtREhkazV4UkhkQzRDRTBFX2E0bzFqemVPMVhR

Re: 17/16 Hammered Dulcimer Build

PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2018 10:55 am
by Kevin Kemp
Here's a better link to the demo videos...

https://photos.app.goo.gl/1RN1OAMzsiYQsIoc2

Re: 17/16 Hammered Dulcimer Build

PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2018 8:52 pm
by Bob Francis
Nice!

Re: 17/16 Hammered Dulcimer Build

PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2018 10:05 pm
by Kevin Kemp
I accidentally deleted one of the videos. I reposted it. It just a little practice thing but shows how the lower notes sound.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/AR0ZmP4VaVFnvVvo1