Wheel Question

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Wheel Question

Postby WaterPig Master » Fri May 29, 2009 8:02 pm

Hi there

I'm thinking of altering an appalachian dulcimer into a basic gurdy - tried playing my homemade one with a bow and it produced a distinctively gurdylike noise (it even seemed to have a trompette! or was my bridge broken...). Was wondering - any tips for making the wheel? Ivthink that would be one of the hardest bits.

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Re: Wheel Question

Postby gurdymaker » Sat Jul 04, 2009 9:07 pm

The main problem would seem to be the thinness of the dulcimer body. I think if you go much below 4" diameter wheel, your chanter strings will be pushed on or off the wheel when you play ( the tangents cause the string to bend sideways. I suppose you could add some sort of sump under the wheel to allow for a bigger wheel maybe.
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Re: Wheel Question

Postby WaterPig Master » Sat Jul 18, 2009 8:49 pm

Hi there

I don't like the little shallow dulcimer bodies - mine are nice and thick, to get the resonance better! Although still, it's too small for a decent sized wheel. A friend has offered to teach me the dark arts of lutherie, so I'm going to carry on with dulcimers until I get a symphonie, then try making them.

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