RESTRINGING A DULCIMER

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RESTRINGING A DULCIMER

Postby johnbob » Mon Jul 16, 2007 10:56 am

Hi, a friend of mine has what looks like an old 12/11 C9. It's a mess right now, hadn't been taken care of very well. But she asked me to restring it for her.

I need tips... are there some sites or anywhere that you all could direct me so that I don't ruin her HD?
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Postby halfpint » Mon Jul 16, 2007 12:16 pm

I replaced mine 4 notes at a time, which gave me enough room to clean the sound board. Do you have the right strings? I had the builder send me a complete set of strings so that I would have the right ones.

Here is an article that may help:
http://www.nonsuchdulcimer.org.uk/artic ... eplace.htm

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Postby kwl » Mon Jul 16, 2007 2:11 pm

Here is the tuning chart for the Cloud Nine 12/11 standard. It lists the strings in piano wire number, #6, #7, #8, #9 and #10. These translate into single string gauges of .016, .018, .020, .022 and .024.
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Postby dulcimerdawg » Mon Jul 16, 2007 6:29 pm

I need tips


Wear gloves and protective eye goggles.... flying broken strings can hurt.....
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Postby Martin » Tue Jul 17, 2007 8:57 am

How much would a new set of strings cost, say, on a 17/17?
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Postby johnbob » Tue Jul 17, 2007 10:26 am

thanks for the help guys... she has the strings and all... i just have to go to it
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Postby Gypsy » Thu Jul 19, 2007 11:52 pm

Remember, you will need a couple of good videos, and some paper towels. the Dulcimer gods demand blood when restringing.........and get ahold of a piano tuner, they will show you how to put the strings on so they push DOWN against the bridge caps, rather than floating.
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Postby jt3d » Fri Jul 20, 2007 4:43 am

Martin - depending on who you buy them from, 70 cents to 1 dollar per string.
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Postby mrchips » Fri Jul 20, 2007 12:52 pm

Changing strings is not difficult at all.. It just takes time. If you take them all off at once then the bridges wont stay put as all that keeps them in position is the strings. Thast no big deal eaither if you take the time to either mark the position of them with tape or measure from some spot. After restringing you will have to mess aroud some with that treb bridge to get it exactly right. Again no big deal other than taking time.

If the bridge rods/caps and/or side rails are in bad shape, replace them also if you do all the strings at once. It would also be a good time to refinish/clean the dulcimer if needed too.

If all you need to do is to replace strings, then do it a few at a time. That way the bridges stay put and you dont have to go through a day or so of dulcimer withdrawel. :lol: :lol:
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Postby catty » Sat Jul 21, 2007 1:39 am

I, too, need to restring my newly acquired 15/14. What are your recommendations for online suppliers?

Thank you.
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Postby jt3d » Sat Jul 21, 2007 10:51 pm

Probably any dulcimer builder online has strings. I know for sure that Masterworks sells strings - that is where my supplier gets his (he charges me a bit more for them that I could order them, but I can get them from him same day!). www.masterworksok.com and go to "Products" and then "Hardware".
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Postby mrchips » Sun Jul 22, 2007 9:36 pm

If you still have the old strings on the HD, find a full service piano shop and they will have al the strings you need except for possibly some wound ones. The piano guy will have to measure the guage if you dont know what they are.

Afterall Hammer dulcimers are the grandaddy of a modern piano. :lol:
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