low sustain dulcimers?

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low sustain dulcimers?

Postby abbj2002 » Thu Jul 02, 2009 10:12 am

HI Hammers,
I bought a hammer dulcimer from a local maker . Afixed sound board. and i have a long sustain when i play and especially the low notes. they are still ringing 6-7 notes later.

Can u tell me what kind of dulcimer has low sustain. Fixed board, floating sound board, brand ect...

thanks group for your help

Becky
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Postby Martin » Thu Jul 02, 2009 10:28 am

If you want really short sustain, I would recommend getting something with a laminate soundboard (top). Chris Foss makes one with a laminate soundboard: http://www.songbirdhd.com/index.html I forget which model it is, but it definately has a shorter sustain. It may have been the Phoebe model: http://www.songbirdhd.com/phoebe.html

My HD from High Country Dulcimers has a solid top, but it has a laminated back, which gives it a nice full sound. It has enough sustain to make slow songs enjoyable but not so much to where fast songs are muddied up. Here are a couple of clips. (Keep in mind that the audio quality is coming from my Kodak easyshare camera, so be kind! :D )

I'll Fly Away (a fast song)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=60w4Y-_fxxs

It is well (a slower song)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zbUjm81s ... annel_page

Hope this helps!
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Postby sailor6413 » Thu Jul 02, 2009 12:36 pm

My uncle spent a lot of time testing out different dulcimers to find one he liked with low sustain. He came up with a David Lindsey dulcimer--I believe it's a Spinet model. I haven't personally played it much, but he is very happy with the amount of sustain it has!
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Postby weymann » Thu Jul 02, 2009 4:26 pm

I have a songbird whippoorwill and the sustain is not too long. It has little pieces of felt on top of the delrin to reduce sustain on the lower notes. This felt has sticky on the back and can be found in 8x11 sheets in the material section. Try it on yours for a few bucks.
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Postby LarryV » Thu Jul 02, 2009 5:47 pm

sailor6413 wrote:My uncle spent a lot of time testing out different dulcimers to find one he liked with low sustain. He came up with a David Lindsey dulcimer--I believe it's a Spinet model. I haven't personally played it much, but he is very happy with the amount of sustain it has!

I saw David Lindsey @ the Old Songs Festival last week. At his booth he had most of his models including the Spinet (Birch Ply top) and his Concert Grand models which had solid, floating tops. The Spinet definately had less sustain.

It's a pretty good buy also for a 16/15 model. Includes (besides the ususal wrenches, etc), case, tuner, AND stand for $600.

http://davidsdulcimers.com/spinet.html
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Postby TJ » Thu Jul 02, 2009 8:49 pm

There have been a few discussions of dulcimers and sustain. The first thread has links to other discussions, so I recommend reading those as well.

http://www.everythingdulcimer.com/discu ... php?t=7828

http://www.everythingdulcimer.com/discu ... hp?t=16225

Cheers!
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Postby mrchips » Fri Jul 03, 2009 12:46 am

sailor6413 === I wondered where David was this time of the year, heading way north where its cooler. :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

Now just head to Davids plave the first weekend in October to see where he makes them. Free festival and loads of fun at his shop and house.
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Postby LarryV » Fri Jul 03, 2009 2:51 pm

mrchips wrote:sailor6413 === I wondered where David was this time of the year, heading way north where its cooler. :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

Here's a pic of David and Bill Spence leading the HD jam Sunday at the festival-

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Postby interrobang » Fri Jul 03, 2009 7:34 pm

David was at Dulcimer Days in Coshocton, OH, a couple weeks ago. For the last workshop of the day, I chose to go to one where he was teaching a song. I was the only one there. I had an hour-long private lesson with him! It was great!

I play a Chromatic Spinet he (or his daughter) made. I chose it largely for its low sustain. I am very pleased with it.

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Postby mrchips » Sat Jul 04, 2009 7:04 pm

David is one of those rare good guys. If you want to know why he is shorter and stokier than average, just grab ahold of that HD of his with the lid on it and tote it a few feet. :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

Last time I talked with him he sorta hinted around he is starting to get away from doing those HDs all by himself. Oviously most of the family has spent a few hoyrs sanding them too. :lol: :lol: Cara placed second at winfield a couple years back playing the one she made all by herself. There isnt all that many made every year compared to most other makers and apperently they will continue being made for many a more year.
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Postby interrobang » Sat Jul 04, 2009 7:31 pm

David mentioned that Cara is pretty much taking over production of the Spinet line. Mine is old enough that David was probably still making them then.

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Postby TJ » Sat Jul 04, 2009 10:26 pm

Poor Becky! Her first and only post and question so far, and the thread turned from trying to help her to a discussion of David's whereabouts.

Oh, well!
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