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Online Fret Calculator for Dulcimers

Postby jjlarwa » Sun May 01, 2005 3:17 pm

There is an online fretcalculator for dulcimer makers. It allows you to calculate the scale based upon one of three methods. The twelfth root of 2 17.817 17.835 You just decide which one you want and or where you want half frets and it does the calculation for you. Just thought you all might like to know if you don't already. Peace!
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Postby Guest » Sun May 01, 2005 5:54 pm

Ok - so what's the URL?????
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Postby jjlarwa » Sun May 01, 2005 6:54 pm

lol, i really messed that up http://www.dougsparling.com/cgi-bin/dulc_calc.cgi Peace!
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Postby Nic Hambas » Mon May 02, 2005 12:15 am

And, of course, there's wfret that prints out a template. Search for it at www.mimf.com
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Postby Guest » Mon May 02, 2005 9:40 am

I like Doug'ss - lets you chose for all those half frets if you want....
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Postby bigbike4 » Thu May 05, 2005 5:12 pm

Just wanna make sure I am on the same page for figuring scale length-it is measured from inside (fretboard side) of the nut down to the "strum" area. or is it the entire lenth of the fretboard-down to the bridge? thanks for your help
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Postby kwl » Thu May 05, 2005 5:13 pm

Inside of the nut to the fret side (inside) of the bridge.
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Postby GrrrGallier » Thu May 05, 2005 6:15 pm

Just a tip..didn't see it mentioned. When measuring your fret positions, do not move the ruler unless you must, and use as long a rule as possible. If the fret scale calulator is capable of showing the progressive measurements for each fret...ie. 1.3, 2.2, 3.1, etc then use that rather than the distance between each fret. You are asking for multiplied errors that can be significant by the time you get to the final frets if you move the ruler too often or use the fret to fret measurements.
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Postby jjlarwa » Thu May 05, 2005 6:28 pm

And, in my humble opinion. Metric measurement is so much easier to use when measuring for frets. Peace!
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Postby GrrrGallier » Thu May 05, 2005 8:19 pm

I like a fusion Smile Inches but divided in 100ths.
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Postby jjlarwa » Thu May 05, 2005 9:48 pm

So long as your ruler is thusly divided. Either way, it is easier than converting hundredths into inches.
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Postby GrrrGallier » Fri May 06, 2005 12:26 am

Yep....32nds and 64ths on one side and 10ths and 100ths on the other....18". dang thing cost about $35. For my main scales I made a template out of aluminum door kick plate material and a razor saw. Yikes, no way on measuring every fretboard. Just getting it right once to that tolerance was painstaking. EEK!
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