Today decided to take my McSpadden walnut-redwood top teardrop over to get restrung. Found the guage sizes off the McSpadden website and went off to the music store which I had called to make sure they sold individual strings and in the sizes I needed. Funny thing the guy told me this was the 2nd dulcimer he'd scene there at that shop within the last 3 weeks. Small world right?
Anyways, took it home and started playing a couple songs. Then I decided to try Wildwood Flower, which was the first song I was shown on the dulcimer. Maybe it was because I'd played it out of DAd for so long that re-learning it out of DAA (which in fact was the first tuning I learnt it in) I couldn't get it right, but man. Has anyone ever had that happen? I'm going to keep trying it to make it right.
Have decided until we get moved and I get the money together to make do with the McSpadden but I just did not realize, even playing it noter/drone how much off a stretch that 28.5 vsl is for me. I like the quality and workmanship that McSpadden has, but that crazy standard vsl is kind of a stretch, at least for me anyways, for noter/drone playing and the chording I used to do.
Anyways, thought would share these random musings.