Resources

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Building a Hammered Dulcimer

Information you might find helpful if you would like to try to build one yourself.

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Building an Octave Mandolin

After Garret, our youngest son, graduated from college, he worked for me for awhile.  I was making a group of Octave Mandolins at the time so he documented the process.  If you'd like to view this selection of photos of how I make my Octave Mandolins, click on the image.

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Yangqin

An article I wrote on the Yangqin (Chinese Hammered Dulcimer) for Dulcimer Player's News. Includes a rare tuning chart.

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Cimbalom

This page has some information I pulled together in response to a recent gift of a Schunda system cimbalom built in Budapest sometime before 1874. There are loads of photos, a tuning scheme and measurements available as a pdf.

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Indian Santoor

Photos of traditional Indian Santoors plus photos of a finished Santoor I built with a tuning scheme, string gauges, photos of the building process, dimensions, and drawings of Santoor elements.

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Zither Study Guide

I've put together a two page PDF geared to teachers who would like to use the zither as a short lesson in the anatomy of a musical instrument, woods, and acoustics. You are welcome to download this and modify it for your needs and reproduce it as long as you give me credit. Download it here