Doug Berch

Dulcimer Maker And Musician

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Another Ancestor Of The Piano The Dulcimer

Another Ancestor Of The Piano – The Dulcimer

Another Ancestor Of The Piano - The Dulcimer

 

Another Ancestor Of The Piano – The Dulcimer

An Important Fretting Tool

I install the frets on a dulcimer just before setting it up. Since the dulcimer is built to be resonant hammering in the frets can get very loud!

Hammering frets into a dulcimer can get very LOUD!

I consider hearing protection an essential fretting tool.

It might not be an issue for some when fretting a neck or a dulcimer fingerboard that is not attached to the body but when the fingerboard is over the soundboard it is an entirely different story!

Cheater Glasses – A Very Useful Tool!

I couldn’t argue when the ophthalmologist said “You need glasses.” I went to see him because my arms had become to short for reading. It was a realization reminiscent of  the time I figured out  I had to buy pants a size larger.

He said “Would you like to spend $10 or $600? You could do fine with $10 glasses.”

I didn’t have to think for very long.

Cheater glasses (over-the-counter reading glasses) had entered my life and my life has been better for it.

They go on and off quite a bit when making dulcimers.  I generally wear +1.50 for reading and they also work well for most tasks in the shop where I need to see a little more detail. For up-close work I was using +2.00.

The other day I went to a store I love to hate – Harbor Freight. It is a tempting place; lots of tools at low prices that sometimes actually work. I picked up a $5.00 clip-on jeweler’s loupe.

Cheater Glasses - The Optical Equivalent Of Larger Pants!

The clip-on-loupe has proved very useful. I usually use just one of the lenses for “up close and personal” work where there is little or no room for error.  The loupe-lenses flip out-of-the-way easily and I only have to remember where I left one pair of glasses!




The Girl I Left Behind Me

The Girl I Left Behind Me

The Girl I Left Behind Me



[audio:The Girl I Left Behind Me.mp3]

“The Girl I Left Behind Me” played on tinwhistle by Doug Berch

The Reed Organ – How To Give It Proper Care (1910)

The full title in all its glory: “The Reed Organ; how to give it the proper care, simple complaints and easy remedies. With full explanations of the value of the stops, and directions for their proper use.”

Reed Organ

Simple advice on basic repairs, maintenance and use of the reed organ. Put out by Sears, Roebuck and Co. to compliment the reed organs they sold. Like many things coming from Sears these organs were manufactured by other firms and the advice given  applies to most any reed organ.

You never know when you will need it, so as the cover says; “Hang this in the back of your organ where you can always find it.”

Hang this in the back of your organ where you can always find it

Available as a free download from the always wonderful Internet Archive : “The Reed Organ; how to give it the proper care, simple complaints and easy remedies. With full explanations of the value of the stops, and directions for their proper use.”

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