So I joined another web site all about dulcimers, I really just did it to get a set of plans I wanted. Anyway, I post a question about how small a dulcimer do you all make. I had made one using just a single cigar box so it was pretty small it had 2 strings and it has a sweet sound. The only response I get is some clown telling me I can't really call it a dulcimer if it does not have 3-4 strings because I can't even chord along with 2. I did not even answer although there are many answers worth giving from yes I can chord along to asking him about Galax style playing. The thing is, I do not want to be in any box. No rules opens up a lot of new ideas. So thanks to Shane for doing away with all that BS way back in the beginning. Has this happened to any of you all?

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Yep. I tend to see the snobs more online on 6 string pages. They are into standard tuning and traditional learning mrthods alone. A good bit I'd people who seem interested tweak their tunings, and such. Just gotta roll with it.

"No rules" has long been a tongue-in-cheek discussion here, with lots of satire.  When anyone decides to get serious about something, we just note a significant exception (the "12th fret rule" tends to get a lot of flak).  :D

As Gus said above, nothing wrong with people of like-mind getting together in a group... just as long as they don't insist everyone join it.  A whole lot of folks here love CBGs because they give us an opportunity to see just how many "rules" we can break.  Once one has made a git with 3 strings, a pool cue for a handle and a cardboard box body and it comes out of the amp sounding amazing, rules are pretty much gasping their last breath.

I'm all for "rules" when I'm building Telecaster-style guitars... just as long as some purist doesn't jump down my throat when he finds 5 control knobs, a 5-way switch and flat pickups on it.  Les Paul becomes Launch Pad and Gibson... well I think I'll just leave the pricey Gibson as is, thankyewverymuch.  I've seen too many ruined "tried to mod" Gibsons to be comfy with that one. :D

If it has a cigar box and strings you shorten with fingers/frets/slide it is very Fred

If it has a cigar box it is almost Fred

if it was made in your home shop it is close enough to Fred

we welcome all!!!

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