I love my hammered dulcimer but I do miss having only 4 strings to tune. My instrument has 82, there could be more. All 82 do not need tuning every day though I do check them all. It's getting quicker/easier but it takes quite some time if my tuner gets cranky, LOL! My teacher is giving me tips to make it easier.
So be thankful you only have 4 strings :)
I have an autoharp with "only" 36 strings. I look at it as an exercize in patience.
My violin actually has three strings!
It was pretty stable the first 2 weeks, but with the fluctuations in humidity it got a bit wild. I'm looking forward to when the humidity drops and stabilizes as I can control the room for that.
The Harpist is re-tuning before each session. It becomes part of the warm-up routine. The Harpsichord player usually tunes their own instrument, before each performance.
Nice observation Joel. I don't have a problem with it and it's becoming a nice way to transition from work to practice. It forces me to slow down and focus on the instrument rather then the events of the day.
Piano-tuning apps. Could they help?
So far the tool that works best is a tuner clip I bought that is specifically made for the HD - it will plug into any electronic tuner that has the port. The one that Korg makes doesn't work well with the hammered dulcimer, something about the design of the clip. Thankfully I was warned. I either clip my TM-60 to one of my 3 bridges or one of the tuning pins and move it around as needed. It works fine - and tonight it only took 5 minutes as just 2 strings needed adjusting.