Oh S**t! Sorry to hear that! I'm not surprised it broke your heart! Adopting 11 strings has given me a massive incentive to start practising seriously again. I hope you eventually manage to save up enough for another 10 string.kirolak wrote: ↑Mon May 20, 2019 10:15 amNo, I don't have the 10-string any more. . . it was stolen years ago'which " broke my heart", & I stopped playing for many years. :(Conall wrote: ↑Mon May 20, 2019 9:48 amWhat?! You have a 10 string and are yusing 6 string dropped D?kirolak wrote: ↑Sun May 19, 2019 2:22 pmI actually don't know why I have this hangup - my heart races & I have a ridiculous sense of dread when I do it, quite ridiculous! There is no problem in setting the correct pitch, I have a fairly reliable tuner, & I enjoy the richness of tone once I manage to force myself to actually do it. Perhaps it is because of having been trained years ago on a 10-string guitar, though that makes no sense even as I write the words.
I have an 11 string (low D included) so don't worry about tuning down to D! The only problem I used to have with dropped D on 6 strings was the fact that in performance it doesn't always stay in tune if switching between E & D.
OK I'll admit it is sometimes easier to play dropped D on the 11 string (eg Capricho Arabe) because your thumb keeps hitting the 6th since you expect D to be immediately above the 5th string but I think it's worth persisting if you have an extended range guitar.
And yes, dropped D on 6 string sounds nice for pieces in D, Dm etc - more resonance.