No, we didn't break down at all this year, just had an over-solicitous new german van that evacuates all the water from the boiler as soon as the temperature gets down towards zero - which it did twice in the last 3 days! So no hot showers in the morning as we curse and fill the van up all over again...
Sorry we didn't have much chance to chat. Looked as though you were going well this past weekend. And yes, discovering a new, mint Sobell is almost worth the trek on its own!
Enjoy the playing. We'll see you soon. Oh and keep watching the site - a whole lot more to put on shortly....
All the best.
Getting late here too! Yes, the "Gondola" is the one I bought from Germany. It's OK but not as playable or as nice sounding as either of yours. I will have to experiment with string gauges etc.
Must get back to practising...!
All the best. Geoff
It was good to see you - and hear your dulcimers - in person. Really glad you could make it.
Sorry if I looked a bit distracted that day, but it hardly stopped, what with tuning people's dulcimers, selling picks, strings and capos...oh yes and learning some pretty tricky pieces!
I loved the pieces you played on your own, so not sure about practice being required, but learning a difficult piece in 20 minutes or so is asking a lot of even hardened players like yourself!
Yes, we got back fine despite electrical gremlins which decided to empty our vehicle battery when it was innocently sitting outside Deneholme minding its own business.
Anyway, keep in touch and hope to see you again before too long.
It would be great if you could make Deneholme. We're all looking forward to it and it would be great to meet you.
Yes I shall be bringing a few "spare" dulcimers and a box of paraphernalia including strings, capos and picks....and business cards naturally!
Hope to see you there.
Thanks for giving the website a test drive David! Glad you liked it. let me know if there's anything you would want to know that isn't on there and we'll grow it gradually.
As for the weather, not too bad with us, though we lost a willow that appeared behind me in all the publicity shots!
Sorry we won't see you at Deneholme - would be nice to meet there. But as you say, at least it's now snowing....yet!
Glad to hear you're stable again...when playing the Heron that is!
I (and several other players) use a strap which goes round legs rather than waist. Looks odd until you try it - v comfortable and stable...until you decide to get up to stretch your legs of course!
Just come back from Cambridge FF - great weather and pretty good music most of the time. Take care.
Hi David - I've not tried using the Zoom with my camera. I just have a simple compact camera that takes video as well and use the sound from that for my videos (it is not very good at all). I don't have the video editing sofware or skills to edit video and add an external sound source. I'm sure I could manage it if I looked into how to do it but I'd probably need to get some good video editing software. I use a Zoom H2 or Zoom H4 for recording. Both give great results. I record in .wav 44.1 kHz 16 bit and then transfer that to .mp3 256 kpbs in Audacity. I take the card out of the Zoom after recording and just plug it into my laptop. I find that Audacity is good for mastering the files.
First report on the Sobell after my holiday - it arrived as we were leaving, but we delayed long enough to tear off the wrapping paper!
It's in one piece, but currently unplayable and has been somewhat abused. Looks like a typical gigging musician's instrument - scars on the top where it's been strummed and bridge fashioned from matchstick and slap of wood glue!
Key starter question: I love 6 strings as you know, but their one downside is that they are all strung differently! This is currently in 3 courses with an octave pair on the bass course - .023w/.009 .012/.012 .009/.009 which seems reasonable. How's yours strung and what guages do you use?
Also has a three piece back which I didn't notice in the eBay pics. And doesn't quite seem like mahogany, more rosewood... Will email Stefan himself I think to confirm...
Have written to Liz about Terry's death...but also subsequently about the Sobell. I'll not be offended is she has other higher priorities at the moment...
It's very tempting to bring that Sobell back, but someone else has got to want it and I can't justify owning two Sobell dulcimers... well I could I suppose if no-one else wants it...
My own Sobell will probably be pretty close to yours in age...
Dave I have taken a liberty and uloaded your picture.
If you want me to remove it I will.
We are off to B.C. and will be in Campbell River until early July so will miss Newcastelton again!
Val's group is the quickest way to him!
Hello Dave. The possum boards I have are made from 3/8" birch ply (just 'cos I had some' ex HD making),cut to the shape of the instrument, a block of the same glued to the baseboard at each end, and then two 'upstands' to form U shaped saddles, all of same material, with a couple of 1" long 'bearers' positioned at the 'edges' of the widest part of the board/instrument. (I think I play in rather a heavy handed fashion?). This gives a 3/8" gap beneath Dulc. Never really sure if they do make a difference, so I might be doing it all wrong !!!
Are you working that period from choice (more money!) or because your 'duties?' call for it.
best wishes, and thanks again
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Had it a couple of days and just about played it to bits, just love the dialect (brings back memories of Terry and Liz). Have decided not to play it when the vicar comes to visit !!!
thank you Dave,
Mark Gilston has a video on here and Utube of Fairies and it is on
as a medium speed midi for free along with the dots but the only tab I found [.tef] wont open with tef viewer from tabledit
I left a comment for Dana
In total not a bad set of cicumstances for our initial 'coming together', lol
be safe Dave