Forum Activity for @richard-streib

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
05/31/22 04:57:38PM
190 posts

How Many Dulcimers Do You Own?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Congrats on  your new dulcimer. I know you are excited.

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
04/30/22 08:29:02PM
190 posts

Introduce Yourself!


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Best wishes Teddy on your dulcimer journey. Thanks for your testimony of God bringing you through a very serious condition. I echo what the others have posted. When you get your dulcimer enjoy it. Ask any questions you have. We are here to support you and help you.

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
04/16/22 07:01:21PM
190 posts

The Positive Thread...


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Glad to see you active again. Looking forward to your participation.

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
04/07/22 06:37:33PM
190 posts

Show Us Your Pets!


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Oh the life of the beloved household cat. I'm glad they are so pleased to own you.

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
03/28/22 03:43:42PM
190 posts

Introduce Yourself!


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

What a wonderful find Canadian Dulcimer Boy. Enjoy playing your find.

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
03/24/22 03:17:28PM
190 posts

A New addition to the Dulcimore Family


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Dulcimore Dan built a replication of a Leonard Glenn dulcimer with full traditional features. Fiddle edges, staple frets, feet, wooden tuning pegs, music wire strings, taller fret board for noter playing. Poplar with butternut stapleboard, tail piece and head stock. Walnut tuning pegs.


Glenn Traditional 01 cropped.jpg Glenn Traditional 01 cropped.jpg - 61KB
Richard Streib
@richard-streib
03/08/22 09:28:32PM
190 posts

Wanted Eli Presnell dulcimer or reproduction by K Messenger


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Thought I'd ask. Would like an Eli Presnell or reproduction of a Presnell by Kevin Messenger.

This will be a player, not a store in a case or hang on a wall.

If you know of one that won't be an outrageous price, PM to me.

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
02/24/22 06:46:28PM
190 posts

The Positive Thread...


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Thanks Dusty for your original post. Now when is national guitar day? Seems that drifted off with the wind in all our talk of an International Dulcimer Day.

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
02/22/22 10:19:58AM
190 posts

The Positive Thread...


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Sounds good to me for International Appalachian Dulcimer Day  on the last Saturday in March.

Go for it.

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
02/20/22 08:24:38PM
190 posts

Wormy Chestnut for dulcimers - Clifford Glenn


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Well said greg-gunner. Just depends on the sound each likes in the dulcimer.

Would be nice to have one of the old ones, like a Presnell. So what about those builders on TTAD?

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
02/20/22 04:53:49PM
190 posts

Wormy Chestnut for dulcimers - Clifford Glenn


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I have a beautiful reproduction of an early '60's (if I remember right) Leonard Glenn made of butternut and walnut. Kevin Messenger built it stating it was his first Glenn reproduction and he copied the woods of the piece he had seen and the fret scale/intonation. Mine has a wonderfully sweet sound in DAA. It does not like DAd.

I once talked with an instrument repair person who thought the the Glenn's scale pattern was miscalculated. This person had been asked to "fix" a number of the Glenn instruments for some of his NC clients wanting to play modern melody-chord style. The Glenn dulcimers simply were not made with DAd in mind.

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
02/20/22 07:33:31AM
190 posts

Wormy Chestnut for dulcimers - Clifford Glenn


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Beautiful Dulcimer Kevin63. The Glenns intonation seems to favor DAA tuning. I have an earlier Glenn reproduction that is very sweet in DAA.

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
02/17/22 05:46:06PM
190 posts

The Positive Thread...


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So July 29 will be FOTMD day around the world, Cake and goodies and lots of dulcimer music. Is it here yet?

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
02/16/22 06:56:26AM
190 posts

The Positive Thread...


OFF TOPIC discussions

Dusty Turtle:

So it's agreed then: International Hog Fiddle Day will be celebrated the second Saturday after the first Monday after the first full moon after the summer solstice.


Robin Thompson: @dusty-turtle is who got this conversation on a designated dulcimer day started. I'm curious about what are his thoughts now? sun


Seriously, I love how much enthusiasm this topic has generated.  It was just a thought I had when I read about National Guitar Day, but clearly the idea resonates with a lot of us.


Some of what we are debating I don't believe to be too important.  Why is Black History Month in February?  Well, it used to be Black History Week and it was dated to the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass.  But choosing the date based on those two individuals did not somehow rob the designation of the ability to celebrate Ida B. Wells or Martin Luther King.  Similarly, were we to choose Jean Ritchie's 100th birthday as the first Dulcimer Day, it would not rob us of our ability to celebrate Uncle Ed Thomas or Loraine Wyman on that day.


Nonetheless, in the interests of not alienating any of the fine members here, I have another suggestion for the day: How about the first Saturday after the spring equinox?  It would mark the beginning of the dulcimer festival season but would not be tied to any specific date or any specific individual.  Any thoughts?


When Pritchard marketed his "American dulcimer" he was clearly trying to take advantage of the nationalist fever that dominated the golden age of folklore (1870 or thereabouts to 1914).  But I agree with those who think that name strips away the regional roots of the instrument.  "Mountain dulcimer" does indeed seem to be the most commonly used term for our beloved instrument, but I would be OK with either "Mountain" or "Appalachian" dulcimer.  The Wikipedia entry uses "Appalachian" dulcimer, and that alone might be a reason to choose that term.


So my new proposal: International Appalachian Dulcimer Day, the first Saturday after the spring equinox.



Great discussion with lots of interest. This sounds great. But would it be simpler for old minds like mine to remember if it were 3rd Saturday in March (for instance) rather than tying it to a date that varies from year to year?


Richard Streib
@richard-streib
02/15/22 01:10:16PM
190 posts

The Positive Thread...


OFF TOPIC discussions

 A most interesting discussion indeed with thoughtful input. How exciting.

Whatever date, I like the idea of International Appalachian Dulcimer Day.

A recognition day will give us all an opportunity to promote the dulcimer in many different ways, whether its origins, its history, its music and on and on we could go. There are enough topics that we could celebrate more than 10 years before repeating a point of emphasis if we chose to do so.

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
02/07/22 10:21:14AM
190 posts

Sweet Woods Instruments and Ron Gibson


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I have owned two custom builds from Dave at SweetWoods. Each was skillfully crafted, with a well balanced full sound and easy playing.

A friend had one of Ron Gibson's Barbara Allen models. It was a work of beauty with rich wood, excellent craftsmanship and a wonderful sound. It was perhaps slightly louder than some modern dulcimers.

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
01/21/22 06:38:11PM
190 posts

you'll never walk alone tab


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That is a song still under copyright. You may need to purchase the sheet music and then get someone to do the tab for you. It is available here

https://www.musicnotes.com/sheetmusic/mtd.asp?ppn=MN0152332

in the key of C which should be fairly easy to create tab for.

If you can't find someone to tab it for you, pm to me.

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
12/26/21 10:00:16AM
190 posts

Remembering "Deputy Mo" / The Friendly Beasts


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

So fondly remember Rod. May we never forget those dulcimer friends who have gone on before.

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
12/21/21 02:29:18PM
190 posts

Wooden Drums


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

Looks good Kenh. I like the simple design.

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
12/01/21 07:30:38AM
190 posts

Fellenbaum dulcimers


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If my information is correct Fellenbaum is a builder in Black Mountain NC. He has slowed down on building dulcimers to keep in stock, but does build to order. His dulcimers are well crafted and typically have a bit wider and deeper body. There is no standard for dulcimer dimensions and builders have their own preferences. Like Ken said, tone is influenced by volume of the sound box.

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
11/25/21 10:03:18AM
190 posts

The Positive Thread...


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Happy Thanksgiving all. May we all be sure to reflect on all of our many blessings and truly be thankful from a grateful heart.

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
09/28/21 04:52:56PM
190 posts

Warren May Mahogany Dulcimer need home


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I think your plan to sell and use the proceeds to purchase a dulcimer fitted to the playing style of those around you is admirable. So many folks would not want to take the time to do that. 

I think you would want to price it at $600, maybe less. You can adjust your price lower. I just sold a Warren May premium model to a local lady who is a friend of mine. Because of that relationship I sold it for far less than it is worth. But I did not have to pack and ship it.

It seems many current players prefer to have the extra frets and mechanical tuners as you noted in your area. If you are willing to wait it out, I am sure you will find a buyer, but it may take a couple of months or more. The holidays are coming up and the vaccine has not prevented me from having dulcimer acquisition disorder (DAD).

You may want to contact Warren May. He may have someone with interest that would not demand a new dulcimer. PM me and I can help you with contact information.

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
09/15/21 04:38:14PM
190 posts

Don Pedi honored


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Thanks Kenl. Great read. Don is quite a fellow.

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
08/27/21 05:25:41PM
190 posts

COVID and Nursing Home Visits


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Thought I'd ask of the many who play their dulcimers in nursing, rehab, senior living, or retirement centers how things are going? What kind of access are you finding where you are? Any of you back to any where close to pre covid frequency of visits? Thanks.

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
08/20/21 03:42:53PM
190 posts

Why is it called a possum board?


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Like Dan said the name comes from a board used to stretch animal skins for sale. Different sizes for muskrats, mink, racoon, possum, beaver, rabbits. Dad used them in the winter when trapping muskrats and mink to supplement farm income.


Original Possum Board.jpg Original Possum Board.jpg - 91KB
Richard Streib
@richard-streib
08/19/21 08:44:18PM
190 posts

Black Rose Dulcimer by Bill Todd


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That is a beautiful dulcimer. I have not heard of this builder. Perhaps someone will recognize the name and provide some information.

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
07/24/21 08:20:14PM
190 posts

fingerstyle playing on a budget


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It seems a number of people have purchased dulcimers as an impulse buy, take them home with the intent of learning to play, never get around to it, and store the dulcimer away.

I have purchased no less than 6 second hand dulcimers which appeared to have been played little if at all. One had the pick and noter sealed in a little envelope which had never been opened and the string sale tag still tied to the instrument.

So it is possible to get a "used" dulcimer which has not been used much at all.

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
07/18/21 07:05:46PM
190 posts

The Positive Thread...


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Great story Kenl. Thanks for sharing it.

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
07/15/21 11:39:21AM
190 posts

Ukulele Pegs for a dulcimer


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Looks mighty good. Congrats on your good work and learning experience.

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
07/12/21 01:36:15PM
190 posts

New Dulcimore


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions


 A picture of a new dulcimore beautifully crafted by Dulcimore Dan. This is his Dulcimore model.

Poplar body with cherry stapleboard, tuning pegs, headstock and tail block. Traditional with staple frets, fiddle edges, no extra frets, set up and tuned Gdd. A real beauty to the eye and to the ear.

If they ever develop a vaccine for Dulcimer Acquisition Disorder, I'll refuse to take it.


Dulcimore by Dulcimore Dan.jpg Dulcimore by Dulcimore Dan.jpg - 63KB
Richard Streib
@richard-streib
07/04/21 06:39:20PM
190 posts

Ukulele Pegs for a dulcimer


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One of the builders on this site might be willing to fix the holes so the new tuning machines will work. Would involve shipping dulcimer and tuning machines and waiting to get it back.

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
06/12/21 09:12:22PM
190 posts

Awarding the "giveaway dulcimore" in Berea!


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Great photo John and great dulcimore given to Diane. Contrats Diane. Enjoy your dulcimore

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
06/01/21 08:28:07PM
190 posts

My mom’s teardrop dulcimer


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That is a beautiful dulcimer. Best of luck finding out more about it.

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
05/12/21 06:45:12PM
190 posts

Making a dulcimer humidity resistant?


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How wonderful of you to build your sister a dulcimer. I would think if she has a reasonably "tight" house and does not live with the windows open all the time, the dulcimer may be protected enough kept inside. As exciting as it sounds to sit by the beach to  play I probably would not do that. I live in NC with 95% humidity much of the summer with no problem imparted to my dulcimers kept inside the house.

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