Forum Activity for @richard-streib

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
02/12/24 04:57:03PM
228 posts

What Are You Working On?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

@shanonmilan I enjoy Wittner pegs on several traditional dulcimers. Wrist arthritis makes tuning wooden pegs difficult as much as I like them on the traditional instruments.

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
02/07/24 06:54:04PM
228 posts

general instrument question


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

That song may be  under copyright. I did a search and could not find when it was written.  Your best avenue may be to purchase the sheet music and create your own tab from the sheet music.

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
01/31/24 08:49:41PM
228 posts

1970 M12R Signed by L. Mcspadden


FOR SALE:instruments/music items/CDs/Wanted to Buy...

I would suggest you may be a bit high. I have over the past 6 years purchased two McSpadden Dulcimers from the early '80's, both with cases, both seemingly unplayed and paid 350 for one and 300 for the other.

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
01/25/24 03:51:03PM
228 posts

Dulcimer Bag Lady Dulcimer Bags


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

They are great bags. Well made with quality materials. I can recommend them without reservation.

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
01/22/24 07:28:08PM
228 posts

Introduce Yourself!


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Frank, Warren builds wonderful dulcimers both in aesthetics and sound. I know you will enjoy playing it. Post some pictures when you receive it.

A hint: when it arrives if it is cold there, take it inside and let it acclimate to room temp in the box for a couple of hours before opening it. The hardest couple of hours for sure to tolerate.

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
01/19/24 06:51:32PM
228 posts

Traditional role of the mountain dulcimer.


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Ken Hulme:

There have never been any 'classical works' written for the Appalachian dulcimer either.  Leonard Bernstein has been bust with other projects.   IMHO "lower class peasant instrument" is a bit harsh.  No, they were not instruments of the major cities -- Vienna, Paris, Milan -- nor were they "favored" by the hoi polloi of those cities and cultures.  But that doesn't make them 'lower class peasant instruments'.  

I so agree kenH. !!
Richard Streib
@richard-streib
01/12/24 05:23:42PM
228 posts

Dulcimer Shipping


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I have shipped more with USPS than other shippers mostly out of convenience. I always pay for insurance and I am careful to pack the dulcimer well. Sometimes in a box inside a box.. I use lots of bubble pack. I usually loosen the strings as well. Label the outside of the box fragile--musical instrument. Hope that helps.

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
01/06/24 05:59:09PM
228 posts

String suggestions


Instruments- discuss specific features, luthiers, instrument problems & questions

I use Just Strings.com. You can get individual strings there. Warren May will sell you a set I am sure. He is still making a few dulcimers at his shop at home.

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
12/31/23 02:04:12PM
228 posts

Beginner questions about dulcimer care


Instruments- discuss specific features, luthiers, instrument problems & questions

Warren May is still building dulcimers. He is a delightful and friendly gentleman. The questions you pose he would be glad to answer. His number is on his website. If you leave a message I have always found him to return calls. Hope that helps.

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
12/20/23 06:51:22PM
228 posts

What Are You Working On?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I've been working on my Christmas cookies. So far 30+ dozen and I think I am finished. All for giving away to church members, neighbors, and some local businesses where I trade. Decorating is done and most of the wrapping. I'll make the coconut cake for Christmas and help cook dinner on Christmas for the family.
Merry Christmas every one.

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
12/04/23 10:31:07AM
228 posts

The Positive Thread...


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Thanks for the suggestion Strumelia. My family and I will celebrate Christmas from the perspective of the Biblical record, with praise and thanksgiving. We look forward to the Christmas fellowship at church and then the Christmas Eve candlelight service. It will be different this year as we lost my wife's dear sister passed due to cancer in September, so time will be spent to remember her.  We will share Christmas dinner with close family. Our daughter and her family will be with us for a day or two. There will be visits with family and neighbors. I will be making a homemade gift for my brother in law.  As of now I need to get started baking about 30 dozen cookies to share with many friends and some local businesses in the small town where I am. My list is growing so it may be more. I will play Christmas music most every day on the dulcimore.

Then as the Christmas Season passes into the New Year, we will continue to enjoy the birds which visit our 6 feeding stations daily. We also feed the wild deer, Canada geese, squirrels, an opossum we call Polly, a racoon we call Rocky,  and a few ducks that have taken up over the years. Some nights we listen to the call of the wild coyotes across the way.

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
10/26/23 07:31:59PM
228 posts

Accompaniment


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Well stated Wally and KenH. The mountain dulcimer is what it is. And in my humble opinion, one should enjoy its sweet song as it is without trying to make a bull horn out of it.

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
10/11/23 07:05:25PM
228 posts

Vintage Dulcimer Builds


Instruments- discuss specific features, luthiers, instrument problems & questions

I am remembering that maybe the change over from laminate to solid wood was about 1996. It seems I remember the McSpadden having to send too much of the plywood back due to poor quality and it was slowing down production. I have had 2 McSpadden's with laminate bottoms with no trouble at all.

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
08/27/23 12:46:55PM
228 posts

Introduce Yourself!


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

What a beautiful dulcimer Nightingale. I know it must be special to you. I like a long scale dulcimer for playing noter drone.

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
07/21/23 06:23:14PM
228 posts

Dulcimer Shipping


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I have found a different source for shipping instruments, books, cd's, or whatever. They ship USPS or UPS, but not FedEx at this time. I have found the rates can be 30% to as much as 60% less than going to the post office or UPS store. The service is free to use. The software by default gives the lesser rate via  xxx, but for $n.nn  more you can ship via  yyy.  There is a provision for pickup at your home or office or another address that is convenient if you don't have time to get to the post office or UPS pick up point.

The service is found at Pirateship.com.  I have used it with good results.

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
07/18/23 07:00:47PM
228 posts

Warren May Dulcimer


FOR SALE:instruments/music items/CDs/Wanted to Buy...

Great price Lorraine for a nice dulcimer. Best wishes on it finding a new home soon.

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
05/02/23 06:56:23PM
228 posts

Help with ID of recent thrift shop purchase


Instruments- discuss specific features, luthiers, instrument problems & questions

Wow, Randal, you have a beautiful dulcimer and a bargain at that. I wish you well as you learn more and learn how to enjoy your special find.

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
04/18/23 06:51:42PM
228 posts

FOTMD Advisory...


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I have not noticed any problems. Sounds like a wonderful move to the new server.

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
04/17/23 04:58:49PM
228 posts

FOTMD Advisory...


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Hope it goes smooth as buttermilk.

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
03/21/23 08:14:25PM
228 posts

How Old is This Dulcimer Kit/Stuff?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Nate, that is a real treasure. A wonderful gift to you.

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
03/15/23 07:05:04PM
228 posts

Gary Sager


OFF TOPIC discussions

The dulcimer community has lost another great one. My sympathies are extended to the family and loved ones of Gary Sager.

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
03/12/23 05:04:06PM
228 posts

Dave Lynch Harpmaker passing


OFF TOPIC discussions

So sorry to hear of Dave's passing. He was a great guy and a wonderful builder. He built a couple of dulcimers for me that demonstrated beautiful craftsmanship and wonderful sound. My sincere sympathies to his family and loved ones.

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
03/02/23 05:49:39PM
228 posts

Liquid Electrical Tape


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I have cut smallish pieces of 2000 or 4000 grit sandpaper and glued them on picks to help with keeping them where they belong.

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
02/26/23 01:42:16PM
228 posts

Strings turned iridescent?


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My guess---and it is that---is some sort of change due to being in the presence of other metals for the multitude of strings in your bucket. They should be fine to clean them and use them if they are not rusted or corroded to the point of risking breakage.

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
02/14/23 02:53:14PM
228 posts

Tom Strothers Passes


OFF TOPIC discussions

So sad to hear. God's grace to Missy.

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
01/31/23 09:10:16PM
228 posts

Jethro Amburgey #110


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Awesome. Glad you finally connected and now have the dulcimer in hand. Thanks for sharing your success.

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
01/04/23 10:13:59AM
228 posts

New Year's Resolution: "Help Somebody Today"


OFF TOPIC discussions

Help somebody today---what a wonderful way to pattern your life. Time was, and still is in some of the smaller more rural communities in America, that this was something very normal for everyone. Would it not be a wonderful world if more folks would do this kind of thing and remove themselves from the primary focus of their lives. Some say it takes a Village. I say it takes a neighbor whose focus is on others rather than himself.

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
01/03/23 07:00:17PM
228 posts

Recommendations for best software for splitting PDFs?


Dulcimer Resources:TABS/Books/websites/DVDs

I have used some of the free programs on line with good results. I have to do that so seldom relearning every time slows me down a bit.

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
01/03/23 06:57:55PM
228 posts

New Year's Resolution: "Help Somebody Today"


OFF TOPIC discussions

Looking forward to it John. I vaguely remember that hymn.

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
12/31/22 06:44:07PM
228 posts

Rest in Peace, Gwen Caeli


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

How thoughtful of you to remember her like this. I hope you find the information you need.

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
12/30/22 06:50:36PM
228 posts

Resource for Free Sheet Music


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions


I know many of our members can play by ear but are not comfortable reading sheet music; and others have the ability to read sheet music and create tabs from the sheet music


Recently I have found two websites which offer free sheet music, including some original pieces the site owner has written and composed based upon Bible verses.


All of the music is public domain though on some pieces she has her copyright for the arrangement but has released them to public domain. She simply requests they not be played where one is receiving payment (of any kind) for playing.


She does accept donations if you would like to give a bit for the music you download.





Richard Streib
@richard-streib
12/24/22 09:19:34PM
228 posts

The Positive Thread...


OFF TOPIC discussions

Merry Christmas to all of our dulcimer friends.

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
12/23/22 01:56:18PM
228 posts

The Positive Thread...


OFF TOPIC discussions

I am thankful for the Christ Whose birth we celebrate this time of year, for His love and peace and joy given to all who accept His gift of salvation and forgiveness of sins.

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
12/08/22 02:10:34PM
228 posts

Jean Ritchie was born 100 years ago today


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Thanks Robin. Jean was such a delight. Wish I had known her other than from history. She did so much to promote the mountain dulcimer we all love so much.

It seems I looked up the score for Wintergrace. If memory serves I found it one website that offered it for sale. I think it is still under copyright.

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