Warren May, McSpadden, Blue Lion?????
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Another question-does anyone have a sound clip of a Beard?
Another question-does anyone have a sound clip of a Beard?
I am leaning toward the Warren May over the McSpadden......I have played a Warren May, now to try a McSpadden......I wasn't considering the Blue Lion but Hubby mentioned it! I think he is convinced I will sell a few once I get a new one. I know what I want and what I don't want.....curious what I might have missed (like the width of the fingerboard differences) Thanks so much for all the input....more is welcome!
I have had the opportunity to try out two different Warren May dulcimers and I absolutely adore the sound of both......I was just curious what your thought were regarding which you prefer!
I am in the market to add another dulcimer (you can't have too many, right???) What are your thoughts on these three? All opinions welcome! GO!
I didn't....I will check it out-Thanks!
Soprano-Smallest (I own) is a German Wesner
Alto-Middle is an Alpine
Tenor-Largest (I own) is a Wesner All three are wood and have wonderful tone quality!
I built a Mirleton once -- the adult version of a kazoo. Also ocarina.
I have a few Ocarinas....fun to play.....I sometimes take one sailing and play when there aren't any waves!!!!
After reading Bill's post regarding Pennywhistle-I was curious what other wind instruments does everyone play.
I grew up on the Clarinet, Alto Clarinet and Bass Clarinet, Recently (last year) started playing the penny whistle but most recently I have acquired and started playing the serious recorders. I own a soprano, an Alto and a Tenor. The alto is my favorite (I have tiny hands and it fits)
Here are the last ones I saw!
I will keep a watch out!
I kept photos of the others she had on the page....I will find them and post here!
This little guy has a special place for Christmas!
(Do you think they talk to each other?)
Yes, I do...They complain if their strings need changing and tell all when they travel to distant lands for a road trip! rofl
Half have names and half don't. (Do you think they talk to each other?)
My dulcimer with a swan head and tail feathers is called Swannie. My first dulcimer was found abandoned in a fleamarket and I call it the Orphan. Haven't figured out a name for my Folkcraft nor little travel Applecreek.
Love "Orphan" as a name....I have three flea market finds-my first dulcimer ever is BOB-the maker was named BOB. My Folkroots is named after the gentleman I got it from!
The name of my last build is VERY descriptive! I experimented with a couple stains and it failed; hence named: The Ugly One. Despite appearance, it sounds fairly good.
That makes it sound like a "wicked" sounding instrument!
I had two custom made mandolins for many years- an F5 and an octave mandolin... both with similar inlays and made by the same luthier. I called them The Little Snapper and The Big Snapper. They were gorgeous. I sold them last year, both to the same person.
Love those names!
Some of mine have names: Rosa, Lucinda, Mr. Salty. One or two remain nameless.
Mr. Salty got his name when I was playing for my kid's 1st grade class and someone said it looked like a "peanut guitar." Indeed, the hourglass shape does resemble the shape of a peanut and the lacewood resembles the texture of a peanut shell.
I've been using words from the Bible, usually the Psalms, as names for my new dulcimer builds.
It's getting more difficult to find words that can be names also! Mephibosheth? Maher-shalal-hash-baz?...
Thats a super idea!!!
This is a list of names (including hubby's)
Broadway, Skinny, Kat, Ollie, Bud, Baby, Wally, Milly, Boxer, Annie, Bob, Tiny Tim, Shane, Pocahontas, Sweetie, Logan, Merl.
I have been "naming" mine by the month that it was made. ("October" is just getting started, though.)
Mine are by Maker, Seller, User, wood type...really anything I can distinguish from the others!
Just curious.....does anyone "NAME-nickname" their dulcimers as I do??? I will get a list of mine together and post their names!
I am currently using it set on the first fret but moved slightly toward the nut....if I flip all the fingers to "off" I can continue to play 1st fret without any issues! Handy and oh so quick!
Does he use a strap? I have longer legs than upper body and placing my strap tightly around my legs(just behind the knee bend-tightened for no motion in the dulcimer) works way better than under my behind!
Another interesting find I made this last week! I was in the market for another tuner (we have about ten) needed another one to keep on the currently played dulcimer. I was amazed and very excited to see this 3-in-1. I carry a metronome in my gig bag and this tuner has one built in!!! LOVE it so far!!!!! Also has a Tune generator that I haven't tried out! **Downer of this tuner is doesn't spin 360 degrees so have to clip it and tilt head to view!!
I must add-although I primarily play dulcimer-I also play around with ukulele and mandolin and hubs plays bouzouki so this mini capo seem to be a real must try!
I ordered the mini and it arrived yesterday-loving the flexibility of changing to all sorts of tunings quickly. It fits great on all the fingerboards I own (checked before ordering) The "fingers" can be removed easily and made to fit even three string dulcimers. Please continue your comments as you try this-I am curious how everyone feels! I currently have one finger fretting both melody strings and it is the clearest sound I have found while experimenting! (see photo)
Has anyone given the mini Spider a try? I searched for discussions and didn't find one!
My husband took one of our cardboard dulcimers, removed the fretboard and attached to a box (larger than a cigar box ) and created a wonderful toned box/stick for himself. The most difficult part was removing the glue used to attach the fretboard to the cardboard....many hours of sanding and filing resulted in a perfect usable piece!
I can't get the link to post properly so here....wncdc.org/Tab_Index.php Just search for this one and Sarasponda tab is there!
@hewalker, Is that perhaps the old Sarasponda, Sarasponda, Sarasponda, ret set set that I remember so fondly from 4-H days? Do you have tab for that? I would love to play it! I'm currently obsessing 'Old Yeller Dog' & 'Ruffles', but love John Stinson #2. Also currently learning John Stinson #1-didn't know it existed.
I do....I will get it together and send to you tomorrow-I am not home but I think it is in my notebook of tabs
My husband designed and makes my picks-they rest comfortably as a standard pick but swivel out of the way to allow fingerpicking without any skipped beat!
Currently Sarasponda is my go to (quick song) for warming up and it is so happy!