Forum Activity for @susie

Susie
@susie
01/23/23 08:28:43AM
488 posts

Wanted: Case for a Galax Mountain Dulcimer


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Another suggestion  is to contact Richard Ash who owns Folkcraft. They do all their cases in their shop and Richard is always up for a challenge and is very accommodating. He welcomes custom orders (new ideas) on his dulcimers and I'm sure he'd have no problem doing a case that would fit your Galax dulcimer. His cases are well padded and very nicely done. If you had him do an envelope style case, it would be more streamlined from what you have. I'd give him a call. 

https://www.folkcraft.com/pages/contact-us


updated by @susie: 01/23/23 08:30:07AM
Susie
@susie
01/22/23 01:11:21PM
488 posts

Wanted: Case for a Galax Mountain Dulcimer


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

Just a thought, have you called Toni and Steve Binkley (the daughter and SIL running the Dulcimer Bag Lady business) and asked if they could do something  custom for you, more streamlined?

Susie
@susie
01/22/23 01:06:36PM
488 posts

Wanted: Case for a Galax Mountain Dulcimer


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


Kimberly Burnette-Dean:

The dulcimer is 39” in length, 11” wide, and 4.5” deep.

Thank you for that. Unfortunately, the one I had in mind won't work for you. Hopefully, you'll get some good suggestions still. 


updated by @susie: 01/22/23 01:11:06PM
Susie
@susie
01/22/23 08:59:14AM
488 posts

Wanted: Case for a Galax Mountain Dulcimer


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

What is the width and length of your dulcimer? That may help. I have one in mind, but not knowing the dimensions, I'm not going to recommend it unless I know it would work.


updated by @susie: 01/22/23 09:02:52AM
Susie
@susie
01/17/23 07:00:00PM
488 posts

CBS piece on Troublesome Creek Stringed Instruments


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions


Thank you for sharing, what a great program. 

https://troublesomecreekguitars.com/


updated by @susie: 01/17/23 07:02:09PM
Susie
@susie
01/12/23 10:57:49AM
488 posts

to get chromatic or not


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Sam Edelston:

While respecting and loving dulcimers' traditional, diatonic roots, there's no reason why the instrument needs to be limited to that.

I know some people question whether or not a chromatic should be called a dulcimer, but the instrument doesn't care what you call it.

So, again, whether you should get a chromatic depends on what you want to do with it. It's totally okay to get one, and it's totally okay not to.

Sam

Well said, Sam. 

This is my approach to music and all my instruments.  Explore and play for yourself and don't try to fit inside a box created by others. 

ErthLing, have fun!


updated by @susie: 01/12/23 10:59:31AM
Susie
@susie
11/25/22 01:25:34PM
488 posts

Introduce Yourself!


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Welcome Mivo. You have a beautiful McSpadden and it sounds like you are well on your way. I agree to take the time to find your style. There are many paths to follow; all are good. 

Regarding fingerpicking vs flatpicking, I have a similar background.  I've been fingerpicking guitar since 1973, and also fingerpick banjo, both with fingerpicks. However, I've chosen to follow the chord-melody route on dulcimer, with a flatpick. I am enjoying  that, despite my fingerpicking experience.  It's all about you and your own choices.  

Susie
@susie
11/23/22 01:20:36PM
488 posts

For Sale: Folkcraft Dulcimer Case (SOLD)


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Price drop to $75.00.

PayPal (Friends and Family), Venmo, or Zelle.

Susie
@susie
11/20/22 11:49:20AM
488 posts

Show Us Your Pets!


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Milo and Frankie are real cuties!

Daffer and Annabell....gotta love the goats!

Susie
@susie
11/11/22 06:50:27PM
488 posts

How Many Dulcimers Do You Own?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

ocean-daughter:

Well, I have another one!  I found it on the goodwill site.  It looks like a Black Mountain, but has no label. 

I'll post some pictures of some of my dulcimers a little later. 

This one came with only one string (the bass string); also the saddle is a bit damaged and the nut is a bit out of place.  So I'm going to take it to my favorite luthier down the road. 

Neat, congrats! Would love to see pics when you have time.

Susie
@susie
11/07/22 06:39:16AM
488 posts

Show Us Your Pets!


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"Always the best hello, but also the hardest goodbye" ... says it well.

Susie
@susie
11/04/22 08:54:39AM
488 posts

Show Us Your Pets!


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Strumelia:

Hugs to all who are missing their sweet furry companions... dog1kittywinkheartbeat



brokenheartgrphug

Susie
@susie
11/04/22 07:37:01AM
488 posts

Show Us Your Pets!


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We lost our beautiful Cody on January 5, 2022, just before his 14th birthday. 

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A sensitive, loving, and funny boy. 

As you all know, losing a pet is very difficult. They live on in our hearts. We got this canvas print, which was so appropriate for him.

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Susie
@susie
10/31/22 11:21:24AM
488 posts

Show Us Your Pets!


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Fharlm:

My handsome fella

He IS handsome!

Susie
@susie
10/26/22 06:55:20PM
488 posts

Dulcimer Moving when I play


Playing and jamming difficulties...HELP ME!

As Dusty said, this is a common solution. When I first started playing dulcimer, I took this approach. It worked well. The warnings given already about not storing the material against the wood of the dulcimer are valid. Eventually, I did move on to using straps, which works better for me now. Don't rule them out, maybe it's something that will work for you later. If not, using the non-slip liner is just fine. Another case for straps is at festivals when people are moving around you. A strap helps secure your dulcimer in the event of an accidental hit. 


updated by @susie: 10/26/22 08:27:33PM
Susie
@susie
10/24/22 08:38:56PM
488 posts

Show Us Your Pets!


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vetrn7:

Buddy is my 11 year old Jack Russell terrier.

Such a cutie!

Susie
@susie
10/22/22 08:51:59PM
488 posts

How Many Dulcimers Do You Own?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Lenard:

I have six.  My wife purchase a McSpadden for me years ago, a banjo style and four that I made myself.

Welcome to the forum! Thanks for sharing your dulcimer collection!

Susie
@susie
10/20/22 08:50:46AM
488 posts

How Many Dulcimers Do You Own?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Ken Longfield:

Congratulations on acquiring your eighth dulcimer. It is beautiful and I am sure it sounds great. Enjoy.


Ken


"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."



Thanks Ken! It does sound really nice. BTW, it's only #7, I surely don't expect a #8. winker

Susie
@susie
10/19/22 06:15:46PM
488 posts

How Many Dulcimers Do You Own?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Kendra Ward:

Hi Susie! That is so beautiful! As it turns out, Bob and I actually saw it a couple of weeks ago at Folkcraft. ☺️ Richard showed it to us and told us about the wood. I drooled over the cat paw sound holes…lol…🐾🐾 Congratulations!



Wow, that's neat to hear. I saw the pictures of your visit to Folkcraft. It's cool you saw it. Richard and crew picked out a fabulous set of Hickory for it. I've been playing it today. It has such a pretty voice and the sustain is remarkable.  Of course, the workmanship is fabulous. But one correction, they are dog paws, winker haha. I do think he has cat soundholes too. Since I've had 7 family dogs in my life so far (#8 is on the way), you can officially call me a dog person.

Susie
@susie
10/19/22 03:55:22PM
488 posts

How Many Dulcimers Do You Own?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Dusty Turtle:

Looks beautiful.  Congrats on your new baby.

Thank so much, Dusty!

Susie
@susie
10/19/22 03:50:31PM
488 posts

For Sale: Folkcraft Dulcimer Case (SOLD)


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This Folkcraft dulcimer case is brand new. It came with a new dulcimer that I just received from Folkcraft, but I don't need the case. It has not been used at all, since receiving my dulcimer. It comes from a smoke-free home. 

This is a high quality, very nicely padded case. It does its job well to protect your dulcimer from getting scratched up or from getting dents and dings. The case will fit nearly all teardrop and hourglass dulcimers. It has an large outside pocket for accessories, carrying handles, and a detachable shoulder strap. It features the embroidered "Folkcraft Instruments" logo on the pocket.

It measures 42 inches by 12 inches (exterior), and will fit an instrument which is up to 38 inches long, 8 inches wide, and 4 inches deep (including the fretboard and machine heads).

Shipping (well packed) via UPS Ground, within the Continental United States. No returns.

$85, which includes free shipping (with tracking and insurance).

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updated by @susie: 10/19/22 03:53:24PM
Susie
@susie
10/19/22 03:19:25PM
488 posts

How Many Dulcimers Do You Own?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Update, I just added dulcimer #7. My last. winkergiggle2

I've wanted a Hickory dulcimer for awhile now. This is it. A Folkcraft FSH. I also had Richard engrave a maple leaf at the 5th fret, since my husband and I have been producers of Michigan Pure Maple Syrup since 2008. I'm really happy with this dulcimer....it sounds great and plays perfectly.

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Susie
@susie
10/14/22 01:24:25PM
488 posts

Walworth capo issue


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


Elderly Instruments in Lansing, MI was the first to start carrying them (when I got mine....I have two). They are made in Chelsea, MI, just south of me. Elderly has been my go-to store since 1974. They are very helpful. I would give Elderly a call and see if they can resolve this for you, by either getting you the dense rubber pieces you need, or getting you the contact information for the company. 

https://www.elderly.com/pages/contactus


updated by @susie: 10/14/22 01:25:49PM
Susie
@susie
09/30/22 05:53:09PM
488 posts

For Sale: Roland® Mobile AC stereo acoustic amplifier


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This is the amp I use with my dulcimer. It's got great acoustic tone, volume, and controls. Lightweight and usable with batteries or an available AC adapter. Easy to understand too. Good luck with your sale....I love mine!

Susie
@susie
09/24/22 08:52:52PM
488 posts

Youth Dulcimer Club


Dulcimer Resources:TABS/Books/websites/DVDs

Getting the younger generation excited about music is awesome, Erin. I started into music when I was 9 and have made it a life-long passion.

Susie
@susie
09/07/22 04:55:46PM
488 posts

North country dulcimers floating bridge replacement


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

Your new dulcimer is beautiful! Keep us posted after you get it set up and are able to play. I bet it's got a nice voice too.

Susie
@susie
09/03/22 03:03:14PM
488 posts

How Many Dulcimers Do You Own?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

squeakyhawk:

I own 3 guitars one which I got as a gift in 1978 made by Eagle and two Taylor’s.  I am learning Native American Flute…..I have too many to count.  I have a McNally Stick, Djembe. I was given a mountain dulcimer for a my birthday and I bought another mountain dulcimer while on vacation .  I am not sure if I have enough mountain dulcimers.  Lol 😆 Along with miscellaneous musical instruments 



There's a group of us here with interest in Native American Flutes. You fit right in with your growing collection of them, along with your growing collection of dulcimers. winker

Susie
@susie
08/29/22 08:36:58PM
488 posts

How Many Dulcimers Do You Own?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Wow Kendra, thank you for sharing. Impressive, to have have so many heirloom instruments. I have one.....my grandpa's fiddle, that he got when he was 16 (1914). I also wondered about Bob's guitar stable. I was up to 7 at one point, but have thinned the herd to 4. Bob needs to catch up to your collection, haha.

Susie
@susie
08/28/22 06:56:06PM
488 posts

End of Finger Stabs


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Sheryl St. Clare:

I didn't think of your simple solutions. I think the beads are pretty. Maybe I'll get some rainbow beads and really dress up my headstock! 💐



Nothing wrong with that....it's all about having fun and making it your own. You may even start a trend in the dulcimer community. sun

Susie
@susie
08/28/22 06:10:56PM
488 posts

End of Finger Stabs


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Cute idea. I cut my string ends to about 1/8-1/4" which keeps them out of harms way. But, with  (currently) 4 guitars, 7 dulcimers, and 3 other stringed instruments, I have had my share of string pokes while changing strings (since I started playing 49 years ago). 


updated by @susie: 08/28/22 06:50:50PM
Susie
@susie
08/21/22 09:09:10AM
488 posts

General Observation - Two Dulcimers, Two Sounds


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Robin Thompson:

RoyB, one of the things I love about mountain dulcimer is what you've observed-- how different they each can sound.  



I will second this, and will add that their varying sizes come in handy for different applications....playing at home, taking to a festival, going in an RV, etc. Depending on where I'm playing and if I will be playing with others, I decide which one to grab. Also, you can have them tuned differently.  Not to mention the beauty of dulcimers.....different woods and appointments.  So, as you can see, we NEED many dulcimers. grinwinky

Susie
@susie
07/17/22 10:24:58AM
488 posts

Wanted - clemmer Tennessee sweetie


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Done. I contacted her and she said she sent you a PM. Hope this helps.

Susie
@susie
07/16/22 09:14:25PM
488 posts

Wanted - clemmer Tennessee sweetie


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Paula Brawdy:

Susie, yes please do!  

Will do.....tomorrow.

Susie
@susie
07/16/22 09:01:54PM
488 posts

Wanted - clemmer Tennessee sweetie


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

I have a friend who might have hers for sale. She lives near Howell, MI. I can check with her if you'd like me too. 

Susie
@susie
06/28/22 02:53:59PM
488 posts

Wire cutter recommendations for dulcimer strings


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Dusty Turtle:

I use a combination string turner/wire cutter made by D'Addario.  I actually have a few of them and keep them in instrument cases.  They make changing strings super easy.


D'Addario PLanet Waves Pro Winder



I have one of these too, that is part of my travel kit, in case I break a string and need to do a quick change while on the road. My normal cutters and battery string winder stay at home for all my scheduled string changes on all my instruments.  Yes Dusty, these do work good.

Susie
@susie
06/27/22 04:09:30PM
488 posts

Wire cutter recommendations for dulcimer strings


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I went to my local hardware store and looked at all the choices. I bought the size I wanted and the pair that felt best in my hands and were a quality brand. I change lots of strings on my dulcimers, guitars, etc., etc., etc. and they are still working great. Again, I'd stress a quality brand, RATHER THAN the cheapest set you can find on Amazon. Like they say, you get what you pay for. 


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