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Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
01/11/22 07:49:19AM
828 posts

Mystery Gerald Titus dulcimer 1967, odd fine-tuners


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Regarding the slot; I wonder if it was an attempt to loosen the top and allow it to vibrate more. I realize that as it flares out and extends over the sides of the dulcimer it would do little to lessen the stiffness of the top.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
01/11/22 07:42:14AM
828 posts

Mystery Gerald Titus dulcimer 1967, odd fine-tuners


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Dusty is correct about Sunhearth dulcimers. Walt Martin's fine tuners were usually made of ebony and broke easily. I've never heard of Mr. Titus either. That is quite a list of folks you have contacted who have no knowledge of him. You may have already done this, but have you contacted Bob Dylan? I realize that Dylan is 80 years old and it may be difficult to remember back 55 years, but is worth a try.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
01/10/22 10:25:20AM
828 posts

Bocote Wood - the 'eyes' have it.


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Very nice. That bocote wood is beautiful. You do good work. Enjoy your dulcimer. I'm sure your friend will cherish the other one you made. Like Ken H., I use a surface sander on figured wood, never a planer.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
01/08/22 02:59:50PM
828 posts

Know this craftsman? C. S. Jennings, Nitro, West Virginia


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You're welcome Scott. Do share, if you get a reply. I know it is a long shot.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
01/07/22 08:33:05PM
828 posts

Know this craftsman? C. S. Jennings, Nitro, West Virginia


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Nitro is west of Charleston heading toward Huntington. It is a small town of around 6,500 people at spans two counties in the western part of central West Virginia. Nitro itself has an interesting history as the place that manufactured gun powder for World War I.  As to Mr. Jennings I know nothing about him. Here is a link to https://w ww.g orbysmusic.com  so you can look for yourself. My guess is that Mr. Jennings made a few dulcimers and put them in the shop on consignment, but maybe some of our West Virginia members know more about him. Perhaps you could call the shop and someone there might know something about him.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."


updated by @ken-longfield: 01/07/22 08:38:11PM
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
12/26/21 11:17:20AM
828 posts

Remembering "Deputy Mo" / The Friendly Beasts


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I thought of Rod when I did The Friendly Beasts for our Tuesday evening Zoom group video. Even after 11 years I have fond memories of all the conversations I had with Rod.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
12/24/21 07:22:56PM
828 posts

Joni Mitchell's song "River"...


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I enjoyed the video and think it expresses the song very well. Thank you for sharing it.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
12/23/21 09:55:11AM
828 posts

Tips on shipping dulcimers


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Sorry to hear that Dave. No matter how careful we are packing instruments for shipping, shippers will find ways to destroy them.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
12/21/21 07:46:36PM
828 posts

Frame Drums


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Wow, very nice playing. Thanks for sharing.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
12/21/21 11:22:37AM
828 posts

Wooden Drums


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That's a creative design Ken and should do the job you intend it to do. Nice construction. Thanks for sharing.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
12/16/21 08:09:39PM
828 posts

Mike Clemmer


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Eric, I would like to know that as well. I'm just guessing here, but I think he is referring the do re mi as a diatonic scale (seven notes) compared to a chromatic scale. I don't know how chromatic becomes a "European" scale.

Ken

"The dulcimer player sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
12/12/21 06:42:30PM
828 posts

Mike Clemmer


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I wasn't able to open that link; even after copying and pasting in my browser. Here Is another link which works.

https://tennesseecrossroads.org/mike-clemmer-dulcimers/

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

P.S. I enjoyed your daughter's family at the end of the video. Very talented group there.


updated by @ken-longfield: 12/12/21 06:59:41PM
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
12/12/21 05:34:38PM
828 posts

Sunhearth


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That's a beautiful instrument. Does it have the fine tuners between the bridge and end pins? They are small pieces of ebony the string goes through. I have one of the Sunhearth teardrop dulcimers.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
12/12/21 11:07:42AM
828 posts

Mike Clemmer


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I came across this video of Mike Clemmer. I thought some folks might enjoy watching it. https://www.voanews.com/a/6346682.html

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."


updated by @ken-longfield: 12/12/21 06:59:10PM
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
12/12/21 10:38:41AM
828 posts

Sunhearth


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Thanks for the addition Strumelia. I was going to mention that, but I guess I got lost somewhere along the way. That's what happens when you reach three quarters of century.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
12/11/21 08:40:45PM
828 posts

Sunhearth


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Your Sunhearth dulcimer made by Walt Martin in Roaring Spring, PA is a great instrument. These instruments were originally meant to be in a 1 - 5 - 5 tuning (DAA or CGG primarily) and using a noter. You might have to lower the action a little if you choose to play chord/melody style.  You should be able to tune up to DAd using  0.010 for the melody strings, a 0.013 for the middle, and 0.020 for the bass. If those are too floppy, you can increase to 0.11 or 0.012, 0.014, and 0.022. Increasing the size of the strings will increase the tension of the peg and if they are friction pegs you may have trouble keeping them in tune.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
12/09/21 01:15:07PM
828 posts

Final Hearts of the Dulcimer Podcast Episode


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Great news! I'm looking forward to the new podcasts.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
12/07/21 12:47:25PM
828 posts

Dulcimer String Anchor Pins


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That's good news SoR. Glad to hear that some of this discussion was helpful to you. Keep on strumming.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
12/06/21 09:30:24PM
828 posts

Dulcimer String Anchor Pins


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Dusty Turtle:

In any case, it appears you and I don't really disagree on the appropriate string gauges; we are just not sure how  studentofrhythm has his dulcimer set up.

I agree that we don't really disagree. I was trying to find the appropriate strings for the first tuning he mentioned which was GDD. As I understand the pattern for identifying the notes by letters in the system we use, middle C is designated by a lower case "c".  The octave below that is capital letters. The next octave lower is a capital letter followed by an apostrophe. The octave with middle c is lower case and the next octave above is lower case followed by an apostrophe.In American Standard Pitch Notation notes are designated by letter and octave; middle c being C4.

The original poster wants to tune his dulcimer "up to minor tuning." If that is D minor those notes would be D, F, A. I don't know whether one would tune those strings in the same octave giving a open minor when the dulcimer is strummed. I guess I need a more information and a better knowledge of music theory.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
12/06/21 02:45:08PM
828 posts

Dulcimer String Anchor Pins


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Dusty, if the string VSL is 24 inches and the tuning is the D below middle C, according the the Strothers string calculator the string should be a 0.022. If you were tuning the "d" an octave higher the recommended string is a 0.011 but I think you could use a 0.012. I based my calculation on G and D as I thought that was what the original poster was going for in his question.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
12/06/21 12:39:20PM
828 posts

Dulcimer String Anchor Pins


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And GDD would be a 0.016 for G and 0.022 for the D strings. String companies market dulcimer string sets mostly for two tunings, DAA and DAd and a VSL of about 26 to 28 inches. Dulcimer players need to learn that if they choose to explore other tunings and VSLs they need to find the right size strings. That's what is good about FOTMD. People can ask questions and folks here help them find the correct information. I trust that has been helpful to you StudentofRhythm.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song. 

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
11/27/21 04:52:18PM
828 posts

Final Hearts of the Dulcimer Podcast Episode


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Patricia and Wayne, I am sorry to see the Hearts of the Dulcimer podcast ending. I have enjoyed listening to them. Thank you for all your work in producing these and making them available to the dulcimer community. Best wishes for all your future endeavors.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
11/25/21 10:43:20AM
828 posts

The Positive Thread...


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Happy Thanksgiving. Among my many blessings is all my dulcimer friends here. at FOTMD and TTAD. Enjoy the day everyone.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
11/22/21 09:09:11PM
828 posts

Trying to identify this dulcimer.


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I'm traveling over the next ten days, so I am away from my files. I'm working from memory here, but his looks like a kit that was offered in the late 1970s. I am going by the shapes of the peg head and the tail piece. Unfortunately I can't look through my files of dulcimer advertisements or old DPNs until after Dec. 4th.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
11/14/21 02:28:53PM
828 posts

Terry Hennessy


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Terry Hennessy died yesterday, November 13, 2021, at his home. He was the builder who made Richard Farina’s dulcimer. He will be missed by family and friends and by many of us in the dulcimer world. My sympathy is offered to all. I was fortunate to be able to examine and strum the dulcimer he made for Richard.  You can read about Terry here .

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."


updated by @ken-longfield: 11/14/21 03:11:41PM
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
11/01/21 08:53:52AM
828 posts

Sam Rizzetta Has Passed


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Sam died just one day after entering a hospice program. He was a good player in addition to being a builder of hammered dulcimers. His work, especially with the group Trapezoid, helped revive interest in the HD. He was a contributor to Dulcimer Players News writing a column on "Technical Dulcimer."

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
10/30/21 10:20:07AM
828 posts

Does anyone have information on the Dulcimer Guild


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Sorry, Nathina, but I've never heard of it. I will watch this thread to see if you receive an answer.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
10/23/21 02:03:59PM
828 posts

Jaromin dulcimer kit from Annalisa's Crafts


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Good point Wally. I really was not criticizing  the design, just wondering about how that was chosen. You explained that. I know nothing about laser cutters. Like I said, it is a great alternative to a cardboard dulcimer.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

P.S. - Did your wife get her dulcimer kit constructed?

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
10/22/21 01:42:07PM
828 posts

Jaromin dulcimer kit from Annalisa's Crafts


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Jim, it looks very good. It certainly looks easy to assemble and looks great once assembled. You did a beautiful job with it.

I do wonder about some of the design components of the manufacturer. It looks like he/she choose to copy the fret board of cardboard dulcimer manufacturers rather than go the extra step of having the fretboard end at the body of the dulcimer which would require extending the body of the dulcimer and repositioning the string anchors. I would like to see the nut/zero fret over the body of the instrument. 

I agree with Ken regarding the tuners. You always want to have the strings pulling the shaft in to the gears. 

Thanks for sharing this. It is a wonderful alternative to a cardboard dulcimer.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."


updated by @ken-longfield: 10/22/21 01:42:51PM
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
10/22/21 11:36:50AM
828 posts

Simerman Dulcimers


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Paula, I can't answer your question. I have heard many of Kurt's dulcimers played but have no idea when they were made. All as I can say is that I have never encountered on of his dulcimers that I did not like. All played well, were well made, and sang a sweet song.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
10/17/21 10:39:37AM
828 posts

German folk song tabs


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Thank you Jost. I enjoyed listening to the different performances of this folk song. I'm going to try to learn it on the dulcimer.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
10/14/21 12:34:19PM
828 posts

String Sources, gauges, types


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The hitch pins on Folkcraft dulcimers can accept either ball or loop end strings. While I prefer the ball end strings on my Folkcraft, loop ends will do in an emergency (for me). Just make sure the hitch pin is thin enough for the ball to fit over it if you should use ball end strings. If you have a supply of loop end strings use them. I've found that for me the best gauges for the 27 inch VSL are: 0.011 melodies, 0.013 middle, and 0,024 bass.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
10/11/21 11:20:31AM
828 posts

RIP Bill Taylor


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I agree with everyone that this is sad news. He will be missed not only by his family, but by all his dulcimer friends as well. He was an excellent builder and musician. Rest in piece Bill.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
10/07/21 10:25:51AM
828 posts

Folkcraft kits


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I've built several Folkcraft kits, but not since the move to Indiana. It looks like the kits now come pre-fretted with a 6 1/2 fret. The vsl is probably 27 inches which was pretty much the standard vsl on Folkcraft dulcimers at one time. The hourglass kit should have about the same dimensions as an FSH model. They are very nice kits and make a good dulcimer depending upon the skill of the builder.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
10/01/21 08:09:29AM
828 posts

Death of John Shaw, UK mountain dulcimer giant


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I missed this when it was first posted. It must have been when I was traveling out west. His wife's tribute to him gives us a wonderful picture of him. I know he is missed by family and friends. His music will live on and continue to inspire all who listen to it.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
09/28/21 08:02:04PM
828 posts

Warren May Mahogany Dulcimer need home


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I did a quick search on eBay of recently sold Warren May dulcimers. There were two hourglass dulcimers sold; of for $285 and the other for $315. The other May dulcimer was his hourdrop model and it sold for $629.95. This is just an indication of what the eBay market place is bringing at the present time.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
09/16/21 08:06:29PM
828 posts

Have not been on in awhile


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Very nice Don. Have fun playing it. Welcome back.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
09/15/21 04:02:51PM
828 posts

Don Pedi honored


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Many of us know Don Pedi and his career as a dulcimer musician with an interest in the North Carolina dulcimer community. I came across this article today: https://www.bpr.org/post/spotlight-bpr-music-host-and-dulcimer-master-don-pedi#stream/0

Congratulations Don!

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
09/14/21 08:10:35PM
828 posts

Fret Markers?


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I don't use fret markers. As Dusty said, "The diatonic fretboard IS your fret marker." I have never put them on any of the dulcimers I've built either. Doesn't seem to be a problem for anyone.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

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