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Paula Brawdy Cynthia Wigington Stewart McCormick Gordon Hardy Charles Thomas Helen Seiler Deborah Hinz Sheryl St. Clare Ken Backer Colleen Hailey Jan Potts Kandee Lexie R Oakley Monica

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@marg • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Blizzard in Northeast/March 14th 2017":
"I think it has to be just kids that would be excited with this snow. I'm glad you didn't lose power, my sister said where she was the wind was blowing so..."
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@marg • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Blizzard in Northeast/March 14th 2017":
"WOW, lots of snow. Be careful"
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@marg • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Positive Thread...":
" cynthia, your walk in the moonlight sounds like a song and I am happy it is all possible for you now."
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@marg • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Blizzard in Northeast/March 14th 2017":
"Good luck to all, stay warm & be careful"
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@marg • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Stand-Up Stands":
"Not sure if my 'folding stand!' is luggage or something else, it's about 29" high. Nice idea & good luck with your presentation. "
marg
 
@marg • one week ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Edsel Martin sample:
"(it's really just me having fun, ) Good for you & if you think you are making 'noise', it's a wonderful happy 'noise'"
marg
 
@marg • one week ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Edsel Martin sample:
"Nice sound & so different from your other tunes. Thanks"
marg
 
@marg • one week ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on butterfly:
"Can tell you are having fun, nice going"
marg
 
@marg • one week ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Painting:
"Good luck with your paintings, I have let some time go by without painting & just getting back into it. Nice putting your music with yours, I was..."
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@marg • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Stand-Up Stands":
"Inns/models/hotels at one time had folding wooden stands like yours for the suitcases, not sure if they still do but I have one. Interesting idea, good luck..."
marg
 
@marg • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Fine Tuner Beads -- a Primer Needed!":
"dshombert is selling a dulcimer here on FOTMD & his photos listed looks like it has something like beads you have discussed here. Is that what they are?"
marg
 
@marg • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Fine Tuner Beads -- a Primer Needed!":
"Does anyone have a photo of how these beads work, I'm not sure I understand where or how or why. thanks"
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@marg • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Single or Double Melody Strings?":
"I have a few dulcimers & some have 3 strings & some have 4 & one has 5 & one has 6.     The ones with only 3, I took one of the melody..."
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@marg • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Recommendations for new strings and new a bridge?":
"Cripple Creek's store has been closed since a flood when through the area but the have a FB & I read they said they would still answer questions  "
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@marg • 2 weeks ago • comments: 17
Posted a new Comment on First play on my new dulcimer (last night).:
"Very nice"
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@marg • 2 weeks ago • comments: 12
Posted a new Comment on @irene:
"Irene, the dulcimer you are holding looks so big, is it or just the way the photo is taken? i love the idea of fixing up old dulcimers, how wonderful you..."
marg
 
@marg • 3 weeks ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on Believe Me, If All Those Endearing Young Charms :
"very nice"
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@marg • 3 weeks ago • comments: 15
Posted a new Comment on Oh, Snenandoah:
"Sounds beautiful"
marg
 
@marg • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Galax dulcimer for sale":
"Robert, Your dulcimer is so beautiful, you are an artist with your design."
marg
 
@marg • 4 weeks ago • comments: 13
Posted a new Comment on The Ash Grove :
"Very nice, beautiful"
marg
 
@marg • one month ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on White Walnut Instrument, Robin's Robin:
"beautiful wood, good luck working with it"
marg
 
@marg • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Gold Tone Dulciborn - thoughts, reviews?":
"I don't have a  'scalloped fretboard'  My dulciborn was part of the new models they were hoping was going to fix some of their earlier problems.     My..."
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@marg • one month ago • comments: 21
Posted a new Comment on Stringing and tuning 5 string dulcimer:
"Do you have a Berg dulcimer, sounds like their tuning.  (024, .009, .013, .011, .011 and it is tuned to Ddadd") D is low, a bass d is the same as the..."
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@marg • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "I have a Baritone Crush":
"(Baritone playing 'Blackest Crow' on youtube.) It does has a nice sound, good luck with what you decide. "
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@marg • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Gold Tone Dulciborn - thoughts, reviews?":
"alan, ( keep it hydrated and cased)   What happen to your fretboard & is your dulciborn one with the scallop fretboard (like in the videos below) or..."
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@marg • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Gold Tone Dulciborn - thoughts, reviews?":
"Christine Shoemaker dulciborn::  & Frank Ledgerwood or flwoods1 playing his dulciborn:  &  John Hawk dulciborn::     There are many more videos..."
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@marg • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "New Airlines' Rules Affect Those Traveling with Instruments":
"This terrible   ;-("
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@marg • one month ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on Loch Lomond, played on a Dulciborn:
"Very nice, I like the sounds of the finger picking - beautiful.     I have a Dulciborn but strum with a pick. I came up with a two tone pick for another..."
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@marg • one month ago • comments: 12
Posted a new Comment on "The Sally Garden" GC016 :
"very nice"
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@marg • one month ago • comments: 11
Posted a new Comment on New galax dulcimer:
"Beautiful dulcimer and a work of art. "
marg
 
@marg • 2 months ago • comments: 11
Posted a new Comment on Gray Cat on Tennesse farm with feline commentary:
"nice, thank you"
marg
 
@marg • 2 months ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Isle of Mull film with music on dulcimer & guitar :
"'very nice, I enjoy both the music & the landscapes"
marg
 
@marg • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "New Bill Berg dulcimer":
"Seems like someone else just got a Bill Berg dulcimer. Hope you enjoy it "
marg
 
@marg • 2 months ago • comments: 20
Posted a new Comment on Father & Son- First Dulcimer Duet:
"What fun, enjoy the sweet music times."
marg
 
@marg • 2 months ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on A plane to Albany !:
"Wow, wonderful. Sounds like several different instruments, love what you do with it.  Very nice, thank you "

Latest Group Discussions

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marg

Elevator bridge


Has anyone thought of making a bridge that could be raised or lowered so...
@marg 2 months ago - Comments: 5
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What's best for turning pages from iPad?


i have my music on an iPad and was wondering if there was an app that...
@marg 3 months ago - Comments: 9
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Jean Ritchie Original 1967 # 170 Appalachian Dulcimer Excellent Cond


Just saw this on ebay if anyone is interested:...
@marg 2 years ago - Comments: 2
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Driving by, Passing through


 As we are traveling, give a shot when you are passing by. Let us know...
@marg 2 years ago - Comments: 7
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action height


I have been having problems with a new dulcimer (dulciborn) since it...
@marg 3 years ago - Comments: 9
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Transducer Pickup under saddle


Have you ever had a Transducer Pickup - under the saddle not work when...
@marg 3 years ago - Comments: 19
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Strum Strum Strum


I am having a very hard timestrumming, would anyone like to post...
@marg 3 years ago - Comments: 25
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picks


If you use your fingers or thumb to strum the tone is mellow but if you...
@marg 3 years ago - Comments: 15
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Does painting a dulcimer alter the sound or tone?


I am going through the many photos of FOTMD members, there are so...
@marg 3 years ago - Comments: 14
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Playing DAA in DAD


I am tuned to DAD and need to play some DAA songs in a class I am...
@marg 3 years ago - Comments: 19
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Dulcimer Books


I received such a sweet gift today, several dulcimer books. I have...
@marg 3 years ago - Comments: 24
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How to find: .....


Members from a certain area, how would we find out who they are? I was...
@marg 3 years ago - Comments: 5
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Strap Button or Not


I have seen discussions on lap cloths and straps. My dulcimer; aJohn...
@marg 3 years ago - Comments: 12
marg

First Festival


Ok, now that I have my dulcimer and beginning to learn it, next up is...
@marg 3 years ago - Comments: 69
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capo's


I have a wide fret and the capo I have does not fit it. If it was...
@marg 3 years ago - Comments: 17
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6&1/2 buzzes


I have an older dulcimer I just picked up. It's very nice except the...
@marg 3 years ago - Comments: 6

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Christmas Eve Fun  "Jingle Bells"

Christmas Eve Fun "Jingle Bells"


@marg
3 months ago - Comments: 4
When the Saints Go Marching In

When the Saints Go Marching In


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last year - Comments: 3
Amazing Grace

Amazing Grace


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last year - Comments: 7
The Gift of Love

The Gift of Love


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last year - Comments: 2
The Gift of Love

The Gift of Love


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last year - Comments: 3
'Amazing Grace'

'Amazing Grace'


@marg
2 years ago - Comments: 3
'Ode To Joy'

'Ode To Joy'


@marg
2 years ago - Comments: 3
'This Land Is Your Land'

'This Land Is Your Land'


@marg
2 years ago - Comments: 5
'Over There'

'Over There'


@marg
2 years ago - Comments: 6
America the Beautiful

America the Beautiful


@marg
2 years ago - Comments: 4
Danny Boy

Danny Boy


@marg
3 years ago - Comments: 5
1:25 Ode to Joy

1:25 Ode to Joy


@marg
3 years ago - Comments: 21

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Latest Forum Discussions

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Can I lessen a pluckier tone

Posted: Sunday February 19 2017, 12:31 AM
By: @Bet.M

Thoughts: Folk Roots by Rugg & Jackel,...

Posted: Tuesday January 17 2017, 8:09 PM
By: @marg

Dulcimer Weight

Posted: Monday January 16 2017, 8:33 PM
By: @Bee Lick Farm

5 string dulcimer

Posted: Wednesday January 4 2017, 4:58 PM
By: @Lisa Golladay

String that rings

Posted: Thursday September 22 2016, 10:09 AM
By: @marg

Hanging a dulcimer

Posted: Tuesday June 21 2016, 1:12 AM
By: @marg

TK O'Brien Walnut Creek Dulcimers

Posted: Sunday May 15 2016, 5:29 AM
By: @Anne Bowman

Does a dulcimer get a fuller tone when...

Posted: Thursday May 12 2016, 9:35 PM
By: @CD

need or not need 6.5 fret

Posted: Friday April 8 2016, 7:04 PM
By: @Paul Certo

new orleans area, used dulcimers

Posted: Wednesday April 6 2016, 6:25 PM
By: @Lexie R Oakley

How to tune wooden pegs

Posted: Saturday January 23 2016, 5:01 PM
By: @marg

Leo Rodder, KY dulcimer

Posted: Saturday January 2 2016, 2:50 PM
By: @marg

strap button

Posted: Wednesday December 16 2015, 3:44 PM
By: @Joe Robison

Number of dulcimers

Posted: Friday October 2 2015, 4:32 PM
By: @Tom Taggart

String size

Posted: Tuesday September 29 2015, 5:45 PM
By: @marg

Types of tuners

Posted: Friday August 14 2015, 8:15 AM
By: @Sheryl St. Clare

Old red stain dulcimer

Posted: Saturday August 8 2015, 9:21 AM
By: @marg

Your music area

Posted: Sunday August 2 2015, 12:39 PM
By: @Monica

Jean Ritchie

Posted: Wednesday June 3 2015, 9:59 AM
By: @Strumelia

To Low Action

Posted: Saturday November 22 2014, 5:37 PM
By: @marg

Comments

Helen Seiler
01/11/17 05:26:45PM @helen-seiler:

G'day Marg, SMN is Standard Music Notation. I can now read a little but mainly rely on Tab. I got my electric blues box guitar the other day and put it together with a bit of fiddling. For US$30 i am very impressed (if it doesnt fall apart). I have started on the lessons in the book and on the cd and am already feeling quite bluesy. I was surprised how well it plays thru my little Roland Microcube amp. Have you put yours together yet. I found the rivet holes were a little narrow... i just ran a metal skewer thru them and they widened out enough to tap the rivets in with a hammer.  i hope you are enjoying yours and thanks again for showing it to me. H x


marg
01/11/17 12:55:53AM @marg:

Helen,

that is so funny, I got one myself. Have not started putting it together yet, so much easier to dream of the finish piece. You have to up-date me on your progress. I hope it will be fun for you


Helen Seiler
12/25/16 06:07:06PM @helen-seiler:

G'day Marg... well it got the better of me. I received some Christmas money from my brother and he said on the card 'Buy something fun'. So I ordered the little blues box guitar kit. An online book store down here had the same one on sale down here with free postage. Thanks for showing it to me.. i think it will be fun... if i can put it together. Happy holidays and thanks again. Helen x


Helen Seiler
09/12/16 06:27:40PM @helen-seiler:

Hi Marg, it was so kind of you to contact me. Yes i have been missing in action on here for a while... my health has been a bit rough.. with a hand tremor that was affecting a few things including typing and playing... but it has finally improved over this last week.. so i will be back on board soon. How are you travelling Marg?


Geoff Black
09/08/16 09:44:34AM @geoff-black:

Hi Marg

You ask about epinette tuning....and unfortunately it's rather like asking how long is a piece of string!  The longer scale modern epinettes have a melody string tuned to D, but play in G - think DAA tuning and the root of the scale being on the 3rd fret.  The smaller ones are in G, but play in C (ditto).  The drones are tuned a fifth apart to match the G or C tuning respectively.  Using a 0.010 or 0.011 string as a reference on the melody string, try each tuning and see whether it is too slack or too tight.  Or just send me the scale length and I'll hazard a guess....!

Best of luck.

Geoff


Jan Potts
08/26/16 01:28:12AM @jan-potts:

Hi, Marg!  You were asking about members of our dulcimer family affected by the flooding in Louisiana...I don't know who, specifically, but the Lagniappe Festival is held in Port Allen, LA each year and I know that area was flooded. 


MaxUtil
06/14/16 05:12:38PM @maxutil:

Hi Marg,

Good eye! Yes it is a TK O'Brien! Walnut Creek model. Found it used though basically in perfect condition. I've had it for almost two months now and so far very happy. Just starting to learn my way around the frets, but coming along nicely. I'm thinking the action is a little high on it. But I've decided to play for a while longer before I get tempted to do anything "drastic".


Helen Seiler
06/11/16 04:54:13AM @helen-seiler:

Gee thanks Marg, that is so very kind of you. I have a dream of getting over .... but is a few years away yet. If i do I would probably fly into Fort Worth International with Qantas  But Aussies get terrible jet lag flying in your direction cos of the time difference so i wouldnt make a very good house guest...tired n grumpy. But if i do get over i'd love to catch up with u for a strum. What tune are you working on at the moment?


Cynthia Wigington
05/05/16 08:01:12AM @cynthia-wigington:

Hi Marg, thanks for the note. So it sounds like maybe you want to get back into painting? Watercolors? Oils? I would really like to put a few of my painting up here if I could figure out how to do it. I am mostly painting in watercolor these days, but recently did an acrylic painting much larger that I had fun with. Paint with oils too, or have done quite a bit. Would like to see your paintings too. I'm a primitive painter I guess, but not just abstract. There are certain archetypes that keep showing up in my work. It's very relaxing. Follow me back and we can communicate better.


Estes George
04/08/16 09:15:03PM @george-desjardins:

I measured both of them, they don't sit in the same place exactly, but it was where they were when I got them. Measured fromthe edge of the strumming well closest to bridge, and they sit a bit between 1/2 and just shy of 3/4 inch and tune just fine. Hope that helps. 


Estes George
04/08/16 06:45:33PM @george-desjardins:

Hi, just saw your message, I'll measure the distance when I get home and let you know, they are movable bridges.

 As you said, buying used can be an adventure, and actually, my Warren Mays were a surprise because of all my

other dulcimers had fixed bridges, so when I went to restring the Mays as I always do when I get a "new" used one, the bridge came off and I thought I had broken it!

My other big surprise was buying an older John Maxwell and wondering why no matter how i tried tuning it, it just sounded wrong, That's how I learned about Just Intonation, as opposed to the more modern Equal Temperament.

 Glad to say though, so far I've not been disappointed with any of them, just caught off guard every now and then.


Charles Thomas
03/29/16 09:18:30PM @charles-thomas:

Thanks , Marg for your kind comment on "Night Snow". I'll try to make a video. I have a few technical problems to work out first.


Gordon Hardy
02/13/16 10:44:02AM @gordon-hardy:

Marg, i sent the tab in a personal message, should get notification of same. You can probably copy and paste the tab to a word document. If not I can send it to you through regular email.


Gordon Hardy
02/10/16 10:51:06AM @gordon-hardy:

Hello Marg, I have tab for "On Eagle Wings" for noter and drone style playing tuned DAA. If you wish to follow my profile, I can send it to you in a personal message. I don't really good internet service here, seems slow this morning, please bear with me. Gordon.


Charles Thomas
01/11/16 07:16:28PM @charles-thomas:

Thanks, Marg!!!


marg
01/11/16 10:22:24AM @marg:

Alex

(Most craft shops ... here in the Asheville area)

By any chance do you have the names of any of the shops in the Asheville area selling dulcimers?


CMM
01/10/16 08:14:43PM @cmm:

Thank you marg,

 

Jerry


Alex Netherton
01/04/16 06:58:34PM @alex-netherton:

Hi Marg;

You will want to determine first what kind of dulcimer you want. I describe several types. There is the "Wall Dulcimer", which is made very pretty, with exotic woods, fancy inlays, lots of decorations, and not the best traditional sound, and is only fit for hanging on the wall.

Then there is what I call the "California Dulcimer (or, when in a bad mood, the "Californicator dulcimer") which has so called "extra frets" and is made for so called "progressive styles" which in my opinion, were never meant to be played on a dulcimer by the original designers centuries ago. People actually play chords on these "instruments", which is something that can be better accomplished on a banjo, guitar, or mandolin. However, many are addicted to this playing style, and it is very difficult to find a dulcimer these days without the 6 1/2 fret; some even have a 2 1/2 fret. Most craft shops (unfortunately) here in the Asheville area have these first two types in abundance. There is another type:

To me, the soul of Appalachia resides in the traditional style Mountain Dulcimer. It has a utilitarian appearance about it, as though it were meant to be played, and there is little ornamentation, though some will have some carvings in the wood or the headpiece. You will not see 4 frets in a row (the 6 1/2), as this instrument is built to be played in the traditional "drone" style (with or without a noter). They are hard to find. I have seen them in little roadside craft shops around Boone NC, or Newland, or Crossnore, but that was years ago. You will just have to look for them.

I wish I were set up for building, as I would love to build a traditional style again, but alas, I have not built one in more than 20 years!

Good luck!


John Keenan
01/02/16 12:45:16PM @john-keenan:

Marg, I can't say that I know where.  There's a store in Black Mtn. that may have them, or at least could point you in the direction.  It's called Acoustic Corner.  It's a good local store and they sell local luthier's work.


Dr. Van W. Gardner
09/08/15 01:58:19PM @dr-van-w-gardner:

Hello Marg,

 

I apologize for the slow response, but our internet service in our area is pathetic as of late.  The dulcimer in question is a "Starsong" made by the great musician, song writer, and luthier....Gary Gallier.  You may hear this one played on You Tube by searching for Doc Gardner.  You can hear Gary Gallier himself play by doing a You Tube search using his name.