Randall McKinnon

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What's your favorite soundhole shape?

Posted: Friday September 9 2011, 4:03 PM
By: @Susie

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Jim Fawcett
01/01/14 03:07:07PM @jim-fawcett:

Randall, thanks for the nice comment of my video. Hope that you had a very Merry Christmas and that this New Year will be a bright one for you and yours.


Janet Furman
05/29/13 04:59:23PM @janet-furman:

Randall~ Was in NYC, Conn. (w Rob Brereton), and CA (w Robert & Janita Baker) when you wrote welcoming in April '12. I am SO BAD at getting to these sites, so please accept my apology for not writing. Jeff & I have since then become 1st time grandparents (on my BD on Nov. 28, 2102). I keep baby Adam while parents are at work and that has truly been my only interest since his birth. I hope to get here more often. Thanks for your patience. Happy Strumming! Warmly~ janetSmile.gif


Doyle R. Bramlett
08/24/12 01:36:41PM @doyle-r-bramlett:

Thany you I tried to say thanks to all who welcomed me but I'm not much on the computer so it will take me a while


Kimberly Burnette-Dean
08/20/12 06:18:51AM @kimberly-burnette-dean:

Hi Randall! Glad you enjoyed my website and dulcimer research. :)


mary e frantz
07/22/12 07:48:11PM @mary-e-frantz:

Thanks for the welcome


Vickey Sasser
05/16/12 07:49:06PM @vickey-sasser:

Thanks so much for the warm welcome. I wish I had started playing when I was 7, would be much younger now.Smile.gif Looking forward to learning new things on this site.


Sabina Stridesparrow
05/15/12 04:01:12PM @sabina-stridesparrow:

Thanks for the welcome, Randall!


Ralph Lee Smith
03/20/12 06:02:28AM @ralph-lee-smith:

Randall, Thanks for your message! We had a good time when you were here! Hope to see you again this year!

Ralph


Sharon Porter
02/15/12 06:22:56PM @sharon-porter:

Wow! This is a friendly place. I will comment more when I get my 3-stringed cigar box strumstick and dulcilele in the mail. I am very excited!


Steven Gonzales
02/15/12 04:13:30PM @steven-gonzales:

Thanks for the welcome. I did build the cigar box dulcimer you see in the picture. It was a simple build, but it came out well and plays well. Everything but the cigar box and the tuners came from the hardware store. The fretboard and neck are poplar.


Dale McCubbins
01/12/12 05:44:06PM @dale-mccubbins:

What are the two dulcimers featured on picture # 8? I've seen several of the one on the right, but only one of the left one...(and I forgot where that was!!) Did I see a lute in the group shot? or lute ukelele?

Dale


Sue Simms
01/11/12 08:32:18AM @sue-simms:

Randall, looks like you are a great photographer as well. Smile.gif


Karen Keane
01/10/12 01:07:31PM @karen-keane:

Thanks, Glad to finally be here!


Mark Richmond
11/23/11 11:18:20PM @mark-richmond:

Great seeing you again bud! I had a blast at UNICOI and I know you did too! Sure was a good surprise seeing you. Think you will make it to Cumberland Gap this year?


Dave Dickey
10/23/11 09:11:54PM @dave-dickey:

Randall:

Thanks very much for the info on David Lynch dulcimers and I look forward to your more detailed evaluation in the future -- I have intention of perhaps purchasing two more from him -- but am trying to do my "homework." I was at Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois on the campus of Northwestern University. I did look into the possibility of going to Lifff -- I was impressed by the place before ultimately going closer to home. Yes -- I know about long journeys -- and I am glad to hear yours is coming along full circle. I really like Dave's student model (although I have VERY little to compare it to -- just 10 or twelve other dulcimers I've been able to try out a little in my dulcimer class) -- but everyone who knows Dave's work seems impressed by it or happy to have it.

I think Dave's dulcimer is very easy to play with the high fretboard and there seems to be at least two strumming sweet spots. Fairly well made too - now Dave's made over two-thousand of these and really has it down -- and I would well imagine his skills translate well to upgraded models. I would like to stay with Dave because the fret boards will be exactly the same regardless of what else I select -- the "muscle memory" I lean translates exactly. Look forward to your remarks when you have the time.....

Local Pastor? Great Goiing?

Pastor Dave Dickey

Just a little curious--where did you go to seminary? I'm from Arkanas originally andworked in UM churches for about 8 years as a licenced local pastor while at Hendrix inArkansas and in Colorado where I attended Iliff for3 years. Didn't finish the M.Div and it's been a longjourney , but I'm finally backa lot closer to where I started from--spiritually speaking.

Will follow up with info on Dave's work more later. One of the dulcimers is his travel dulcimer--an interesting piece of work, but no substitute for a regular dulcimer if one is available (Wish I had bought one of his student dulcimers instread). My other harpmaker instrumet is a beatiful hourdrop--walnut with a poplar top--there's pics on my page. Had to take it back to Dave to get the action lowered, but Dave was great about it and it plays and sounds great.

Do you get to play with Dave ona regular basis? Sure wish I liveda bit closer. I'm trying to build a dulcimer or two--they'll be "rustic"--no threat to Dave's livelihood, but I'd love to havehis input and guidance.It may not be pretty, but I'm having a blast!

Take care and have a wonderful service tomorrow!


Dave Dickey
10/21/11 05:42:35PM @dave-dickey:

Randalll:

Well looks like you've been very busy with your music career -- I can understand the meet and greet might be a tad slow -- no worries. Settling' in fine -- so much to learn and good folk to teach. You can help too -- I will be ordering more Lynch dulcimers in the future -- what do ya got - type of wood back and top, fretboard with ebony or not -- upgrade on the tuner or not -- please give me your best professional opinion of the two of yours -- the more specific the better -- but when ya gat a moment. I will be playing eventually in churches around (give me a year of practice) -- but wanted get a better handle on Dave's work.

Thanks in advance for any opinions you may offer up!

Pastor Dave

Shiloh UMC

Mahomet, IL


Gale A Barr
10/18/11 06:20:24PM @gale-a-barr:
Thanks for the friendly welcome! Appreciate it!
Kendra Ward
10/10/11 11:03:44PM @kendra-ward:

Great to meet you at WinterCreek Reunion!!

Great photos! I love LOVE love the kitties!

Hope our paths cross again someday......

Kendra


Joe Hamilton
10/04/11 03:53:13PM @joe-hamilton:

Thanks- hope I can figure out all this computer stuff. Kinda new to the cyber world. Man, I sure miss Colo.--have lived there most all of my life (since '64). Our home was in unincorp. Jefferson Co.. Littleton mailing address but near to Morrison (C470 & Bowles). Great open mic in Evergreen on Thurs. nites at the Ice House Cafe.(Next door to The Little Bear). Starts at 6:30 pm and goes to 9:30 or so. Take care. Joe


Mary Ann Ruff
09/29/11 11:19:34PM @mary-ann-ruff:
Thank you for welcoming me. I have alot to learn, and FOTMD has already helped me. I purchased a McSpadden walnut dulcimer last April. Love it!!