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A musician since 1973.

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Ron Ewing Dulcimettes

Who here owns one? What are your thoughts/suggestions? Is Ron Ewing even...
@Susie 2 years ago - Comments: 3

Roland Mobile AC Acoustic Amp

I picked up the Roland Mobile AC Acoustic Amp a few weeks ago....
@Susie 7 years ago - Comments: 8

Converted My FolkRoots to a Baritone....Visit to Folkcraft

I visited with Richard Ash at Evart this year (Folkcraft Instruments),...
@Susie 8 years ago - Comments: 10

Tab Software Suggestions

I am currently using the tab software MusEdit, but it is no longer...
@Susie 8 years ago - Comments: 18

Little Dulcimer List...What Type Do You Like and Why?

If someone was in the market for a "little dulcimer", which type would...
@Susie 11 years ago - Comments: 33

Tab/Books Featuring 1+ Fret

I just recently got a new dulcimer with a 1+ fret. I absolutely love it....
@Susie 12 years ago - Comments: 2

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How Many Dulcimers Do You Own?

Posted: Friday November 11 2022, 6:50 PM
By: @Susie

New McSpadden Flatwater Dulcimers

Posted: Friday May 14 2021, 8:12 AM
By: @Susie

NDD - McSpadden Ginger

Posted: Tuesday May 11 2021, 10:08 AM
By: @Susie

Legacy Straps Review

Posted: Wednesday March 3 2021, 8:24 AM
By: @Susie

New Dulcimer Day: McSpadden Ginger

Posted: Thursday October 8 2020, 6:52 AM
By: @Susie

Song Identification Help

Posted: Saturday September 5 2020, 10:20 PM
By: @Strumelia

McSpadden Baritone Dulcimer

Posted: Tuesday August 18 2020, 12:12 PM
By: @Susie

New Doug Berch Dulcimer :)

Posted: Wednesday April 1 2020, 10:21 AM
By: @Susie

NDD (New Dulcimer Day) Thread - Let's See...

Posted: Saturday January 4 2020, 8:36 AM
By: @Susie

New Bowed Psaltery Day

Posted: Friday June 21 2019, 8:49 AM
By: @Susie

Folkcraft FSH or CSH Measurement Help

Posted: Tuesday May 7 2019, 8:21 PM
By: @Susie

Bowed Psalteries

Posted: Friday November 30 2018, 11:22 PM

NDD - McSpadden 26 vsl (thumbs up)

Posted: Friday November 23 2018, 4:38 PM
By: @Susie

A Couple McSpadden Questions

Posted: Wednesday February 21 2018, 8:05 AM
By: @Susie

Bob Lazenby Dulcimer, Pigeon Forge, TN

Posted: Thursday June 30 2016, 3:28 PM
By: @Susie

Battery Powered Mini Acoustic Combo Amp -...

Posted: Monday February 1 2016, 6:52 PM
By: @Rob N Lackey

$10 Dulcimer Stand Conversion Project

Posted: Tuesday November 24 2015, 7:01 AM
By: @Susie

Hardshell Case Shoulder Straps - Back Axe

Posted: Sunday April 12 2015, 9:02 AM
By: @Susie

Kantele: How Difficult to Learn - How Do...

Posted: Friday February 21 2014, 3:01 PM
By: @Peter W.

My New Clemmer TN Sweetie

Posted: Monday February 10 2014, 2:52 AM
By: @Miriam Storz


11/22/22 08:41:39AM @rickanderson28031:


It's a small world. I have lived in RI for 17 years, before that Charlotte, NC for 15. I was born in Grosse Pt. Grew up in Bloomfield Hills. My parents had a summer home on Torch Lake just north of Alden. I have not been back in years. Hope all is well in that part of Michigan.



Travis Childers
11/04/22 08:53:30PM @travis-childers:

Thank you very much. It's my pleasure to be here.

02/21/19 05:34:06PM @tutaine:

Hi, Susie.

Thank you for looking into this for me. I really appreciate it. 

I had some success using two chopsticks on a table as a possum board, but that proved unstable in the long run. : > 

But the experiment did give me the idea of glueing sticks to a board with spaces to nest  a dulcimer. Lack of funds is the mother of all inventions.


Leila Maier
02/21/19 05:27:16PM @leila-maier:

Hey @susie I have not been poking around in a loooooong time. I didn't think much was happening here any more? You keeping up here??

02/21/19 12:28:05AM @tutaine:

Hi, Susie.

I'm looking for a possum board for my Folkroots dulcimer. You mentioned you bought one from a  Jim VanderWoude. I haven't been able to find him. Do you have his contact information that you may pass to me?



Gordon Hardy
12/14/15 04:21:35PM @gordon-hardy:

Hello Susie, I posted this message on your photo of the Keweenaw peninsula, don't know whether you saw that post or not, but here it is again: I couldn't help but notice the place where this photo was taken. Are you familiar with the song written by Craig Johnson called Keweenaw Light?  I think the song is absolutely beautiful and plays out well on a dulcimer. Unfortunately because it is copyright, it can't be posted on FOTMD, however I have posted my rendition on youtube and here is a link THE KEWEENAW LIGHT dulcimer cover I have made a melody/drone tab, and can post it on your wall if you like. I have never been to the Keweenaw Peninsula, but it seemed such a coincidence having a song that refers to this place. Best regards

Dusty Turtle
11/14/15 11:52:49PM @dusty:

Susie, thanks for your question on the Eedy Beede dulcimer. It is a charming little work of art and is definitely not a kid's toy but a real instrument. I play it far more than my daughter does.  It is very easy to travel with due to its size, but it cannot really function as a replacement for a standard dulcimer because you really only have one octave to play with.  The frets above the octave are so small as to be unusable.  If you want to be able to replace your standard dulcimer with a travel dulcimer, something the size of McSpadden's Ginger or Ron Ewing's baritone dulcimette are probably better options.  Check out the Little Dulcimers List I put together for comparisons of the most well know little dulcimer models out there.

Robin Clark
01/19/14 01:25:16PM @robin-clark:

43_members.jpg?width=530 Hi Susie,

I took my dulcimer in a hard case on one overnight trip into Sandwood Bay on the north west coast of Scotland - it was about a 6 mile walk in from what I remember. I had some trailer straps in my van so I just wrapped those around the hard case and over my shoulders. I didn't have asoft case (gig bag)with me on that trip or I would have used one of those.

When I've taken a dulcimer into the mountains on trips I've used a soft case but put the instrument inside a plastic bag inside the case. I've beencaught out in some pretty wet weather in the mountains and my gig bag has been soaked through- hence the need for the plastic bag inside the case.

Jan Potts
12/08/13 04:23:32AM @jan-potts:

Hi Susie! You have an interesting --and broad--music background! I grew up in Midland, but wasn't involved in dulcimers back then. I have family up near Mary M. in Traverse City. That's quite an RV you have--maybe you'll make it down to Kentucky for some events. The Cumberland Gap Gathering at the National Park Campground (actually in TN) is in mid-may and folks camp there for WEEKS, jamming and having informal teaching and lots of fellowship and great food. Since you enjoy playing a variety of instruments, you would probably like Kentucky Music Week in June--lots of folks camp at that, too.

Leila Maier
07/05/13 04:29:13AM @leila-maier:

Looking forward to seeing you too Susie! Seems like ages.

Glynda Willis
12/01/12 09:18:02AM @glynda-willis:

I had one, but sent it back. It sounded too tinnish to me. I have since purchased a couple of 26"VSL's and love them. I have arthritis in my fretting hand/thumb which makes playing difficult, but I love it and don't want to give up yet...I am considering a 25"VSL hoping the extra inch will be even better. It looks like your McSpadden is like the cherry one I have that I am hoping to sell to pay for the 25" one.

By the way, your chocolate poodles are precious!

Mary Z. Cox
11/14/12 08:54:14AM @mary-z-cox:

When is your Clemmer supposed to be ready? I ordered one a couple months back and it is supposed to be ready in December. I'm very excited. It will be wormy chestnut and walnut. :)

Best wishes,

Mary Z Cox

Helen Seiler
09/26/12 06:46:21PM @helen-seiler:
Wow, it sounds gorgeous up there. I was on 13 acres of aussie bushland but last Christmas I had to move to town for health reasons. I sure miss it but do live in a very pretty town of 3000 people. The town is full of european trees so quite pretty. I envy you having a white Christmas - a dream of most aussies. We sweat it out over the turkey or just have a BBQ near water. Making your own maple syrup is brilliant. How old and tall are the trees you tap it from?
Helen Seiler
09/26/12 04:26:08PM @helen-seiler:
Gaday Susie. I love your doggie pics. They are adorable. I have a very ancient mini fox terrior named Koko and an adorable german shepherd border collie named Jessie. Jessie is 8 going on 2. Still very playful and takes her chicken minding duties very seriously (although asleep beside me on my bed at moment. We're in Spring down here now - nice to see leaves on the trees again. Rug up and play well. H
Helen Seiler
09/24/12 06:26:29PM @helen-seiler:
Helen again. I meant banjo versus Smokey Mountain banjo strumstick or a Banjmo. I would love banjo sound with easiness of dulcimer fretboard. But am thinking clawhammer and dropthumb styles wouldn't work on 3 strings compared to a 5 string open back banjo. Am looking at the Backyard Music Fireside Banjo as a starter if I go with 5 string banjo.
Helen Seiler
09/24/12 05:10:07PM @helen-seiler:
Gaday Susie. Helen in Australia here. I saw from some of your replies to other members that you play banjo and stick dulcimer (and stacks of other instruments). Is that right? Its just as much as I love my dulcimers I feel a real need to add a banjo to my world. I have some questions re banjo versus stick dulcimer. Would you have time to answer them on here sometime? Thanks H
Leila Maier
07/08/12 08:57:58PM @leila-maier:

Yes, Susie, I hope next year for sure! Is Gary not going to be with you?? BTW - I see you have arranged some JD songs for the dulcimer ... I LOVE JD ... which ones? ~ Lei

Doug Berch
06/13/12 11:44:20PM @doug-berch:

Thanks for saying howdy! I'm not on here much so I'm glad i caught your message. Hope to see you sometime this Summer!

Bing Futch
06/13/12 02:32:35PM @bing-futch:

Hi Susie, thanks! Glad to have been able to help; no uke videos yet - but soon. : )

Carla Maxwell
04/30/12 02:18:48AM @carla-maxwell:

Hi Susie, Yes, the pup in my profile photo is a silver-beige toy poodle. It's good to know another fan of the s-b poodle! Grin.gif Your dog pics are beautiful!