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Latest Activity

mjlipari188
@mjlipari188 • 5 minutes ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "3-String Teardrop Sunhearth Dulcimer - 1974":
"Hi Dwain, pleasure to meet you. Thank you so much for all of your insight. It is all so cool! Seems like a long-lost instrument, and I would love if you..."
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • an hour ago • comments: 0
Liked a forum discussions item created by @mjlipari188: 3-String Teardrop Sunhearth Dulcimer - 1974
Dwain Wilder
@dwain-wilder • 2 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "3-String Teardrop Sunhearth Dulcimer - 1974":
"mjlipari188: Hello everyone! This is my first post here. I’m relatively new to dulcimers but have taken a keen interest in them. I am a life-long guitar..."
mjlipari188
@mjlipari188 • 4 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "3-String Teardrop Sunhearth Dulcimer - 1974":
"Sounds like a plan! Ken, I will definitely take you up on that. Really appreciate it 🙏🙏 Sending you a private message now."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 5 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "3-String Teardrop Sunhearth Dulcimer - 1974":
"Well, my memory isn't very good. I took out my Sunhearth dulcimer and it has four strings. Here are four photos of that dulcimer. They may help you as you..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty • 6 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "3-String Teardrop Sunhearth Dulcimer - 1974":
"I second the suggestion to contact @dwain-wilder.  "
mjlipari188
@mjlipari188 • 7 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "3-String Teardrop Sunhearth Dulcimer - 1974":
"Thanks a bunch for your help Ken! Sorry about that, I used the regular iPhone photos with photo attachment function on the message template, I think they..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 8 hours ago • comments: 1
Posted a new Comment on @mjlipari188:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Mjlipari188. It's good to have you aboard. I responded to your post about the Sunhearth dulcimer, but didn't mention that Sunhearth made..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 8 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "3-String Teardrop Sunhearth Dulcimer - 1974":
"The photos you uploaded are too large to really see the instrument in question. Dwain Wilder who is a member here studied with Walt Martin who made the..."
robert schuler
@robert-schuler • 10 hours ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on rock the cradle joe:
"DavisJames: Sounds so good and interesting.Love it  thanks davisjames. "
mjlipari188
@mjlipari188 • 11 hours ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "3-String Teardrop Sunhearth Dulcimer - 1974":
"Hello everyone! This is my first post here. I’m relatively new to dulcimers but have taken a keen interest in them. I am a life-long guitar player. I had a..."
Dave shattuck
@dave-shattuck • 11 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "looking for a Blue Lion":
"Online yes for a couple of years. But I said look at the group on facebook. Alive and well. "
Joseph Besse
@joseph-besse • 12 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "looking for a Blue Lion":
"The ED group is shut down. Joe"
Wally Venable
@wally-venable • 23 hours ago • comments: 18
Posted a new Comment on sources for medieval sheet music?:
"DAC (or CC-AD auf Deutsch) is the Aeolian or (Minor) Mode. In The Dulcimer Book by Jean Ritchie it is CGBb, tuned down a full step. There are other ways to..."
Hobbyhorse
@hobbyhorse • 23 hours ago • comments: 5
Liked a music item created by @pierre-lain: Duldouk alone
DavisJames
@davisjames • yesterday • comments: 5
Liked a music item created by @kevin-burns: The Canadian Waltz
DavisJames
@davisjames • yesterday • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on rock the cradle joe:
"Sounds so good and interesting.Love it "
DavisJames
@davisjames • yesterday • comments: 5
Liked a music item created by @pierre-lain: Duldouk alone
DavisJames
@davisjames • yesterday • comments: 1
Posted a new Comment on When Fortune Turns the Wheel:
"That's lovely,Mark.Thanks."
Eileen
@eileen • yesterday • comments: 18
Posted a new Comment on sources for medieval sheet music?:
"Whereupon: I've been wandering the internet, and stumbled across this site from Germany.  The tuning is a bit different.  They show it as CC-AD, which is..."
Eileen
@eileen • yesterday • comments: 18
Posted a new Comment on sources for medieval sheet music?:
"Check out Jessica Comeau.  She has a tab book on the Cantigas and other medieval and renaissance music for md"
Hobbyhorse
shanonmilan
@shanonmilan • 2 days ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Indian Neck Waltz (an original tune by Mark Gilston):
"Mark Gilston: shanonmilan: I hope you can share some of your concertina performances too.   Here's the YouTube playlist of concertina solos:..."
RobMachin
@robmachin • 2 days ago • comments: 13
Liked a youtube item created by @guy-babusek: She Moves Through the Fair
RobMachin
@robmachin • 2 days ago • comments: 8
Liked a video item created by @john-henry: She Moved Thro' the Fair
simond
@simond • 2 days ago • comments: 16
Posted a new Comment on @simond:
"Thank you Jim.  Good to be part of the community! Simon"
Gen
@gen • 2 days ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on @gen:
"I thank every one of you and your comments. I have sold my dulcimer locally. So, no need to converse more. You have been a great help indeed."
Dave shattuck
@dave-shattuck • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "looking for a Blue Lion":
"Everything Dulcimer group on facebook "
RobMachin
@robmachin • 2 days ago • comments: 1
Liked a youtube item created by @mark-gilston: When Fortune Turns the Wheel
RobMachin
@robmachin • 2 days ago • comments: 6
Liked a youtube item created by @john-w-mckinstry: Groundhog
Wally Venable
@wally-venable • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "violin uke":
"It may be worth while to invest in a wire gauge if you need to replace strings. I have one like this which I occasional use on dulcimer strings. I would..."
idle strummer
@idle-strummer • 2 days ago • comments: 21
Posted a new Comment on The Physics of Sound as it Pertains to Dulcimers:
"New to this group and forum so playing catch up. As I didn't see this mentioned thought it might be relevant?..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "violin uke":
"Here is a photo of the tuning wrench which came with my ukelin. I imagine a similar one was supplied with the violin uke. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "violin uke":
"I think most autoharp tuning pins today are 13/64 ths of an inch by 1.5 inches long. I have a ukelin and can check the tuning wrench that came with it to see..."
Jim Fawcett
@jim-fawcett • 3 days ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on @lostslough:
"Hey Lostlough, welcome aboard. Glad ya found us."
Jim Fawcett
@jim-fawcett • 3 days ago • comments: 16
Posted a new Comment on @simond:
"Hey Simond, welcome aboard. Glad ya found us."
Jim Fawcett
@jim-fawcett • 3 days ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @jim:
"Hey Jim, welcome aboard. Glad ya found us. I like your name."
Jim Fawcett
@jim-fawcett • 3 days ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on @billwake:
"Hey Billwake, welcome aboard. Glad ya found us."
Jim Fawcett
@jim-fawcett • 3 days ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on @todd-metcalf:
"Hey, Todd, welcome aboard. Glad ya found us."
Jim Fawcett
@jim-fawcett • 3 days ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on @gen:
"Hey Gen, welcome aboard. Glad ya found us."
Jim Fawcett
@jim-fawcett • 3 days ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on @avenlumi:
"Hey Avenlumi, Welcome aboard. Glad ya found us."
Jim Fawcett
@jim-fawcett • 3 days ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on @lisat:
"Hey Lisa, welcome aboard. Glad ya found us."
Jim Fawcett
@jim-fawcett • 3 days ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on @danielkick:
"Hey Daniel, welcome aboard. Glad ya found me."
Bottlekey
@bottlekey • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "violin uke":
"Made by Marx Co. yeah. It's the violin uke, not the ukelin. There's a guy with a website from the late 90's that did historical research on these things. It..."
Randy Adams
@randy-adams • 3 days ago • comments: 4
Liked a music item created by @robin-thompson: Our Foundling, a work-in-progress
DavisJames
@davisjames • 3 days ago • comments: 4
Liked a music item created by @kevin-burns: John Henry
DavisJames
@davisjames • 3 days ago • comments: 10
Liked a music item created by @charles-thomas: Night Snow
Hobbyhorse
@hobbyhorse • 3 days ago • comments: 4
Liked a music item created by @robin-thompson: Our Foundling, a work-in-progress
Richard Streib
@richard-streib • 3 days ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on @bottlekey:
"Welcome Bottlekey to Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer. Glad you joined. Best wishes on finding the information you need on your violin uke."
DavisJames
@davisjames • 3 days ago • comments: 10
Liked a music item created by @robin-thompson: Red Wing

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3-String Teardrop Sunhearth...

Posted: Wednesday July 24 2024, 9:27 PM
By: @mjlipari188

looking for a Blue Lion

Posted: Wednesday July 24 2024, 9:53 AM
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violin uke

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RIP Happy Traum

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How Many Dulcimers Do You...

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Mutual acknowledgement

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