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Latest Activity

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 11 minutes ago • comments: 1
Posted a new Comment on Country Gardens:
"Dulcidom, that was a very nice rendition of Country Gardens. Thanks for sharing it. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 13 minutes ago • comments: 1
Liked a youtube item created by @dulcidom: Country Gardens
dulcidom
@dulcidom • 4 hours ago • comments: 1
Posted a new YouTube video:
Country Gardens
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 13 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Cardboard Dulcimer Recommendations":
"You might talk with Richard Ash at Folkcraft to see if he would make custom kits for you. Folkcraft does make a chromatic dulcimer kit, but all the kits are..."
Ben Barr Jr
@benjamin-w-barr-jr • 16 hours ago • comments: 0
Liked a forum discussions item created by @dave-shattuck: McSpadden Ginger
jost
@jost • 16 hours ago • comments: 0
Liked a forum discussions item created by @kay-bolin: Cardboard Dulcimer Recommendations
DavisJames
@davisjames • 17 hours ago • comments: 0
Liked a youtube item created by @mark-gilston: Flow Gently Sweet Afton (American tune)
shootrj2003
@shootrj2003 • 18 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Slots for frets loose":
"Oh I used a small wood clam p for the press ,a hammer being uneccesary I will haveto rub in some more Tru oil on the fret board and despite checking several..."
shootrj2003
@shootrj2003 • 18 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Slots for frets loose":
"Well,I managed to fret and worked out well after all,the frets tang is smaller than I thought with the  “ teeth “ .010 I’m measuring them right now so I..."
Dwain Wilder
@dwain-wilder • 19 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Cardboard Dulcimer Recommendations":
"As a follow-up on Ken's note, if you intend to cut slots for frets, talk to the maker of your kit about which fret-wire to use, as there is a wide variety...."
Dave shattuck
@dave-shattuck • 20 hours ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "McSpadden Ginger":
"For sale, McSpadden Ginger. September build. Selling to cover costs of my newest one. Cherry/cherry, with micarta overlay on the fretboard, upgraded black..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 21 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Cardboard Dulcimer Recommendations":
"All of the cardboard dulcimers  I've seen have very precise fret spacing.  With Folkcraft kits you don't have to cut the fret slots yourself (the critical..."
Phil Myers
@phil-myers • 21 hours ago • comments: 2
Liked a music item created by @norm-williams: Wayfaring Stranger
Kay Bolin
@kay-bolin • 22 hours ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Cardboard Dulcimer Recommendations":
"We are a group of 8 seniors playing dulcimers together. Several of us are interested in playing different dulcimers and are looking into purchasing..."
Dwain Wilder
@dwain-wilder • 22 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Slots for frets loose":
"shootrj2003: I cut my fret slots the saw cuts .031-.032 the frets I have  are just about .030 so there is grab but they can be lifted out easy,will super..."
Homer Ross
@homer-ross • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Dulcimer Players News demise":
"I was sadden to learn that DPN was shutting down the publication at the end of 2024. Ashley is doing the right thing by honoring those who have a..."
Bing Futch
@bing-futch • yesterday • comments: 0
Updated a YouTube Video:
Dulcimerica Episode 634 - "Arirang"
Bing Futch
@bing-futch • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a new YouTube video:
Dulcimerica Episode 634 - "Arirang"
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Slots for frets loose":
"As Ken sez, a little ordinary or thin superglue will work just fine.  Ideally you'll find a fretwire source with a given tang width and buy a fretsaw with an..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Slots for frets loose":
"Using super glue makes the frets a little harder to remove if you ever need to do that, but not impossible. I've used super glue, the thin kind, after..."
shootrj2003
@shootrj2003 • yesterday • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Slots for frets loose":
"I cut my fret slots the saw cuts .031-.032 the frets I have  are just about .030 so there is grab but they can be lifted out easy,will super glue gel hold..."
Cindy Stammich
@cindy-stammich • yesterday • comments: 1
Posted a new Comment on Cuckoo's Nest:
"This is a lot of fun Randy!  Thank you for sharing!"
Cindy Stammich
@cindy-stammich • yesterday • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Balm in Gilead Spiritual:
"What a wonderful hymn done beautifully!  Your voice and your dulcimer compliment each other so well!  Thank you for sharing a hymn that I was not familiar with!"
John W. McKinstry
@john-w-mckinstry • 2 days ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Wayfaring Stranger:
"Beautifully done, Norm. This was spellbinding."
StudentofRhythm
@studentofrhythm • 2 days ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Wayfaring Stranger:
"This is excellent."
StudentofRhythm
@studentofrhythm • 2 days ago • comments: 2
Liked a music item created by @norm-williams: Wayfaring Stranger
Ben Barr Jr
@benjamin-w-barr-jr • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Dulcimer Players News demise":
"I am stunned to learn of this.  I have been thus far a one-time contributor with an article that I wrote on Dulcimer Association of Albany's yearly festival..."
DavisJames
@davisjames • 2 days ago • comments: 5
Liked a youtube item created by @mark-gilston: Die Gedanken Sind Frei (My Thoughts are Free)
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Dulcimer Players News demise":
"This is sad news indeed.  DPN served an obvious need for several decades.  But since we can now interact, share, teach, and learn online in real time and..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Liked a forum discussions item created by @ken-longfield: Dulcimer Players News demise
Strumelia
@strumelia • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Dulcimer Players News demise":
"Well stated Ken. Wishing all the best for the folks involved. Times have really changed profoundly. Sad to see this worthy magazine come to an end. What a..."
David Bennett
@david-bennett • 3 days ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Today In Mountain Dulcimer History: February:
"Bump Today In Mountain Dulcimer History: February..."
Mark Gilston
@mark-gilston • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Updated a YouTube Video:
Flow Gently Sweet Afton (American tune)
Mark Gilston
@mark-gilston • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a new YouTube video:
Flow Gently Sweet Afton (American tune)
DavisJames
@davisjames • 3 days ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Miss McLeod's Reel:
"That's amazing.Emile Benoit in S.W.NL played this almost note for note it seems.Which begs the question,"How did a french-speaking Newfoundlander from the..."
DavisJames
@davisjames • 3 days ago • comments: 4
Liked a youtube item created by @john-w-mckinstry: Help Somebody Today
DavisJames
@davisjames • 3 days ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Great High Mountain :
"That is so cool!Does that dulcimer have frets?I started thinking about it a couple days ago,wondering how a dulcimer would be without frets[I've tried using..."
DavisJames
@davisjames • 3 days ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Die Gedanken Sind Frei (My Thoughts are Free):
"That's delightful!"
DavisJames
@davisjames • 3 days ago • comments: 2
Liked a youtube item created by @gregg-schneeman: "Ak Toti, Vana Androks!" on Hummel
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Dulcimer Players News demise":
"Ashley is a wonderful person and I wish her all the best as finishes out her tenure at the helm of DPN! "
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Dulcimer Players News demise":
"On Facebook today, 01 February 2023, Ashley Ernst announced that DPN will cease publication in 2024. She did not give a volume or issue number, but I..."
Gordon Hardy
@gordon-hardy • 3 days ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Balm in Gilead Spiritual:
"This is a beautiful rendition John and lovely sound from that dulcimer. Thank you."
dulcidom
@dulcidom • 3 days ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on "Ak Toti, Vana Androks!" on Hummel:
"Nice tune on a nice instrument ! Thanks for sharing."
dulcidom
@dulcidom • 3 days ago • comments: 2
Liked a youtube item created by @gregg-schneeman: "Ak Toti, Vana Androks!" on Hummel
Randy Adams
@randy-adams • 3 days ago • comments: 7
Liked a youtube item created by @john-w-mckinstry: Balm in Gilead Spiritual
Strumelia
@strumelia • 3 days ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Balm in Gilead Spiritual:
"So lovely. Thank you for all the beautiful hymns and songs you share with us."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 3 days ago • comments: 7
Liked a youtube item created by @john-w-mckinstry: Balm in Gilead Spiritual
Gregg Schneeman
@gregg-schneeman • 3 days ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on "Ak Toti, Vana Androks!" on Hummel:
"I've been busy making lots of Bowed Psaltery videos, lately 30 or so Latvian tunes some of which I intend to "Dulcimerize". Any Kokle players in Southern..."
Gregg Schneeman
@gregg-schneeman • 3 days ago • comments: 2
Posted a new YouTube video:
"Ak Toti, Vana Androks!" on Hummel
Randy Adams
@randy-adams • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a new YouTube video:
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Public Domain... or Not?


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Galax Dulcimer Lovers


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Rosin the Bow!


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North Carolinians Plus


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Cardboard Dulcimer...

Posted: Friday February 3 2023, 9:34 PM
By: @Ken Longfield

Slots for frets loose

Posted: Friday February 3 2023, 5:07 PM
By: @shootrj2003

McSpadden Ginger

Posted: Friday February 3 2023, 2:42 PM
By: @Dave shattuck

Dulcimer Players News demise

Posted: Friday February 3 2023, 9:12 AM
By: @Homer Ross

Jethro Amburgey #110

Posted: Wednesday February 1 2023, 9:16 AM
By: @John Gribble

W. Martin Dulcimer History

Posted: Tuesday January 31 2023, 10:41 AM
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Bing Futch...

Posted: Tuesday January 31 2023, 8:48 AM
By: @Bing Futch

confusing fret layout

Posted: Tuesday January 31 2023, 2:21 AM
By: @Dwain Wilder

Introduce Yourself!

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Hearts of the Dulcimer...

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Tab or chords needed for We...

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By: @Art S

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Posted: Monday January 16 2023, 1:36 PM
By: @John C. Knopf

Kind of like, "Where's Waldo?"

Posted: Sunday January 15 2023, 6:29 PM
By: @Alegre1

Dulcimer Tuning Pegs for Sale

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New biography of David...

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Sarah Kate on mountain...

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Loop Pedal 101: The Basics...

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By: @Bing Futch

International Appalachian...

Posted: Wednesday January 4 2023, 11:04 PM
By: @Alegre1

The Positive Thread...

Posted: Wednesday January 4 2023, 9:33 AM
By: @Strumelia

Recommendations for best...

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