Greg Gunner

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Location: Riga, MI
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Banjimer
@greg-gunner • one week ago • comments: 11
Posted a new Comment on Dulcimer makers with longer VSLs:
"David McKinney makes them with a 27" VSL.  Blue Lion's Jean Ritchie Model has a VSL of just under 28".  Folkcraft offers VSL's from 25" to 29".  You already..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 2 weeks ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Johnson Boys:
"Mark, Thank you for giving this song a spotlight.  I'm not sure of your source, but Frank Proffitt recorded this in 1959 for Frank and Anne Warner and again..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Introduce Yourself!":
"LisavB.  I'm glad you decided to join us.  You will find this forum to be warm and friendly.  We are united by our love for the dulcimer, and we are glad you..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 4 weeks ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Converting DAD Tab to DAA:
"Actually, the 6 1/2 fret would become the 9th fret and the 7th fret would become the 10th fret.  Let me explain.  First, we need to identify which notes are..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 4 weeks ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Converting DAD Tab to DAA:
"For notes on the melody string in D-A-D just add 3 to each number to convert to D-A-A tab.  For example, the sequence 0 1 2 on the melody string in D-A-D..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "I understand the appeal of chromatic mountain dulcimer":
"I don't think it's so much that it sounds like a guitar.  The logic is basically "If you want to play a fully chromatic instrument, why don't you just play..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • one month ago • comments: 67
Posted a new Comment on Berea Traditional Dulcimer Gathering -(KY):
"Best wishes for those checking in at Berea this afternoon.  It should be a great opportunity for traditional dulcimer players to meet and learn from each..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • one month ago • comments: 11
Posted a new Comment on Prichard #25:
"Another beautiful reproduction, Kevin.  We are blessed with several luthiers who specialize in very accurate reproductions.  Even Charles Napoleon Prichard..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Folkcraft FSH or CSH Measurement Help":
"I have a CSH Folkcraft Dulcimer with flat peghead and three tuners/three equidistant strings.  It measures approximately 39 inches in total length.  I also..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Playing dulcimer with a ukelele":
"Katie, you've gotten some excellent advice.  Don't be overwhelmed by chords.  There are a limited number of chords that are used with any frequency.  And..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "2019 Dulcimer Exhibit Jonesborough TN":
"I did some quick genealogical research and discovered that Ernest Combs was the son of Fred Combs and Vera Alice Johnson.  He is listed in the 1940 Federal..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Strings to use on newly acquired dulcimer ":
"As with any instrument, everyone will have their personal preferences. Assuming you are playing a standard dulcimer and not a baritone or bass dulcimer, the..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Preferred String Tension":
"No judgement here.  Everyone has a preference to suit their own playing style and their own needs.  There's probably a way to measure the amount of tension..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Preferred String Tension":
"As I've added more dulcimers to my collection, I've begun to label the cases with the tuning that seems to fit that instrument best.  My standard dulcimers..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Preferred String Tension":
"John K., I remember reading that Jean Ritchie preferred C-G-G tuning.  I think her instruction book used C-G-G tuning.  But did she ever talk about lowering..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Preferred String Tension":
"Obviously, the dulcimer can be tuned up or down to play in alternate keys, but what about adjusting string tension for comfort? I've been noticing lately..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Dulcimer-Guitar Style Options?":
"I'm just speculating here, but perhaps you should consider a tenor guitar.  However, I'm not sure anyone makes one with a diatonic fretboard like a dulcimer...."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 3 months ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on 2nd Grade learning how to play Mountain Dulcimer:
"I love to see old traditions passed on to our youth.  I am a retired school teacher, who did something similar at my elementary school years ago...."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 3 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Frank Proffitt Mountain Dulcimer for Sale":
"After looking at your pictures once again, my best guess is that this dulcimer was made by Leonard Glenn.  The thick, stubby tuning pegs were pretty much a..."

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Two Zitters in Lititz Moravian Collection


I ran across this article while searching the internet today and...
@Banjimer 6 months ago - Comments: 6
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1930s Kentucky Dulcimer Recordings Free Online


The Archive of American Folk Song at the Library of Congress has made...
@Banjimer 11 months ago - Comments: 2
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Beech Mountain Dulcimers Millard and Smith Oliver?


What do we know about Millard Oliver and his brother, Smith Oliver?...
@Banjimer last year - Comments: 6
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Ralph Lee Smith Interview Podcast


I've attached a link to a podcast interview someone did with Ralph Lee...
@Banjimer last year - Comments: 2
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Frank Proffitt at Pinewoods Music Camp in 1961


Here is a link to a 1985 article in the Country Dance and Song magazine...
@Banjimer 2 years ago - Comments: 2
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Great Resource for Music Theory Group


I came across this resource while browsing in the Chiff and Fipple, an...
@Banjimer 5 years ago - Comments: 8
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Nathan Hicks and the Dulcimer He Sold to Maurice Matteson - Where is it now?


In 1933 Maurice Matteson and Mellinger Henry collected ballads on Beech...
@Banjimer 6 years ago - Comments: 2
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Frank Proffitt's Grandfather and Civil War Tunes


Frank Proffitt's grandfather, John Wesley Proffitt, was a southerner...
@Banjimer 6 years ago - Comments: 3
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Phyllis Gaskins New Book Is Out


A couple of months ago, I pre-ordered a copy of Phyllis Gaskins' new...
@Banjimer 7 years ago - Comments: 7
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Schnauffer Tennessee Music Box DVD Available - A Few Copies Left


I can't remember if I saw this mentioned on ED or FOTMD, but Middle...
@Banjimer 8 years ago - Comments: 8
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1764 Moravian Zitters or Not?


For those of you that may not be following the history discussions on...
@Banjimer 10 years ago - Comments: 4

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Banjimer
11/15/17 07:49:34PM @greg-gunner:

I have a June Apple dulcimer.  It doesn't have the light silvery sound of the J.E. Thomas  reproductions that I own.  Nor does it have the resonant sound of the larger bodied dulcimers.  The sound falls somewhere in between.  You could probably describe it as a balance between the two.  Keep in mind that Carl and his staff at June Apple Dulcimers manufacture several different models of dulcimers and dulcimer ancestors.  The June Apple model has a somewhat smaller size than other models made by June Apple, so it's not surprising that the sound is somewhat closer to traditional than it is to guitar-like.  June Apple also makes a larger-bodied dulcimer.  I don't have personal experience with the larger model, but I would assume that its sound is more resonant and similar to other dulcimers with wider, deeper soundboxes.  In short, the difference in sound is more  a combination of volume and resonance.  Everything else being equal, smaller-bodied dulcimers have less volume and less resonance.  Larger-bodied dulcimers have more volume and more resonance.  Other factors to consider are the type of wood used, particularly the soundboard (top), and the thickness of the top, back, and sides.  I'm not a builder.  A builder would be more qualified than I to describe the various factors affecting the sound of any given dulcimer.


Richard Streib
11/15/17 06:23:59PM @richard-streib:

Greg,

I saw a post almost a year old about your June Apple dulcimer. How do you like it?

What is the sound like? I tend to prefer more traditional rather than guitar like.

Thanks.


Ralph Lee Smith
08/01/13 08:01:16AM @ralph-lee-smith:

Greg,

Thanks so much for your two messages regarding the Mattesons and the Nathan Hicks Dulcimer. I have just returned from a couple of weeks of teaching, at Western Carolina University and John C. Campbell Folk School, and am busy catching up! I'll take a look at the You Tube segment soon.


Kevin Messenger
07/27/13 04:29:07PM @kevin-messenger:

Greg thanks for the interest. The Prichard is 350.00, plus shipping. I ask for a third down to cover costs and the balance is due when ready to ship. I look forward to talking with you more about the possibility of building you a Prichard , they are great sounding instruments, and are exact copies of the originals. Thanks Kevin.


mary e frantz
07/22/12 05:20:43PM @mary-e-frantz:

Thanks GregI will check them out do you by any chance know a an intermediate instructor around here thanks again mary


Bill Lewis
08/31/09 10:48:58AM @bill-lewis:
Welcome Greg
razyn
08/31/09 10:21:33AM @razyn:
Glad you made it over -- now join us in the Dulcimer Ancestors group, and we'll solve the mysteries of the universe. Or something.Dick
Strumelia
08/30/09 05:12:39PM @strumelia:
Welcome Greg!! :D