Bob

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First play on my new dulcimer (last night).


musician/member name: People & Blogs
Duration: 00:01:36
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I just completed making this Appalachian Dulcimer today and now I just need to learn how to play it...
marg
03/09/17 10:54:40PM @marg:

Very nice


John W. McKinstry
12/22/16 10:02:36PM @john-w-mckinstry:

Great sounding dulcimer and great workmanship.


Bob
12/14/16 09:53:25AM @bob:

Dusty Turtle:

Dulcimer looks and sounds great.  And don't diss your playing!  You rock the homestead!

Thanks Dusty- Your too kind!


Bob
12/14/16 09:52:57AM @bob:

IRENE:

Now that's some fun playing.  I'd love to see how you attached those strings.  really, for what you say is a "bad recording"....powerful sound.  I like your floating bridge smack on the sound board.  How about post a few more pictures of that beauty.   thanks for your time in making this work of art.  How long did it take you? aloha, irene

Hi Irene- Thanks and yes, I will get some additional pictures up! The strings are attached to a tailpiece (something like a Viola da Gamba) I was pondering exactly how it would attach and developed my own little set-up which I will photograph and post.

Time-wise, I spent maybe 80 to 100  hours, off and on, on this project, over a two year period. I had started in 2014 but we had a house flood and that took my energy onto other things. Then I started learning the Scottish Small Pipes for those 2 years and that took most of my interest and 'free time'. But the "dulcimer itch" came back and I jumped right back into it in September or so... I didn't rush it since there was no deadline. Carving the tuning head from a chunk of cherry took probably a good ten to twelve hours itself. (It's actually hard to track the time since I loose all sense of time when I am working on these things.)


Sam
12/14/16 05:48:04AM @sam:

HECK Yeah !!!


Dusty Turtle
12/13/16 11:32:55PM @dusty-turtle:

Dulcimer looks and sounds great.  And don't diss your playing!  You rock the homestead!


IRENE
12/13/16 11:19:14PM @irene:

Now that's some fun playing.  I'd love to see how you attached those strings.  really, for what you say is a "bad recording"....powerful sound.  I like your floating bridge smack on the sound board.  How about post a few more pictures of that beauty.   thanks for your time in making this work of art.  How long did it take you? aloha, irene


Bob
12/13/16 09:57:06PM @bob:

Benjamin W Barr Jr:

Beautiful dulcimer, nice sound, and good playing.

Thank you Brian :-)


Bob
12/13/16 09:55:20PM @bob:

Anne Bowman:

Lovely shape and sounds great...

 

Thanks you for your nice compliment, Anne!


Bob
12/13/16 09:54:36PM @bob:

Ken Longfield:

You did a wonderful job on both counts; playing and building. Thanks for sharing your talent.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Thanks for your kind comment. The sound quality is really bad on the recording, since I just used a small digital camera with a video setting. I also had to tweak the bridge to stop the atop string (?) from buzzing.


Bob
12/13/16 09:52:12PM @bob:

Terry Wilson:

Wow!  Bob, five years ago coming April, it took me days, possibly weeks, just to get "Aunt Rhodie " playable so as not to bring tears of pity from my wife.  😭🙋

And you didn't give-up (nor did your wife I suppose!)


Benjamin W Barr Jr
12/13/16 07:49:15AM @benjamin-w-barr-jr:

Beautiful dulcimer, nice sound, and good playing.


Anne Bowman
12/13/16 07:14:38AM @anne-bowman:

Lovely shape and sounds great...

 


Ken Longfield
12/12/16 11:56:10PM @ken-longfield:

You did a wonderful job on both counts; playing and building. Thanks for sharing your talent.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."


Terry Wilson
12/12/16 09:24:44AM @terry-wilson:

Wow!  Bob, five years ago coming April, it took me days, possibly weeks, just to get "Aunt Rhodie " playable so as not to bring tears of pity from my wife.  😭🙋


Bob
12/11/16 09:57:17AM @bob:

Lynn austin:

"Learn to play" ?.......Sounds like your well on your way Bob!!!!!....Your new dulcimer has an interesting bell like tone to it...What fun you must be having now that it's finished and ready to sing it's sweet songs...enjoy the journey!

Thank you Lynn. The recording is not very good (just a camera with video setting). It has a warmer tone.  And indeed, very fun to play!


Lynn austin
12/10/16 04:03:16PM @lynn-austin:

"Learn to play" ?.......Sounds like your well on your way Bob!!!!!....Your new dulcimer has an interesting bell like tone to it...What fun you must be having now that it's finished and ready to sing it's sweet songs...enjoy the journey!