So I guess I really have been away too long... I see that people have commented on my post but I am not able to see any of the the comments, nor can I find any help anywhere on the site... Could someone email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and give me a clue??? Thanks!
I almost feel like I want to apologize for being away from here for so long... I didn't even realize it had been this long! I actually thought I had written about my wonderful experience of finding new homes for almost all of Steve's dulcimers, but obviously I thought wrong. A generous invitation arranged by Sam E. and extended by Don and his group, followed by the Nutmeg Dulcimer Festival made it all possible. I met a lot of fantastic people and was able to share Steve's love of his "children" with many musicians. Thank you so much to everyone who shared their memories and passions with me. Special thanks to my 'partner in crime', Chuck Lindsey, without whom none of it would have happened. I hope beautiful music is being make daily! Thanks also to Richard from Folkcraft for telling me all about "Ebony" and thanks Brian G. for meeting me and all your kind words. My brother plays guitar and with me on hammered dulcimer we have been making some sweet sounds! Love it!!!
The Tom Yocky "Devoted" has now also found a new home, right here in Connecticut. Due to several personal issue coming up all at once - my dog's health, a trip to Maryland for a relative's memorial service and other things - I am taking a brief break from selling these dulcimers. To everyone I have been in contact with: please bear with me, I will be back in touch. This has all been very overwhelming... I guess I wasn't prepared for the terrific response I received. Thanks again to everyone; it still means a lot to me that you all have such good memories of Steve. It makes missing him amd lettiing go of his instruments so much easier. I have had his Folkcraft "Ebony" out a few times and now that I have seen it and played it I have a strong feeling that I will be keeping it...
My thanks to everyone - I have had a great response to my call out to find homes for Steve's children. The Blue Lion Baritone is the first one to find a new home - will be relocating to Tucson, Arizona! It willbe interesting to see how many states I can populate. :-) We're already in Connecticut where Steve was born and Vermont where I was born! I forgot to mention that I also have a beautiful Trinity College Irish Bouzoukis that is also looking for someone to give it the attention it deserves.
I am sorry for your loss. I did not have the pleasure of knowing Steve through this site as I am a new member and dulcimer player as of January of this year. I am finally starting to actually play some songs fairly well and have been thinking about a better dulcimer. I would like to know what you want for the Blue Lion Hourglass IIW or the Folkcraft regular hourglass?
It has been a long time since I have written here and a lot has changed in my life. I said another farewell to Steve in May at the Memorial Service hosted by UConn School of Medicine 1st year medical students who thank the families of those who donated their bodies for educational purposes. It was wonderful and I amazed myself by getting up in front of 200 people to say how much Steve meant to me and so many others and how proud he would have been to be starting those young people on their way to becoming doctors. Now I am more prepared to see his mountain dulcimers leave my care and find good, new homes where they can start being played again. I sold a few of them to a delightful group of dulcimer players in Vermont several months ago when I loaded my car up and drove up to make 'instroductions' and match players with dulcimers. Ideally, I would love to sell all of them this way, but I know we do not live in an ideal world. Since you folks here on FOTMD were like an extended family to Steve, I wanted all of you to know that the dulcimers he thoughtfully and individually selected and then meticulously cared for as he made music with them were now looking for good homes. I have 3 Folkcrafts: A 6-string, regular hourglass, a Galax 4-string hourglass, and his pride and joy he called Ebony, I think because it has an ebony fingerboard; it does have a pearl inlay on the fingerboard and is quite beautiful both visually and in sound quality. I am very torn as to whether or not to sell this one, but as the hammered dulcimer is my instrument of choice, and if I can find the right home for this one, I will happily let it go to see that it gets played. I also have 4 Blue Lions: a Teardrop style in walnut, an hourglass Style IIW, a standard Baritone and a 6-sting Bass. I also have a Warren May wide hourglass, a Tom Yocky "Devoted", a Clemmer "Church-style", a McSpadden Dulci-Banjo and a Prichard Reprodution. Yeah, I know; Steve could get carried away... But there were things he liked about every one of them and they all have distinct sounds and personalities. If anyone is interested in a particular dulcimer, don't hestitate to let me know. If you have a group that's not too far from the Hartford, CT area you'd like me to visit, I'm willing. I will be in the Columbia, Maryland area the weekend of August 28-30 if that helps anyone. I will eventually get around to listing them individually here in the classifieds, I suppose, but that is a time-consuming task. I do want to thank everyone again for their kind words and support when I suddenly lost Steve; I know you all felt his loss, too. Knowing how he touched the lives of so many others brought me much comfort then and it continues to lift me up each day I face now without him. But his presence will always be with me and with others now as I send his dulcimer 'children' off to new homes. Thank you all for your kindness. Yours in harmony, Carolyn You can contact me through here or my email: cbdufour (at) att.net
Thanks for the "Final Post". Look forward to the next phase.
Howdy and welcome to FOTMD!
Welcome to FOTMD Carolyn. It's good to have you aboard. I'm glad that you want to keep in contact with Steve's acquaintances here.
"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."
Welcome, Carolyn, to this little corner of dulcimer heaven. Wish I'd have gotten to meet Steve. I remember his participation here, and I'm sure we would have been friends. Hope you enjoy it here.
Carolyn, welcome to FOTMD. This is a great place to be. I was the one who built the Prichard dulcimer for Steve a couple of years ago. We all miss talking with him. Glad you decided to join us.
Hi Carolyn, and welcome to the wonderful world of the Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer. It's a good place to come, spend some time, learn about the dulcimer, and to meet some good people. I didn't know Steve well, but do recall seeing the name when I first joined,..I think I also remember hearing about his passing. Glad you are able to join us!
Hey Carolyn, welcome aboard. Glad ya found us.
Welcome Carolyn and have fun here too.