Cynthia Wigington


Location: Fairlee, VT
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Lazy girl Lazyboy dulcimer possum board

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Duration: 00:09:32
Sound test for possum boards, ironing board (thank you Greg Patterson), a hobbled together homemade one (no tools allowed), and my favorite of all, my comfy ...
Cynthia Wigington
02/16/18 11:53:26AM @cynthia-wigington:

Paula this is what I did - I dissassembled it at some point. I took the best piece of wood I had that was about possum board size, which luckily was walnut. Then I dug into my kindling box and pulled out some short pieces for the two ends. I put a dulcimer on it then put the sticks under about as far apart as they could be. All I did to secure them was to use long rubber bands over an end, under the board and over the other end of the stick. No tools. Just a piece of wood for the bottom, 2 sticks, w rubber bands. If you stop the video at 2:55 then go just a touch more and stop it you'll see it. I can't believe I didn't actually show you guys the board. It's not a secret and it's not rocket science. Will be simple for you to fix one up that way, that you can put together any time you need one. I did use hard wood also for the 2 ends which I guess would matter. This is the best I can do for you. If you have any questions, follow me and ask me, OK?

Paula Brawdy
02/16/18 06:44:32AM @paula-brawdy:

Can you show yours?   I 'd like to see exactly what it is....  pictures or video would be fine... wood used and the ends..thank you!

Paula Brawdy
02/16/18 06:42:01AM @paula-brawdy:

I thought the 3rd one, your own has more volume for sure....  the one you made...  

Cynthia Wigington
02/16/18 05:08:19AM @cynthia-wigington:

Thanks for watching Robin. Marg and Irene. Very interesting your story Irene. I'm familiar with the Psalmodikon and just learned of another instrument from Sweden on Tuesday - the name is eluding me, but when I - I know Nyckel Harp. There you go. I wish you'd do a video of that table and show how you did it. It's a problem for me playing out as I have legs too short for most chairs. Your table sounds a perfect solution and needs to be out there. Aloha.

02/15/18 11:18:07PM @irene:

I loved watching this "demo" of various sounds.  I also have opted for using a little low slung table. A little higher then lap height.   I got the legs from a Walmart fairly big black plastic table that folds down.  I took off the plastic and put a wood board down and then attached the legs to fold up as in the original table.  I put little (very removable) plastic feet on the bottom of the dulcimer and yep, BIG DIFFERENCE.  I also need to be sitting upright to be a singing....There's so much you can do with these dulcimers.  I've been bowing it like a psalmodican (one string Swedish instrument) and then also have a little hammer I like to use too.  sooooooooooo much easier to do different things when it sits on a small table.  Like so many pictures that Jean Richie had of other types of dulcimers that were played "back in the day".  aloha, irene

02/15/18 09:23:54PM @marg:

Fun test, thanks for sharing

Robin Thompson
02/15/18 01:13:50PM @robin-thompson:

Cyn, I'm amazed Lazyboy hasn't picked this up as a marketing strategy by now.  :)

Your homemade possum board worked nicely! 

Cynthia Wigington
05/08/15 08:35:40AM @cynthia-wigington:

OTOT! I think a newly revised more clean cut and clean hippy wave might just be the thing. Free hair cuts goes with the free concerts - everyone grab a clean dog bed!

Ken Backer
05/08/15 08:06:08AM @ken-backer:

Greg, sounds like a very clean music venue. Maybe somebody should give it a "spin".

Greg Patterson
05/07/15 08:42:55PM @greg-patterson:

I see a hippie Folk Music Lounge/Laundromat in the works Smile.gif ...

Ken Backer
05/07/15 08:53:41AM @ken-backer:

A washboard could be a real interesting as a possum board. I'd give it a try but my wife is still using ours to do the laundry. The theme of washboard and ironing board has domestic overtones. Maybe a feather duster as a pick, and the end of a whisk broom as a noter...Grin.gif

Cynthia Wigington
05/07/15 07:30:16AM @cynthia-wigington:

Thanks Greg, it's a mighty expensive possum board, and not real portable, but it works great. I never would have thought of that but that you tried the washboard and ironing board, and I realized I had a brand new tabletop one upstairs. Had a nice washboard too and was so sad I had let it go when I heard yours. Anyway, thank you again for your possum creativity. I thought Ron's comment about his friend setting it on the walker is fantastic too.

Greg Patterson
05/07/15 12:06:04AM @greg-patterson:

LOL loved that sound in the chair and the ironing board! There must be a $100,000 government grant somewhere to continue this line of researchGrin.gif ...

Cynthia Wigington
05/06/15 07:43:25PM @cynthia-wigington:

You know Ken I got to thinking about all those good old boy clubs in Britain, just loaded with these types of chairs - I believe I mentioned you here saying it must only connect to the top and bottom, which explains why it did not amplify the sound of the cardboard one, where the fretboard sits on a rectangular box. I know you use them all the time, but at home I feel no need, just playing out where it's noisy. I stand usually and use the Cox with feet, as it rings out, then I built that funky one, and now can use any one. Greta girl is my hero. Thanks for watching and for your pics of your wonderfully simple boards.Grin.gif

Ken Backer
05/06/15 07:33:12PM @ken-backer:

+++ NEWS FLASH +++ Vermont woman injured due to falling asleep at the dulcimer. Dog Greta dialed 911, hailed as hero. Great video, Cynthia, and good comparison. Most important, I feel, is what is touching or not touching the back of the dulcimer. And you could only accept gigs where they supply a Lazyboy.Grin.gif

Cynthia Wigington
05/06/15 05:42:59PM @cynthia-wigington:

Thanks for watching Gordon. I guess I don't sing so well in it either, but it's by best spot to play. It's 87 degrees the last 2 or 3 days. Crazy summer in spring. I call it a good day to hang wash.

Gordon Hardy
05/06/15 04:31:58PM @gordon-hardy:

You look so darn comfortable in your lazy boy possum board. Hope you don't fall asleep whilst you're playing. I find that if I'm not sitting fairly straight, I can't sing out as well. If I'm just strumming and not singing, it is kind of relaxing to sit back in the old lazy boy. Thanks for the sound test, I did notice a difference.

Cynthia Wigington
05/06/15 01:11:59PM @cynthia-wigington:

Excellent idea with the walker to set it on Ron. Think of just like this: In one mode, ionian, it is absolutely perfect, a couple of others work pretty well but are not pure. Mean tone is a compromise between just and equal. With it you can use all the dulcimer tunings. And equal you know. Thanks for watching and the description of your friend setting it on a walker. Hopefully I won't need it for awhile, lol

Cynthia Wigington
05/06/15 12:00:04PM @cynthia-wigington:

Yes that would work. It's not just going to be concert Sat. night, I am going to invite folks to come up and learn a song.

Lexie R Oakley
05/06/15 11:40:27AM @lexie-r-oakley:
It seems you may be able to cut down the iron board down to size, remove the medal braces and mount the wood supports. This would make it your outing possum board.