Don Smith

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Location: Arizona, Coolidge
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Don Smith
@don-smith • 5 days ago • comments: 11
Posted a new Comment on Just Finished No. 1:
"Very beautiful build I can only hope my fist one comes out half as nice"
Don Smith
@don-smith • 2 weeks ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Question on sound differences:
"Thanks for the advice @Ken-hulme again I went on a spending spree a few years ago purchasing all kinds of different exotic woods for building different..."
Don Smith
@don-smith • 2 weeks ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Question on sound differences:
"thank you @Ken-hulme i will probably just go ahead and build a hour glass shape first and then a hour drop second from the photos i have looked at the hour..."
Don Smith
@don-smith • 2 weeks ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Question on sound differences:
"Thank you @Richard-streib i kind of was thinking there should not be but was not sure and you are probably vary rite with my hearing I do not believe I could..."
Don Smith
@don-smith • 2 weeks ago • comments: 8
Created a new Group discussion "Question on sound differences":
"Its me again with another question made the mistake of showing my wife photos of different dulcimer body styles and she likes the hour drop shape Question..."
Dulcimer Making
Don Smith
@don-smith • 2 weeks ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Need Some Input:
"Thank you all for your replies was not sure three or four different woods mixed together would have adverse affects on tone and volume i do know bridge and..."
Don Smith
@don-smith • 2 weeks ago • comments: 6
Created a new Group discussion "Need Some Input":
"I have started my build of a Dulcimer for my wife I have all the wood cut except for the fret board, I have ripped all my pieces of wood to 1/8 inch thick..."
Dulcimer Making
Don Smith
@don-smith • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Any banjo players out there?":
"@Strumelia I do know jeff menzie I have placed several orders for skins from him I love his builds on this gourd banjos even though I do not have one of his..."
Don Smith
@don-smith • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Any banjo players out there?":
"I know this is an older post but figured I would add myself to the Banjo player Banjo's are my addiction I have three and having a fourth built by a local..."
Don Smith
@don-smith • 3 weeks ago • comments: 11
Posted a new Comment on need some guideance :
"@Strumelia I do have her strumming both ways I started her doing that rite from the start as i know how hard it is to break that one direction strum thing..."
Don Smith
@don-smith • 4 weeks ago • comments: 11
Posted a new Comment on need some guideance :
"Ken Hulme: Long ago in a galaxy far, far away..... Robert Force taught a beginner's class, and in regards to "white knuckle" picking, he taught the "burnt..."
Don Smith
@don-smith • 4 weeks ago • comments: 11
Posted a new Comment on need some guideance :
"Strumelia: @don-smith , good question on the large picks!  Revered dulcimer player Jean Ritchie once described having trouble holding onto little stiff..."
Don Smith
@don-smith • 4 weeks ago • comments: 11
Posted a new Comment on need some guideance :
"@strumelia I forgot all about your blog and realized after I posted my question I did go to your blog and I believe I got most of the answers there I do..."
Don Smith
@don-smith • 4 weeks ago • comments: 11
Created a new Group discussion "need some guideance ":
"does anyone have a suggestion as to how i can get my wife to relax her picking hand as most know my wife has dementia, she was also hit by a hit and run..."
Beginner players
Don Smith
@don-smith • 4 weeks ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on question on sound holes:
"thanks for the replies"
Don Smith
@don-smith • 4 weeks ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on question on sound holes:
"Ken Hulme: Occasionally you'll see someone experiment with side sound holes -- usually only once.  The general consensus is that they just don't work very..."
Don Smith
@don-smith • 4 weeks ago • comments: 6
Updated a Group discussion "":
"I m going to be building a hour glass shaped dulcimer for my wife even though i purchase one for her to get started learning on. i have plans coming from..."
Dulcimer Making
Don Smith
@don-smith • 4 weeks ago • comments: 6
Updated a Group discussion "":
"I m going to be building a hour glass shaped dulcimer for my wife even though i purchase one for her to get started learning on. i have plans coming from..."
Dulcimer Making
Don Smith
@don-smith • 4 weeks ago • comments: 6
Created a new Group discussion "question on sound holes":
"I m going to be building a hour glass shaped dulcimer for my wife even though i purchase one for her to get started learning on. i have plans coming from..."
Dulcimer Making
Don Smith
@don-smith • 4 weeks ago • comments: 22
Posted a new Comment on Ok I have more Questions about better brands of dulcimers:
"thank you  @Strumelia"
Don Smith
@don-smith • 4 weeks ago • comments: 22
Posted a new Comment on Ok I have more Questions about better brands of dulcimers:
"Ken Hulme: Steel strings!!!  Nothing wrong with multiple woods to get the look you want! Not sure you could "split" maple "just over 1/4" and get two..."
Don Smith
@don-smith • 4 weeks ago • comments: 22
Posted a new Comment on Ok I have more Questions about better brands of dulcimers:
"John C. Knopf: There is an excellent 1988 Richard and Denise Wilson dulcimer on eBay as I write, for an excellent price!  I know these makers reputation,..."
Don Smith
@don-smith • 4 weeks ago • comments: 22
Posted a new Comment on Ok I have more Questions about better brands of dulcimers:
"Ken i was thinking about using the High figured black walnut for the back and sides i would have to edge glue the black walnut together to get the back..."
Don Smith
@don-smith • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "How to Like an item?":
"Strumelia: @don-smith , maybe the first, simplest beginner tunes from my noter/drone players Blog would help:..."
Don Smith
@don-smith • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "How to Like an item?":
"Thanks Robin its funny my wife's name is Robbin she was diagnosed with dementia in 2011 and we have been dealing with it ever since she was also hit by a hit..."
Don Smith
@don-smith • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "How to Like an item?":
"Ken Hulme: Rather than clicking a button, Don, why not take a few extra seconds to tell a poster what it is you like about their post.  That's one thing..."
Don Smith
@don-smith • one month ago • comments: 22
Posted a new Comment on Ok I have more Questions about better brands of dulcimers:
"you know i think i am going to take your suggestion i have all the tools and quite a bit of exotic lumbers just don't know which wood to use i have some..."
Don Smith
@don-smith • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Ukulele Pegs for a dulcimer":
"Strumelia: Don- unfortunately, a typical hole reamer and a peg shaver are both intended for tapered holes and tapered pegs. We are talking about straight..."
Don Smith
@don-smith • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Ukulele Pegs for a dulcimer":
"marg: Good suggestion Strumelia,  will think about it but don't want to sand a bit more then I should, no redo on the holes. I know about sanding a little..."
Don Smith
@don-smith • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "How to Like an item?":
"ok thank you i did not realize you could only like a whole topic and not individual replies to a topic its a little different compared to other forums i..."
Don Smith
@don-smith • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Ukulele Pegs for a dulcimer":
"I am a banjo player but the @marg your question has confused me I know on banjos friction pegs you can use a hole reamer and peg shaver to adjust the size of..."
Don Smith
@don-smith • one month ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "How to Like an item?":
"Can someone tell me how to like someones response or someone post I have serarched everwhere and I am just not seeing it and I do know there has to be a way..."
Don Smith
@don-smith • one month ago • comments: 22
Posted a new Comment on Ok I have more Questions about better brands of dulcimers:
"https://fotmd.com/john-c-knopf Thank you for your recommendations I did go on Ebay and do a buy now on the one you suggested it just really scares me..."
Don Smith
@don-smith • one month ago • comments: 22
Created a new Group discussion "Ok I have more Questions about better brands of dulcimers":
"What are some of the better brands of Dulcimer's to look at I found a apple creek in phoenix but after reading the warning on this site about some non us..."
Dulcimer Making
Don Smith
@don-smith • one month ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on New to site and have some questions:
"Just wanted to thank everyone that replied to my post  One thing if anyone has a decent Dulcimer they are looking to sell please let me know after talking..."

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Don Smith

Question on sound differences


Its me again with another question made the mistake of showing my wife...
@Don Smith 2 weeks ago - Comments: 8
Don Smith

Need Some Input


I have started my build of a Dulcimer for my wife I have all the wood...
@Don Smith 2 weeks ago - Comments: 6
Don Smith

need some guideance


does anyone have a suggestion as to how i can get my wife to relax her...
@Don Smith 4 weeks ago - Comments: 11
Don Smith

question on sound holes


I m going to be building a hour glass shaped dulcimer for my wife even...
@Don Smith 4 weeks ago - Comments: 6
Don Smith

Ok I have more Questions about better brands of dulcimers


What are some of the better brands of Dulcimer's to look at I found a...
@Don Smith one month ago - Comments: 22
Don Smith

New to site and have some questions


hello everyone I play Banjo and Mandolin I am searching for my first...
@Don Smith one month ago - Comments: 9

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Benjamin W Barr Jr
07/04/21 10:18:08AM @benjamin-w-barr-jr:

Hi Don, 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.

Ben


Don Smith
07/01/21 06:00:17PM @don-smith:

Thank you all for your welcome


Jim Fawcett
07/01/21 08:51:53AM @jim-fawcett:

Hey Don, welcome aboard. Glad ya fond us.


Richard Streib
06/30/21 07:54:40PM @richard-streib:

Welcome Don to Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer. Glad you joined.  Let us know how we can help you along. Best wishes on your dulcimer journey.


Strumelia
06/30/21 07:21:28AM @strumelia:

Hi and welcome, Don.  sun