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Oh my, that's too funny, especially at the end!
I think Richard is the perfect new owner for this baritone. Win/win situation!
I'll delete this thread later today Terry, and thank you for your FOTMD donation. :)
Why are those shops so hard to find? I am pretty good with googling?
I second the recommendation for Robin Clark at Bird Rock dulcimers in UK. He is also a dealer of McSpadden dulcimers, which are certainly long scale enough for bigger hands. with a VSL scale length of 28-29" inches. The McSpadden fretboard is also plenty wide enough for chord playing.
Sounds like you play chord style? If so, best to avoid dulcimers that are specifically designed for noter drone style playing, as someone with big hands playing in chord style might find the fretboard too slender for comfort.
Anne, it's heartwarming to hear of a perfect fit between homeless animal and a kindly person.
Sounds like you and Bran are very happy together and appreciate each other totally.
The newer photo of Bran shows how sleek and glossy he is... like a minky otter! SO handsome.
I've often wondered what it would be like to have a black cat... never actually had one of my own but who knows one day? Right now I have a deep red tabby and a solid grey... two boys... and I never thought I'd have boy cats OR a red tabby OR a solid grey cat. Just goes to show! All our cats come from animal humane shelters adoptions. Once you go there it breaks your heart and you wish you could help them all.
It's not so much about the material the instrument is made from. Two things here:
1) Under high heat, GLUE is going to fail under the string tension in high heat. No matter what material you use for the parts, if any glue is used the dulcimer parts will come apart as though you had stuck it in the oven. Maybe you could investigate glue that does not fail under high heat.
2) The sudden and drastic temperature change might implode/explode a wooden instrument if you: Bring it from a freezing cold car into a heated house....OR... Bring it from a very hot car into an air conditioned house. Remember a dulcimer is a long narrow box that's under high string tension.
This dulcimer would be impossible to bow, no matter how you held it. Even if you (ridiculously) tried to bow all 4 strings of each side at the same time (each set of 4 strings is laid out FLAT on its fret board half), if you look at the closeup, you'll see that because of the slanted fret board, an angled bow trying to bow it would be bashing into the lower body bout. It's completely impossible to bow.
So- it's also not a courting dulcimer meant for two people- firstly, the fretboards are not in opposite directions. Secondly, even if the other player was a lefty, see how it would place the bass string nearer the lefthanded player's body and the two melody strings at far side of the player. The odds of anyone playing this way and ALSO being lefthanded are almost non-existent.
This is simply a dulcimer someone made so that they could jump back and forth when they wanted to between a chromatic and a diatonic fretboard. They could also have it tuned to two different keys if they liked playing in jams without having to retune or bring two instruments. Maybe one fretboard was intended for playing old traditional ballads and the other intended for modern music/blues etc. That would all also explain the electric pickup.
The two different slants for the fret boards enable one to angle the pick so you can play on one fret board while avoiding the other one.
It looks just beautiful to me- love the rich dark wood finish. Is it in good playing condition?
Thanks Dusty for the GREAT explanations and screenshots!
Since there was another thread here on how to attach/insert a picture to posts, I'm just going to paste my text here from that thread and then delete it, so we'll have a single thread with all the instructions together. :)
Here's a bit more of a dry 'technical description' on the two ways to add pictures to your post:
There are TWO ways to add an image to your discussion post. In both cases, the image must first reside on your computer or device and you'll be pointing to it. You can't insert an image that is just sitting on the internet somewhere.
1) Attach the image or file to your post: When typing your post, use the "Attach Files" button underneath the text editor box where you are typing your post. Browse to the image on your computer that you want to attach to your post. This will insert a small thumbnail of the picture into your post.
Note: When you see the thumbnail and text link for an attached image, it's when folks have used that "Attach file" button easily seen at bottom of text editor window. Click right on the thumbnail pic itself to open it right there to SEE it full size. OR... Clicking on the text link will simply DOWNLOAD it to your computer.
2) Embed the image into your post. That will create a larger picture right within your discussion post.
To do that, when you are typing your post you click on the little icon button that looks like a film strip ("embed local media")- that icon is to the left of the Smiley button in the text editor window. Once in that window, select the SIZE you want the image to be in the left side dropdown menu...XL or XXL usually works well. Then you click the "Select an image to upload and insert" button to the right. When you click that 'Select' button, it'll take you to where you can browse to the image on your computer that you want to embed in the post. An embedded picture will not need to be clicked on to see it, it'll already be showing in the post, at the size you've selected.
That's a lovely dulcimer Terry.
I hope your hand is experiencing a speedy recovery from surgery!
You might want to add an additional picture of the whole dulcimer here. Looks like a nice Galax! :)
James I think that mentioning the bagpipe tuning in your title makes it seem like it can't be tuned like a 'regular' baritone dulcimer. Perhaps you should remove that tuning mention from your thread title.
Terry asked me if I could add a link to the video his son made of this dulcimer to demo it:
Yep, I was going to say Albert Hoffman as well, without seeing the other replies.
Charles, I think this is between 1925-1935 judging from the collars and clothes and the photo itself.
There was no bluegrass yet, but maybe they were doing some country/hillbilly/fiddle style stringband stuff of the time- it was popular on 78 rpm records. Also Jimmy Rodgers was big- 'blue yodeler'/country railroad blues.
What a nice job you did in cleaning and stringing that, Judith! Looks like it'd be a perfect baritone dulcimer (30"vsl!)
A handsome dulcimer!
I find it interesting that no year date was put on the label. How did you know it was made in 1980?
My hummel is fretted similarly:
The purpose is to do normal diatonic playing, while still allowing to be able to reach over and fret an accidental note on the next string over at any time.
At our house, Wintertime means... cats creating 'impact craters' on our feather bed. Or trying to turn over in the middle of the night but your legs pinned down by a ten ton cat.
Here's what I found the other morning when the sun was shining into our bedroom.
Our two big boys nestled in like Siamese twin pork roasts. Rufus (the red) and Teddy (the grey), who grew up together and are like close brothers even though they're not actually related. When these two are not sleeping or eating, they're tearing around the house while hollering or happily doing body slam wrestling with each other. Boys!
That's fine Linda, though you do have to have at least one picture showing in a FS listing. You did attach one photo successfully in your first post of this thread, so maybe you could repeat that again. ;)
Linda, I removed your google links, as they don't work.
Your pictures in the zip file DO work. However due to a site code glitch right now, when a member downloads the zip folder, they then need to simply rename the file with adding the needed "." changing the name of the downloaded folder from "zip" to ".zip".
Members: Once you download the zip folder folks, please just add the "." back into the file name, and it'll then function correctly as a zipped folder full of photos .jps you can see.
BTW I anticipate that this "." adding glitch will be fixed within the next week.
Thanks for the votes of confidence!
I'm just sorry all those excess notifications went out in the process. That's all finished now, and it should not happen any more. No big harm done, except for the annoyance of having to delete extra emails in your mailbox.
We should be good to go now. :)
Oops, it looks like some members may receive lots of redundant notifications concerning the transfer of the various forum discussions.
Sorry about that folks, my apologies!
However the notifications went out and I can't 'take them back'. Please just DELETE those multiple notifications and know that they won't continue after you've deleted them. They are a one time occurrence and shouldn't have been sent out in such abundance by the notification system.
Don't shoot the messenger please! This too shall pass.
After much deliberation, I've consolidated some redundant content that was formerly covered in BOTH Forums and Groups. I think this will aid in logical site navigation.
Some subjects had both a Forum category and a Group, and I've put everything into the Group instead.
I've MOVED all the discussions in the forum category about Dulcimer HISTORY/Traditions into the GROUP on that subject and then deleted the forum category.
I've MOVED all the discussions in the forum category about Dulcimer Building into the GROUP on that subject and then deleted the forum category.
I've MOVED all the discussions in the forum category about Modern Chord playing into the GROUP on that subject and then deleted the forum category.
I've MOVED all the discussions in the forum category about Old Style Noter playing into the GROUP on that subject and then deleted the forum category.
I realize this may take a bit of getting used to for some people, but I think in the long run it will be much more efficient, logical, and easy for all members to work with.
All members who created or had posted in the moved discussions have automatically been added as a member of its destination group. No discussions were lost in the process (although if you had any bookmarks to prior discussions, naturally you might need to make a new bookmark to the new location of the discussion).
I'd like to take this opportunity to encourage members to look over our wonderful selection of special interest GROUPS and please JOIN those that you are interested in!
Keep in mind that you will not be able to actually read the discussions of a group until you JOIN it, using the super easy join/unjoin button found on each group's main page.
A day before Christmas I got a DVD of our family playing and singing Christmas songs thirty years ago in Hawaii. I got somethings wrong in my speaking, but you'll see 8 of our 14 children. The older ones were gone....one in the Marines, some in school and some married. Happy new year to you all. https://youtu.be/clDzImgkYZo&source=gmail&ust=1546298787918000&usg=AFQjCNFF3ALCH5AzPI6rFiLSv9DPO9DZPA">https://youtu.be/clDzImgkYZo ALOHA, IRENE
Irene, that's delightful!
I love that description of the Grim Reaper 'film' Bob.
I recommended that Lisa might want to look at Feather dulcimers, which come in various smaller scale lengths and are sturdy enough to take camping etc. Again, all this is good info that can be found in our Fotmd's Little Dulcimers Group.
Lisa, you wrote me privately for advice on this, so I gave you my personal opinions on it already. However, I'd encourage anyone interested in shorter dulcimers to join our Little Dulcimers Group and read some of the threads on it... lots of good info and recommendations, also posted a great list there comparing sizes and makes of short scale dulcimers!
-remember folks you need to JOIN a group in order to read all the replies to threads in the group, and see the comments.