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Strumelia, - Many, many thanks for the banner on the home page that encourages adoption of rescue animals from local shelters! I’m so pleased to see that and maybe some lucky dog or cat will be adopted because of it!
Awwww, Dulcicat you made my day!
I'd just like to add as well that once you have the chat pane open and the four buttons visible, the bottom one minimizes the chat pane a gain... but the other buttons widen/narrow the width and the top button pops the chat out into its own new browser window.
And... don't be afraid to hover your mouse over 'mystery' buttons or icons- often you'll get a little 'help explanation' popup telling what the button will do!
Ok, here's an update on this glitch...
It's due to a bit of code that needed updating in our site platform software. The developers were already aware of the issue and in fact have already created a fix for it- however the fix is in a large update that contains various other bug fixes as well... and that update is still in the Beta stage, being tested. They usually test for a few weeks before releasing a new update, so we may have to wait another 1-3 weeks I'm estimating, before the new update (with the fix) is released.
So the good news is that there's nothing any of us need to do, and the fix is coming along soon. But we do need to wait a little while so the updates are well tested before we can apply them.
I'll be sure to post again here once I am able to get and apply the update and test if it's working for us.
Thanks for all your help!
OK this is much clearer now- Thanks KenH for clarifying.
Seems the problem is only that when downloading the attached image, the period gets removed before "jpg", making the file unrecognized by both Win and Mac. Happens when downloading images from chat as well. Android phone apparently has no prob though.
When I get home later this afternoon or evening, I'll address this issue. Thanks everyone, I think I have enough info for the moment. Will update here once I know something or need more.
Ok, so that part of it works for you (on Mac), and for me (on Windows), but not for KenH.
I welcome other member's telling me what happens in the two instances (just enlarge, vs. download)...please include your operating system and what browser you are using, and whether you are on a desktop, tablet, laptop, or phone when experiencing this. Knowing these detials helps to narrow down the problem.
Now I have to go to sleep-
Kevin, what happens on the pic I attached in my post below, when you don't try to download it, but merely click on the picture itself which would normally just enlarge the pic right in a popup window, so you can see it larger but not download it? ...what happens for you on your mac when you do that?
Kevin, when you click right on the picture I attached a couple posts below, does it correctly open an enlarged image to view for you? (for me it does)
I myself am seeing the problem where if you download an attached image (either from the chat post or from a forum post), the .jpg extension loses its "." period and thus the file won't open. If you rename it by adding back the "." before the jpg extension, it then opens fine.
I'll get this fixed. But right now I'll have to get to bed, it's almost midnight. Thanks everyone!
Ah, that's very helpful to know it happens on Mac too Kevin!
I am suspecting this has something to do with something that was updated in the site codes over the past month or two.
KevinR also notes:
"with the chat function if i click to open it, it opens. if i click download in the chat function my computer changes the extension to .dms and it won't open until i mess with it and change it to .jpg
It also changes the extension when trying to view a jpg from a post"
Ken, thanks, someone else also mentioned this kind of issue. I'm going to use this thread to do a bit a testing and ask some questions. I'll need to get a few members' experiences about when/how they happens for them, so I'll have details that will enable me to narrow down the problem.
What browser is this happening on for you? On a desktop? (not phone or tablet?)
I'm assuming you are talking about only the ATTACHED jpgs in a post, not embedded noes.
Do it happen for the following attached jpg?
What happens when you click the picture, and what happens when you click the text link?
A lot of the instruments he made over his lifetime were inventive hybrids of various instruments or instrument parts (like in one case using a cello body) in varying combinations. He was a big experimenter in design.
Many also had very creative fret pattern arrangements. I think if an instrument has a diatonic (or partially diatonic) fret pattern, that doesn't necessarily mean it's a 'dulcimer'.
Many of his hybrid instruments were quite showy, clearly intended to impress. Certainly JJNiles was well known for making 'grand flourishes'- in his concert music performances, in his writings, his luthier output, even in the multitude of composed (and posed) photos taken of him. He was a unique person.
Hmm.. I'm thinking if one doesn't want to risk marring the finish by using stickers to indicate certain notes on the psaltery, then you could maybe just tie (or even wind and then tie) a small piece of colored yarn around certain zither pins and cut the ends short. Once you got familiar and didn't need them anymore, you could just cut the yarn off... or cut certain ones off one at a time as you learn more about where the notes are.
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.
Vintage Lapidus dulcimers can sell for 3 to $4,000, but that's a whole different universe.
I think this dulcimer on MandoCafe would more realistically sell for half its asking price.
The Summer of 2019 will mark FOTMD's tenth year since its humble beginnings. I'm serious when i say that every single day I continue to feel thankful for being able to 'know' all the wonderful members on this site (and also ones I initially knew prior to that, on the now-gone Everythingdulcimer site).
Knowing FOTMD members who have been here from the beginning, those dear members who have passed away, those who may come and go, and those who arrive new and full of enthusiasm each week... it's an honor to know you all and count you as Friends.
A TAB-ee, eh?
David, your Sally reminds me a bit of our Ellie... who lived a long very happy and healthy life... and passed away peacefully at age 20, nine years ago.
Here's a picture of Ellie when she had just turned 20. In this photo she was clearly elderly... but when she was young she looked a lot like Sally!
Hmmm, that's a real hard one. I have two wonderful mountain dulcimers and two wonderful little epinettes (which i kinda think of as small scale dulcimers)
I've often thought of getting another dulcimer, and have been sorely tempted a few times but somehow I resisted. So... because i don't actually know what it'd be like to have other dulcimers, I'm going to choose one of those four I already have and am familiar with playing.
Of the four instruments above, if I could only keep ONE (oh what a terrible choice!)... I'd probably choose my sweet mahogany epinette that Crocker made and sent to me as an amazing surprise gift the Christmas of 2011. It's got a beautiful voice and it's so precious to my heart... two of the best reasons to choose it!
A 'gaggle' of dulcimers (as in a gaggle of geese, with a nod to Aunt Rhody's old grey goose) ?
A 'murder' of dulcimers (as in "a murder of crows"/The Blackest Crow/murder ballads) ?
An 'exaltation' of dulcimers (as in an exaltation of larks/joyful singing) ?
Look at Robin and Strumelia. Their photos appear full-size in the message, not a little postage stamp to be downloaded like ours.
To do that, when you are writing your post you click on the little icon 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 works well. Then you click the "Select an image to upload and insert" button to the right. (To insert an image this way, the image must be on your computer somewhere, not just on the internet someplace). 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. Here's a bit more description for this method:
However- When you see the thumbnail and text link for an image, it's when folks have used the "Attach file" button easily seen at bottom of text editor window. Try clicking right on the thumbnail pic itself to open it right there to see it full size. Clicking on the text link will simply download it to your computer.
I had to DOWNLOAD your photo fully, then open it into a PAINT program to see it, then resize it.
Janene, if you click on the TEXT link, it downloads the picture to your computer. If you click on the thumbnail of the image itself, it should open it right there in a window for you to see full size. Does it not behave the same way for you? You should not have to download the image if you click directly on the little picture.
Lisa, can you tell us the length, in inches, between the nut and the bridge? If it's 28" or longer, it might be a bit of a strain for those cheaper older tuners to hold the strings up to DAA or DAd. I have an old 1970s kit dulcimer that had tuners like yours, and the screw threads just didn't hold very well anymore. Perhaps if you get slightly lighter gauge strings, and/or tune down a step to CGG or CGC (instead of DAA or DAd) ...the tuners might be better at holding.
I wound up replacing the tuners on mine with some new (but using same sized holes) inexpensive tuners... that helped, but actually it didn't totally cure the issue for my kit dulcimer, alas. Mine remains a little frustrating to tune. Your mileage may vary.
For determining whether your instrument is playable or needs work, I'd suggest you create a new discussion in the following Forum:
-use the Plus (+) button to create a new discussion.
I also suggest you look over our site Groups and join any that interest you- that makes it even more FUN to be on the site! :)
Be sure to explore the various links along the TOP navigation bar to get familiar with the site layout.
And here's a forum for asking questions when you can't figure out the site settings or how to post something: