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Strumelia
@strumelia
09/16/20 02:06:30PM
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Embarrassed: just picking out tunes


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Being able to pick out a tune on your instrument is an ability that many folks wish they could develop.  Just saying!   :)

Strumelia
@strumelia
09/15/20 09:43:02AM
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I ordered my own dulcimer


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Ken, that's very funny and also clever.. giggle2   (bff= best friend forever)

But.. wouldn't they have to be F#'s to equal the same number of steps up from the tonic as in DAA? (correct me if i'm wrong).

Traildad, that walnut and spruce with the slightly larger size will sound very mellow and lovely, I suspect.  :D 

Strumelia
@strumelia
09/13/20 01:20:39PM
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Contra dancing :)


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Dusty Turtle:But COVID has certainly changed our perspectives.  Looking at all those people so close together, indoors, breathing heavy, all I can think of is how easy it would be to pass germs.

I know, right?  tic

Strumelia
@strumelia
09/12/20 09:59:08PM
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Contra dancing :)


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No, I'm not the guy with the kilt...lol! If you look beyond him, closer to the band. I have a black top, short grey hair, and a black skirt with pink spots on it.

Here's an example of a really bog high energy contra dance- at the Saratoga NY Dance Flurry... I've gone to this dance a few times and danced to this band... they are cool. (btw I am not in this video) It's just the two guys playing instruments, but they keep adding snippets of themselves recording them live right there and looping them on top of each other til it sounds really intense.  Watch them work, but then be amazed when at around 1:45 in the video, the camera starts panning out to the dancers in the hall... surprised   That's a major dance.

Just sitting here this evening fondly watching dances and spotting folks I remember in them...  :)

Then lastly, here's one more video of the same venue in Saratoga, from this past February... just before Covid-19 came along and RUINED everything. This one has a more traditional fiddle band playing, but you get the idea of how much fun and high energy it can be...  bananadance

Strumelia
@strumelia
09/12/20 08:54:50PM
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Contra dancing :)


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Because of Covid-19, the last contra dance i attended was Feb 22 2020. Of course all contra dances have been called off until things are safe again, whenever that will be.  I sure miss contra dancing a whole lot. I used to go 3 or 4 times a month to various dances in different locations within an hour's drive.  crying1

I just came across a youtube video I didn't see before, of a dance in Sheffield MA back in November 2019, it's one of the dances I used to attend regularly. It's held in a lovely old wooden community center, Dewey Hall. This particular dance tends to have quite a few dancers in their teens. It's a small hall, so we have to be a little careful not to bump into others. Most contra dances are from 8-11pm, with a 20 minute snack break in the middle.

I remember this dance, it was not as high energy compared to some other dances I go to. But it's a great mix of young and old and everyone in between. The boy fiddler Zane in the middle is only around 10 years old, and his father is playing guitar. The caller is a very talented musical young lady in her 20s named Maggie. I know many of the dancers by name. All wonderful folks, and I really look forward to the day the dances start up again... everyone will be soooo happy when the in-person dancing resumes!

You can see me here and there in the video on the right side, mostly at 0:47 and again around 1:58.  I have a black top on. gangnam1


updated by @strumelia: 09/12/20 09:00:00PM
Strumelia
@strumelia
09/11/20 10:00:10AM
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Healthy Living- healthy eating, exercise, weight loss, veggie gardening, etc.


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Today I'll cleanup another area of the veg garden that is kaput for the year- the cucumbers. The tomato plants are mostly brown now, with a few odd stragglers still putting out some plum or cherry tomatoes. But I'll still be planting lettuce and radish seed every couple of weeks 'til mid Oct- they like the cold weather and will usually thrive until early December here in New York. My pepper plants are doing fine too- they seemed pretty frost resistant last year until Thanksgiving or so. I've found it helps to do the Fall veggie garden cleanup a section at a time... easier on me than trying to do it all in a couple of days later on.

I've actually been keeping up with my trampoline/rebounder sessions. It's been over two months now, and I've managed to go from starting out at 5 minute sessions to now 11 minutes, soon to be 12.  I think my current goal is to be able to do a 15 minute session at least 5 days a week. That doesn't sound like a lot, but try doing jumping jacks or jumping rope for 15 minutes straight and you'll quickly see what i mean. hot   It's hard work! 
I alternate straight bouncing with jumping jacks and jogging on it. When my 11 min are up, I get off and do some stretches and twists to finish up. So far I'm not avoiding it or feeling bored to death. I like that I don't have to spend a lot of time to feel like I've had a workout. I know it's doing me a lot of good... my legs are definitely stronger. I notice I'm going upstairs much more easily, and it seems easier to tie my shoes and do weeding or vacuuming.
I've lost about 4 pounds in the past two months, but I hesitate to attribute it to anything in particular. But far better than slowly continuing to gain, like i was before.

Strumelia
@strumelia
09/07/20 02:47:49PM
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The Drifting Thread...


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I have always used double space after a period. I always liked that it acted like taking a breath while speaking. However, over the past two years I've been making a conscious effort to use a single space, because it feels more 'efficient' and works out better on phone and tablet small screens. I can appreciate both ways.

Dusty, I must be young at heart because I frequently use an ellipsis instead of trying to figure out f it should be a colon... or whatever...  bananadance

Strumelia
@strumelia
09/07/20 10:01:42AM
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The Drifting Thread...


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I read something that made me laugh the other day.  It reminded me of myself in a way.

Some 30 year old wrote:  
Oh, I get it now- when some people pause for a second when they talk, it's like when old folks put a double space after a period.

Strumelia
@strumelia
09/06/20 03:30:40PM
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The Mountain Minor movie


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Poppop, that is very cool!  Thanks for joining us here.  sun

Strumelia
@strumelia
09/06/20 03:26:57PM
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How is the COVID-19 coronavirus affecting you?


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Dusty, I'd say the bride and groom put a lot of thought and consideration into their adapted wedding.  They did a great job and at least for me it would have been more fun than a mansion Las Vegas wedding.  Bingo and paint ballon art and individual food bags!  clapper    It does indeed sound memorable.  :D

Strumelia
@strumelia
09/05/20 10:20:44PM
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Song Identification Help


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Gregg Schneeman] As a matter of fact, as you can see in my two "Play Music On The Porch:videos the big beard is gone! Didn't get along with face mask efficiency, and no Renaissance Faire.
 

For what it's worth, Gregg I think you look great with the super short beard!  My husband did the same thing, for the same reason.  nod

Strumelia
@strumelia
09/02/20 08:26:02AM
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What's the deal with Aquavinas?


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NateBuildsToys:

I totally overlooked this message but it's brilliant. I have just added a rubber ducky to the 'moat'



poolparty

Strumelia
@strumelia
08/31/20 09:10:47AM
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worldwide Play Music on the Porch Day


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That's right, it's more about the doing of it, not the recording of it.
You did good playing for your friend, Irene.  flower

Strumelia
@strumelia
08/28/20 11:08:32AM
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Loaner Dulcimer


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Ken's point is  I think: "one size down.. from what?"- because there are all kinds of different gauge sets for dulcimers that people use, and it also depends on the tunings you want to use.

All that said, a .022 for the wound bass and a .014 for the middle string would likely work fine too. But I'd hesitate to put .012 on the melody string and tune it up to high D on a 29" VSL... it would probably be ok, but it'd be pretty tight and therefore not as comfy to play.  .010s would be perfect for melody strings on a 29"er.  :)


updated by @strumelia: 08/28/20 11:11:10AM
Strumelia
@strumelia
08/28/20 09:44:29AM
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Loaner Dulcimer


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It looks totally great!  It has the 6.5 extra fret, btw. I think you'll find that comes in handy.  Don't put too heavy a set of strings on it, considering it's a 29" VSL (vibrating string length).  Maybe .010 for the melody course.

Strumelia
@strumelia
08/28/20 09:39:27AM
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Are there fretless dulcimers?


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Nate, check out our member @Randy-Adams.  He is well known for building and playing fretless dulcimers . Most of the dulcimers he's made are rectangular boxes, some from cigar boxes.

He has his own unique playing style.  Note that some of his videos include playing on fretted dulcimers too... but particularly check out the fretless videos- they're pretty amazing.

Strumelia
@strumelia
08/27/20 04:57:35PM
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Intermittently unable to access site


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Thanks so much for your helpful input, Dusty!

Don- we're trying to clear up some confusion in your descriptions- otherwise we won't be able to help.

1) you can be "signed in" (logged into the fotmd site, as shown by seeing your name at top right link as Dusty outlined in red.... but unless you have JOINED a Group, you still won't be able to access that particular Group's discussions. Again- see Dusty's red outline showing where to JOIN a GROUP.  When you are in a group and something is inaccessible, do you see the button that either says "Join Group" or "Leave Group"?  If you see it, what does it say...join or leave?

2) we can't confuse discussion Forums with Group discussions. Anyone online (even non site members) can see the discussions in our site Forums.  However, with GROUP discussions, you will not see the whole discussion and will not be able to post in the group unless you have JOINED that group- see Dusty's screenshot.
To clear up what you are referring to- please post here the URL or link of the location that you cannot access. Even if it says no access allowed, please Copy that link address and post here, so I can see where you are when you are having this trouble accessing.

3) additionally, as Dusty asked, I too must ask- when you say you are 'restricted' what does that mean?- are you getting an error message?- if so what does the message say?  Or, if an error message is not popping up, what are you seeing?- a "404 Page not found" page?  Or, just not seeing the replies to a discussion?  What exactly are you seeing, or being told in a message?

4) Have you tried accessing these places on a different device? (a phone, a tablet, a laptop, a desktop)  Try a different device to see if it happens from that device too, so we can know if the issue is only happening on one device you're using.

Please try to respond to these particular questions i've laid out above, so I can try to help you.


updated by @strumelia: 08/27/20 05:00:00PM
Strumelia
@strumelia
08/26/20 10:29:19AM
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McSpadden Dulcimer with 1+ and 8+ Frets


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Yes from the pictures it has all four of those extra frets.  (The one you'd be using the most often is likely the 6.5 fret.)  The 13.5 fret is simply the 6.5 fret but one octave higher.. so if you have the lower one it makes sense to have the higher one too, in case you want to play parts of the melody an octave higher for variation.

Strumelia
@strumelia
08/25/20 09:23:19PM
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McSpadden Dulcimer with 1+ and 8+ Frets


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traildad:

I want to apologize to Parker for threadjacking this topic. 



I was just thinking that too. I'm more guilty than anyone.  ;)


Perhaps if we want to continue discussing the pros and cons of extra frets (or other stuff not related to the sale of Parker's McSpadden), we should start a new thread in the General Forum.  thumbsup

Strumelia
@strumelia
08/25/20 09:19:03AM
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McSpadden Dulcimer with 1+ and 8+ Frets


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Ken i think it all depends on what tunes you tend to play. Anyone who plays a lot of modern music, or blues, would certainly find a few extra frets handy. When I was playing many obscure traditional fiddle tunes in oldtime jam settings, I used my frets a whole lot. Maybe if i were playing the tunes you play, I would find them totally unneeded. Also, I tend to enjoy throwing a few quirky notes in to spice things up, as in the video.

Most dulcimers made today have the extra 6.5 fret- it can be quite useful, especially in DAd tuning.  And there are now more folks ordering or adding 8.5 and 1.5 frets than there used to be, mostly because of playing modern pop music. On the other hand, there are also more people nowadays ordering dulcimers with NO extra frets, because there is lots to like about that too.
However, i wanted to point out how even some people who play only traditional music in noter style (like me) can find those extra frets to be invaluable.

Strumelia
@strumelia
08/24/20 10:39:18PM
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McSpadden Dulcimer with 1+ and 8+ Frets


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@traildad, I have a video on here where I'm using a dulcimer with 1.5 and 8.5 frets and am playing in noter style.  In fact, you can see me using the 1.5 fret a whole lot in this traditional fiddle tune..
if you look more at the second half of the video it shows more closeups of my fretboard and you can hear the dulcimer better when closer. The 1.5 fret is the lowest fret i'm playing, and I'm playing it very often (to the right on your screen). It's the funky minor-sounding note on that 1.5 fret that i'm playing at the beginning of many phrases.
As you can see, once you get used to having those extra frets, it doesn't really create significant 'problems' when playing noter style, and I've always found those two extra frets handy, even with some traditional tunes.
That said, some folks prefer no additional frets at all, and that's cool too. The noter will run up and down just a bit smoother with no extra frets (but you can see in the video this issue didn't hold me back or sound choppy- makes less of a difference at higher speeds, in any case).  I have some instruments with no extra frets and i love those too! But in my own case, I've found the extra frets to be more a help than a hindrance in my traditional noter style dulcimer playing.  Hope this helps.   :) 


updated by @strumelia: 08/24/20 11:09:19PM
Strumelia
@strumelia
08/22/20 06:58:05PM
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McSpadden Dulcimer with 1+ and 8+ Frets


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That's a great price, and with (hidden geared) Wittner pegs that make tuning smooth, too!

Strumelia
@strumelia
08/22/20 11:03:09AM
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Test discussion - please ignore


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testing hotlinks function in a forum discussion, please ignore.

to @Dusty-Turtle  and to @dusty-turtle and to @DUSTY-TURTLE and to @dusty-turtle,

Strumelia
@strumelia
08/19/20 11:31:13PM
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Dr. George Orthey, Mountain dulcimer and Autoharp maker


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Dr. Orthey sounds like a truly amazing man.  I'm very sorry to hear about the loss of your friend, Ken.

Strumelia
@strumelia
08/18/20 01:05:33PM
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What's fer dinner?


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Folkfan, how great to see you post again!  I'm glad to know you are recuperating from back surgery, and about how you adapted your garden beds to mean less bending. yes
Lovely pic of your homegrown salad!

I would think you'd need some grow lights to grow lettuce indoors... and of course a surface for the growing containers that was big enough. There must be some good online articles about growing lettuce indoors during winter. Lettuce likes cool weather- so maybe your basement can have a table with grow lights?
I can heartily recommend growing sprouts in quart mason jars with screen tops, indoors during the winter- no need for grow lights with sprouts- they actually need to grow in darkness for 5-7 days, until the last day when you can put them near a sunny window for just a few hours to 'green up' at the end of their growth period.
During the winter, I always have 2 quart jars of alfalfa sprouts (our fave) in two different growing stages, set upside down draining in our kitchen dish drainer, covered with a towel for darkness. They need to be rinsed with fresh water twice a day, then set back to drain. When done, you pull the clump out of the jar and tease the sprouts apart and rinse a couple times in water to remove most of the empty hulls.  Then store in fridge to eat!

We often make salads using a big handful of sprouts instead of lettuce, adding other salad ingredients to that.  In late Spring through Summer, i take a nice (and needed) break from growing kitchen jar sprouts because we get lettuce from the garden. Then in Fall I usually start up growing kitchen sprout jars again.
This is just a thought... but you might have fun with this kitchen sink gardening.. I really doing enjoy it year after year.  :)

Again, great to see you back here!  dancetomato

Strumelia
@strumelia
08/17/20 07:28:08PM
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What's fer dinner?


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Today I had two meals that consisted of my very favorite Summertime food dishes.

For breakfast, I had a bowl of sliced fresh local peaches with homemade yogurt I made yesterday.

For dinner, I had a big plate of sliced ripe tomatoes fresh picked from our garden, topped with slices of fresh mozzarella cheese and drizzled with balsamic vinegar and olive oil.

Sometimes the best food doesn't really need to be fancied up.
yumyumyum numnum num num.... tongueout

Strumelia
@strumelia
08/05/20 07:49:27PM
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What happened to 6 photos I tried to upload yesterday?


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Hi Leo!  Sorry to keep you waiting here for a response from me.

Dusty is correct when he said there is no 'approval' needed for images added by members.

There is however a limit of up to 6 images/photos per day to be added. The file size of your images should not be a problem since you describe them as being less than 1MB each.

There is a total limit of 200 images for each member. That's because I have to pay for the server here and if everyone added hundreds of photos I'd have to spend a lot more paying for a larger server to host all those photo albums. For that reason I avoid having FOTMD become an archive to host people's files, music, and photos.
For hundreds of photos, there are good sites that house photos online and then you could simply post a link here so FOTMD members could go see them on your site, as Dusty suggested. I'm sure your photos are wonderful and everyone here would enjoy them immensely!  You should consider uploading all your historic dulcimer photos to a site you control, where you can make certain albums public or private, and organize them as you like. Photobucket or Google Photos comes to mind, but I'm no expert.

I see that you posted a first photo successfully, and it's still there.  As Dusty suggests, you should post another photo or two to see if it works.  I think you have to post one at a time. Maybe once you hit the limit over 6 it aborted the whole group you were trying to upload. Your photos were not removed or restricted, except maybe because you were trying to upload more than 6 in a day. I can at least assure you that nobody deleted them.   :)   Thanks, and happy to have you here with us!

Strumelia
@strumelia
08/03/20 04:37:46PM
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The Mountain Minor movie


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We've seen most of John Sayles' films, including Matewan.

Strumelia
@strumelia
08/03/20 09:45:43AM
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WANTED: Modern Mountain or Blue Lion dulcimer


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Paula do you still want this ad to be active?... still looking?

Strumelia
@strumelia
08/03/20 08:23:51AM
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The Mountain Minor movie


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We watched the film on Amazon Prime. Had a laugh because Brian couldn't find it for the longest time until I pointed out that he was searching for "mountain miner" instead of "mountain minor". 

We definitely enjoyed it!  The music was great.  Enjoyed seeing Dan Gellert playing 'old' Charlie... Dan is considered one of the top five current living oldtime musician fiddlers. He's amazing.  Elizabeth LaPrelle's ballad singing was magical.  And the little kid playing young Charlie was wonderful.

I might not ever have noticed this movie- thanks Dusty!  violinbanjo

Strumelia
@strumelia
08/03/20 08:15:31AM
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Virtual Dulcimer Festival Site


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The limits of geographic distance (and its expenses involved in terms of food, gas, and lodging) don't apply with online festivals and their workshops, so it's a bargain! Many of these online festivals even include communal slots where folks can have fun meeting in a zoom room and getting to know one another during lunch periods and in between workshops and concerts!

People should definitely look into attending various dulcimer online festivals across the country now that distance doesn't limit them!

Strumelia
@strumelia
08/02/20 12:48:54PM
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Need nice but not too expensive dulcimer for new friend


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I have found that the more requirements one adds, the harder it will be to fulfill. Dulcimers overall are much cheaper than say guitars, banjos, violins, and mandolins. But when buyers set a very low $200 budget and want a quality dulcimer that's easy to play and sounds great , is also short scale , and also available within a couple weeks or so ... well if you eliminate just ONE of those six requirements it will open up a broader range of options. 
It's kind of like the old business saying- everyone wants something that's fast, cheap, and high quality... pick two out of three.  winky

Keep in mind that a 25" scale 'used to be' considered short scale. Standard McSpaddens are typically 28 1/2" scale length.  People used to custom order 25" or 26" scale dulcimer if they had short fingers or arthritis. So don't think you need to get a 'travel size' dulcimer that's even shorter than that.  Dulcimers that are shorter than 25" VSL (scale) have their own problems- the action may feel stiffer when pressing down the strings, and/or you may have to put on heavier strings in order to tune up to standard D tuning.
A 23.5" scale McSpadden Ginger model is typically tuned up to G (3 steps higher than normal D)..though you can tune to D if you put on heavier strings... but that will feel stiffer to fret. And it's rare to find a used Ginger for sale for $200.

There are pros and cons to all these factors. There can be disappointments in buying used instruments off Ebay if a low price is priority.
If you want a new dulcimer that's good quality and reliable for around $200, I suggest either the Bill Berg or David Lynch student models.  Don't worry so much about scale length- as long as it's shorter than 28" she'll likely be fine...most fretting is done on the melody string anyway and you really don't have to do fancy long reach chords.

Strumelia
@strumelia
07/28/20 08:04:30AM
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The Mountain Minor movie


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Thanks for this heads up Dusty. We plan to watch the film tonight!

Strumelia
@strumelia
07/23/20 11:09:04AM
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What Are You Working On?


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This reminds me of how singer Ariana Grande got a tattoo on her hand that was Japanese  characters meaning "seven rings" (a title of her newest song at the time).  Unfortunately the Japanese characters were not exactly correct, and the tattoo actually said: "small BBQ grill" in Japanese.  lolol... probably a better tattoo anyway.

Strumelia
@strumelia
07/19/20 11:02:48PM
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Healthy Living- healthy eating, exercise, weight loss, veggie gardening, etc.


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We had a nice salad for dinner today, with lettuce, carrots, scallions, peppers, and cucumber- all of that fresh from the garden. I added a few other items we like: cheese, croutons, and pumpkin seeds. I am sure looking forward our first tomatoes, we have lots of big green ones. I'm dreaming about tomato mayonnaise sandwiches. dancetomato

Hey KenH- very nifty new avatar! yes

I've been doing my bounce fitness sessions on my rebounder/trampoline for the past ten days now, usually twice a day. I'm am now able to do 8 minute sessions. The first few days, 5 minutes would completely wipe me out. I'm definitely feeling stronger- my legs are stronger already, and I don't get quite as winded even though I'm jumping more. I've lost a couple pounds but that could be water weight so I'll have to wait and see on that. One knee got a little sore when I did some twisting bounces, so I'm avoiding that particular move now and it's helping.
It's really encouraging that I'm seeing obvious progress after only ten days. I'm actually looking forward to it each day. gangnam1   It's nice to feel energized again!
I got some long resistance bands and having fun experimenting with tying them to the frame to add some arm stretching.

Strumelia
@strumelia
07/17/20 09:09:27PM
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How is the COVID-19 coronavirus affecting you?


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Hats off to you Belinda, for becoming avid hikers with your husband!

I find it interesting how different people get creative in figuring out ways to get their exercise safely during the pandemic. We each gravitate towards types of exercise that suit both our current situation, our comfort level, and our individual personalities. muscle


updated by @strumelia: 07/17/20 09:11:11PM
Strumelia
@strumelia
07/17/20 11:26:28AM
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Intermittently unable to access site


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Magic, I'm needing to see your IP address from the location you usually use and where you are usually seeing this issue happen... so maybe let me know when you are logged in from your normal home location- then I'll get the IP address that I can double-check on about possibly you being blocked from our end.  Thanks!  You can just email me using the "contact site owner" email link at bottom of site to let me know once you're logged in from home.   :)

Strumelia
@strumelia
07/17/20 10:21:58AM
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Intermittently unable to access site


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There's something else I'd like to check on, Magic.  But you'd need to be logged in at the time I check on it.  So if you are able, please try to get logged in and STAY logged in today, so I can do this check.  I need you to be logged in at the time I do this checking.  Thanks!

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