The Drifting Thread...
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Irene, this is for you.....
I have been working from home (a real challenge - and I don't even have kids under foot). Early Tuesday mornings I do our grocery shopping as well as my mom's. I deliver her groceries (only to the front porch). Then we walk. It's amazing that we haven't missed a walk in all the weeks we have been doing this! She is 87 and still walks a mile every day! The hardest part is leaving without a hug!
Jeannie, I am so sorry for the trauma and heartache you have been thru! I hope the road ahead gets easier. I am so happy that you have 3 dulcimers again, and oh my! That one is sure a beauty! I have found music to be very healing.......
Oh my goodness, this is just awesome! Thank you so much for sharing!
You are VERY welcome! Let me know if I can help you any more! Like I said, it wasn't perfect, but is light-weight, folds up, and adjustable. I did have a little trouble stitching the shelf liner onto the fabric, but it is helpful so you don't get the instruments slipping and sliding.
Ok - for my stand (which is a double-wide) I used the following:
(4) - 1"x2"x40" - for the legs
(3) - 3/4"x20" - dowel (for the outside leg and center)
(2) - 3/4"x18 1/2" - dowel (for the inside leg)
(2) - 26" lengths of chain (this makes the stand height adjustable)
(4) - hooks to attach chains to
Fabric, shelf liner and stain
While it isn't perfect, it certainly has served me well! I made it double-wide so I could keep 2 instruments on it, and switch them easily, especially if playing out. Let me know if you have questions.
A keyboard stand makes a decent alternative also. The height is adjustable. I used a small piece of shelving covered with a piece of shelf-liner on top of the keyboard stand. This works good, but isn't real handy if you are taking it out to play.
I also made my own stand a few years ago. I could post a picture and some measurements if you want to make your own, or have someone that could make it for you.
FOTMD's own @elvensong tied for fourth place in the mountain dulcimer competition at the Walnut Valley Festival (AKA Winfield). Huzzah!
I can't wait to meet you and Mark at The Dulcimer Shoppe booth and play Circleville next year!
Well.. yeah pressure.
How is that Ginger Nellie? I used to have one and i loved it. It went to a new home - a really good friend of mine who had some physical issues and had trouble playing a full sized dulcimer. She was really happy with it, as I hope you are!
I have a keyboard stand that I have used for a long time - to stand while playing my dulcimers.
At first - I used 2 pieces of shelving covered with the rubber shelf liner.
The shelving was heavy, so I found some much lighter paneling and covered it with the shelf liner.
Once you have your "base" just adjust to the height that you are comfortable with, and Voila!
Works like a charm!
Keep strumming and smiling!
Mark! Thank you so much for responding to this! I hope all is well with Bill and his family. It makes me very sad to know that he has stopped playing and stopped building dulcimers. I only ever had the privilege of meeting Bill the one weekend at the KADC retreat. He is a truly a wonderful person, and sooooo talented. The dulcimer I have is beautiful and has such a wonderful sound. One of the fun moments (one of many) from that weekend was when Bill played and sang "The Preacher and the Bear".
When you see him again - please tell him I said hi. He won't know who I am, but he made such an impact on me....I was pretty new to the dulcimer, and he showed me what the dulcimer community is all about!
Thank you again! And sorry for rambling.......
Does anyone here know if Bill Taylor is still building and/or playing the mountain dulcimer?
I have one of his dulcimers and I love it! Many years ago I went to a KADC (Knoxville Area Dulcimer Club) weekend workshop. Bill was a part of it. He is a wonderful person and a great player! It would be so nice to hear from him!
Today was wonderful for a close family friend! He is a WWII and Korean War veteran. Today was the 23rd Honor Flight for Northeast Indiana, and he was on it! They treat the veterans like royalty. They fly to Washington DC for the day to see the memorials. They came home tonight to a Hero's Welcome Home! Can't wait to hear the stories and see pictures!
Userno4 - Those precious moments that you shared with your mother......I truly believe that's the best thing you could have done!
To have you there, playing an instrument that she loved!
A few years ago I recorded Amazing Grace. I put a copy on a CD and gave it to my aunt. My uncle was in hospice at the time. My aunt said she played Amazing Grace over and over, very quietly. It gave them a peace that she cherishes to this day.
Thank you for sharing your precious memories!