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.
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!
John Henry, I am so sorry that I am so late with this, but I pray that God lifts you up and comforts you.
I hope you find your way back to playing music, and that it can bring joy in your life.
You and your family are in my heart and in my prayers.
God hath not promised skies always blue,
Flower-strewn pathways all our lives through;
God hath not promised sun without rain,
Joy without sorrow, peace without pain.
But God hath promised strength for the day,
Rest for the labor, light for the way,
Grace for the trials, help from above,
Unfailing sympathy, undying love.
Marilyn, I just want to say you are wonderful!!!!!
Music soothes the soul - and what you are doing for these folks- this is just so heartwarming and touching!
I don't play a lot of DAA - so I am not being much help with your question, but I am so touched by what you are doing that I had to respond!
Keep strumming and smiling
Nell, I thought I would add that Dr. Duck's Ax Wax is a little costly ( about $ 16 including shipping ) but it lasts a long time. I only use a few drops each time. It cleans and conditions the strings. Also, my fingers slide much easier up and down the fretboard with this great stuff. Again, just my 2 cents