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Bob
@bob
08/22/20 01:08:42PM
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Double fretboard & 6 guitar strings


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Without knowing anything about that instrument, I just have to say that it looks like a beautiful creation, like a piece of fine furniture. Whoever the builder was he/she certainly was very gifted.

Bob
@bob
08/20/20 08:08:55PM
88 posts

Dr. George Orthey, Mountain dulcimer and Autoharp maker


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He was quite a luthier among other things. I am sure he will be missed greatly, but his legacy live in in his creations.

Bob
@bob
07/03/20 08:51:33PM
88 posts

The Drifting Thread...


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Irene, my heart goes out to you at such a loss. May you and all your family find peace and consolation, even in such sorrowful times.

With prayers, Bob

Bob
@bob
05/02/20 11:35:31PM
88 posts

What's your favorite tune or dulcimer to play this month?


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Though I don't have a particular favorite dulcimer to play, somehow I found myself really enjoying the simple melody of a hymn called "Oh God Almighty Father". It brings to mind many fond memories of my seminary years and indeed makes me feel quite peaceful. It's kind of like meditative prayer when I am playing it.

Bob
@bob
04/28/20 07:35:54PM
88 posts

Finish


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Gennaro, have you tried Minwax Wipe-on Poly? I have gotten good results with it.

Bob
@bob
03/04/20 10:48:07AM
88 posts

Hair line crack bottom back of walnut McSpadden


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Silverstrings, I would offer a wee suggestion: Don't panic!

I was imagining cracks along a straight grain, but from the pics these appear to be around a knot section in the board. Are the hairline cracks actually going through the boards? If so that can be remedied. They look superficial from the photographs and I might imagine they will remain superficial. Give it time, keep it in a regulated environment like you have been, and out of the direct sunlight and see how it does. If it sings as beautifully as it does, leave it alone, it ain't broken. Instruments in far worse condition are played regularly; just be tender with it.

~Bob

 

 

 

Bob
@bob
01/01/20 07:31:09PM
88 posts

Introduce Yourself!


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Hi Patrick, I think you will find that a great many bagpipe tunes (particularly Scotts and Irish) lend perfectly to the mountain dulcimer (though you probably already know that!)  I play the cauld wind Scottish Smallpipes (somewhat) and love to try my pipe tunes on the mountain dulcimer; seems a perfect combination.  Best wishes!

Bob
@bob
10/05/19 09:24:03PM
88 posts

Care Advice Sought for 2 Really Old Instruments:


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Oh please share some photographs of your antique dulcimers! What a wonderful history you have. I am sure you will get excellent advice on the care and maintenance of these instruments.

Bob
@bob
09/28/19 11:58:51PM
88 posts

Dulcimer Project (Reasonably) Complete!


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Ken Hulme:

@cbrown said "... of course early on the name [scheitholt] was widespread enough in Germany..."  

This is simply not true .  The name was NOT widespread in Germany.  This is the "great mis-information" which has been accepted and promoted over and over again by dulcimer players who aren't interested in checking facts. 

 And of course, the scheitholt was not played by everyone; perhaps less than one in one hundred.


laughlaugh

Bob
@bob
09/11/19 10:23:50PM
88 posts

What’s your favourite playing style and why?


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Finger picking, usually in the late evening when the kids are asleep and it's time to wind-down. Generally though, I'd rather be building one than playing one.

Bob
@bob
07/28/19 06:49:14PM
88 posts



Ken Hulme:

Bob -- that's more info than I got when I posted about the Secret page a month or more back.  How do we Invite people?

In the center under the Everything Dulcimer banner is a box you click on. It says "Invite Members" .

Bob
@bob
07/28/19 12:10:11PM
88 posts




Strumelia:

Unfortunately it seems the ED facebook group continues to be secret/hidden from public view. It's been almost two months now.  tumbleweed



Strumelia, I posted this concern as a new topic there today and got several responses: if anyone is in FB, a member can invite them.


 


updated by @bob: 07/28/19 01:00:48PM
Bob
@bob
07/16/19 09:18:10PM
88 posts



There are several other Facebook Dulcimer groups, if you are interested:

"Mountain Dulcimer Players", "Support the Mountain Dulcimer an American Instrument" and "Mountain Dulcimer" are Public Groups.

"Discovering Dulcimers", "Lets Make Dulcimers", "Noter Style Dulcimer Players", are Closed Groups but you can ask to join.

These are very nice groups and very informative, and you could probably find many others as well!

Bob
@bob
05/22/19 04:04:16PM
88 posts

"Angel" Will Singleton Replica


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Wonderful looking dulcimer! The coloring on the tuning pegs and the cherry inlays are such nice accents. I bet it sounds great :-)

Bob
@bob
03/17/19 09:58:53PM
88 posts

New player / New purchase


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Holy moley thats a beautiful instrument!!!!!!!!!!!

Bob
@bob
03/07/19 06:24:16PM
88 posts

Working with Tropical Woods


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That's a beauty for sure! I imagine your customer is very happyjive

If you do want to finish Bloodwood, or any oily tropical hardwood, you can simply wipe it down with some acetone to remove the surface oils. Then apply a thin coat/swipe of Shellac. Then, you're set to go with the poly!

Bob
@bob
02/10/19 10:09:37AM
88 posts

Buying in Europe


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Hi Rik,

Good to see your post and no need to be shy!

There is a fine Mountain Dulcimer builder in England named Ian Duthrie. He posts in Facebook by that name. Not much info about where exactly he is located or contact info like an email address, but if you use Facebook, look him up. His work looks very good.



 



Bob
@bob
02/08/19 08:14:59PM
88 posts

Oddball double fretboard dulcimer


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Very cool. Its good to be in the hands of someone who will take care of it!

Bob
@bob
01/28/19 10:36:41PM
88 posts

Removing grease spot


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Matt Berg: I would not try to remove the grease spot. You would have better luck rubbing the entire piece of wood with the same grease. Actually, that would help bring out the wood grain. I would also wait for other ideas.

Um... that will actually become rancid. I would suggest not.

Bob
@bob
01/07/19 10:35:59PM
88 posts

Narrow waisted hourglass shape


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I think John Knoff is correct on it being mostly for aesthetics. I like the term John used: "wasp-waisted".

My own dulcimer designs generally have that thin waist. I just like the lines, and also have been told (and agree) that it also makes for easy carrying.

Bob
@bob
12/03/18 04:45:10PM
88 posts

Question about Homer Ledford dulcimer finish


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If there was a photo to see the spots you are concerned about it may be easier to give a suggestion.

That being said, however, if it's just a cosmetic rather than a functioning issue, I would lean towards letting it be and keeping  it in its current condition.

If you have ever watched "the Antiques Roadshow" you can see what appraisers think of 'cosmetic restoration' done on historic pieces, which is what I think you have.

Bob
@bob
11/18/18 07:32:14AM
88 posts

What do we call it?


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I always refer to mine a 'collection' of dulcimers.

By the way, that's a nice display. I like the shelf with Shaker Pegs as a hanger (got me thinking now !)

Bob
@bob
09/22/18 11:55:58AM
88 posts

The Positive Thread...


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Thank you Sheryl! It was such a simple table set-up, but seemed appropriate for my stuff. Maybe next time I will use two tables for more room, with a couple more stools.

Bob
@bob
09/17/18 06:56:05AM
88 posts

The Positive Thread...


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Thanks Ken and Dusty!

Bob
@bob
09/16/18 08:05:39PM
88 posts

The Positive Thread...


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I had my first vendor experience last Saturday at a local Craft Show! Although I sold no dulcimers, I had a wonderful time playing and displaying my instruments, giving folks the opportunity to play them,  and just talking to visitors about the Mountain Dulcimer. What a nice experience it was!


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Bob
@bob
09/13/18 10:08:23AM
88 posts

Information about a Change of policy at McSpadden


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Not having any photos to refer to, I am guessing that Don O is right. Now, if they used Floating Bridges, it wouldn't be an issue (just pandemonium).

Bob
@bob
08/01/18 03:18:42PM
88 posts

Intermediates


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This is a really interesting discussion that got me thinking a lot. What skills does one need to master in order to progress from one 'level' to the next... Made me remember times I was asked for the music or tabs to a tune I had played on my dulcimer or Scottish Small Pipes. When I reply with an apology, that I can't help because I cant read music or tabs yet and only play by ear, I somehow feel inadequate.

I believe it's possible to master some skills as an intermediate player but also lack some of the skills of a rank beginner, at least in my case. Most, or a great many beginners learn from written music I think. I never learned to do that, even though i know the importance in it. (It's hard to commit to that when there's so many other neat and exciting things I need and want to do!) Some solace that, within the Irish music tradition, according to some quite renown musicians, most learning is done by ear, "Lugging it" as Matt Seattle (Scottish composer and musician) calls it. I guess it comes down to skill and confidence.

Anyway, if there was a definitive check list for player 'levels', I don't think I would want to see it.


updated by @bob: 08/01/18 03:19:45PM
Bob
@bob
07/09/18 10:48:54PM
88 posts

The Positive Thread...


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Thanks for the encouragement! I am going with an open mind and dont know what to expect. Folks such as Bing Futch, Judy House, Nina Zanetti,  Dave Haas and some other artists will be teaching. Various famous builders are going to be there as well so I think I may be a bit overwhelmed !

Bob
@bob
07/09/18 07:59:56PM
88 posts

The Positive Thread...


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I will be at my FIRST dulcimer festival (MD & HD) this coming weekend! It is in Lancaster, PA. I was even invited to put some of my dulcimers at the table of a wonderful vendor who will be there. I am really excited to be going! My wife and 2 kids will be coming and checking out the music as well as sight-seeing all around Lancaster Pennsylvania Dutch land while I meet some notables in the Dulcimer and Folk music world!

Bob
@bob
06/19/18 07:11:13PM
88 posts

The Positive Thread...


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Glad that you're on the mend, Jim!

Bob
@bob
06/04/18 05:19:23PM
88 posts

Call 'em Ukes, Ukuleles, but never Ukeleles!


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Ariane, you're so welcome! Your lovely story made me smile :-) Thank you for sharing that!

Bob
@bob
06/02/18 10:05:28PM
88 posts

Call 'em Ukes, Ukuleles, but never Ukeleles!


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All this Ukulele talk- I can't get Tiny Tim out of my head; "Tip-toe thru the tulips..."flowerflower

 


updated by @bob: 06/02/18 10:06:33PM
Bob
@bob
05/27/18 12:30:26PM
88 posts

Everything Dulcimer - Closing Down.


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Dusty Turtle:

I just want to let everyone know that all the tablature from ED has already found a new home:  http://dulcimertab.com/ .  The site owner is hosting everything for free and may create a database of dulcimer groups and dulcimer teachers.



Thank you Dusty, and thanks to Kevin Teague for his hard work and dedication doing this.

Bob
@bob
05/06/18 05:59:38PM
88 posts

Restringing a scroll head?


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Hi Noah,

The strings shouldn't be even touching inside the peg box. Perhaps you strung them incorrectly?

When I install the strings (I am using a 4 string model as example with a photo attachment), I do the two outer strings first; the tuner closest to the nut goes on first and the second closest would go next. Then the third and lastly the 4th string gets installed.

 


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Bob
@bob
04/21/18 08:56:43AM
88 posts

Mikael Carstanjen 1975 Courting Dulcimer - Repair Question


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Just a quick reply- If you finally come to the conclusion - after long research and consideration- that you must physically alter the instrument to access the repairs, I thing Irene's idea is excellent!!  Cut a very nice hole in the bottom of the dulcimer to access repair work and use your creativity in plugin the hole with something faithful to the design of the instrument (i.,e., a pretty rosette with hearts).

Many minds at work can achieve anything.

Bob
@bob
04/20/18 10:41:59PM
88 posts

Mikael Carstanjen 1975 Courting Dulcimer - Repair Question


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What an amazing and even historic instrument! And that seems like a big issue to fix. Just curious, Jim, have you talked to a professional instrument restorer?  A quick Google search discovered the Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute  https://www.si.edu/mci/english/learn_more/taking_care/musinst.html

They can give you leads to conservators in various locations in the US and Canada. Not sure if it's financially feasible but they may have some good ideas for you.

Best wishes for your project.

~Bob

 

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