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Bob
@bob
12/06/18 05:42:25PM
180 posts

Glitch with Graphics


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Thanks Strumelia. It's a lot of work getting things working I am sure. I (we all) appreciate your hard work and time in making this forum run so smoothly :-)

Bob
@bob
12/05/18 09:57:46AM
180 posts

Glitch with Graphics


Site QUESTIONS ? How do I...?

Mozilla Firefox browser and Windows 8: I can open the thumbnail pic. But to view the image via the link, I must select "save" and then for the file name I need to manually add the dot just before the jpg on the file name (It doesn't do that now and won't recognize the file format without that). Previously, it automatically saved as .jpg

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

Question about Homer Ledford dulcimer finish


Instruments- discuss specific features, luthiers, instrument problems & questions

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
12/02/18 10:37:50AM
180 posts

Bowed Psaltery


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That's a nice looking instrument, Robert!  Thanks for showing your work. Love to hear it played!

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

What do we call it?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

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
180 posts

The Positive Thread...


Off Topic discussions

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
180 posts

The Positive Thread...


Off Topic discussions

Thanks Ken and Dusty!

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

The Positive Thread...


Off Topic discussions

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
180 posts

Information about a Change of policy at McSpadden


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

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
08/26/18 09:57:51AM
180 posts

Mercer Museum Zither Replica


Building dulcimers

wow Ken- your reproduction really looks like its an antique! Enjoy it's songs and share when you can dulcimer

Bob
@bob
08/22/18 08:54:41AM
180 posts

My 169th dulcimer


Building dulcimers

Dale, that's some nice work there! Thanks for sharing photos. And about the shows- I have thought about that and wonder if the best solution is to just keep it simple! Many instrument builders, I suspect, are not the most advanced players (myself included!). So just let the public see them, hold them, strum and play them. Maybe just show them the very basics like playing the scale. That may be the best marketing approach ever! 

Irene- wow I had no idea you were such an accomplished builder as well! Can you share some photos of your creations also? I bet they are wonderful !

Bob
@bob
08/18/18 07:41:40AM
180 posts

Rebuilds


Building dulcimers

I was wondering if you (someone)  'modify' someone's dulcimer, and make a mistake and mess it up, what happens?

Bob
@bob
08/17/18 10:17:44PM
180 posts

Latest Build


Building dulcimers

It looks great! Wishes for a safe trip and years of enjoyment.

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

Intermediates


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

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
07/28/18 10:01:57PM
180 posts

Unusual dulcimer bridge


Building dulcimers

That's a great old instrument. About the bridge, it seems strange that the bass string isn't the one compensated back, as it would normally be, giving it a bit more VSL. Unless the bridge was put in backwards?


updated by @bob: 07/28/18 10:03:39PM
Bob
@bob
07/28/18 09:47:32PM
180 posts

Melton Galax just finished!


Building dulcimers

John- that's a Beauty! I love the clean, crisp lines and the visual balance of it. Beautiful design and woods. I imagine it has great volume too! Maybe you'd treat us to a sound?

Bob
@bob
07/09/18 10:48:54PM
180 posts

The Positive Thread...


Off Topic discussions

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
180 posts

The Positive Thread...


Off Topic discussions

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
180 posts

The Positive Thread...


Off Topic discussions

Glad that you're on the mend, Jim!

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

Call 'em Ukes, Ukuleles, but never Ukeleles!


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

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

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

Call 'em Ukes, Ukuleles, but never Ukeleles!


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

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
180 posts

Everything Dulcimer - Closing Down.


Dulcimer Resources:TABS/Books/websites/DVDs

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
05/27/18 11:06:25AM
180 posts

A Fretter Box


Building dulcimers

Thanks John and Bert. It's probably just a variation of an old technique, but it seems to do the trick.


updated by @bob: 05/27/18 12:32:31PM
Bob
@bob
05/26/18 02:37:11PM
180 posts

A Fretter Box


Building dulcimers

I am not sure of something like this exists already but here is a simple tool I thought up and built for making my new fret boards. It can layout custom fretboard lengths or double-check existing fret boards before attaching to the dulcimer. Simply place the fretboard blank on the box, with the bridge and nut either inset or clearly marked. Tighten the tuning string to the key you want. Then use the noter to locate the exact place for each note (I use an electronic Snark) and mark them on the fretboard. It has two string options for Just Scale fretting as well. Carefully scribe using the T-Square across the board. Cut the slots and install the frets.


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Bob
@bob
05/20/18 08:05:28PM
180 posts

A Word of Thanks and Recommendation


Building dulcimers

Kevin, this was a very kind recognition. I just want to say "Thank You",  and that the best thing is knowing that you enjoy these creations. That's what it's all about.

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

Restringing a scroll head?


Instruments- discuss specific features, luthiers, instrument problems & questions

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
180 posts

Mikael Carstanjen 1975 Courting Dulcimer - Repair Question


Instruments- discuss specific features, luthiers, instrument problems & questions

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
180 posts

Mikael Carstanjen 1975 Courting Dulcimer - Repair Question


Instruments- discuss specific features, luthiers, instrument problems & questions

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

 

Bob
@bob
04/16/18 08:13:44PM
180 posts

What Are You Working On?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I am finishing up one dulcimer bound for Missouri- Black Walnut and Butternut. (pics to come!)

I have also started parts for another, similar dulcimer that's bound for Massachusetts. I will build one alongside the Massachusetts dulcimer for a Craft Show in May. Time permits, maybe I can build a carry-case as well for that show!


updated by @bob: 04/16/18 08:33:43PM
Bob
@bob
03/01/18 09:41:19AM
180 posts

Now EASY to exchange Private Messages! -Please Read!


Site QUESTIONS ? How do I...?

Thanks Strumelia- its a GREAT development.

Bob
@bob
02/01/18 09:23:22PM
180 posts

Modern Mountain Dulcimer


Instruments- discuss specific features, luthiers, instrument problems & questions

Ken, I think if the string height at the first fret is fine, but too high at the 7th fret, the bridge/saddle (not the nut) needs to be lowered.

Bob
@bob
01/30/18 01:43:22PM
180 posts

Just finished-- another Thomas!


Building dulcimers

John, you look like a proud father in that pic!  Congrats to the new owner of your super looking instrument thumbsup


updated by @bob: 01/30/18 01:44:26PM
Bob
@bob
01/23/18 08:35:23PM
180 posts

Wind Instruments????


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

Thanks Strumelia :-) The bellows-pipes (aka cauld wind pipes) are an interesting animal to tame but when you got it they are really enjoyable. I had the Scottish Small Pipe chanter made specifically to fit the Scottish Border Pipes, so the volume was much reduced and the fullness of the Border drones really was evident and makes for an almost haunting tone.

They can accompany and compliment Mountain Dulcimers nicely also. A few small pipe players I met also play Mountain Dulcimers. Must be a drone thing flute

Bob
@bob
01/23/18 12:50:09PM
180 posts

Wind Instruments????


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

Hi Strumelia, I just posted a  you tube video of my piping. The tune is a favorite of mine- MacPherson's Lament.

Bob
@bob
01/23/18 10:12:51AM
180 posts

Wind Instruments????


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

I play a type of bagpipes called the cauld-wind pipes;  Scottish Small Pipes (a set in "D" and one in "A"). Also Scottish Border Pipes. I need to get them out more often!

Bob
@bob
01/03/18 10:06:01PM
180 posts

The Drifting Thread...


Off Topic discussions

Seems to be a nice population of Bald Eagles in south Jersey, Robert. Saw one fly up from the side of Delsea Drive this past summer, and another seen in our Maple tree in the back yard (above the chicken coup). They are amazing creatures (not the chickens...)

Bob
@bob
01/03/18 01:41:10PM
180 posts

Using boiled linseed oil (mahogany)


Instruments- discuss specific features, luthiers, instrument problems & questions

Just to clarify the original question- Red78445 has an instrument that (presumably) already has a finish on it and wants to enhance the finish.

Some finishes cant be applied over another type (i.e., applying boiled linseed oil over a cured shellac finish). If it was a specific type of finish, I would go with a newer application of the same on the prepared surface.

If its just a 'spit shine', I think some furniture or paste wax might be the best option. There are tons of suggestions available in various woodworking/luthier forums.

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