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marg
@marg
08/10/20 01:08:30PM
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Dulcimer Noters for Sale


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cindy,

What is the idea for the holes  on your noters - for sound or weight?

marg
@marg
08/10/20 01:06:23PM
557 posts

Dulcimer sales in 2020


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Kusani

Beautiful and generous 

marg
@marg
07/03/20 10:09:16PM
557 posts

The Drifting Thread...


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Irene,

I am so sorry for your loss, we are all here for you and sending thoughts, prayers and hugs to you and the family. 

marg
@marg
06/09/20 09:09:23PM
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EBow on the dulcimer?


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Pete,

Thought you might be interested in something like this, since it will be on line maybe it's something you could do. With Jerry having a workshop it might be something like what you are trying out now - sounds & delays          https://www.nutmegdulcimer.com/

Nutmeg Festival will be ONLINE this year.   Lots of  instructors - One mention , Jerry Rockwell   (   Jerry Rockwell Dulcimer TEDX Talk


updated by @marg: 06/09/20 09:12:44PM
marg
@marg
06/07/20 11:19:29AM
557 posts

Herdim picks


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I like them & use them a lot but  - yes  ( too pointy)  so I round them off just a bit with a nail file. I found the point could scratch my fretboard. 

marg
@marg
06/07/20 12:07:15AM
557 posts

How is the COVID-19 coronavirus affecting you?


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Dusty

I have a GT-1 Boss sound processor, it's design for guitars but works well with a dulcimer. Dan Evans did a Demo of 'The Water is Wide' several years ago & I just loved the idea of creating a certain sound for a song.  He was kind to give me some pointers on getting started.

I have one dulcimer set up to use with the GT-1. My other dulcimers, I don't use anything with them. The group I am with, has been sending out a  song 'challenge' during  the quarantine - twice a week with new songs to practice - There was one in a Minor key & no matter how I tried to play it, I just didn't like the tone. So, I created a musical tone on the GT-1   - "Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silent"  I think you could have fun with a GT-1 and come up with some interesting sounds.

Strumelia,

Thank you, besides playing out on the back patio in the evening's for the neighbors - I did try to give the boxes a new look for anyone who happen to walk around the pond. With so many of us staying @ home, many more neighbors had time to come out.

Music isn't on lockdown and it has brighten many people's spirit, I am so glad I have the dulcimer to bring me peace & joy.

marg
@marg
06/06/20 08:40:23PM
557 posts

How is the COVID-19 coronavirus affecting you?


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I was posting dulcimer music to FB & sending out to family & friends, 1 song a week as a hug. The first one 'Abide with me' with an organ sound I created for the first Sunday churches were closed.   

I am also painting some of the the rusty utility electric boxes around the pond behind my home. this is the first one I did & I just finished my 8th


Heron 1.pdf - 496KB

updated by @marg: 06/06/20 08:44:27PM
marg
@marg
06/06/20 04:32:13PM
557 posts

EBow on the dulcimer?


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Still a long way to go but a short  flute'ish try of   'Shenandoah' on dulcimer with the EBow

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  Dan Evans was a wonderful help when I got the GT-1. I had hear him play "The Water is Wide' with it and when Harvey, the hurricane was coming I decided that was just what I needed - while I would be stuck inside from the rain & the flooding. Kinda like with the EBow now , I just wished I would have gotten it as soon as we went on 'stay @ home' (lockdown).

  

  I do hope you continue to give it a try. I do like to experiment & i find using effects have their place at times. I just have the GT-1 & the EBow but that's enough for now. I also find it's a good way to practice since, I will play a song many times trying to create a sound for it. I play with a group and I never use a pick up or amp so, I do enjoy playing around some when I'm home. Let me  know also how you are making out & any interesting effects you come up with or where you may use them.

 

Take care,

marg.

 

 

 

   
marg
@marg
06/04/20 02:49:25PM
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EBow on the dulcimer?


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Thanks for replying, the EBow even with it's problems and not meant for the dulcimer does let one experiment.

   I received a reply form Jerry Rockwell which was pretty exciting. I was able to move my melody string over - I have a floating bridge & not notched so it wasn't hard to do & now I have the melody & middle strings lined up with the grove of the EBow. I'm deciding not to move the bass string over because, so far I haven't liked the sound I get on it with the EBow. But I do like it with the GT-1 when I strum with a pick. 

   I don't mind just playing 1 string, I have the EBow on the middle A string and playing more like noter style but with my fingers. Having the dulcimer hooked up to the GT-1 I am able to get different sounds & tones, not the same as if I was strumming but as an interesting experiment. My idea - having a piece of music played in A (on the middle string) with the EBow sounding like a flute then changing out to a DAd tab & strumming - maybe something like 'Shenandoah'

   In 'The Gift of Love'      https://youtu.be/MHQl_AvIk_o     (you tube said error so maybe try this) 

     

I play first in A on the middle string then switch to DAd. Thinking something like this but with the EBow first

Thanks again,

m.


updated by @marg: 06/04/20 02:55:45PM
marg
@marg
06/02/20 10:48:31AM
557 posts

EBow on the dulcimer?


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  I  contacted (Ambient bass looping #3, Graham Blanche (aka BassBus)  a guitar player) after listening to one of his youtube recordings. He helped me figure that maybe I could move one of my strings over. so the EBow would ride in the grove of the EBow. He said he also has trouble with spacing & sometimes needs to tilt the EBow.

 So I moved my melody string over a bit, it was just sitting on top of a floating bridge - so wasn't  hard to make a small adjustment without needing to do any bridge adjustments. Now, I just need to figured out how to move the bass string over some also, without messing up the spacing I have now. 

   I know trying an EBow isn't something a dulcimer player would usually do but Jerry Rockwell did & after listening to him, I did want to give it a try.  I was hoping since so many members know so much about the dulcimer, someone could have help me figure out my problem or the idea of moving the string over to  fit in the grove bottom. But now that I maybe have it figured out, I am just sharing what I learn in case anyone else would want to give the EBow a try.

Just another way of playing the dulcimer - but without the strum of a pick. I do like to Experiment -Try - Ask - Share

marg
@marg
05/30/20 01:07:19PM
557 posts

EBow on the dulcimer?


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Does anyone know about the EBow? Has anyone used it on the dulcimer?


    It is a hand-held electronic bow for guitars. This small  unit replaces the pick in the right hand.  With a   pickup, i t's  magnetic field on a single string causes the string to vibrate. Like a violin bow.

  The problem:   

The spacing of dulcimer strings is different then guitar strings. 

Any suggestions on how an EBow can work on a dulcimer? 

    Jerry Rockwell did a TED Event 'Strouds Run' 


 
      


(About 9:30'ish in the video he demonstrates using an EBow). It looks like he has it  titled  and not riding the strings on the bottom's grooves. 

I wasn't sure if maybe I would need to move my strings to fit the grooves. 

Also can the sound change somewhat or would it always have a similar sound since it's just reading the magnetic field?

Would the dulcimer be able to reproduce the different techniques like a guitar or would it be limited?

Any Ideas?

 

    ( The EBow rides on two strings, straddling the one you're playing which is not touched by the EBow. Push the EBow against these support strings and the drive channel comes closer to the string that you're bowing intensifying the drive field for more string vibration. Less pressure or tilting the EBow away from the string decreases this drive.)


marg
@marg
03/29/20 06:32:52PM
557 posts

How is the COVID-19 coronavirus affecting you?


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I am sending out music videos to family & friends - Music is not on lockdown  - Stay Safe 

marg
@marg
03/13/20 10:06:52PM
557 posts

Idle time. What to do.


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

 

I also play at a senior care facility and yes, the dulcimer group I am with will not be visiting to sometime in the future. Not only our practices but also all our performances and Festivals coming up are cancelled. 

I am disappointed but it is understandable

I thought I would play outside each evening, so my neighbors who are staying home would enjoy. Maybe many of us could fill the air with sweet sounds🎶

marg
@marg
02/23/20 10:42:04AM
557 posts

Take a guess on who made this dulcimer


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Thanks Ken,

Yes, maybe wasn't noticed when action was higher but as it was lowered it became very noticeable.

   I have taken care of the action on a number of my dulcimers among other repairs, but since this one needed a number of things checked over and it wasn't mine, (I was just finding a nice dulcimer for a new player) - well thought better then me working on it.

   Good to know that the frets could have raised from the change of where or how it sat for the 30+ years, maybe I should be glad it was only 3 and not more. Even frets on my own dulcimers, I have file down but again looking like a new dulcimer and not mine - I just didn't want to.

    All a journey in both playing the dulcimer and caring for it.

Thanks,

m.

marg
@marg
02/23/20 12:47:19AM
557 posts

Take a guess on who made this dulcimer


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    There was a label but no model #. It was made in the 80's and may have had the same strings on it. I took it to get new strings (I could have done that but it needed to have the action lowered also) and  be checked out. Turns out 3 frets needed to be adjusted (filed & reshaped) -   so question   -   older dulcimers depending how or where they were stored for 30+ years, could that cause some frets to pop up a bit? As much as I checked it out, I didn't notice the frets till the action was lowered. 

    All in all, I still got it for a very fair price including the pricy repairs -  but would have been a better deal without all the repairs. I have it tuned to DAA, it sounds so much sweeter then tuned DAd - for walnut I was surprise it sounded a bit bright or does older Folkcrafts tend to sound more bright then mellow? 

    The dulcimer & case looks basically new, not a scratch, chip or dent. It must of come home from the shop and made its way into the closet - and there it stayed. A treasure hiding but now it's out ;-)

Thanks for the info.

m.


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marg
@marg
02/22/20 12:23:33PM
557 posts

Take a guess on who made this dulcimer


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Thanks John,

I have google Folkcraft teardrops and yes, you are right. I will contact the seller and go check it out.

 

marg
@marg
02/22/20 12:09:35PM
557 posts

Take a guess on who made this dulcimer


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it may have a label, I just haven't seen it yet, just the photo

marg
@marg
02/22/20 10:39:13AM
557 posts

Take a guess on who made this dulcimer


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looking at a dulcimer advertised with no info on who made

 walnut teardrop, - made USA in the late 1980’s, - purchased in North Carolina.

tuning pegs, white & up - strum hollow curved but not large, pins up on end of fretboard - sound hole not crisp f.

Any ideas?

 


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marg
@marg
02/03/20 03:48:31PM
557 posts

Homer Ledford, Bob Mize, Larry Barringer, etc.


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Ken, That is so special. Why do you think Thomas did his hearts up-side down or are they up-side down now?        I think I had seen some of the photos from the Berea gathering, not sure if it was the first.

marg
@marg
02/02/20 06:24:55PM
557 posts

Homer Ledford, Bob Mize, Larry Barringer, etc.


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Ken,

it says, Thomas stopped making dulcimers 2 years before his death, so that is right at your date. Do you have a photo of this special dulcimer? 

marg
@marg
02/02/20 12:37:52PM
557 posts

Homer Ledford, Bob Mize, Larry Barringer, etc.


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ken,

 

Right, I see Thomas died in 1933. I took the article as what they knew  (thus far recovered) 

 

    It looks as if there were more instruments Mr. Thomas made but stopping before he died (Mr. Thomas made more than 1,500 instruments through his career until two years before his death in 1933).  You are very fortune to have such a special piece of history and one of Ed Thomas last dulcimers before his stopping. His spirit lives on.

 

Nina,

 

Isn't dulcimer people wonderful, our members here, fellow dulcimer people we meet - even Dulcimer Legends like Homer Ledford. What a special memory you have of a special meeting.


updated by @marg: 02/02/20 12:39:35PM
marg
@marg
01/31/20 05:34:38PM
557 posts

Homer Ledford, Bob Mize, Larry Barringer, etc.


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ken

What a wonderful moment and now memory

 

marg
@marg
01/31/20 11:38:38AM
557 posts

Homer Ledford, Bob Mize, Larry Barringer, etc.


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I was looking up some history on some of the premier dulcimer makers (traditional Ky style dulcimers) and was wondering if anyone had stories to tell of someone they have meet, in their shop or at a Festival?

Warren May was good friends with Hormer Ledford and thinking some of our FOTMD members would have been around playing when some of these excellent craftsmen like Hormer, when they  were still around.     Share your stories.

Attached is the results of some info, I found looking up these masters (note: no quotes but taken from the online sites with their history) just passing on what I found  -  hope you find it interesting.

 


"Kentucky style" dulcimer pattern PDF.pdf - 892KB

updated by @marg: 01/31/20 11:41:22AM
marg
@marg
01/25/20 01:33:02PM
557 posts

e-bow


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I tried the e-Bow at a guitar center yesterday with a non-amp dulcimer. I'm thinking it needs to be amp so the

E-Bow reads the electric magnate field. I could hardly hear the sound. Would be nice to have a violin tune for playing some songs

marg
@marg
01/25/20 01:22:48PM
557 posts

New to me, Q’s on nut/bridge fit and strings.


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I have a Berg dulcimer

I may try the 10 on the d up by the bass D but I ended taking that string off since it seemed to either hit the bass or just not sound right. Berg's string gage attached:


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marg
@marg
01/22/20 09:38:29PM
557 posts

e-bow


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Ever hear of an ebow, a bit more then half way through, Jerry Rockwell on the video. It's been around for years for guitars but i'm thinking of trying on a dulcimer.

What do you think?

 Mountain Dulcimer: A Musical Possibility Box | Jerry Rockwell

it's a TED talk



 

 


updated by @marg: 01/22/20 09:40:04PM
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@marg
01/17/20 08:59:00AM
557 posts

Changing tuners on a Warren May dulcimer.


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ken

( fine tuners that will allow you to dial in a tuning once you're close with the pegs.  )

where do we fine these and how do they work?

marg
@marg
01/07/20 10:29:45AM
557 posts

A-d-a


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Dusty , I was just trying a tuning someone said they were using but I realize they didn't give me the right tuning and that is why my string kept breaking. Yes - right  Strumelia, a standard size dulcimer just can't tune way up high - that was the problem

thanks

marg
@marg
12/02/19 05:32:29PM
557 posts

John Molineux uses a striker on a mountain dulcimer


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This is from a few years ago, I was just trying to hammer a tune. I wanted something other then strum strum with a pick. I am using a chopstick with a brass sleeve over the end I strike with. 

 

marg
@marg
12/02/19 05:05:12PM
557 posts

A-d-a


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I'm not sure how to tune to A-d-a, I checked the string gage and it had 13-10--07 but every time I try with a 07 string it breaks. Am I going to high and it should be all lower?

I have the bass string A like an A middle string, I have middle d like a d melody string, what tuning should the a now melody string be, very high a or i'm all wrong?

marg
@marg
11/12/19 09:51:41AM
557 posts

tuning my guitar into a three string dulcimer


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Sorry you don't  live near me, I could just lend you a dulcimer till yours came in, unless you wanted to change the guitar around.  Is there no one in  your area?

good luck,

 

marg
@marg
11/11/19 10:53:41AM
557 posts

Sears and Roebuck dulcimers


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Found this site: shows the sears page - back click a few pages shows another sears page of instruments

https://www.flickr.com/photos/humbugs_and_oddities/5064034869/in/photostream/

Sears Dulcimer  #1   These dulcimers were made in Korea.

I saw a uke under  Sears Harmony

marg
@marg
11/09/19 10:39:37AM
557 posts

Sears and Roebuck dulcimers


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I have a (maybe) Hondo dulcimer sold by Sears for Christmas, has 'clover' sound holes. It needed some work but with the help of some great members years ago, I learned a lot about this dulcimer.

Every instrument is different, each one has their own personality .

Enjoy yours


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marg
@marg
09/06/19 12:41:57PM
557 posts

Play Music On The Porch Day 2019


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I had a few players from our group over and we played at sunset, made for a beautiful evening - music and friends

marg
@marg
08/24/19 08:06:22PM
557 posts

Play Music On The Porch Day 2019


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I am hoping to get some players to come by but it's been so hot, may need to organize it for sunset. If there is a group, we should play several songs, any suggestions for a good porch or patio jam?

 


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marg
@marg
08/24/19 08:02:55PM
557 posts

Conversation with Dan Evans


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Nice interview, Dan is such a sweet fellow and has helped me on occasions.

marg
@marg
07/26/19 01:20:02AM
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FOTMD's 10th Birthday Pickled Dulcimer Contest!! (contest CLOSED)


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360

and good going 10 years :-) 


updated by @marg: 07/26/19 01:21:19AM
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@marg
11/15/18 09:50:07PM
557 posts

Mark Tindle dulcimer AC-53


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Steve,

Mark did reply, Randy Downing forwarded my info to him 

thanks again,

 

marg
@marg
11/15/18 08:37:44AM
557 posts

Mark Tindle dulcimer AC-53


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Thanks Steve,

I had checked out Tindle's web site and tried contacting him. I wonder why there is no mention of any of his dulcimers he made? Do you have any idea about how many he made or what would be a fair price to ask for one?

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