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Sam
@sam
07/02/20 06:03:51AM
173 posts

The Drifting Thread...


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Oh I have oodles of keyboards (new) and mouseseseses ... both USB and wireless. I was just thinking that a lighted one might be useful.

Sam
@sam
07/01/20 04:22:13AM
173 posts

The Drifting Thread...


OFF TOPIC discussions

I've been very tempted to buy one of the lighted keyboards. I'm usually on my PC early morning and I like the darkness and watching dawn fade in. I'm thinking I could turn off the desk lamp if the keyboard was lighted. They're not that expensive, maybe I'll remember to get one ordered.

Sam
@sam
05/10/20 05:46:04AM
173 posts

VSL Breakpoint Angles, Radiuses, and Excess String Lengths


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

I'm seeing some fingerboards stop slightly south of the last fret and a saddle or bridge like that of a violin actually afixed to the body of the dulcimer. Matter of fact, I have come to believe that only imagination limits the styles and or structure of our beloved instruments ... and that's ok. If we accrue knowledge of the instrument and it's many variations, we will pick up sufficient terminology to understand what most folks are talking about. If we don't understand, I've yet to see a builder or musician that would not take a moment to explain. 

Sam
@sam
02/22/20 07:28:03AM
173 posts

Dancing!...(feet as instrument)


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

Miss Strumelia, you are absolutely radient!

Feet as music: I remember well an appearance by Doug Kershaw on the Ed Sullivan show. He sang, played fiddle and kept time nearly in a full clog. I feel that that added so much to his performance.

Sam
@sam
12/08/19 05:02:49AM
173 posts

Purpose of DAA tuning


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

What a marvelous discussion. It touches on my dilemma as well. With all types of learning it has always been more difficult for me to 'unlearn' something than learn it so I've been hesitant to stray from DAA. I want to, probably need to but don't have the required gray matter to cope with a bad decision. This discussion is very encouraging. By the way, my dulicmer and I have an understanding ... mutual respect and I continue to gather kindling from outdoors. 

Sam
@sam
10/03/19 04:04:26AM
173 posts

The Drifting Thread...


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Dusty I found that in a shop in Charleston (WV). It's what I'm using now. I really do like it. Hope the hand is soon all healed.

Sam
@sam
09/26/19 05:45:03AM
173 posts

Show Us Your Pets!


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Not exactly a pet, but the response to my Monarch, Honeybee, hummer garden has been very rewarding. This beauty visited briefly yesterday.

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Sam
@sam
09/25/19 07:11:52AM
173 posts

The Drifting Thread...


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So sorry to hear of her passing. Tender mercies to family and friends. 

Sam
@sam
08/16/19 03:48:15AM
173 posts

Show Us Your Pets!


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Oh yeah, interstate ... 70 mph, head out, ears sound like plastic tarp!

Sam
@sam
08/15/19 05:19:09AM
173 posts

Show Us Your Pets!


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So cute and they DO love to ride. 

Gracie doesn't do 'wait' very well.

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Sam
@sam
05/26/19 03:50:25AM
173 posts

What are you reading right now?


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Original poems and short stories by my writing group.

Sam
@sam
01/22/19 05:26:40AM
173 posts

Show Us Your Pets!


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Happy Birthday Hazel. That cake sure sounds good!

Sam
@sam
12/11/18 05:53:31AM
173 posts

Show Us Your Pets!


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Thanks for the 'warm' comments on Gracie @susie @robin-thompson @strumelia  HUG


updated by @sam: 12/11/18 05:54:28AM
Sam
@sam
12/10/18 05:37:45AM
173 posts

Show Us Your Pets!


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Gracie LOVES snow!

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Sam
@sam
07/20/18 05:58:23AM
173 posts



With my poor attempts to learn to play them, most of the ones I've built THINK their name is 'dammit' ........  :(

Sam
@sam
04/08/18 10:04:35PM
173 posts

Possible Source of Wood for Instruments


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I'll check those Robin. I know the white ones are not ivory :( I used to do a lot of scrimshaw work and would love to have ivory to piddle with.

Sam
@sam
04/08/18 05:35:56PM
173 posts

Possible Source of Wood for Instruments


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

This is an issue with me. At the old place ... mom's old piano is just sitting there. It's been years. The keys now stick and it's out of tune. I've tried so hard to find it a home. I've offered it for free so many times and in so many places. It's very old now and shows it. Not that beat up, just old. 

I've often thought of dismantling it and salvaging the wood. It's very expensive to get it milled though. I can buy dulcimer supplies much cheaper. 

So unless there is sentimental value, I don't think many old family pianos will be recycled. It's a shame too. I'm sure that many have beautiful wood in them.

Sam
@sam
02/11/18 06:48:36AM
173 posts

The Drifting Thread...


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Uh ... Jim ... th' birds n bees ain't that current ... just sayin'  whistle

Sam
@sam
02/10/18 06:00:26AM
173 posts

The Drifting Thread...


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Daffs are up y'all

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Sam
@sam
01/04/18 05:55:47AM
173 posts

The Drifting Thread...


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Any time that I can frame eight soaring Bald Eagles in one shot, I'm having a good day. This was Christmas day 2017.

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Beautiful immature bird.

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Sam
@sam
12/01/17 11:20:47AM
173 posts

The Drifting Thread...


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Finch  Mycoplasmal  C onjunctivitis

Hey y'all. I'm going to take the liberty of posting a link here instead of trying to do a long post on our boards. The affected bird pictured and the feeders are mine, well not the bird but the rest of the stuff. To me it's important because it's happening to me. I worked all day yesterday cleaning up and disinfecting everything in the back yard hoping to stop the spread of this disease in my House Finches to my other birds. I hope that by alerting some of you that you might recognize the symptoms early if it comes to your back yard and that you'll be able to take down your feeders and take other precautionary measures given in the link. 

http://awenaturale.boards.net/thread/4837/house-finch-crisis

Sam
@sam
03/11/17 06:45:33AM
173 posts

Sweet Little Red Head


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Thanks for the kind comment and the link Strumelia. Bees are such fascinating little buggers! My garden project is coming along. I have some stone terraces and beds built, some seeded already. I have my buckwheat seed ready to sow. The project will focus on honeybees, Monarchs and hummer. Many, many flowers, herbs and shrubs to go!

Shawn, we're getting a sever cold blast here which is forecast to last over the next several days at least. I hope your stand can 'buzz up' enough heat to keep from freezing. 

Sam
@sam
03/10/17 05:29:53AM
173 posts

Sweet Little Red Head


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OK, I'm guessing by the red nectar and the red 'hair' on this little honey bee that Dead Nettle pollen is red.

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Sam
@sam
12/18/16 04:21:57AM
173 posts

Saw This Old Dulcimer ...


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Bob, I did tell him about this site and how it's grown and that it is the friendliest site on the net (besides mine :) ). He sounded very interested. I was telling him about Strumelia's wonderful tutorials, which actually gave me my start at playing, and it sounded like he still has an interest in learning. I'm hoping to meet Jim and his son soon.

Sam
@sam
12/17/16 05:15:43AM
173 posts

Saw This Old Dulcimer ...


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I'm also thinking that with better photos, someone here might have some input.

Sam
@sam
12/16/16 04:44:35PM
173 posts

Saw This Old Dulcimer ...


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Welp ... just got off the phone with Jim. He's the gentleman that purchased the dulcimer I saw in the restaurant. Jim doesn't have any info other than he purchased the instrument in North Carolina some years back. He actually bought two with plans of taking lessons being offered near his home at the time in North Carolina. He didn't take the lessons and hasn't pursued the dulcimer. He thinks the one I saw may have been made in the 70's but isn't sure. He does not know who built it or where for sure. I asked if he'd looked inside through the sound holes, he has not but will and agreed to let me know if he finds a builder label in either of the instruments. 

The owner of the restaurant will gladly let me look closer at the one there and photograph it as long as he is present. His father owns them both and lives next door. If the father is home, I will be able to look at the second dulcimer as well. I think it will be well worth the price of a GREAT dinner to get a chance to look at the instruments, so, that's my plan, to call ahead and get a time that both men can be present and that I can see and photograph both dulcimers. 

Sam
@sam
12/15/16 05:30:04AM
173 posts

Saw This Old Dulcimer ...


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Sorry all, spent the day at the old place at Brooks yesterday, very poor cell signal so I didn't even try to call the number I was given. I'm at the house in town today to attend grandson's Christmas program, I'll try to call today and see if I can learn any more. 

Sam
@sam
12/14/16 05:46:07AM
173 posts

Saw This Old Dulcimer ...


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I've heard back from the owner of the restaurant and the dulcimer. He has another next door at the inn he operates. I haven't seen it. He didn't have much info but told me that his dad might have more. His dad is the purchaser of one of the dulcimers, I'm not sure which. The owner very graciously gave me his dad's name and number. I'll try to call him today and see if he has any further details about the dulcimer or it's builder. Here's part of the owners message back to me.

 

"We have 2 one was build in Boone North Carollina 30+ years ago the other is local but I don't have any info on it. My dad may he was teh one who bought it". 

Sam
@sam
12/13/16 02:49:45PM
173 posts

Saw This Old Dulcimer ...


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Thanks Robin, I got a message off to the restaurant owner. Hopefully I'll get a reply and go from there. 

 

Sam
@sam
12/13/16 04:25:12AM
173 posts

Saw This Old Dulcimer ...


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Want to thank everyone sooooo much for the input and info. I love old handcrafted dulcimers and I don't get to see that many right in my own back door, so to speak. I'm going to try to arrange a visit to the restaurant when the manager is there. 

Sam
@sam
12/13/16 04:21:45AM
173 posts

Saw This Old Dulcimer ...


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Bob:

Very cool. It sure does look old. It has a lovely shape to it, and the top end of the box is very interesting... not like most I have ever seen. The heart cut-outs are so lovely and scream "folk art".  Hopefuly you can get more info on it! Love to see more details (particularly the peg box!).

Thanks for sharing this. (What State are you in?)

Bob I did try to get a more detail shot of the tuning head. It was dark up in that corner and if I used flash that close it just burned it out. Still hoping to get more details and more photos. Thanks for your response.

I'm in Southern WV. The restaurant is near Pipestem State Park. 

Sam
@sam
12/12/16 02:22:24PM
173 posts

Saw This Old Dulcimer ...


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Thanks Strumelia and Lexi. It'd be great if I could get it off the wall for better photos to post here.

Sam
@sam
12/12/16 11:14:40AM
173 posts

Saw This Old Dulcimer ...


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Yes, Ken. Especially if it was locally built. 

Sam
@sam
12/12/16 06:58:42AM
173 posts

Saw This Old Dulcimer ...


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Rob, it shows a good bit of age. I'd love to get a little more of this instruments history. I plan to contact the restaurant owner. 

Sam
@sam
12/12/16 04:46:53AM
173 posts

Saw This Old Dulcimer ...


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions


... yesterday evening hanging on the wall in a restaurant. Oldest son and his fiancee took us out to dinner for our 40th wedding anniversary and this was on the wall over our booth. The dulcimer is a 4 string and appears to have a pretty long VSL. I would LOVE to get it off the wall and look at it. The manager wasn't there so I didn't even ask our waitress. 

  The wood looks like oak, but it was pretty dark in the place and I couldn't get as close as I wanted. I did see some cracks in the top, I think, could have been grain in the wood. This dulcimer appears to be hand crafted and very well made. It has a carved 'fiddle head' tuning head with carved friction tuners. The sound holes seem huge to me. I'd love to hear this grand lady hum!

 

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Sam
@sam
05/21/16 05:13:35AM
173 posts

Pick Won't Slip....


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

eeeeeEEEEEEEEEEE doggies! Y'all done fixed a problem I didn't know I had ! Once this discussion called my attention to it, I do recall having to reposition my pick quite often. I'll be trying these remedies. Thanks everyone. 

Sam
@sam
05/07/16 10:49:39AM
173 posts

Does a dulcimer get a fuller tone when broken in?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Strumelia:

Personally, I believe that yes, instruments with wooden sound boxes will tend to sound better, more resonant if they are played a lot, as opposed to new or long stored instruments.  The amount of change would naturally be quite varied....from almost nothing to something pretty noticeable...and depending on the listeners sensitivity as well.

I think the term myth implies that it is incorrect, whereas theory implies it's something that has yet to be proved right or wrong. So in this case I'd refer to it as a theory rather than a myth. 

I agree that myth is probably not the best choice of words here. They don't call it 'tone' wood for nothing. I've had subtle but noticeable changes in tone from an instrument as it ages and the wood settles into its new configuration.

Sam
@sam
05/06/16 06:03:42AM
173 posts

Does a dulcimer get a fuller tone when broken in?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Hi Marg,

  In my experience, which is somewhat limited, a dulcimer's 'voice' DOES seem to change. I'm speaking from a new build standpoint, but I think it would apply to a newly purchased, new manufacture dulcimer as well. It may not always be fuller, but I do seem to detect a change in almost every one I build. Some do sound fuller. There is also the factor of your ear developing a tolerance for the new sound. 

  All that being said, I think several factors change the sound of our dulcimers. New strings, different gauge strings, a different key or even something as subtle as a change in humidity could make a difference. 

  I also seem to notice a difference when I play with fingers or a noter. 

A good question and I'm sure there will be some fascinating discussion on it. 

Sam

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