Forum Activity for @charles-thomas

Charles Thomas
@charles-thomas
03/04/16 10:49:48PM
77 posts

Amazing marble music machine


OFF TOPIC discussions

That is so steam punk!

Charles Thomas
@charles-thomas
12/18/15 09:29:27PM
77 posts

Old Photos


OFF TOPIC discussions

Thanks Jan! That helps, I kind of figured the third one was old by the way they dressed. Here's another one, I think it was taken around 1916 when my Grandfather was posted in Columbus, New Mexico after Pancho Villa's raid. At first I thought they were railroad workers, but after a closer look I think they were miners. The photo was in bad shape so I tried to clean it up digitally .


updated by @charles-thomas: 12/18/15 09:29:48PM
Charles Thomas
@charles-thomas
12/13/15 12:55:19AM
77 posts

Old Photos


OFF TOPIC discussions

Here are some more photos, I wish I knew more about them.


old thomas photos059.jpg old thomas photos059.jpg - 94KB
Charles Thomas
@charles-thomas
12/10/15 08:30:26PM
77 posts

Thoughts on Harmonicas


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

Jim, on Amazon Honer Marine bands and Special 20s go for about 35-45$.

Charles Thomas
@charles-thomas
11/28/15 12:49:39AM
77 posts

Old Photos


OFF TOPIC discussions

In this digital age I miss the shoe box of old photos. Do you have any to share?  


old thomas photos030.jpg old thomas photos030.jpg - 129KB

updated by @charles-thomas: 10/27/19 12:02:25PM
Charles Thomas
@charles-thomas
11/03/15 10:09:51PM
77 posts

Thoughts on Harmonicas


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

Terry, I really like the Seydel a lot. At first I was a little disappointed it didn't have a hard case, only a soft leather sleeve. But I found it fits in my pocket better.

Charles Thomas
@charles-thomas
11/03/15 09:57:45PM
77 posts

Thoughts on Harmonicas


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

They might poke their eye out! giggle2


updated by @charles-thomas: 11/03/15 10:03:03PM
Charles Thomas
@charles-thomas
10/31/15 12:33:17AM
77 posts

Tell us about your VERY FIRST dulcimer


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

My first dulcimer was an Applecreek teardrop. In 2008 my wife bought it for my birthday. She was a middle school art teacher and she saw it in a catalog of classroom musical instruments. I had never seen anything like it before, 4 strings?...why are only two close together?... what the heck is the wooden stick for? Thank heavens for the internet! I found the "Everything Dulcimer" website and Ken Hulme's article "I Just Got A Dulcimer-Now What?" and I was on my way. Shortly afterwards I found this site, Strumelia's blogs and Robin Clark's video lessons were invaluable. My Applecreek is now hanging proudly on my wall, frets a bit worn, a few dings and scratches.   

Charles Thomas
@charles-thomas
10/17/15 05:06:44PM
77 posts

Oddities hanging on your walls


OFF TOPIC discussions

John, that brings back some memories!

Charles Thomas
@charles-thomas
10/16/15 11:57:51PM
77 posts

odd frets


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

 That was inspirational! After hearing, seeing and reading I ran to our pantry, found some chopsticks and started practicing. I think we all should come up with a new name, beater sounds too violent for such a wonderful sound.

Charles Thomas
@charles-thomas
10/12/15 09:07:39PM
77 posts

Oddities hanging on your walls


OFF TOPIC discussions

Dusty, your document is fascinating! It's amazing that it survived this long, I wonder how much digital content will be around in 200 years?

Charles Thomas
@charles-thomas
10/12/15 09:00:12PM
77 posts

Oddities hanging on your walls


OFF TOPIC discussions

Bobby, that is a fine specimen of Lepus antilocapra. Dusty, jackrabbits are hares and the antelope in question is a pronghorn, but jackalopes are real!rofl  

Charles Thomas
@charles-thomas
10/11/15 12:55:33AM
77 posts

Oddities hanging on your walls


OFF TOPIC discussions

This is a Milagro, a religious folk charm that is traditionally used for healing purposes in Mexico and Central America. Milagro means miracle in Spanish.


updated by @charles-thomas: 10/17/15 12:02:58AM
Charles Thomas
@charles-thomas
10/11/15 12:36:32AM
77 posts

Oddities hanging on your walls


OFF TOPIC discussions

This is another Huichol Indian work. This jaguar head features scorpions (on the nose),an iguana (on the forehead),and peyote buttons (round symbols throughout) 

Charles Thomas
@charles-thomas
10/04/15 01:32:53AM
77 posts

Oddities hanging on your walls


OFF TOPIC discussions

This mask is from Guatemala, it was probably made for the tourist trade-the "patination"seems to be applied and on the inside there are no shiny spots were the nose or forehead would have rubbed.When she was a child my step daughter called it the "Bad Bunny".   

Charles Thomas
@charles-thomas
09/26/15 11:28:06PM
77 posts

Oddities hanging on your walls


OFF TOPIC discussions

This cross was decorated by Huichol Indians with very small beads affixed with a mixture of bees wax and pine sap. The red symbols are scorpions. The story is that if you are stung by a scorpion God is is sending you a message, if you die from the sting God wants to give you the message face to face. The circular symbols at the top are peyote buttons, which the Huichol use in their religious rites. 


updated by @charles-thomas: 01/13/19 05:09:18PM
Charles Thomas
@charles-thomas
09/05/15 12:07:27AM
77 posts

Interesting Pick


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

 Bluebird, go to v-picks.com , they have a multitude of picks! 

Charles Thomas
@charles-thomas
09/04/15 11:12:13PM
77 posts

Interesting Pick


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

This is a V-pick "Memphis", It's con-vexed in profile to fit your thumb. I have a rather unorthodox grip so it suits me. 


IMG_1763.jpg IMG_1763.jpg - 101KB

updated by @charles-thomas: 09/04/15 11:43:35PM
Charles Thomas
@charles-thomas
08/13/15 08:47:01PM
77 posts

Thoughts on Harmonicas


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

For me it was "Muddy "Mississippi" Waters Live" 1979 ,I wore that record out! Now when I do play my harmonica I'll play along with anything- Abba to Zappa !

Charles Thomas
@charles-thomas
08/11/15 06:47:35PM
77 posts

Thoughts on Harmonicas


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

Well, I pulled the trigger and purchased a Seydel Blues Session Steel. What sold me was the stainless steel reeds, they claim to last 5 times longer than brass. I have blown out quite a few reeds over the years - I do love to WAIL on my harps!!


updated by @charles-thomas: 08/11/15 06:48:10PM
Charles Thomas
@charles-thomas
08/11/15 06:36:24PM
77 posts

Using a mic for recording a song?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

There are many USB microphones available for under $100, many for $50 and under. I use a Blue "Snowball", It's priced in the mid 50's, They also make one called the "Snowflake" that's in the mid 40's ( Amazon prices).

Charles Thomas
@charles-thomas
08/08/15 10:34:09PM
77 posts

Thoughts on Harmonicas


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

Thanks everyone for the advice!

Charles Thomas
@charles-thomas
08/07/15 10:07:18PM
77 posts

Thoughts on Harmonicas


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

I've been pricing various models, I can't afford a chromatic, I'm leaning towards a Lee Oskar or a Seydel. I just need to figure out what key. I like playing along with older Dylan songs, my favorite is "Like A Rolling Stone" which is in "C" I think, and "Mr. Tamborine Man" in "F". I like to play along with Blues songs like Elmore James, Muddy, BB King ( I was in the front row a few years ago, BB gave me a pick and shook my hand!!). 

Charles Thomas
@charles-thomas
08/07/15 08:51:35PM
77 posts

Thoughts on Harmonicas


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

One problem with buying a harmonica is you can't try it out first.

Charles Thomas
@charles-thomas
08/06/15 05:52:46PM
77 posts

Please Don't Pick on Me. *tee hee!*


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

It looks like a Wegen BG100 or 120


updated by @charles-thomas: 08/06/15 05:53:56PM
Charles Thomas
@charles-thomas
08/05/15 08:53:03PM
77 posts

Please Don't Pick on Me. *tee hee!*


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Looking at Elderly Instuments site , it says they are all nylon so I guessing they are the same hardness.

Charles Thomas
@charles-thomas
08/05/15 08:44:43PM
77 posts

Please Don't Pick on Me. *tee hee!*


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Yellow is light, red is medium, and blue is heavy in terms of thickness.

Charles Thomas
@charles-thomas
08/04/15 09:38:15PM
77 posts

Please Don't Pick on Me. *tee hee!*


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I use a V pick Bing Ultra Lite or a red Herdim with my index and middle fingers on one side and my thumb on the other with very little of the pick showing(1/4 inch of so). I've also used thicker picks (2.75 mm), felt picks, leather picks, Metal finger picks , plus any number of guitar picks . It's fun to experiment with creating new sounds! I agree with Ken Hulme, don't use a "death grip" hold it lightly so it sort of floats in your fingers. The V pick is naturaly sticky and Herdims have some texture so they don't slip.


updated by @charles-thomas: 08/04/15 09:49:48PM
Charles Thomas
@charles-thomas
08/02/15 09:47:52PM
77 posts

Thoughts on Harmonicas


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

 I know what you mean Robert, I used to soak my Marine Band in a glass of water before I'd play.

Charles Thomas
@charles-thomas
08/01/15 01:02:00AM
77 posts

How does your pet react to your Dulcimer playing?


OFF TOPIC discussions

my cats look at me and say " put down that piece of wood and pet me "

Charles Thomas
@charles-thomas
07/31/15 11:48:44PM
77 posts

How does your pet react to your Dulcimer playing?


OFF TOPIC discussions

d-chitwood, I have a dog that is afraid of her water dish! She approaches it like a gazelle drinking at a water hole with a croc waiting in it . 

Charles Thomas
@charles-thomas
07/31/15 09:54:26PM
77 posts

Thoughts on Harmonicas


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

I've been thinking in investing in another harmonica. I have a Hohner Special 20 (D) and a Hohner Pro Harp (A). Any Thoughts on other Hohner types or other brands? Also what key? I play mostly bluesy stuff, but I'll try to play along with anything.


updated by @charles-thomas: 10/15/17 08:40:48PM
Charles Thomas
@charles-thomas
07/05/15 01:03:20PM
77 posts

Arkansas Traveler 1916


OFF TOPIC discussions

Fascinating site! 

Charles Thomas
@charles-thomas
07/04/15 11:09:49PM
77 posts



I call them by their makers name mostly, ie the Yocky,or my Berg. I do have 2 McSpaddens so I call the walnut one "Stripe" because of the light stripe on the back.


updated by @charles-thomas: 07/06/15 07:30:31PM
Charles Thomas
@charles-thomas
07/04/15 07:37:23PM
77 posts

Arkansas Traveler 1916


OFF TOPIC discussions

Thanks Rob! I couldn't remember where I found it on the Web.

 
 /