The Drifting Thread...
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Groundhog Sir Walter Wally is making his call tomorrow in Raleigh, NC. I think he's going to see his shadow again this year!
Dusty Tutle: "As you found out, it can be hard to keep the loop ends on until there is enough tension on the string." I use a set of needle nose pliers to close the loop end so it is just a pressure fit over the pin; it doesn't come off while restringing, but the capo is another good idea.
I didn't think of this. I'm going to try it. I usually use Ken H's method, blue tape.
Hi Lisa, I'm up the road from you in Cary. We have a lot of dulcimer groups, workshops, and jams in NC. Welcome to the club. IMHO, a good cleaning and conditioning, and some new tuners and strings, and it looks to me like you got lucky at the thrift store!
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!
While at Ken Bloom's Bowed Dulcimer workshop in Pilot Mt. NC a couple of years ago, a talented young lady played a Carbony flute in the key of D. It was lovely. If I can ever scrape up a few hundred dollars I don't want to spend on dulcimers, or tools to work on dulcimers, I'll buy one!
Gosh Richard, I could have done this for you, and I am just up the road. Come on up to Chapel Hill tomorrow night, meet me, and if noter is your style, Ted will be there. He leads a local group. PM me for details, and hop on I40 and join the fun.
Rob, 4 strings with 6 notches makes a lot of sense to me.
Like Dusty I buy both locally and from JustStrings. Never had a problem with them in all the years I've ordered from them. Often they send little extras, like string cleaning cloths or flat picks. I usually get a dozen of each of my most common gauges (18, 14, 12).
Banjo, rather than Mandolin, strings are the most common "crossover instrument" strings. I believe Jean Ritchie talked about using banjo 2nd and 3rd on dulcimer.
Ken H, I'm about to buy bulk strings from JustStrings, and found you answered my question 2 yr's ago! I wasn't sure which instrument string length would be a crossover for the dulcimer, but Banjo it is.
Also, does it look like walnut wood? Thanks
So I'm guessing this is a one-off? It's kind of sweet; I think I am going to put UKE tuners on it, given the space available. Clean it up, and sell it. I need to clean up the mess at the end-pins, any advice? I just didn't want to mess with it before checking on historical value.
Looks to be all walnut construction. It has a 21" VSL, and a floating bridge. If you have any information about who might have made it, please chime in. There is no signature anywhere on or in the body.
I added a 1+ to my dulcimer last weekend, for two reasons. I really wanted to play Larry Conger's Summertime tab, but more importantly, it's trending in the three area groups I jam with. I'm getting used to it. If you go with muscle memory, you fingers know how to find the 2 fret without looking.
Kookaburra Sits in the Old Gum Tree!
I have made picks from credit cards (including the fake ones that come in the mail in ads) and stiff cardboard--but those get pretty flimsy really fast. One of my favorites was punched out of the pink vinyl cover of a spiral notebook (I have Dana McCall to thank for that one! )
Yes, I have a pick punch. No, I don't use it nearly as much as I thought I would. I still buy picks!
Jan, Have you ever trued making a pick out of an unplayable vinyl record with your pick punch?
I love this!:
I bet she has long telomeres!
If you don't understand my comment, read The Telomere Effect by Nobel Prize winner Elizabeth Blackburn. In it she writes how uni-tasking helps us to live disease free in our senior years. Playing an instrument is uni-tasking, at least it is to me.
Helen, Larry is one state to the left of me, in Paris KY. I've had several classes with him at workshops here in NC. He's is a kind and gentle soul, and a wonderful dulcimer player and teacher. His tune of the month club is great; it's like a private lesson, for a very good price. I guess that makes you and I classmates.
There is a link within Strumelia's original post link: Mummers Song by Simini - Newfoundland Original Uncut Version in case you missed it. Looks like so much fun. Makes me wish I was a Newfy.