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Dan
@dan
01/07/20 05:27:08PM
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This is the guy I deal with for wooden pegs...

http://www.violinwoodworkshop.com/violin-pegs.html

Dan
@dan
01/05/20 11:49:23AM
109 posts

North Carolina dulcimers getting media attention


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“We sometimes say they’ve taken out all the wrong notes, because it does not have all the sharps, flats, all the keys that a piano has, but we have enough notes to play in a particular key and play a song without hitting too many wrong notes,” Johnston said.

I love it!

Dan
@dan
11/30/19 06:51:47AM
109 posts

John Molineux uses a striker on a mountain dulcimer


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Irene showed us how to do this @ the Berea Gathering!

Dan
@dan
10/28/19 05:21:18AM
109 posts

Hog-Eyed Man playing Green River


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Don Grundy: Does Don Pedi basically play the melody string?

Yes.

Dan
@dan
10/05/19 06:32:54PM
109 posts

Care Advice Sought for 2 Really Old Instruments:


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I clean with distilled water, gently wiping with a soft cotton cloth (an old t-shirt) and Q-tips. Dry air is not good for any instrument so some sort of humidifier would be good. Making them playable would have to be determined by a luthier, depending on whether "you" are O.K. with altering them from an original state, maybe museum pieces?

Dan
@dan
09/07/19 07:06:39AM
109 posts

Conversation with John Crocker


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Our beloved John Henry, thank you for sharing!!!

Dan
@dan
07/20/19 06:15:54PM
109 posts

Old-Time Central interview with Hunter Walker


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Robin Thompson:

I greatly enjoyed this interview with my young friend Hunter Walker.  I think Hunter was thirteen or fourteen when we met in-person at the Vandalia Gathering in Charleston WV.  (First, we met online at Everything Dulcimer.) 

https://oldtime-central.com/hunter-walker-interview-and-tunes/?fbclid=IwAR14EmV-UdiLOUmVbW9iAbZeY3OHplP4u1noyl-wdja6yu0qQ-XCK3hWEb8

Can't find credit for the young lady with him?

Dan
@dan
07/18/19 06:20:05PM
109 posts

Betty Number 11 19


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IRENE:

Well, not only does it look beautiful, but the sound is very "cool".   What tuning of strings is it.  and Dan....I like  your smiling picture for your posts now.   Looks just like you.  Wonderful price for this beautiful dulcimer.  aloha, irene

Thank you @irene! About DAd I believe....

Dan
@dan
07/14/19 02:05:34PM
109 posts

Betty Number 11 19


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All up-cycled Southern Yellow Pine from barn storage. (Old) Walnut peg head and tail piece, Rosewood tuners, bone nut and bridge. 26 inch VSL with hand rubbed shellac finish. $235 shipped state side. Questions or comments to dulcimoredan@gmail.com


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Dan
@dan
07/13/19 07:02:12AM
109 posts

Ebony versus Micarta Fretboard on McSpadden Dulcimer


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You are right @dusty-turtle, it will catch on and you will be able to order any color you want. I suspect any more than an overlay would start inherent problems with tonal qualities, but less is more! IMHO

Dan
@dan
05/23/19 03:57:20PM
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Berea Gathering Attendees


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Ken Longfield:

It's on my calendar for 2020. I will not schedule any overseas trips near the date again. Originally my trip to Italy was to start on May1, but the tour company had to move the starting date to May 8 which meant coming back on May 19 rather than May 12. Had the original schedule worked I would have arrived home on Sunday and left for Berea on Wednesday. I'm looking forward to next year.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Wonderful to hear this Ken, we have you scheduled to teach the History class next Gathering!

Dan
@dan
05/23/19 06:49:08AM
109 posts

Marvin Hilla dulcimer


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I've heard the name, but don't know any thing about him. Google only had his Obit and it list him as a guitar maker?

https://www.hornbeakfuneralchapel.com/obituary/3012647

Sorry I can't be more help.

Dan
@dan
05/01/19 07:01:39PM
109 posts

2019 Dulcimer Exhibit Jonesborough TN


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David Bennett:

The first link says the exhibit features dulcimers made by Ernest Combs. I'm not familiar with this luthier. I could be wrong but from this bio he didn't seem very passionate about dulcimers

https://www.blueridgeheritage.com/artist/ernest-combs/

Still there is probably more to the exhibit and either way I am glad they are even doing a dulcimer exhibit.

I believe he made about 7 of them, no not a passion....

Dan
@dan
04/16/19 06:47:06AM
109 posts

Berea Traditional Dulcimer Gathering Update


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Various operating system securities won't allow some forms to be completed. Simply email your name and address to

  berea.traditional.gathering@gmail.com

and we'll add you to the list!

Dan
@dan
03/27/19 07:39:42PM
109 posts

Top/Back Thickness and Sustain?


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I don't measure! I "feel of" the wood panel as I'm thickness sanding to the right thickness. Flexing the panel and from experience knowing the right mass I'm looking for for a particular tone. Harder denser woods can be sanded much thinner than a softer less dense piece.

As for sustain? Panel thickness is just one variable factor in a multitude of factors involved. String selection, nut and bridge hardness or softness, nut and bridge placement, over all mass of the piece, wood selection, possibly the finish, intonation, and so on.

If sustain is what you look for, I'd try harder more dense woods sanded to around .090 if you can, harder nut and bridge, and possibly a zero fret?

Some place to start....

Dan
@dan
03/24/19 07:42:37AM
109 posts

Tiny mahogany dulcimer thingy just made


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Yes I know all too well about "ideas" gettin' in my head, I got a fire barrel chop full of great ones.... Wonderful work John, I'll play you a door chime folk tune at the Gathering!

Dan
@dan
03/18/19 02:27:04PM
109 posts

Ruth Randle


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So sorry for your loss Patty......

Dan
@dan
03/06/19 08:14:46PM
109 posts

Synthetic fretboard


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I've ordered a piece of 6061 aluminum bar stock. I'm going to put together a prototype extreme dulcimer, (ED) this weekend.

Dan
@dan
02/09/19 06:18:51PM
109 posts

Synthetic fretboard


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Lisa, the old style traditional pieces with oil or shellac finishes hold up pretty good in the cold, but I don't know of anything that will be good in the heat. String tension against most plastics will win out in the extreme heat of a car.....maybe aluminum?

Dan
@dan
01/26/19 07:36:00PM
109 posts

Partial Frets


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Dan
@dan
12/26/18 08:13:03PM
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Attention Ledford owners.


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Difficult to say. Homer made mistakes and you know the registry if far from complete. Those are "special" tuners, maybe you can find a matching description in the time line?

Dan
@dan
12/08/18 09:29:26PM
109 posts

The Dulcimer


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Yes the term "dulcimer" was used in the KJV, it was a very popular instrument when that translation was written. (Hammer dulcimer)

DAN

Dan
@dan
12/04/18 07:33:46AM
109 posts

Question about Homer Ledford dulcimer finish


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Homer used Sherwin-Williams Sherwood Dull Lacquer.

DAN

www.dulcimore.com

Dan
@dan
11/22/18 07:56:43PM
109 posts

What did you do on 'Black Friday' (day after thanksgiving)


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...went to work.....

 

DAN

www.dulcimore.com

Dan
@dan
11/22/18 07:53:38PM
109 posts

Giving Thanks


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For our first grand daughter, all smiles and love!!!

DAN

www.dulcimore.com

Dan
@dan
11/17/18 09:23:42AM
109 posts

What if you could only have one dulcimer?


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My purple 28 inch ultra-lite. It is what I'd describe as the most traditional....

DAN

www.dulcimore.com


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Dan
@dan
11/17/18 08:30:42AM
109 posts

What do we call it?


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I don't recall a discussion on the name of our group of dulcimores. I refer to them as a "clutch" , but would like to hear what you guys call them.... maybe put together a survey?

DAN


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Dan
@dan
09/18/18 05:50:36PM
109 posts

Sound Hole Placement


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You are gunna' get a lot of differing opinions to "sound" effect by varying placement . I won't respond to that but will tell you the size is very important. Too much or too little can have an effect on tonal quality.

DAN

www.dulcimore.com

Dan
@dan
08/24/18 09:40:40AM
109 posts

Dulcimer info, made in Gatlinburg, TN


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William Barney Davis (1926-1995) was Navy veteran, plumber, folk musician and dulcimer luthier from Benton County, TN. He apparently started building dulcimers in the late 1950s. He was the proprietor of the Bill Davis Dulcimer Shop in Gatlinburg, TN, which opened in 1963. He ran the store with his fourth wife, Jean, a folk musician with a fascination for the dulcimer. Bill and Jean organized a number of dulcimer-related festivals in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and elsewhere in the Tennessee Smoky Mountains through the late 1960s and 1970s. These included the annual Southern Highland Handicraft Guild gathering, the Folk Festival of the Smokies and the Dulcimer and Harp Convention.

Dan
@dan
08/18/18 07:13:56PM
109 posts

Recording multiple tracks?


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You guys are the bees knees, I do good to get one track right!!! :)

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