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Salt Springs
@salt-springs
01/07/20 01:46:08PM
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Would like info on my new to me dulcimer.


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John Calkin has a facebook page noted as JohnCalkin.92.  The guitars that Huss & Dalton build cost about 4 grand, so I would venture to say that John is a top notch builder of acoustic instruments.  Drop him a note on facebook if you wish.....

Salt Springs
@salt-springs
12/31/19 02:11:01PM
169 posts

Intonation


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I have three Warren May's.  Two have wooden peg tuners and one has mechanical tuners.  All have adjustable bridges.  What I have found is that the moveable bridges need to be angled a bit to compensate for the slightly flat string.  On one I simply made a new bridge out of a piece of chopstick and built one side up just a tad and it was spot on or at least pretty close.  I have never had much luck with Snark type tuners.  I'm sure they are fine if used properly and I'm just to numb to do it right. You might try slipping a flat toothpick under the nut closest to the melody string as that sometimes help fine tune the contraption.

On another old dulcimer that I have I noticed that when I play the melody string I can overcome the flat by moving my finger closer to the middle of the fret spacing.  I guess each of the builder's dulcimers have their own individual quirks.

Salt Springs
@salt-springs
12/28/19 02:13:18PM
169 posts

Aeolus dulcimer?


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Yup, that's what I found out last night, so your way ahead of me.  You might Private Message Guy Babusek whose a member here and see if he has any other contact info.  I'll keep digging through some old stuff I have around here and see what I can do to help.  Guy uses those dulcimers on many of his video's.  I think you can catch up with guy at voice-lessons.com.


updated by @salt-springs: 12/28/19 02:19:02PM
Salt Springs
@salt-springs
12/27/19 09:59:29PM
169 posts

Aeolus dulcimer?


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You have tried the phone numbers and email on his website I presume.

Salt Springs
@salt-springs
12/15/19 02:56:47PM
169 posts



You'll be fine just be patient...........but as I said Friday, when you get your strings and some paste etc.  I'll show you how to do it by watching you do it.  It's not hard to do but it does take you a bit until you get the hang of it.  You know how to get in touch so again feel free.

Salt Springs
@salt-springs
12/15/19 01:19:51PM
169 posts



Go to youtube and find Cripple Creek Lesson 1 by Cherokee Cowboy (Rob Lackey).  The first part of the video will be helpful.

Did you get some peg dope or compound?

Salt Springs
@salt-springs
12/14/19 07:40:37PM
169 posts



Over

Salt Springs
@salt-springs
12/14/19 09:36:57AM
169 posts



Ken Hulme:

Times like this, I'm glad to be a Luddite.  I have  a perfectly good flip phone to  make calls with (and that's all);  a superior digital camera to take photos with; and a laptop and tablet for accessing the Internet.  I have no real desire to have everything crammed into one shell with a too-small screen to be comfortably read by my  not-getting-any-younger eyes.  

Wow Ken!.........I thought for sure being a Scott you would be a Presbyterian. 

Salt Springs
@salt-springs
12/13/19 07:10:34PM
169 posts

The Drifting Thread...


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Yes, I have most of that and ID theft is the one that caught it.  It appears that the passwords that were swiped were encoded.  From what I can tell the breach may have come via an email I got from an online order...........I have run Norton full system scan and deleted every old email I have gotten............I do know that one company had their customer base hacked..........so I suppose that is a possibility too.  I am running a vpn and will use a password generator.  I do not use the same password on any account I have.........

Salt Springs
@salt-springs
12/13/19 10:18:29AM
169 posts

The Drifting Thread...


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Just a reminder for people to run their security computer software.  My security software notified me that my accounts and passwords were swiped by some scoundrel and I had to spend the day changing them and removing things that I had saved...'tis the season...........so be on the lookout for all sorts a crooks out there. 

Salt Springs
@salt-springs
12/10/19 06:01:33PM
169 posts

Wind Instruments????


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

Good to know you folks are still playing!!   I have lot's of flutes, Native American by Michael Allen, a High Spirits, Ken Light's and Charlie Mont, Blue Bears.  My Bansuri's and Shakuhachi's etc. have been boxed for a good while now, since I wrecked a Trigeminal Nerve and playing them can set it off.  I really miss it, especially the Anasazi's and Japanese and Arabian flutes.  But, Lord willing this thing will pass.......I still have a box of 10 I got from Erik the Flute Maker when he was helping a little girl from Nicarauga pay for some of her care while getting surgery done at Baptist Hospital in Miami.

Since I love that music and you folk are into it, can I get you to do some audio.  In the mean time, dulcimer tunes it is for me.

Salt Springs
@salt-springs
12/08/19 02:55:01PM
169 posts

I am Brand New and Know Nothing


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More than likely it is a floating bridge and that is, in my opinion a good thing because you can adjust it for some subtle tuning, not much but some anyway.  If you are going to tune it DAA and replace the strings I would use 12-14-22 or so and see if you like that feel........I dislike having floppy strings when using DAA, which is a really good tuning, as is CGG.  I have plenty of strings so don't worry about finding any in Palatka.  I do have an extra tuner that you can have to start with, though if you are going to play by yourself you can learn to tune that old rascal just fine without one.

So far as your pegs slipping, that can probably be remedied easy enough.  Warren May uses plain old chalk on his pegs to cut down on that issue.  Just remember that you really have to turn the peg and push in on it until it grabs.  Anyway, if you wish I'll do what I can to get you up and running ......I sent you a private message with a phone number, call when you will and I can meet you at Ollie's or somewhere like that and check that Lucky out.

In fact, I just got back from the teeming Palatka metropolis a bit ago.

Salt Springs
@salt-springs
12/07/19 06:59:07PM
169 posts

I am Brand New and Know Nothing


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You do.........click on your name upper right corner............private messages, create new message , enter salt springs for recipient and then the text..............check and see if the one I just sent got to you by clicking on your name.

Salt Springs
@salt-springs
12/07/19 05:44:17PM
169 posts

I am Brand New and Know Nothing


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

If you want to meet up in Palatka One Day or even Salt Springs send me a private message...........strings are not a problem and I doubt the pegs are going to be much of an issue either.   Most of mine have wooden pegs and they can be a bit tricky to get used to tuning. A Lucky Diamond Dulcimer is a nice gift.  If you want include some contact info in your message and I'll drive over to Palatka and take a gander at it.  I can probably find a tune for you and if it needs new strings get those to you, I'll just have to check and see what the distance is between the nut and bridge.  In the mean time, you might just pull one of the tuners out a bit and put some chalk on it and see if that helps it hold.  Measure the distance between the nut and bridge and I'll check and see what I have for strings in my box of goodies.  Feel free to get in touch with me, I go to Palatka about 3 times a week anyway.


updated by @salt-springs: 12/07/19 05:57:01PM
Salt Springs
@salt-springs
11/11/19 08:47:09PM
169 posts

Veterans Day 2019


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Today many communities held events to honor our nations veterans........and that is a good thing.

However, there were those whose service was so far above most of us that I want make mention of them.  The Nurses of all branches of the services, the Medics, Corpsman and dust off pilots deserve a moment of special recognition and remembrance.  Even though we may not know their names or what became of many of them their work is remembered by many.

As I recall some 11,000 women nurses served during the Vietnam war and who knows how many more have served since then in a war/conflict that has been going on for 18 years.

So to all of that special breed a salute and Thank You!


updated by @salt-springs: 11/11/19 08:48:45PM
Salt Springs
@salt-springs
10/05/19 06:35:33PM
169 posts

Care Advice Sought for 2 Really Old Instruments:


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I would keep them in a cabinet with a couple of guitar humidifiers that you can buy online or in a music store.  Or, if you wish you could send them to me and I'll be glad to keep them here in high humidity Florida.grin

They should be playable, but I would be cautious about using too high a string tension on the oldest of them.  Post some pic's if you have a chance.............you have a treasure trove to enjoy.  Drop Dulcimore Dan a note if he doesn't reply in short order as I am sure he can help you out with any questions you might have so far as cleaning etc.

Salt Springs
@salt-springs
10/03/19 11:05:52PM
169 posts

The Drifting Thread...


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Phroedrick..........I'm glad that paraffin dip has helped.  I thought it might and I was wondering if you gave it a try.  I know that some of the Bansuri players I spoke with about hand pain always recommended it since the finger stretch required on some flutes in considerable and can often be painful until the tendons adjust.  Some of them also used Tumeric capsules in conjunction with it since that spice works well to curb inflammation. 

Salt Springs
@salt-springs
10/02/19 10:26:44AM
169 posts

Who made this dulcimer?


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Well it depends, when it was bought.  Dan and Ethel Doty have been there for about 40 years and that dulcimer should have a signature inside one of the bottom sound holes.   Check it out if you can.......I suspect it is one of their's and if so it is a pretty good instrument.  If the price is right, I would not be afraid to buy it.  When the seller said she watched it being made, I suspect she may have meant string it up or setting it up somehow............you're not going to build one in a day or so........

If it is a Doty it is going to be signed.


updated by @salt-springs: 10/02/19 10:49:01AM
Salt Springs
@salt-springs
09/26/19 01:01:08AM
169 posts

The Drifting Thread...


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 A great video and tribute to Jennifer Ranger.  I only heard her play and yodel a few times on youtube, but I could tell she had a great spirit............I think the world is a bit darker without her, but Glory a bit brighter.

 

https://www.monroviaweekly.com/obituaries/monrovia-sounds-a-little-less-cheerful-without-jennifer-rangers-music/

Salt Springs
@salt-springs
09/25/19 11:48:18AM
169 posts



If you have not done so, and it sounds like you are working through a learning curve, may I recommend you go to Bearmeadow.com and read through all of the building and adjustment tips and instructions that DW has posted..........it is great information and will help you a great deal.

Salt Springs
@salt-springs
09/24/19 06:43:28PM
169 posts

The Drifting Thread...


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Another sad loss and another voice to remember should we choose to set aside one day a year to celebrate the sound of joy that so many have given their friends, family and communities.   Thank you Ken for the post........

Salt Springs
@salt-springs
09/20/19 10:41:18PM
169 posts

Dulcimer Project (Reasonably) Complete!


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Just wondering could you use wooden frets such as are used on some humle's........June Apple dulcimers has some pics of European zithers that use them and I suspect they are glued.........half the fret board for most of them if I remember correctly.

Salt Springs
@salt-springs
09/17/19 07:35:16AM
169 posts

Healthy Living- healthy eating, exercise, weight loss, veggie gardening, etc.


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Thanks, Ken......that is a great reminder........your website is outstanding, in fact I have used some of those recipes in days gone by.  I looked for a food-coop sort of group out here but alas none. (You can find plenty of dope co-ops though.)  When I was able to deliver food to the pantries around here I could always manage to find some produce from time to time. Those sources have dried up for the most part. 

And you are so right about those megastore groceries, one day apples were $4.29 a pound.  (A young women ahead of me in the checkout line had a bag of apples for the two tykes she had with her, 6-7 apples rang up a bit over $11.00.)  Next year I will fence off an area and grow my own, or at least some off it.  I'll bet have the poor folk out here are sick with diabetes, bad teeth, and all sorts of other stuff, because they just cannot afford to eat healthy food. 

I'll hit your website today and come up with a list of things to buy when I head down to Ocala.  There is a Earthfare store there, pricey but the produce is pretty good.

I appreciate the reminder to visit your website and will make it so.

Salt Springs
@salt-springs
09/16/19 11:20:28PM
169 posts

Healthy Living- healthy eating, exercise, weight loss, veggie gardening, etc.


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Nice.........my cooking is going down the drain.  In fact, it has become pathetic...However, this little note might just get me back on track.   The big issue right now is weening myself off some meds for that disastrous nerve issue in my kisser. Since the Doc's warned me that a 30-40 lb weight gain could be expected its off to the veggie stand again.  Big old tomato sandwiches sound really nice and are sure to beat Raisin Bran and peanut butter crackers.........

Your veggie concoctions are really outstanding, but believe it or not veggies out here in the woods and in Florida no less are priced way out of line............$2.00 for 1 tomato!  I planted some last year and the deer loved them and everything else they could swipe..........really kind of funny.....they were just waiting for them to ripen.

Salt Springs
@salt-springs
09/11/19 11:48:24PM
169 posts

Remembering 9/11


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Today we remember so many who lost their lives some 18 years ago.  I remember the phone call that came from my son who was working at the American Stock Exchange that morning.  He told me how he and a few others managed to get through the dust and general chaos that ensued.  He also related some of the details of what he saw, sights that young men and women should not have to see nor remember.

I remember speaking with a young woman who lost her brother in one of the towers.  Both he and his wife worked for the same company and she was home that day taking care of a newborn baby.  She told me how he had called his wife while trapped and then silence.

I spoke with the wife of a rescuer who told me how her husband suffered after being exposed to who knows what.....I hope he is well.

And this evening I read how school children whose schools were in the area may yet fall victim to various life threatening illnesses.

So perhaps we should all think about this for a moment if we have not done so.  It is easy to forget things as we run about generally doing things that matter very little.  Or, focus on insignificant things going on in our lives that will have little or no significance in the days ahead.

Somehow I have to force myself to remember to keep things in proper perspective.  It is not always easy to do that, but when I think of all the sorrow that event caused, and others such as mass shootings, school shootings, incidents of domestic violence, child abuse and all the other things that we tend to ignore to keep our sanity intact I can honestly say that I have much to be thankful for and hope to heaven that that perspective never gives way to the petty things that characterize so much of our days.

So we remember that day and the lives that were lost.........


updated by @salt-springs: 10/27/19 12:02:25PM
Salt Springs
@salt-springs
09/07/19 09:34:36AM
169 posts

Conversation with John Crocker


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

That was a most enjoyable article/read.  Some our song writers might consider working on a tune called "John Henry".  He really is a treasure.  I hope someone will tell him how much many of us have enjoyed listening to him over the years.  I hope to hear him for many more too!

(It might sound crazy to a few folk, but I often think of many of the people who were with us over the years and have now gone on.......why not name tunes after them and there by remember their place in our dulcimer family.  You get the idea...

If set aside time to join in  "Play Music on the Porch Day", could we not also set aside one day a year to remember our friends with something similar?  Just a thought..........)


updated by @salt-springs: 09/07/19 09:49:16AM
Salt Springs
@salt-springs
08/29/19 09:46:25PM
169 posts

Dulcimer Maker ID


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Yup, I just ran that signature pic through some photo editing filters and compared it with the one on amazon where you can buy his book.........I'd say that despite some differences, after all writing on wood and paper are two different things you are correct.

I believe I'd buy that dulcimore if I were you and it was priced a bit less than a good kidney.

Salt Springs
@salt-springs
08/10/19 07:26:05PM
169 posts

Play Music On The Porch Day 2019


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I'm going to add that tune, "You Gotta Move" that Bobby Ratliff does.  I was going to cut under and around this tree and a storm came up so I decided to wait until Monday........

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Salt Springs
@salt-springs
08/10/19 04:12:25PM
169 posts

Play Music On The Porch Day 2019


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Oh yes...........I'm planning on doing some tunes from, South of the Border and loud too!......Ahem! 

Salt Springs
@salt-springs
08/09/19 08:14:07AM
169 posts

Dulcimer tuning problem


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FYI:   All Warren May dulcimers have a lifetime warranty on playability if you are the original owner according to his website.

http://www.warrenamay.com/dulcimers/

Salt Springs
@salt-springs
08/08/19 10:37:40PM
169 posts

Dulcimer tuning problem


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"If the length of the first fret is less than the length of the second it is just intonation"

https://fotmd.com/forums/forum/general-mountain-dulcimer-or-music-discussions/22594/just-intonation-and-limitations

Start at the bottom of the thread and you will find some helpful information, to be sure.


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Salt Springs
@salt-springs
08/08/19 06:53:04PM
169 posts

Dulcimer tuning problem


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Intresting............I have 2 Warren May's of similar construction.  I really can't say for sure but it looks like the strings on the bridge are seated on some sort of foam rubber.  If I were going to bet on finding the problem I would start by removing that and if I had to,use a piece of felt or better yet, nothing whatsoever. 

You could send these pics to Warren and I can all but guarentee that help help you figure it out.  I really don't think the cold dorm room did any damage to it, but Warren will surely tell you about that too.

What have you got to lose?

Salt Springs
@salt-springs
08/02/19 07:39:08PM
169 posts

Having trouble with search...


Site QUESTIONS ? How do I...?

https://fotmd.com/strumelia/group_discuss/1042/great-resource-for-music-theory-group

 

Go to the link............tobyrush..........there are charts and the distinction between parallel and relative that Gregg posted.

Salt Springs
@salt-springs
07/27/19 10:25:28PM
169 posts

Dulcimer tuning problem


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Well there is a ton of good advice here that will obviously help.  One thing I would do is check my tuner and make sure that is accurate or at least reasonably accurate and that it is set to A440.  Some folk say that does not make any difference but it seems to do so if it is far enough off. (I use a Korg tuner, those clip on just never worked well for me).

Another thing you might do is make sure the tuning keys are tight and not slipping when you press down on the strings.  I had one that after a few years the screw that held them firm had loosened and every time I pressed a string it would loosen just enough to throw the contraption out of whack.  This really good to know if the action is a bit to high and the pressure on the string puts enough tension on the string to move the tuner gear. It gets worse the further up the board you go.

I always tune strings when the string is vibrating....it is easier to see where you are at, just make sure that you give it a good solid strum.  Wimpy strums will make it impossible to tune accurately.

And last, put some new strings on it if you have not already done so.  

The explanation between different temperaments below is primo.........if it is just temperment, the tuner can help but it will be next to impossible to get 100% in tune from the tuner.  

And do post a pic of your dulcimer, I would love to see it since old dulcimers are becoming my thing lately.

 

Salt Springs
@salt-springs
07/24/19 08:44:30AM
169 posts



Yup, the black pudding is OK and some of the Haggis I've had is pretty good.   But the Tom Thumb was pretty rough.........it was basically organ meat and suet, fermented then smoked.  Even that can be ok, depending on what meats are used and how it is smoked.  Same with the Hassel, only it is stewed instead of made into the sausage then potato, onion etc. added.   I guess it's the lungs (lights) that bugged me.

I'm with you on the tripe, the noodle and noodles. 

Salt Springs
@salt-springs
07/23/19 10:34:03PM
169 posts



Tom Thumb, a type of Haggis...........common among the Carolina Scotts of days gone by...........I think you can only develop a taste for it after a couple of pulls off a Mason Jar full of fresh shine (check for bubbles).  The other thing some folks used to fix was called hog hassel, same beverage applies. 

Salt Springs
@salt-springs
07/22/19 09:57:34PM
169 posts

Richard and Denise Wilson dulcimer - needs a bridge


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I have 2 Warren May dulcimers and a Ken Hamblin...........all needed new floating bridges............got a couple of chopsticks and cut the square end, sanded them level to proper height, notched the little stinkers and they worked just fine.  You can also go to a craft store/hardware store buy a dollar square dowel and shave a triangle piece off it, cut to length and notch it............ tune the middle string to the octave, angle it for the others and tune the rascal up........there should be a piece in this forum by pristine2 that will tell you how to do that............have fun. 

Salt Springs
@salt-springs
07/19/19 01:08:03PM
169 posts

Healthy Living- healthy eating, exercise, weight loss, veggie gardening, etc.


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"He'll to the Naw, Naw"............one of my all time favorite semi-gospel tunes by Bishop Bullwinkle on

YouTube..........seriously, that song will preach!


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