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Salt Springs
@salt-springs
12/10/19 06:01:33PM
158 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
158 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
158 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
158 posts

I am Brand New and Know Nothing


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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
158 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
158 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
158 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
158 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
158 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
158 posts

It’s about your neck...


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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
158 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
158 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
158 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
158 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
158 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
158 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
158 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
158 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
158 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
158 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
158 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.


updated by @salt-springs: 08/08/19 10:41:14PM
Salt Springs
@salt-springs
08/08/19 06:53:04PM
158 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
158 posts

Having trouble with search...


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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
158 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
158 posts

Weird Foods You’ve Eaten


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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
158 posts

Weird Foods You’ve Eaten


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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
158 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
158 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!


updated by @salt-springs: 07/19/19 01:10:26PM
Salt Springs
@salt-springs
07/14/19 09:31:15PM
158 posts

Thumb Surgery Anyone?


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Glad you are feeling better.............

Salt Springs
@salt-springs
07/12/19 09:19:36PM
158 posts

Changing String Sets


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This should help, use some masking tape to hold the strings on the hitch posts or pegs............

 

Salt Springs
@salt-springs
07/07/19 02:08:10PM
158 posts

Thumb Surgery Anyone?


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A neighbor had this done a number of years ago due to his hands becoming quite dysfunctional.  As I recall he once told me that the recovery was difficult and not much of a picnic.  Perhaps his surgery was more involved than most, however he did end up having a number of proceedures including one where a bone from his big toe was used in one or both his thumbs. 

I have a number of large Bansuri flutes that cause me great difficult for a similar reason.  When I looked at alternative issues a master player told me that he had similar problems and found that soaking his hands in a parafin bath helped a great deal to keep the inflammation down to a minimum.  Perhaps something like that would help.

 

Salt Springs
@salt-springs
06/28/19 05:00:34PM
158 posts

Old Photos


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Susie: My relatives at a wedding in Northern Michigan in the 40's. My grandpa is holding the fiddle, which I now own and play. I never got to meet him, he died before I was born, in 1959. My great grandfather is next to him.

 

Good photo, let's hear that fiddle.............smiler

Salt Springs
@salt-springs
06/28/19 04:57:56PM
158 posts

Old Photos


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Couldn't figure out to get the photo in here.  Great-grandfather on a cattle drive from Texas to Kansas when he was a young man.  He lived to be 96 or 97, so it would be in about 1877

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That's a great photo...............


updated by @salt-springs: 06/28/19 04:59:15PM
Salt Springs
@salt-springs
06/27/19 05:36:43AM
158 posts

Old Photos


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An interesting old photo of a zither player.   This photo is in an album that belonged to my great grandmother which eventually made its way to me after she died at 106.   This album contains lots of photos from the early 1900's including the maiden flights of several zeppelins taken in 1915.

However, I thought it might of interest to post this one of a field hospital during World War I depicting wounded  German Soldiers, Surgeons and Nurses.   My grandmother is the nurse on the left if I remember correctly............I remember her telling of many surgical procedures being done without anesthesia or adequate supplies.

 

WWI Zither 7.jpg

 

 

 

Salt Springs
@salt-springs
06/24/19 12:22:03AM
158 posts

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


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Great job................

I was doing pretty good cutting back on the carbs until this week.............then disaster..........."Apfelstrudel mit Radler"

Salt Springs
@salt-springs
06/16/19 01:08:06PM
158 posts

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Yes, Black Cherry can help..........I suspect you need to drink more water since your weight loss may be contributing to those crystals forming in your joints. 

Salt Springs
@salt-springs
06/14/19 01:54:46AM
158 posts

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


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Good words and well spoken too!  Wayne.............I've seen so many people over the years taken from us by those, "widow makers."  In many cases they had no warning as you said, and no health issues that they could discern either save for assuming they were invincible and living lives that were, "typical."    

I would add that folks should not assume that this sort of problem does not affect women.   Too often women ignore symptoms and unfortunately suffer serious or fatal consequences.  Widow maker heart attacks are equal opportunity destroyers as are a host of other diseases that can be avoided.

For the younger of our lot who might be reading these posts...........now is the time to make the changes you need to make to live a long healthy life.   For the rest of us let's see if we can abstain kicking over the bucket by watching where we are going and turning on the lights in our 'noggins.  

 

 

 

Salt Springs
@salt-springs
06/13/19 10:04:05AM
158 posts

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


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robert schuler:

Just transplanted 2 acres of pumpkin plants by hand. Countless deep knee bends lots of fresh air and sunshine. I'll be lucky if I'll be able to move tomorrow!... Robert.

Yikes.............I can't imagine doing that.........as it is I sound like a bowl of Rice Krispies when I start moving in the morning......

Salt Springs
@salt-springs
06/13/19 12:55:26AM
158 posts

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


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Hugssandi...........check out Lynda Randle singing, "One Day at a Time" on YouTube..............and learn the second verse........she's the real thing and her music always lifts the spirit..........

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