Forum Activity for @robin-thompson

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
12/09/19 11:49:23AM
995 posts

Introduce Yourself!


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Good to have you folks here!  

@vicki-moore There is a rich mountain dulcimer history in the Smokies.  The last time I was in that neck of the woods was several years ago so I'm of no help on being able to offer specific suggestions.  Perhaps you would like to post a thread in this section: https://fotmd.com/forums/forum/off-topic-discussions

@garyinwyoming How neat you were able to find a couple other players out your way!  Happy strumming! 

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
12/08/19 01:28:04PM
995 posts

Purpose of DAA tuning


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

You know how in school knowledge in third grade built on knowledge from first grade?  That's how playing out of different tunings has been for me.  Perhaps your experiences will prove to be similar to my own.  Happy strumming! 

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
12/07/19 04:31:48PM
995 posts

Black Friday Dulcimaster Sale!


FOR SALE:instruments/music items/CDs/Wanted to Buy...

I'm not a mountain dulcimer rocker yet if I were this would be a great axe!

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
12/06/19 12:11:29PM
995 posts

nice found picks cut off old blue jeans


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

We wear our jeans until they are ready to be cut to rags.  I was cutting a couple pairs of Mark's jeans apart and saved the leather tags from the waistband.  They feel really nice in my hand and give a good tone.  


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Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
12/02/19 09:50:54PM
995 posts

John Molineux uses a striker on a mountain dulcimer


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

@marg I hadn't thought of weighting the chopstick some way when I've given using a striker tries.  Thanks for the idea!

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
12/02/19 07:05:26PM
995 posts

Show Us Your Pets!


OFF TOPIC discussions

Anne, I'm glad Bran is doing well!  We wound up with a stray dog about a month ago. . . One never knows what will present.  

Robin NC, Ollie sure is a handsome boy!

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
12/02/19 07:24:36AM
995 posts

Show Us Your Pets!


OFF TOPIC discussions

@anne-maguire How is Bran doing?  

@david-bennett With a name like Sally Ann, she has to like old-timey music.  :)

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
12/02/19 07:21:30AM
995 posts

John Molineux uses a striker on a mountain dulcimer


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

@bryan-fridlund I've imagined Doug Thomson's hammer is used that way.  It may feel more balanced in the hand than a found object of some kind used as a striker.

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
11/30/19 03:59:04PM
995 posts

John Molineux uses a striker on a mountain dulcimer


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Thank you for the name correction, @pierre-yves-donnio and @john-shaw!  I've edited the posting.  

From my experience of trying to use a striker, John Shaw's pointing-out the important factor of having a loose well-balanced hold is true.  


updated by @robin-thompson: 11/30/19 03:59:30PM
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
11/30/19 07:34:22AM
995 posts

John Molineux uses a striker on a mountain dulcimer


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I do not know what was being used as a striker in the video yet I've used a chopstick when I've tried the technique.  

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
11/29/19 04:40:49PM
995 posts

John Molineux uses a striker on a mountain dulcimer


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Though it doesn't come until near the end of the video, I was fascinated with seeing how Mr Molineux used the striker.  


updated by @robin-thompson: 11/30/19 03:55:04PM
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
11/27/19 05:53:58PM
995 posts

Giving Thanks


OFF TOPIC discussions

Thank you, Strumelia!  

Wishing everyone here a meaningful Thanksgiving! 

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
11/27/19 05:52:21PM
995 posts

Give thanks to our FOTMD Welcome Wagon! Plus- Chatroom!


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Thanks for helping FOTMD be one of the friendliest places in cyberspace, Jim, KenL, Richard, Rob, and Ben!  

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
11/26/19 08:45:22PM
995 posts

NDD (New Dulcimer Day) Thread - Let's See Them


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

@susie I came-by the instrument used yet it has been used very little.  I've not contacted the builder, Paul Conrad, to ask him just what variety of instrument he called it.  It has a very deep voice with which I am smitten.  

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
11/26/19 04:09:39PM
995 posts

NDD (New Dulcimer Day) Thread - Let's See Them


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Thanks, @don-grundy!  

Indeed, it is, @dusty-turtle.  I have been fiddling with the bridge to get the intonation set and am not there yet, yet I really love its deep voice.  

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
11/19/19 03:40:43PM
995 posts

Hog-Eyed Man playing Flight of the Wild Geese


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
11/14/19 11:01:17AM
995 posts

Hog-Eyed Man playing Polly Put the Kettle On


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

@Dusty-Turtle I like what the md player is doing, too!  These fellas work so well as a duo.  

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
11/13/19 08:09:59AM
995 posts

Veterans Day 2019


OFF TOPIC discussions

In solemn remembrance. . . I cannot imagine. . . 

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
11/09/19 07:29:13PM
995 posts

Hog-Eyed Man playing Polly Put the Kettle On


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
11/09/19 05:52:22PM
995 posts

TEDx talk and music by the great Jerry Rockwell


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
11/07/19 10:54:51PM
995 posts

The Positive Thread...


OFF TOPIC discussions

Mark & I got to see Aubrey Atwater & Elwood Donnelly at Appalachian Listening Room in Logan OH this evening.  Such a treat to hear them!  

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
11/05/19 03:14:57PM
995 posts

NDD (New Dulcimer Day) Thread - Let's See Them


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Enjoy that beautiful Appalachian dulcimer, Susie!  

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
11/02/19 07:54:11PM
995 posts

Sneak peek at a walnut Thomas with Possum Board


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

What a beauty, John!  No better way to spend time on your birthday than doing something you love.  

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
10/30/19 05:12:46PM
995 posts

Introduce Yourself!


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Matthew, I'm glad you're playing again!  

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
10/26/19 03:09:58PM
995 posts

Hog-Eyed Man playing Green River


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

So glad you are enjoying this video, friends! 

@John-Shaw I only have one of their cd's yet am sure the others are just as good.  It's funny you mention Bruce Greene because this duo reminds one, in ways, of Bruce Greene & Don Pedi's play together.   

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
10/25/19 04:17:52PM
995 posts

Hog-Eyed Man playing Green River


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions


updated by @robin-thompson: 10/27/19 12:02:25PM
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
10/23/19 04:38:59PM
995 posts

Hearts Of The Dulcimer Podcast In Its 5th Year


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Cool!  And I learned a new word:  lullabologist. :)

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
10/15/19 09:51:15PM
995 posts

Moving to Southern Virginia


OFF TOPIC discussions

A dulcimer-builder colony?!?! You'll need testers for all the dulcimers before shipment. dulcimer1

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
10/15/19 11:50:16AM
995 posts

Moving to Southern Virginia


OFF TOPIC discussions

It's pretty country, Bob, and you'll be able to soak-in that Galax vibe.  :)

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
10/13/19 08:06:58AM
995 posts

Ukulele Tuners


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

@david-messenger Wow, she looks really good!  As a simple, temporary fix, you could loosen the strings and place a little slice of good grade of paper in the nut and see whether that fixes your buzzing.  If it doesn't, you may just need another string gauge.  (I'm not a luthier so my advice is just that of a strummer.)   

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
10/10/19 09:38:03PM
995 posts

Anyone heard of "B.F.M. Music" stick dulcimer?


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

I did a few different searches and knew what I wasn't looking for (McNally, Merlin, etc.) in the way of a strum stick.

EDIT: Funny, until seeing your reply to me, I hadn't seen the photo with the stamp on the headstock-- I missed a few of the photos.   


updated by @robin-thompson: 10/10/19 09:40:55PM
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
10/10/19 08:50:07PM
995 posts

Anyone heard of "B.F.M. Music" stick dulcimer?


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

There are elements of an eBay instrument which remind me of your instrument, @boingercat:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Strumstick-Handmade/174043907074?hash=item2885d34402:g:nTYAAOSwcJVdj~Ot

*Note the mention of maker's initials at the tuners.  


updated by @robin-thompson: 10/10/19 08:52:29PM
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
10/09/19 10:06:44PM
995 posts

Do Not Upgrade Your Mac To Catalina For A Bit


OFF TOPIC discussions

We'd gotten an email from Noodlesoft about the Apple glitches so plan to hold-off on our upgrade to Catalina.  I'm sorry that happened to you, Phroedrick, and all can be set right soon!   

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
10/04/19 03:11:11PM
995 posts

Who made this dulcimer?


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

@david-messenger There are elements which make me wonder whether the dulcimer was put together from a kit.  The hearts look very uniform (as though many were cut just alike) and the ply top and fretboard look basic.  

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
10/03/19 09:26:10AM
995 posts

Who made this dulcimer?


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

Curious.  I wish I had a clue as to who was the maker, David.  What jumps to mind, though, is the maker had some sort of banjo tail piece in mind when they they did the tail on the mountain dulcimer. 

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
10/02/19 08:32:43PM
995 posts

Tell us about your VERY FIRST dulcimer


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Wow, @paulinphoenix, such a neat story!  It sounds as though you have a wonderful collection of instruments with memories to match.  

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