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Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
10/18/19 05:26:39PM
968 posts

David Honea dulcimer with bag and strap $160, free shipping!


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@Geckostar97, perhaps a sound clip demonstrating the fretboard accuracy and the tone of the instrument would help anyone considering picking up an inexpensive instrument?  Just a thought. 

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

Moving to Southern Virginia


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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
968 posts

Moving to Southern Virginia


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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
968 posts

Ukulele Tuners


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@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
968 posts

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


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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
968 posts

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


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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
968 posts

Do Not Upgrade Your Mac To Catalina For A Bit


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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
968 posts

Who made this dulcimer?


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@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
968 posts

Who made this dulcimer?


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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
968 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.  

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
10/02/19 08:28:08PM
968 posts

Who made this dulcimer?


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@david-messenger That metal piece surely is distinctive-- thanks for the photo!  I can't help but wonder whether under this metal piece is where the original string anchors were located and the metal piece was added after the original string anchors failed some way. 

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
10/02/19 04:08:21PM
968 posts

Who made this dulcimer?


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@david-messenger The tail on your instrument looks really distinctive.  If we could have a better look at it, perhaps someone can help make a positive ID on who was the maker?

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
09/29/19 03:59:12PM
968 posts

Dulcimer Project (Reasonably) Complete!


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I buy metal loop or ball end strings, depending on the design of the tail of the dulcimer.  Just get an appropriate gauge and you're good to go!  

Some have experimented with gut/nylon strings with mixed results.  

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
09/28/19 02:16:14PM
968 posts

Conversation with Paul Crocker


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

What a great interview with Paul!  It is hard to imagine he could not have Dulcimer Acquisition Disorder given the genetics on his father's side.  haha (Paul's dad has had a musical influence on me though I'll never be able to do half of what John Henry does!) 

Thanks for sharing the interview-- a delight to see! 

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
09/27/19 08:25:05PM
968 posts

My first dulcimer arrangement


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I enjoyed your video,  Ariane!  I don't know how to play from written arrangement so can't offer any meaningful feedback on it though I am sure it is good.  

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
09/23/19 12:24:05PM
968 posts

Conversation with Tony Gillam


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Thanks for this interview-- I had familiarity with neither Tony nor his music!  Also, Tony mentions Kim Lowings and I know she has been a member here at FOTMD though am not sure whether she still has a page here or not.  The Appalachian dulcimer is alive and well far from the Appalachians!  :)  


updated by @robin-thompson: 09/23/19 12:24:52PM
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
09/21/19 05:31:59PM
968 posts

Dulcimer Project (Reasonably) Complete!


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I look forward to seeing what you decide to do with the fingerboard!  Perhaps tied frets with Nylagut strings?  Fretless is darn cool, too.  

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
09/21/19 05:27:23PM
968 posts

Do not adjust your set!


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Doggone cool, John!  I'd play it like a fretless.  :)

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
09/21/19 08:27:51AM
968 posts

Online Advent Calendar


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What a wonderful idea, Ariane!  Mark & I look forward to participating.  <3

PS- Some of the very best tunes are the simple ones.  I'm not a "technical" player so simple tunes work well for me.  


updated by @robin-thompson: 09/21/19 08:29:26AM
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
09/16/19 02:39:18PM
968 posts

Conversation with Kendra Ward


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Kendra is a great player-- of both mountain and hammered dulcimers!  I really enjoyed the interview and photos.  She is a great source of information because it is part of her heritage.  

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
09/12/19 11:48:40AM
968 posts

Remembering 9/11


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Such an awful day. . . May we always strive to bring peace on Earth with goodwill to all.  

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
09/10/19 10:06:30AM
968 posts

Dulcimer Maker ID


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If life allows, it'd be fun to go to Chillicothe and try to find any early instrument(s) Chet Hines built.  (I have deep family roots in Ross County, Ohio.) 

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
09/09/19 10:31:36PM
968 posts

Show Us Your Pets!


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Haha!  Molly, I used to say of one of our dogs how she was spoiled-- just smell her.  

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
09/09/19 10:21:54PM
968 posts

Show Us Your Pets!


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@molly-mccurdy Those pups look like they're living the good life!  :) Great pics! 

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
09/06/19 09:41:32PM
968 posts

Play Music On The Porch Day 2019


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

@dulcinina & @marg Your time making music with friends sounds wonderful! 

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
09/04/19 05:42:56PM
968 posts

Tuning for a 4 Equidistant String Dulcimer


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

@dedicated-dad I knew what you meant and second @Dusty-Turtle on joining the 4 Equidistant Strings group.  We're happy to have you here at FOTMD!  

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
09/03/19 02:21:39PM
968 posts

Tuning for a 4 Equidistant String Dulcimer


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

It seemed to me the OP was referring to the strings closest to the body as "upper strings" of the equidistant strings because he clearly asked whether they were played together as if they were close together (as some melody strings are doubled).

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
09/03/19 02:12:50PM
968 posts

Show Us Your Pets!


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@gulfcoastgal What a pretty cat!  She got the size Small genes.  :)

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
09/03/19 02:10:54PM
968 posts

Show Us Your Pets!


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@dulcinina Dusty sure is cute and is lucky to have her new family!  

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
09/02/19 04:54:40PM
968 posts

Play Music On The Porch Day 2019


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Hey, @lisavb & @ken-hulme So good y'all were able to be out to celebrate the music holiday!  :)

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
09/02/19 09:25:01AM
968 posts

Play Music On The Porch Day 2019


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

@hugssandi I was unable to play the video here yet I saw it from fb-- yay, girls!  The photos and vids from your day were a delight to see.  

Thanks, @Strumelia!  My highest aspiration as a player is to be a good porch player.  

I've enjoyed all the postings of PMOTPD!  

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
09/01/19 11:50:31AM
968 posts

Conversation with Butch Ross


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Great hearing from Butch by way of your interview!  It's been too long since I've seen him 'live'.  

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
09/01/19 09:44:23AM
968 posts

Play Music On The Porch Day 2019


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@hugssandi What a happy late-August Christmas!  I loved seeing the photos and reading your summary of the day, a time to cherish, I imagine.  <3

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
08/31/19 11:13:56PM
968 posts

Walnut Thomas with possum board


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That matching possum board looks so good-- nicely done, John!  The new owner is, indeed, fortunate.  


updated by @robin-thompson: 09/01/19 09:45:49AM
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
08/31/19 09:06:38PM
968 posts

Play Music On The Porch Day 2019


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

David, I enjoyed your video!  How cool your neighbor came to get in on the fun, too.  

Nice picture, Ken L!  

Kevin & Steven-- I like insect accompaniment!  :)

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
08/31/19 06:28:24PM
968 posts

Dulcimer Maker ID


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Oh, cool, @dedicated-dad!  The mahogany looked lovely in the photo.  Enjoy! 

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
08/31/19 11:35:11AM
968 posts

Play Music On The Porch Day 2019


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

@ballad-gal I learned of it in 2016 on Facebook.  it's a great holiday! dulcimer

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