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Richard Streib
@richard-streib
12/01/21 07:30:38AM
169 posts

Fellenbaum dulcimers


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If my information is correct Fellenbaum is a builder in Black Mountain NC. He has slowed down on building dulcimers to keep in stock, but does build to order. His dulcimers are well crafted and typically have a bit wider and deeper body. There is no standard for dulcimer dimensions and builders have their own preferences. Like Ken said, tone is influenced by volume of the sound box.

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
11/25/21 10:03:18AM
169 posts

The Positive Thread...


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Happy Thanksgiving all. May we all be sure to reflect on all of our many blessings and truly be thankful from a grateful heart.

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
09/28/21 04:52:56PM
169 posts

Warren May Mahogany Dulcimer need home


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I think your plan to sell and use the proceeds to purchase a dulcimer fitted to the playing style of those around you is admirable. So many folks would not want to take the time to do that. 

I think you would want to price it at $600, maybe less. You can adjust your price lower. I just sold a Warren May premium model to a local lady who is a friend of mine. Because of that relationship I sold it for far less than it is worth. But I did not have to pack and ship it.

It seems many current players prefer to have the extra frets and mechanical tuners as you noted in your area. If you are willing to wait it out, I am sure you will find a buyer, but it may take a couple of months or more. The holidays are coming up and the vaccine has not prevented me from having dulcimer acquisition disorder (DAD).

You may want to contact Warren May. He may have someone with interest that would not demand a new dulcimer. PM me and I can help you with contact information.

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
09/15/21 04:38:14PM
169 posts

Don Pedi honored


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Thanks Kenl. Great read. Don is quite a fellow.

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
08/27/21 05:25:41PM
169 posts

COVID and Nursing Home Visits


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Thought I'd ask of the many who play their dulcimers in nursing, rehab, senior living, or retirement centers how things are going? What kind of access are you finding where you are? Any of you back to any where close to pre covid frequency of visits? Thanks.

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
08/20/21 03:42:53PM
169 posts

Why is it called a possum board?


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Like Dan said the name comes from a board used to stretch animal skins for sale. Different sizes for muskrats, mink, racoon, possum, beaver, rabbits. Dad used them in the winter when trapping muskrats and mink to supplement farm income.


Original Possum Board.jpg Original Possum Board.jpg - 91KB
Richard Streib
@richard-streib
08/19/21 08:44:18PM
169 posts

Black Rose Dulcimer by Bill Todd


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That is a beautiful dulcimer. I have not heard of this builder. Perhaps someone will recognize the name and provide some information.

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
07/24/21 08:20:14PM
169 posts

fingerstyle playing on a budget


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It seems a number of people have purchased dulcimers as an impulse buy, take them home with the intent of learning to play, never get around to it, and store the dulcimer away.

I have purchased no less than 6 second hand dulcimers which appeared to have been played little if at all. One had the pick and noter sealed in a little envelope which had never been opened and the string sale tag still tied to the instrument.

So it is possible to get a "used" dulcimer which has not been used much at all.

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
07/18/21 07:05:46PM
169 posts

The Positive Thread...


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Great story Kenl. Thanks for sharing it.

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
07/15/21 11:39:21AM
169 posts

Ukulele Pegs for a dulcimer


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Looks mighty good. Congrats on your good work and learning experience.

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
07/12/21 01:36:15PM
169 posts

New Dulcimore


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 A picture of a new dulcimore beautifully crafted by Dulcimore Dan. This is his Dulcimore model.

Poplar body with cherry stapleboard, tuning pegs, headstock and tail block. Traditional with staple frets, fiddle edges, no extra frets, set up and tuned Gdd. A real beauty to the eye and to the ear.

If they ever develop a vaccine for Dulcimer Acquisition Disorder, I'll refuse to take it.


Dulcimore by Dulcimore Dan.jpg Dulcimore by Dulcimore Dan.jpg - 63KB
Richard Streib
@richard-streib
07/04/21 06:39:20PM
169 posts

Ukulele Pegs for a dulcimer


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One of the builders on this site might be willing to fix the holes so the new tuning machines will work. Would involve shipping dulcimer and tuning machines and waiting to get it back.

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
06/12/21 09:12:22PM
169 posts

Awarding the "giveaway dulcimore" in Berea!


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Great photo John and great dulcimore given to Diane. Contrats Diane. Enjoy your dulcimore

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
06/01/21 08:28:07PM
169 posts

My mom’s teardrop dulcimer


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That is a beautiful dulcimer. Best of luck finding out more about it.

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
05/12/21 06:45:12PM
169 posts

Making a dulcimer humidity resistant?


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How wonderful of you to build your sister a dulcimer. I would think if she has a reasonably "tight" house and does not live with the windows open all the time, the dulcimer may be protected enough kept inside. As exciting as it sounds to sit by the beach to  play I probably would not do that. I live in NC with 95% humidity much of the summer with no problem imparted to my dulcimers kept inside the house.

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
05/12/21 03:11:35PM
169 posts

What examples do you use to explain what a dulcimer is?


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You raise a good question. Since you do not always have audiovisual tools at hand perhaps, perhaps a 50 mm x 75 mm picture or photo laminated in plastic you could carry on your person. You might could do front and back, one side the dulcimer the other side someone seated playing it.

As for sound, you have discovered that the dulcimer is capable of many voices. To me its sweetest voice is on a slower song. Perhaps a dulcimer sound clip of a slower melodic song well known to the people of Spain could be loaded to your phone to share the sound that way.

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
05/01/21 07:39:48PM
169 posts

Choosing Strings


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If you check some online companies you may be able to specify shipping in a small package by USPS and hopefully the parcel will fit in your mailbox which I assume is secure.

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
04/29/21 04:46:51PM
169 posts

How Many Dulcimers Do You Own?


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Susie, thanks for starting the thread. I am sure many of us enjoyed it, whether we participated or not.

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
04/28/21 07:57:29PM
169 posts

Favorite stands/storage?


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Here is a four place stand I have. Another sideways picture


4 Place Stand02.jpg 4 Place Stand02.jpg - 1.1MB

updated by @richard-streib: 04/28/21 07:57:50PM
Richard Streib
@richard-streib
04/28/21 07:52:35PM
169 posts

Favorite stands/storage?


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Here is one I use. No pets in the house to disturb it. Sorry the picture is sideways. It is correct on it's original file.


Dulcimore Stand 01 by Dulcimore Dan.jpg Dulcimore Stand 01 by Dulcimore Dan.jpg - 1.5MB

updated by @richard-streib: 04/28/21 07:53:30PM
Richard Streib
@richard-streib
04/24/21 04:00:56PM
169 posts

Rest in Peace, Larkin Bryant


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So sad to lose another in our greater dulcimer family.

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
04/21/21 07:36:49PM
169 posts

The Positive Thread...


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Venni, so glad you have recovered. COVID is wicked.

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
04/21/21 06:45:18PM
169 posts

Warren May Maple Dulcimer


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To me the dark spot looks like it is in the wood.

Does not appear to have a 13.5 fret. The 6.5 will not be a problem. As you learn, you just have to remember it is there. I play a dulcimore without a 6.5 fret most of the time then if I pick up my only one with the 6.5 fret, it takes me a few minutes to remember it is there.

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
04/08/21 01:52:01PM
169 posts

How Many Dulcimers Do You Own?


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I now have 12 including 2 zitters both with staple frets. Most of mine are traditional style with staple frets, several with wooden tuners. Only one with a 6 1/2 fret.

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
03/26/21 07:28:51AM
169 posts

FOTMD needs your support


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I encourage all who use the forum to help support it.

It's really simple. If you enjoy the forum and it benefits you, you really ought to support it. A lot of things in life are note free, and the forum is not really meant to be a handout. After all we pay for other things we enjoy--groceries, pro baseball, movies, concerts, bowling, dulcimers, dulcimer festivals etc.

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
03/26/21 07:23:08AM
169 posts

How is the COVID-19 coronavirus affecting you?


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So sorry Venni to hear of your disease. COVID is wicked. Take care of yourself and get well soon.

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
03/25/21 08:02:19PM
169 posts

Ron Ewing dulcimer thoughts?


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Ron builds a great dulcimer.

I owned a couple of Ron's dulcimers over the years, a 6 string dulcimette and a standard style. Great craftsmanship, superior balanced sound, beautiful wood and very easy to work with if you want something special made. Most people really like his dulcimers and there are not many for sale. I got rid of mine simply because I chose to move to the old style traditional dulcimer with staple frets, wood tuners, and primarily 1-5-5 tuning with diatonic fretbpard without any added frets. The owner of the standard still plays it regularly as far as I know. The dulcimette was donated to a charity auction to raise money for a student scholarship to attend a major dulcimer festival.

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
03/23/21 03:21:39PM
169 posts

McSpadden v. Folkcraft?


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So good to hear. Enjoy your cherry McSpadden. She may get crabby on days you don't have time to give her the attention she craves.winker

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
03/09/21 04:43:46PM
169 posts

Newspaper Article


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Thanks for sharing Kenl. Great program. I agree there needs to be more programs along this line.

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
03/03/21 08:03:06PM
169 posts

The Positive Thread...


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Awesome great news Ken.

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
02/27/21 03:06:31PM
169 posts

Researching a dulcimer I think it is a Bob Lazenby


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Wow. That cleaned up really nice. The wood is beautiful whatever species it is.

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
02/27/21 01:25:17PM
169 posts

Show Us Your Pets!


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The blessings of cats.

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
02/27/21 01:23:18PM
169 posts

Researching a dulcimer I think it is a Bob Lazenby


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That is a beautiful dulcimer @deweylandrum . What a wonderful gift from your father. Best wishes as you learn to play. You have come to the right place to get your questions answered.

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