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Richard Streib
@richard-streib
04/21/21 07:36:49PM
150 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
150 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
150 posts

How Many Dulcimers Do You Own?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

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
04/08/21 01:49:15PM
150 posts

For sale: Prichard copy made by Kevin Messenger


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Jill--looks so tempting. But I have one in the process of being made for me. I have a couple of Kevin's dulcimers and they always sound so good and are of great craftsmanship. That is a great price for a great dulcimore.

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
03/26/21 07:28:51AM
150 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
150 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
150 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
150 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
150 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
150 posts

The Positive Thread...


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Awesome great news Ken.

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
02/27/21 03:06:31PM
150 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
150 posts

Show Us Your Pets!


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The blessings of cats.

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
02/27/21 01:23:18PM
150 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.

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
02/24/21 06:16:05PM
150 posts

John Frazier dulcimer


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Its always nice to learn of different builders. I have not heard of this one. Let us know when you find out more information.

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
02/15/21 05:31:44PM
150 posts

How is the COVID-19 coronavirus affecting you?


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Yes Strumelia, well worth trip. The more folks who get the vaccine the closer we get to at least a little of normalcy. It'll still be months probably before enough are vaccinated for it to be normal to be realistic. There is a light at the end of the tunnel.

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
02/01/21 08:25:58PM
150 posts

How is the COVID-19 coronavirus affecting you?


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As Kusani said, this is a vicious disease, and now a mutated more infectious strain is being found in many states.

Our extended family has lost two members to COVID. It is frustrating that some people think it is a hoax. I'm sorry. The MD will not write "hoax" on a death certificate. Those who won't follow precautions and those who think it is not real need to see the wicked suffering many people go through battling this disease.

My prayers are with all who have the disease, the families who have lost loved ones and the heroes in the medical arena treating this disease day after day.

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
02/01/21 08:20:23PM
150 posts

How to get adhesive residue off a fretboard?


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The key is to know the finish. Plain cooking oil will work. If it is rubbed oil finish any oil my be useful. Just dry it well when finished and buff it out a little.

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
01/28/21 09:14:26AM
150 posts

What Are You Working On?


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[quote="John W. McKinstry"]

Hi Jill,  Good to hear from you.  Yes, I have posted "What a Friend We Have in Jesus" in the video section of FOTMD.  I take comfort in playing the old hymns and often play them as a personal meditation time.

John, I too play some of the old hymns for my personal worship and meditation. Try to do that every time I play.

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
12/05/20 07:52:13PM
150 posts

My voyage to the lute guitar (and mountain dulcimer as well)


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Thanks for  your post @jost. Again welcome to the forum. We'll help you along all we can.

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
11/21/20 08:43:24PM
150 posts

How is the COVID-19 coronavirus affecting you?


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Perhaps on a more serious note about COVID.  Some members of the forum have contracted this disease, some with mild symptoms some seriously ill, even on life support for a while.

I have heard some folks who think this pandemic is just something that is made up. But make believe does not kill people. This virus is real, it is serious and it is deadly.

My plea is that we all would act with consideration toward others and wear our masks, limit our gatherings, keep our distance and stay home when we don't need to go out. We can limit the further spread of the virus by following the advice of the scientists who are studying this beast. Let's just do it!

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
11/20/20 03:52:08PM
150 posts

How is the COVID-19 coronavirus affecting you?


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Good for you, Strumelia. Yes folks are decorating earlier this year. I think this is one thing that reminds us of normal, and it is something that is not limited by our sense of responsibility toward  others nor by governmental restriction.

The odd thing to me is the local media here seem to find it so surprising and out of character. If one thinks about it for just a moment it is not at all surprising. Indeed it is to be welcomed.

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
10/27/20 09:43:37AM
150 posts

Wanted: Jethro Amburgey Dulcimer


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Great news. I know you will appreciate the Amburgey since you have a personal connection.

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
10/24/20 07:18:54PM
150 posts

Bill Davis 1960’s Hourglass Dulcimer


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Awesome dulcimer. I have had good luck with Strother's string gauge calculator. They do show a bit light at times so you may want to go one or two numbers heavier.

Juststring.com is a good source of strings if you want to purchase singles and make up your own sets.

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
10/18/20 07:53:39PM
150 posts

New Dulcimore Stand


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Thought I'd share a photo of my new multi-place dulcimore stand. Designed by Dulcimore Dan. The padding on the bottom supports is strips of sheep skin glued on. And, No, the dulcimore don't stay in front of the fireplace, just long enough to pose for the picture.


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Richard Streib
@richard-streib
07/12/20 03:24:24PM
150 posts

How is the COVID-19 coronavirus affecting you?


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So sorry for the negative part of the change. It is a tough time. Just lots of care, hand washing and more hand washing and masks when around people.

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
07/02/20 08:27:09AM
150 posts

The Drifting Thread...


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So sorry Irene for your loss. Will keep you in prayer.

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
05/07/20 06:59:18PM
150 posts

Thomas reproductions (Messenger/Knopf/other?)


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magictime:

I'm weighing my options for ordering a meantone fretted Thomas replica. I'm in the UK and as far as I can ascertain, nobody over here is building such things for sale, whereas at least two American luthiers with excellent reputations specialise in this type of historic replica - John Knopf and Kevin Messenger. Is there anything members would say in terms of comparing and contrasting the two? For instance, looking at pictures I have the impression that the upper and lower bouts are almost the same size on John's, whereas the lower bout is noticeably wider on Kevin's - is this correct? Are they based on earlier and later Thomas patterns perhaps? Any effect on sound? Anything else people would say? Any builders I'm overlooking? (I'm aware of Dan Cox and Bobby Ratliff, but as of right now I'm leaning towards a reproduction rather than simply a traditional

I have a K Messenger Thomas reproduction. He used an early 1930's Thomas from which he took his pattern. It looks and sounds might good. It is really sweet in Ebb.  I have seen and heard J Knopf's Thomas reproductions. They as well look great and sound great. As John said they are a bit different but both accurate to the Thomas dulcimores. You won't go wrong with either.Why not get one of each? I can post a picture of the Messenger Thomas if you like.

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
05/01/20 06:43:17PM
150 posts

What's your favorite tune or dulcimer to play this month?


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Just had to jump in on this question. Currently working on Buffalo Gals as a challenge from some traditional dulcimore playing friends.

My favorite instrument is an UltraLite model made by Dan Cox and specifically set up for playing in Cgg. If I play a CD player I don't make nearly as many mistakes, but it is not the fun of playing the dulcimore.

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
04/15/20 02:09:03PM
150 posts

For Sale Berea Event Buttons


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For Sale: unused 2020 Berea Traditional Dulcimore Gathering event buttons. $5.00 each including shipping to the US. International shipping may be higher. All proceeds will be applied to costs associated with the 2021 Gathering.

Contact @Slate Creek Dulcimers via FOTMD private mail with your order and postal shipping address. Slate Creek Dulcimers has volunteered to use their paypal account to receive payment.

To limit extra trips out during the COVID19 outbreak all orders will be shipped once weekly on Wednesday mornings from North Carolina.


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Richard Streib
@richard-streib
03/31/20 08:22:55PM
150 posts

How is the COVID-19 coronavirus affecting you?


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I am enjoying our wildlife friends in the back yard. Whitetail deer, Canada Geese, squirrels, racoons, possums, 10 or 15 species of birds including a really large specimen of a redtailed hawk we call Chester.

Also I am getting in some time trying to learn Tabledit, playing my dulcimores, and tabbing out some hymns and other songs.

Yard work will be calling soon as our grass is greening up after its winter dormancy. I'll plant a few things in my vegetable patch by the 8th or 10th.

Stay well all. We'll be past this after awhile.

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