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Venni, so glad you have recovered. COVID is wicked.
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.
It looks like it has a 6 1/2 that has been added.
I know KevinR. Cursed dulcimer acquisition disorder
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.
Interesting topic. I look forward to the historical information.
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.
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.
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.
Wow. That cleaned up really nice. The wood is beautiful whatever species it is.
Its always nice to learn of different builders. I have not heard of this one. Let us know when you find out more information.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
A beautiful dulcimer. Let's hear a sound clip.
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!
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.
Great news. I know you will appreciate the Amburgey since you have a personal connection.
It is certainly unique. I have never seen one quite like that.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.