Forum Activity for @richard-streib

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
03/18/19 08:44:51AM
108 posts

New player / New purchase


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Wmacky, you have purchased a beautiful instrument. Congrats. I saw it on ebay but did not pursue it.

I have purchased 5 dulcimers over the years which appeared that someone purchased, looked at, and put in a closet waiting for the "some day" when they would learn to play. But never did. One even had the pick and noter stick still sealed in a little envelope. So long as they have been stored where there is not extreme temps or humidity, one can find some good buys in this scenario. Usually the dulcimer will need new strings, and sometimes some care of the fretboard as frets will sometimes oxidize a bit over time.

I know you are looking forward to many years enjoying your dulcimers. It sounds like your DAD (dulcimer acquisition disorder) may be at bay for a while. Thankfully, that disorder is not harmful, unless it makes the spouse unhappy.sweating

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
03/15/19 05:39:55PM
108 posts

New player / New purchase


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Congratulations on your purchase. That is a beautiful dulcimer. I know you will enjoy it for a long time

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
03/02/19 03:54:49PM
108 posts

Playing again after losing all my dulcimers


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

So sorry for your losses Jeannie. Glad you are finding the heart to play again.

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
02/18/19 10:34:47AM
108 posts

Show Us Your Pets!


OFF TOPIC discussions

David, Sally Ann is such a beautiful can. I know she brings you much joy.

Which model of Dulcimore Dan's is that one? It sure is a nice looking duclimore.

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
02/11/19 08:58:25PM
108 posts

Show Us Your Pets!


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What a gorgeous black cat. I know he is a wonderful companion for you. He is so fortunate to have such a good owner.

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
02/08/19 12:05:37PM
108 posts

Builder Jim Trantham


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

My bad. The name the lady gave me was spelled incorrectly. It is Jim Trantham. Now I can give her some information.

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
02/08/19 11:15:35AM
108 posts

Joseph Atwell Suddreth 1981 dulcimer for sale


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

I did a search and found this.

 

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
02/07/19 10:58:53AM
108 posts

Builder Jim Trantham


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

A friend has been shown a dulcimer made by Jim Trantham. She asked me if I had heard of him. Sadly, I have not. Thought I'd ask if anyone knows of him. She seemed hesitant to purchase without knowing a little bit.

Thanks all.

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
01/26/19 04:34:05PM
108 posts

Show Us Your Pets!


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Nice looking cats Strumelia. Thanks for sharing.

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
12/21/18 09:50:25PM
108 posts

Black Mountain vs Walnut Valley


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I purchased a Walnut Valley dulcimer in Early 1993 and kept it until 2017. I sold it to a lady in our club who wanted it. Then I found one nearly like it earlier this year that appeared to have been bought but left unplayed in its case. So I now have a Walnut Valley once again. I really like the Walnut Valley. It is quite versatile. I have played it noter drone and with 4 equidistant strings using the noter. It sounds good in multiple modes and tunings. I don't think you would be disappointed with a Walnut Valley.

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
12/09/18 05:28:44PM
108 posts

The Drifting Thread...


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Is tab available, free or pay, for The Holly Tree??

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
11/18/18 11:33:42AM
108 posts

What if you could only have one dulcimer?


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

What if?? That requires considerable consideration. Like Dusty stated one does not always shine on every song--thus the justification for having more than one.

However IF I had to have just one, it would be the Leonard Glenn reproduction Kevin Messenger made for me.

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
11/01/18 04:30:02PM
108 posts

Keith Young Dulcimer


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

David D. It looks in your initial pictures like the fine tuner for the bass string is down where the strings curve under the end of the fretboard to anchor. So you may need to only get 2 made to match.

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
11/01/18 08:35:39AM
108 posts

Keith Young Dulcimer


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That's pretty significant. Glad it worked for you. I may have to get some for some of my older dulcimers.

 

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
10/23/18 07:25:41AM
108 posts

A Sweet Find


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Don't know why the pictures loaded vertical. They were horizontal on my file on the computer from which I loaded them.

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
10/23/18 07:10:14AM
108 posts

A Sweet Find


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I recently found on ebay a "used" Mountain Valley Dulcimer Smokey River model. I prefer to call it "second hand" rather than used. This dulcimer came in a hard side case (chipboard) and appears to have been unplayed. I'm guessing someone purchased this intending to learn to play and then it was set aside.

There is not a mark on it. No indications the strings have ever been pressed down to the frets. No pick marks. It's made of beautifully grained book-matched walnut. I'll change out the friction tuners for some planetary tuners I have on hand harvested from another dulcimer. The real plus for me is that this '91 modern era dulcimer has a nice, clear, bright sound, which is what I prefer. I can see it becoming the dulcimer I use when playing with the dulcimer club where they like to use capos and other more modern playing styles.

My very first mountain dulcimer was a Mountain Valley Wildwood Mountain model, so this is a nice find for me.


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Richard Streib
@richard-streib
10/22/18 02:57:21PM
108 posts

Buying a used McSpadden questions


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

Dulciana, I agree that price seems a bit high. I did buy one made in '91 from an auction locally that was like new. The pick and noter were still sealed in a little kraft paper envelope. It appeared to have been purchased and never played. If you find one like that,  the $300.00 would make a good starting point to bargain for a selling price. Another concern to consider is if someone stored an unused instrument in a not so instrument friendly environment; such as a hot attic, a damp basement, or a non climate controlled rental storage unit. As for the plywood back, the quality of the plywood which McSpadden used was the very best and very stable over time. I would not allow that fact alone to cause much hesitation.

I would think a price $225.00 price range would be more reasonable.

Fortunately for those of us who look at used dulcimers, many were purchased and left largely unplayed. Sometimes someone picks one up at a yard or estate sale or a family member disposes of the estate without knowing a lot about a dulcimer. They can be real treasures when we find one.

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
08/30/18 07:23:44AM
108 posts

Information about a Change of policy at McSpadden


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Perhaps the concern is more about letting the dulcimer community know and hoping it understands than anything internal to their production practices.

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
08/29/18 07:09:48PM
108 posts

Information about a Change of policy at McSpadden


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

For many years McSpadden's policy was to set up all standard dulcimers in DAA,  with setup in DAd available on request. That has now changed. Below is an excerpt from an email I received from Jim Woods at McSpadden.

"...we have just this month changed that policy.  Now well over 90% of our standard dulcimer are sold in DAD tuning so we have yielded to the pressure and made that the default setup.  I’m still working on getting that news out to the dulcimer community.  Trying to implement a change like that in a policy that has been in place for 56 years doesn’t go smoothly."

 

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
08/17/18 02:42:15PM
108 posts

Somewhere over the rainbow


Dulcimer Resources:TABS/Books/websites/DVDs

Really liked the discussion related to copyright. It is becoming clearer now. It really is not as cut and dried as we would like it to be for our understanding. Hats off to FOTMD for strict standards regarding copyrights.clapper

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
08/13/18 08:44:44PM
108 posts

Will donate student dulcimer to needy beginner


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

The student dulcimer has found a home. Thanks everyone.

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
08/11/18 07:41:06PM
108 posts

Intermediates


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Lois Sprengnether Keel:

I hope Lisa's blog is read.  Her call for respect is needed. 

Let's all play, whether by ear or in print, a chorus of Aretha Franklin's R-e-s-p-e-c-t.

 

The dulcimer produces such sweet music and it is versatile enough to be played in different ways.

I "amen" the appeal to respect others of our forum no matter their choice of playing style, use of TAB or SNM or memory.  Let's just all have fun and enjoy the dulcimer in the way that appeals to us and allow others the same without disrespect related to their playing method or style.

 

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
07/25/18 07:50:23PM
108 posts

Will donate student dulcimer to needy beginner


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

The widow of my best friend has asked me to help dispose of her late husband's student dulcimer. It will be a gift to someone (child or adult) who wants to learn to play but who does not have and cannot afford a dulcimer to start out on. The dulcimer has been played very little and looks new. It comes with a padded soft case and I will cover shipping cost for a needy learner within the 48 continental states. It is an Apple Creek ACD100 tear drop shaped model with 24.25", VSL just right for a smaller handed person or one whose hand has limited mobility.

I would like to suggest that the recipient learn to play the dulcimer and when they no longer need this instrument that they would consider passing it on to another needy learner.

Thanks for reading this.

 

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
07/21/18 03:38:53PM
108 posts

Choose just ONE song for all eternity...


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Mine would be Amazing Grace.  I can never get over how amazing God's grace is.

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
07/19/18 06:48:24PM
108 posts



For years I did not name mine but have been more recently.

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
07/10/18 04:21:31PM
108 posts

June Apple Dulcimer tone/sound


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Banjimer:

I have a June Apple dulcimer.  It doesn't have the light silvery sound of the J.E. Thomas  reproductions that I own.  Nor does it have the resonant sound of the larger bodied dulcimers.  The sound falls somewhere in between.  You could probably describe it as a balance between the two.  Keep in mind that Carl and his staff at June Apple Dulcimers manufacture several different models of dulcimers and dulcimer ancestors.  The June Apple model has a somewhat smaller size than other models made by June Apple, so it's not surprising that the sound is somewhat closer to traditional than it is to guitar-like.  June Apple also makes a larger-bodied dulcimer.  I don't have personal experience with the larger model, but I would assume that its sound is more resonant and similar to other dulcimers with wider, deeper soundboxes.  In short, the difference in sound is more  a combination of volume and resonance.  Everything else being equal, smaller-bodied dulcimers have less volume and less resonance.  Larger-bodied dulcimers have more volume and more resonance.  Other factors to consider are the type of wood used, particularly the soundboard (top), and the thickness of the top, back, and sides.  I'm not a builder.  A builder would be more qualified than I to describe the various factors affecting the sound of any given dulcimer.

The dreaded malady DAD is currently in remission. So glad my bank account was not quarantined. I have recently come into possession of June Apple model dulcimer from June Apple Dulcimers. This model is copied from the shape and size of the Huntington dulcimers. It sports book-matched walnut back with decorative stripe, walnut sides, book-matched top of Western Red Cedar, Wenge fretboard overlay. It has snowflake design sound holes as well as snowflake position dots. As @banjimer notes in his post the sound is not as silvery as the Thomas reproductions but it is not as resonant and mellow as the larger bodied modern dulcimers. The tone is in a word "sweet". It is not an overly loud instrument with its tone quite well balanced across the spectrum. Craftsmanship is superb. I have it strung with 3 strings since I prefer a single melody for noter style playing. It has notches for double melody and for 4 equidistant. Fretboard is taller for noter playing.  It sounds so good I can't imagine a lot of change after it "plays in" some more.


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Richard Streib
@richard-streib
07/06/18 03:40:18PM
108 posts

How does your pet react to your Dulcimer playing?


OFF TOPIC discussions

David Bennett:

Sally Ann will be four months in a few days. For some reason she thinks she's the boss.

So, David, Sally Ann is a cat. If she is like our cat, she IS the boss. Tis the nature of house cats.

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
07/04/18 02:20:33PM
108 posts

The Positive Thread...


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Happy 4th of July to all the friends on FOTMD.

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
06/26/18 09:20:21PM
108 posts

What Are You Working On?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Ken H        It is looking awesome. Can't wait to see it finished.

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
06/19/18 08:27:40PM
108 posts

The Positive Thread...


OFF TOPIC discussions

Awesome news. So glad to hear that you are healing. Those saws can take a nasty bite when they get angry.

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
06/16/18 10:04:57AM
108 posts

Favorite noter?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I really like bamboo for a noter. A very nice thing is that one can get the diameter desired without any woodworking other than cutting to length and sanding or filing away any tiny splinters where it is cut.

Some dulcimers' fretboards are too low for me as I hold my noter underhand and drag my knuckles on the top of the dulcimer. So do I restrict myself to custom-made dulcimers (I wish) with a taller fretboard or do I improvise?

The dulcimer budget runs thin after a while so I improvised. I made what I call a stacked noter of bamboo. It works for me on the lower fretboards and is considerably cheaper than a custom-made dulcimer.


Custom Stacked Noter.jpg Custom Stacked Noter.jpg - 96KB
Richard Streib
@richard-streib
06/15/18 06:54:21PM
108 posts

fret markers.


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I have not used them on a dulcimer. On paper they stay on well so long as the page is not handled multiple times per day. On the dulcimer I would not think there would be any kind of consistent "trauma" to them to dislodge them. When the time comes to remove them permanently some lemon oil will remove the vestiges of the sticky glue.

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
06/15/18 06:48:50PM
108 posts

fret markers.


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Avery Dennison, the label company, makes some removeable labels. You could get some and cut whatever shape you want. If you want circles use a hole punch, then use the "waste" dots for your markers.

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
06/02/18 09:34:58PM
108 posts

Favorite noter?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Sandi,

Our tastes change and methods may change over time. Sometimes we add something different. Sometimes we change to a different way of playing. How wonderful the versatility of this special instrument which we all love.

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
06/02/18 07:44:58PM
108 posts

Favorite noter?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Sandi,

That little Wren sounds might good. Liked your playing

 

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
06/01/18 08:53:05PM
108 posts

Favorite noter?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Glad you got the noters and like them. One of the members here turned me on to using bamboo or river cane as some call it.

Do you like your Feather dulcimer? Thinking about Jay model from Peter. It will fit in my motorcycle trike trunk.

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
05/30/18 11:43:24AM
108 posts

Warren May, McSpadden, Blue Lion?????


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

I concur with Ken and Kusani. The sound and feel of every dulcimer can be very personal and fit one player better than another. It would be best to try the one you wish to purchase before spending the money. That is not always as practical as one would wish. Even 2 identical custom-made instruments by the same builder can sound a bit different played side by side.

I have owned/played McSpadden and Blue Lion. They are both excellent and sound great. But they are worlds apart in sound, not at all in a negative way: just different.  I like the sound of Warren May's dulcimers but have only strummed one in his store in Berea, never owned one.

Blue Lion sometimes has a vendor space at some festivals and sometimes there are McSpadden resellers/dealers at some festivals so that may be an option for trying each of those. I do not know if Warren sells at festivals or not. I know the last festival I attended had a couple of people come by just to shop the vendors though they did not register for the festival.

Deciding on another dulcimer is always a process and the careful buyer weighs lots of factors over time to make the best decision. If only one could buy all three and then decide and send the others back.

Best wishes on making your decision.

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