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Richard Streib
@richard-streib
11/21/20 08:43:24PM
128 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
128 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
128 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
128 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
128 posts

New Dulcimore Stand


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

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
10/07/20 08:42:35PM
128 posts

Updated website for Knopf Dulcimers


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Really like your updated website John. Looks awesome.

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
07/12/20 03:24:24PM
128 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
128 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
128 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
128 posts

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


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

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
128 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
128 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.

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
01/28/20 08:11:27PM
128 posts

My dulcimers stay out all of the time


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Why put them away? Mine are out on instrument stands in the area where I play, usually daily.

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
01/05/20 07:14:39PM
128 posts

North Carolina dulcimers getting media attention


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Ken Longfield:

Thanks, Dusty. I enjoyed the video and was impressed that the group took the songs at a nice even pace (slowly).

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

It was a beautiful execution of the songs and as Ken says at slow pace. Very refreshing.

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
11/14/19 06:57:57PM
128 posts

Have you met other FOTMD's in real life and become friends?


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Yes. Berea the last 2 years was great. I count all those there among my many dulcimer friends. Thanks for FOTMD which allowed the organizers the forum to put that event together in 2018 and 2019. Looking forward to Berea 2020.

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
11/04/19 10:35:56AM
128 posts

Fair price for a 2003 McSpadden


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Staylor, I'd advertise it here on FOTMD and ask $325.00 with the understanding you may need to negotiate down a bit. I think it is easily worth that amount. Many times McSpaddens sell more quickly than others and with Christmas approaching some dulcimer player here may be wanting his or her Santa to bring them a nice dulcimer. It may be one of those that takes a month or more to sell. Just be patient. If this does not bring success you always can see if the Dulcimer Shoppe in Mountain View will consign it for you. That is so nice of you to help out your friends. So many times nice dulcimers can be bought for almost nothing because people do not know their value. Then some sellers who don't know their value price them as if they are a Strativarius. Best wishes moving it for your friends.

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
10/18/19 01:26:36PM
128 posts

Fair price for a 2003 McSpadden


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I did not see your post before I entered my comments. If you like it and can get it at $250'ish I'd jump all over it.

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
10/18/19 01:20:37PM
128 posts

Fair price for a 2003 McSpadden


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I would concur with a price of $250 to $300 (as Banjimmer suggested) provided it is in good shape and your description suggests that it is. One factor a savvy buyer would want to know is how it has been cared for, particularly how it was stored. Was it in a rental storage unit without thermal control, in a damp basement, in an attic space? If you have that information, it may be helpful. Temperature and humidity excesses in either direction are not healthy for a fine musical instrument.

Would you want to post pictures here?

Had you considered asking your friends if you could advertise it for sale on this site? That may bring a better price than an estate sale.

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
10/02/19 06:52:33PM
128 posts

Tell us about your VERY FIRST dulcimer


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

[quote="PaulinPhoenix"]

My "very first" dulcimer was actually six dulcimers.  I spent a summer in West Virginia many decades ago and heard my first dulcimer played on an old front porch by an equally old and delightful lady who was regarded as the matriarch of the town (the name of the town and her surname were the same - it was founded by her ancestors). 

What a wonderful story. You are fortunate to have that collection of dulcimers.

 

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
09/03/19 03:18:22PM
128 posts

Show Us Your Pets!


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What a beautiful and charming kitten. I know you will enjoy her in  your life.

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
08/11/19 06:57:58PM
128 posts

Tell us about your VERY FIRST dulcimer


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Kim, how exciting that you are investigating your family history. I enjoy learning about the early dulcimers and builders. I really like the traditional sound.

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
07/10/19 08:23:55PM
128 posts

Restringing advice


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The notes are the letters A through G, then begin again with A. There are some sharps and flats along the way as well.

Depending upon which note you start with, the tuner will show D, then E, then F, then F#, then G, G# and A. Be sure to only turn the tuning peg when the string is vibrating.

Hope this helps.

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
05/18/19 10:49:33PM
128 posts

Strings to use on newly acquired dulcimer


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Strings are not expensive. As Robin states, try a set and change back and forth and see which ones suit you and your playing style. You should be able to find some which will tolerate moving between DAA and DAd and be quite satisfactory in sound in either mode.

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
05/10/19 11:01:49AM
128 posts

Berea Gathering Attendees


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It's going to be a wonderful time. Looking forward to seeing many of you there.

Richard Streib
@richard-streib
05/07/19 04:58:13PM
128 posts

Folkcraft FSH or CSH Measurement Help


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Susie

If you don't get some responses, the Folkcraft folks are great to deal with. They will answer the phone or call back if you need to leave a message.

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

New player / New purchase


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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
128 posts

New player / New purchase


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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
128 posts

Playing again after losing all my dulcimers


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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
128 posts

Show Us Your Pets!


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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
128 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
128 posts

Builder Jim Trantham


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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
02/07/19 10:58:53AM
128 posts

Builder Jim Trantham


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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
128 posts

Show Us Your Pets!


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Nice looking cats Strumelia. Thanks for sharing.

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