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IRENE
@irene
08/29/21 08:53:56AM
167 posts

worldwide Play Music on the Porch Day


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Carla, that is just wonderful and fun and darling little doggie and background.  I hope you play more on the porch with this fun guy more often then once a year.   oh happy day.   aloha, irene

IRENE
@irene
08/28/21 10:55:55PM
167 posts

worldwide Play Music on the Porch Day


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Dusty, I'm sorry for that terrible fire in California.   here in Nauvoo, Illinois, I live on the Mississippi, we hardly see the sun go down in pure bright color, but it gets caught up in the smoke all the way here.   boooooooo.  And Ken, I was looking for your video....but cute photo anyway and I like the deepness of that dulcimer.   I got out on my porch this evening and had a granddaughter take a video of me on a dulcimer I made.......... on my phone.   Still I don't know how to load it on this site.   I'll go to FAQ and see if I can figure it out.   aloha, irene

IRENE
@irene
01/23/21 03:23:09AM
167 posts

Jon Pickow's last performance


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I was soooooo touched by this music and playing and just two days before passing.....precious for his family.  I truely loved how he played a counter melody while singing that song so meaningfully.  thank you so much for posting.  aloha, irene

IRENE
@irene
12/16/20 09:11:50AM
167 posts

Just received a John A Maxwell


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yeah, I also do so much agree with what Dusty and Ken said here.   It all depends on what you're going to use this dulcimer for.   Keeping things original is wonderful for the collectors out there, even if it be you.   Start preparing a wall or other fun ways to display your accumulating dulcimers.  Keeping the history of where you got them and what you did to restore them to their glory.   aloha, irene

IRENE
@irene
12/15/20 10:36:15PM
167 posts

Just received a John A Maxwell


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very cool Nathina.   I know I love to see the "before and after" photos of all  kinds of job but especially musical instruments.   I got some PERFECTION PLANETARY PEGS for the next one I'm going to make.  you might like to research that in this site and elsewhere.   aloha, irene

IRENE
@irene
12/01/20 09:47:32AM
167 posts

Is this a capritaurus?


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ahhhhhhhh, well now, if it's a kit, anything can go....especially if it's an unexperienced wood worker.  If your money is involved in buying a dulcimer from ebay, look for EVERYTHING you can see.  and then trust your gut feeling.  If it turns out to be something that doesn't play very good, then use it as a loaner to someone that wants to try it for a while.   If it turns out that you can make it play IN TUNE, more better.  It's all a learning game and exciting to say the least.  aloha, irene

IRENE
@irene
11/30/20 10:02:32PM
167 posts

Is this a capritaurus?


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If one looks for flaws, one can find them always.   I sapose whatever we focus on, we will find and see.   I see a beautiful older instrument that I bet sounds really good and learning to play it with others and share your talents with others will be the joy of this instrument.   Someday this stupid covid stuffs will be in the past and festivals and gatherings will be soooooooooo much more fun.   This instrument will have joy to in being played by you and a good one to take to the up coming music gatherings. I sure do hope to meet you at one of these!!   aloha, irene

IRENE
@irene
11/27/20 10:34:20PM
167 posts

McSpadden v. Folkcraft?


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Nathina, woah, you are so cool to figure how to download a program on phone and then up it on here.   and your dulcimer is simply beautiful.   Lovely mellow sound and it will be fun when you figure how to show us you playing your lovely.  aloha, irene

IRENE
@irene
11/27/20 12:23:01PM
167 posts

Action is too low


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Yeah on the question, Yeah on the answers and Yeah for us learning lots here.   Happy winter playing to all of you.  aloha, irene

IRENE
@irene
11/26/20 10:30:40PM
167 posts

What's fer dinner?


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Nathina, I'm loving your humor.   tiniest turkey I've ever seen.   and Lois.  some meal for sure....errrrrrrrrrrrrr. I hope your husband gets better really soon!!   And for me, I have a son that's moved to Nauvoo, Illinois with his wife and little girl age 4.   then an older granddaughter has come to live with me until she gets her mission call.   A wonderfully musical girl with many talents.   I have sooooooooo much to be thankful for!!!

For dinner, my son Semisi used the same umu pit that my husband built and we put a 20# turkey and other foods in and 3 hours later took it out and the meat falls off the bones.  A UMU PIT is dug to cook the food in.   In Tonga and Polynesia, the men do much of the cooking.   wood is laid down in the pit and then lava rocks.   Fire is kept up to get those rocks HOT (like a bad word) and the the food is put in.   In the mainland, I wrap the food in foil and in some foil pans.   A cool surprise this year is that the close by green house had some banana trees and the supervisor gave Semisi banana leaves to cover the umu with.   YEAH....then the big leaves over it, big gunny sacks and LOTS of dirt.   No steam escaping.  3 hours later, food perfectly done and hot.   

DELISHOUS. Daughter in law made lovely pies and everything was wonderful.   aloha, irene

IRENE
@irene
11/26/20 10:17:08PM
167 posts

Action is too low


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Well, I've filed frets, but you need to talk to the maker of this dulcimer.  You might need to raise the bridge and I suggest that before you go a filing frets down.   The nickel deal is just a suggestion. You might need raise the bridge.  If this is a brand new dulcimer, let's see what others have to say here.   aloha, irene

IRENE
@irene
11/23/20 11:24:05PM
167 posts

Native American Flutes


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

WOAH, did this post take me on an adventure.   I have just bought a HIGH SPIRITS native American flute and love the lowness of the E.   I sapose I should have gotten a "entry level" A.   but loved the sound and look of this one I got in Hannibal, MO. (big Native American store, been there for 32 years) I've been thinking about this for about 20 years.   well, not getting any younger....So when this post came up....I've done some exploring and it's just begun.   Thanks for the info herein.  Love the case you made as well.   aloha, irene

IRENE
@irene
11/23/20 09:55:54PM
167 posts

How to re-glue a bridge


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oh oh....Maybe the bridge was supposed to be movable!!!!!   I NEVER glue my bridges down.   I adjust intonation of my dulcimers by making my bridges FLOATING.   I know there's been discussions on this before.   And I know that some ONLY glue them down or make a little trough to set the bridge in.   However, when I've found these old home made dulcimers and fixed 'em up......OFTEN that little trough is way off and that dulcimer was never in tune.  Before you glue it down, string up the dulcimer.  The strings will hold that floating bridge down.  Using a app on your phone or a tuner....... On the lowest string first pluck it to a D or C........ THEN pluck the 7th fret.  If it is a perfect octave, your bridge is in the right place.   I go even further to see if the 14th fret is 2 octaves perfect.  Now if it's SHARP, lower your floating bridge by moving it away from the top of the dulcimer.   If's it's FLAT, move that floating bridge up.   ALL IN TINY MOVES.   Now you can do that with each string after that.  Sometimes you'll have the bridge too high....sometimes too low.  And as we've talked on here before.   Your string height up at the NUT of the dulcimer should be close to a DIME (money) distance.   Down at the lower strumming part of the strings, it should be about a Nickle's worth of distance from fret wire to the string.  

I read this over and over, I sure hope this is clear.   Please anyone help correct me if this doen't make sense.  I've loved it when I've made fixed bridges on repair dulcimers become floating bridges.  I "think" I hear the dulcimer say, "whew, finally I'm in tune!!" The dulcimer surely has a sweet tone when they are IN TUNE!!   aloha, irene

IRENE
@irene
11/23/20 01:58:53PM
167 posts

No wonder everyone has more than one.


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

The first OLD PAL music festival I went to in Palestine, Texas 4 years ago one guy said to me..."the key of D is the same in Dad or Daa, so just play your noter style and we'll do our chording"   What a wonderful time I had.  That was my first dulcimer festival.  I sure hope we can meet in 2021.  aloha, irene

IRENE
@irene
11/22/20 10:33:28PM
167 posts

No wonder everyone has more than one.


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

yep, many of us have more then one dulcimer.   I make them and sell them sometimes.   I also have fun finding them all sad and neglected in some antique store or elsewhere.   I bring 'em home and fix 'em up and loan 'em out to folks that would like to learn.   soooooooooooo fun.   So yep.  I have them tuned in Daa and Cgg and minor tunings.  It's fun to have more then one.   good excuse to look for another one for you.   oooooooooooooops, aloha, irene

IRENE
@irene
11/14/20 12:13:57AM
167 posts

Can Anyone Identify the maker of this dulcimer.


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Did you try to play it?   Just a beautiful dulcimer.   Were you able to look inside the holes to see if someone wrote their name on it.   What were they asking for it....that is if it was for sale?   cool case how they adjusted it to fit somehow IN the case.  

aloha, irene

IRENE
@irene
10/18/20 09:45:32PM
167 posts

New Dulcimore Stand


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

That's a great set up.   laughing on your comment, "No, the dulcimore don't stay in front of the fireplace, just long enough to pose for the picture."   happy playing....and quick to grab one and play some tunes.   aloha, irene  

IRENE
@irene
10/17/20 11:29:51PM
167 posts

Early CapriTaurus Dulcimer


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ahhhhhhhhhhhh, come on.............where did you got this instrument of beauty?  Surely it has a story.  I've come back from my "girls trip" to California and went into quite a few thrift shops.....Chico, CA has the best Farmer's Market I've been to.  yep, I was looking for some dulcimer, but found a alto wood recorder for $2.00 and looked it up on line and it's worth $300.00 so I did a good score there.   Treasures everywhere right?  So glad to be back home and enjoying this larger computer instead of my phone.  aloha, irene

IRENE
@irene
09/17/20 09:53:39PM
167 posts

Hurricane Sally


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wow, I've been following the fires in the West that I didn't know there was a hurricane SALLY mind you.   I thought this was going to be a new tune on the dulcimer.  I'm grateful that Jessica made it through.   aloha, irene

IRENE
@irene
09/12/20 09:32:17PM
167 posts

Contra dancing :)


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Are you the one with the Celt?   such fun dancing.  

IRENE
@irene
08/30/20 11:59:42PM
167 posts

worldwide Play Music on the Porch Day


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Been finishing up dulcimer #48 and at the end of the day, remembered.   Grabbed my dulcimer and headed into Nauvoo to play for my friend that is going into a big cancer operation and we're all praying that he makes it.   I called and said he could stay inside and I play on his porch.   So I started my phone to record it, and handed it to his wife that was outside to take a photo.   hrumph.   All I got on the phone was a 2 second record playing that I was on......repeat.   ha ha ha.   but my friend and his wife enjoyed me playing for them.  A perfect day here as the sun went down on the porch.   Maybe NEXT YEAR, I'll be able to get my whole act together and have someone else record it.  or at least take one photo.....I'm grateful I got to do this for my friend.   He requested old 60's songs and yeah, I know those too.  aloha, irene

IRENE
@irene
08/17/20 10:51:47PM
167 posts

If I Had a Hammer (dulcimer) but no left-hand


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

I've had my hammered dulcimer from the time I made my first harp in 1988.   I tole painted beautiful birds on it.  I play a few tunes on it and that's it.   NOW is the time for me to learn more and be serious about it.   Thanks for this part of the discussion. I've sent for Kendra Ward's book on playing the H.D. and that also should be a start.   I'm thinking that maybe I'll sign up for lessons on line somewhere.   aloha, irene

IRENE
@irene
08/15/20 11:37:56PM
167 posts

Glass Bottle Resonator Dulcimer


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Hey Nate, there are LOTS of dulcimer players in Oregon.  but then again, I don't know where you live.   yep, a didly bow is a very cool thing for sure.   I like your creativity and I hope you do keep experimenting.  This song was played very nicely.   thank you.   aloha, irene

IRENE
@irene
06/07/20 05:57:14PM
167 posts

How is the COVID-19 coronavirus affecting you?


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FABULOUS write up Strumelia.    just loved all of it.   thank you for putting a possitive spin on this while time in American History, for that matter, world history.   Getting back to just the smallest of trivials....the vanilla bottle leaking and all gone when you went to get it.   aloha, irene

IRENE
@irene
06/04/20 11:14:15PM
167 posts

What Are You Working On?


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I'm finishing up a 15 string plucked psaltery with decorations.   I gave my #25 plucked psaltery to my two little grandsons that came here with their daddy and they left today.   We made two canjo's for them.  One is 3 and the other is 8.   both could play both instruments.  sooooooooooooo fun.  aloha, irene

IRENE
@irene
05/16/20 02:20:11PM
167 posts

Tips what do you bring when traveling with your dulcimer?


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ahhhhhhh, another good learning post thread.    THANKS LOADS.   and that screwdriver and wirecutters are both things that I've forgotten.  ahhhhhhhh, storing in cases our dulcimers.   Well, I can see that too....However, I've made all my cases and they are material with a thick lining on the inside.   Mostly for traveling and getting them on airplanes and such.   Never been turned down bringing my dulcimer....the scroll head pokes out.  Easy to see that's it's an instrument.  The last trip from Hawaii, it was stored in the same closet that the pilot puts his coat.   nice.  aloha, irene

IRENE
@irene
05/16/20 12:08:12AM
167 posts

Tips what do you bring when traveling with your dulcimer?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I hope you have a case for your dulcimer as all that traveling in a car and then on the boat.  If it's an ocean you'll be living on.....stuff gets rusty and Dulcimer might swell a little being the humidity might be higher on the boat.   Where will you be going?   Not Hawaii?   (wishing)  aloha, irene

IRENE
@irene
05/09/20 11:29:47PM
167 posts

VSL Breakpoint Angles, Radiuses, and Excess String Lengths


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I LOVED THIS DISCUSSION.....makes my mother's day happy.  Skip, Now I have a new name for that whatjajigger at the top and that thingamajig....great name for the bridge.  yep, I look at sites that have "walkabout dulicmers".   very beautiful instruments, but they are not dulcimers.   BUT then we could end up talking story ALL NIGHT about what is and what is not a dulcimer or dulcimore.......modern or traditional....Southern or Western....or just throw an apple at ya.  Thanks for all your comments and I learn a whole lot from ya all.   aloha, irene

IRENE
@irene
05/05/20 09:33:32PM
167 posts

Is the strumhollow redundant?


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Thanks Lois.   Well, I can see folks playing here and on youtube....playing on the 12 fret or there abouts....with using their hand and not a pick, then the sweet tone is there for sure.  I watch Kendra Ward play, always in the strum hollow....she uses a corset stay.....that would make a quick mess of fret boards up higher.  I can also see that's it's  a bit hard when it's on the lap.....so the flappty flap flap is copied.  Tell me how you can play with a pick and NOT get that flappy flap flap?  It's great percussion, but I don't want percussion on all my music with the dulcimore.   As others have said many times here, there's no right or wrong way to play a dulcimore....there's just  the joy of playing music alone or with others.  So thank you other lutherers out there that made a strum hollow....I use 'em.  aloha, irene

IRENE
@irene
05/04/20 11:40:27PM
167 posts

Dulcimer String Anchor Pins


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Grateful for the place to order the brass pins, thanks John.  and a beautiful job of how to hide the ball end of a string.   There are a lot of ways of tying those strings down.....but a stick out with all of 'em attached to one is not a good solution.   aloha, irene

IRENE
@irene
05/04/20 12:08:46AM
167 posts

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


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

yep, Steven, I'm with you on that.   However, during this Plandemic, I've loved the hymns most of all and Tomasi, my husband, playing the autoharp with me.   There's one I've been working on...........COME HOME.  although I'm already muchly at home............I love playing my newest dulcimer that is all cherry wood and I'd sent the peg head to a carving son that lives in Maui, he carved a beautiful scroll head for me and this is a bright sounding dulcimer.  Still, I love my big Box dulcimer that is so very mellow.....aloha, irene

IRENE
@irene
05/03/20 11:55:14PM
167 posts

Finish


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WOW, another interesting and thoughtful post.   yep, I've tried several kinds of finish.   On my harps and other instruments I've used OLD DAD'S wipe on finish and I loved that.   Easy to put on, to touch up and all.  then they went out of business.  I then went to General Finishes (Oil based) Gel Topcoat Satin.   I also noticed that too many coats seemed to lessen the sound.   So 3 is about my limit and very thin coats.  My brother introduced to some water based finish that dried in an hour........and I didn't like it all....but it was a trial on the one that I had with me there.   I'm going to sand that one down and try something else.   When in Hawaii in the month of Feb.....I made two dulcimers and got what Bob suggested Minwax wipe on Poly.   I like that very much.....3 thin coats is all that is necessary.   Who was it in Berea that said they often didn't have any varnish or paint on the early ones?   and it's very very true, all of these instruments need time to develop their sound.....the little tiny air pockets need to be filled with sound and sing.   There has been studies on instruments that ARE NOT PLAYED and they do lose their musicality.  It's so fun to play an instrument, and have the other instruments I have around me do some sounding simpathetically. aloha, irene

IRENE
@irene
05/03/20 11:33:39PM
167 posts

Is the strumhollow redundant?


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Well, now, I must say something here.   Being that I had NO ONE to teach me in Hawaii 35+ years ago, I learned from Jean Richie's books.   Then when I met some wonderful folks in Southern Oregon 20 years ago.....they played all over like you talk about here.   Weird for me....I didn't like the FLAP FLAPITY FLAP with the picks on the fret board. I really LIKE playing at the strum hole.   HOWEVER, I've also watched so many videos on this site and those that play without picks and with chording..............finger dancing all the way.....I love the sound as well.   It's that FLAP FLAPTIY FLAP....and maybe only for me.............distracts from the beautiful melodies and or chords folks use when they play.  Yes, Ken, there is a sweet sound in the middle....but I often play way up high on the fret board....so for me............I stick to playing at the strum hollow.   aloha, irene

IRENE
@irene
04/14/20 03:19:19PM
167 posts

How is the COVID-19 coronavirus affecting you?


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Strumelia, I've found that living in my small town it is the same.   I'm so grateful to live here.  Someone heard we were out of firewood and brought over a big bunch and we're more then warmed by it.  and Lois, what a crack up of a song.   THANKS.   aloha, irene

IRENE
@irene
04/08/20 02:30:34PM
167 posts

Whatever happened to singing?


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this site puts life into perspective and brings a great laugh....thanks Terry....not tupid......just engaged in listening.  hummmmmmmm, gotta look up that song Antioch Church Choir.

aloha, irene

IRENE
@irene
04/07/20 10:47:32PM
167 posts

Whatever happened to singing?


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I'm smiling reading all that is said here.  What a joy to read after reading for days about this CD-19.  I love this site, oooooooooooops, I've said that before.   Singing.  My mother would carry her Martin ukulele in the car, even with it's original case and we as a family would sing together many miles on the road.   My parents had wonderful voices and I learned a lot of old songs and my brother as well.  We get together and SING....and when looking for a man to marry, I had on the top of my list, "he has to carry a tune".....yep.   Married 55 years and 14 children.  All sing and play instruments.  We've loved singing as a family and with others and with our instruments.  Lisa, loved the story of the banjo boy.....

When I've had others come to my house and we have "learning sessions" on the dulcimer....I've had several great singers and others that were just finding their voices.   One used to sing in the Tabernacle Choir and we were in AWE when she'd sing with the dulcimer.   Other women that I've known that have sung in the Tab. Choir have said that a "woman's voice is not developed fully until after the age of 40."  So that should be encouraging to folks that start later on in life.  

When you sing, you develop better breathing, better posture, your body has harmony within.   It need not be perfect, just SING.   Find words to songs you want to learn, write 'em down and put them at the sink where you do dishes.  I have many stories about learning to sing....aloha, irene

IRENE
@irene
04/02/20 09:55:19PM
167 posts

How is the COVID-19 coronavirus affecting you?


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I just love reading all that has been written here.  SMILING.  Today watched the first barges on the grand Mississippi.  drove into Nauvoo to have someone put in my car 40# of wonderful fresh chicken breasts.  I'm canning all that now.  I'll save the last batch for tomorrow.   whew.  On that dulcimer, not worth saving.  but is sure has me thinking how I might make a box dulcimer out of aromic cedar wood.   I know it has a tendency to crack....so I'd reinforce the inside of the top and the bottom.  hummmmmmm. creative juices are COOKING like my canned chicken.  ha ha.  Lots of wildlife around here too and I sooooooo love the froggies and critters making their orchestra in the little marsh in front of my house.  I'm making this into a good time....as best I can.   Still miss being with friends and making music together.  aloha, irene

IRENE
@irene
03/29/20 10:08:02PM
167 posts

How is the COVID-19 coronavirus affecting you?


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I have now been home for 2 weeks and 2 days.   Missing friends and such, I have my sweetheart.   I had someone come and light the pilot light in my shop so I could create in there without freezing out.   I have an all cherrywood dulcimer under the varnish now and tomorrow I'll "steal" 4 banjo machine pegs from a junk dulcimer.  I think I'll do as Bob Gerard did....burn it.   I paid only $40.00 and it's not even worth that.  ha.  I'm always excited to create things and to have more time to do this is GREAT.   My mother used to sing some ditty of a song to me and I just thought she made it up...till I found that it's a real song.  "Accentuate the possitive, eleminate the negaitve, latch onto the affirmitive and don't mess with Mr. Inbetween."  Her age went through the great depression.   We may too, I think I'll look at those old songs on youtube again as some of the best positive lyrics with great music came from the depression era.  Prayer can get us through anything.  aloha, irene

IRENE
@irene
03/29/20 09:16:47PM
167 posts

What's the deal with Aquavinas?


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WOAH, I loved your playing and demo.  I loved that you created such an instrument and most of all.....I loved that you made this video that we could see your smiling face.   NO KIDDING.  you are a creative man that will do many things in your life.   Keep creating and experimenting and show us all along the journey.  I like it even without the water at all....I'd be concerned with water getting on my woodwork and varnish and all that "jazz".  Thanks for sharing with us all.   aloha, irene

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