Forum Activity for @riksgewijs

Riksgewijs
@riksgewijs
06/10/19 03:08:13PM
11 posts

Introduce Yourself!


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Ken Hulme:

Riksgewijs  --  Welcome to the group!!!

A Trossingen Lyre?  Congratulations!  Did you include all that wonderful kolrose carving found on the original?  Here's a photo of an Oberflacht 84 replica that I made, with kolrose carvings of a pair of Pictish Beasts.

Oberflacht 84 Lyre.JPG

Many thanks for the warm welcome. 

Yes, this is the one. But the one on you're picture is not quite a trossinger. I has made a page about my lyre. This one i build to last on renaissance markts. So it can have a beating and handle some rain. but the shape and collrossing and looks ar spot on. 

I also made a view recordings. You can find them also on the site and my you-tube channel. 

Hope you will enjoy. 

Riks-Gewijs website, click here

 


updated by @riksgewijs: 06/10/19 03:09:39PM
Riksgewijs
@riksgewijs
05/22/19 04:31:49PM
11 posts

Introduce Yourself!


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Let's introduce myself. 

My name is Rik and married. And I live in Holland and no, not in Amsterdam. Just a regular guy. I am a bike repair specialist and self employed. So I don't have a lot of free time. But the time of my business is my own. So I like to build instruments and model ships. I love to work with my hands and create things. So I am not very musical. I did played the guitar once a tiny bit. Blues and a little bleusrock. 

Now I am playing my own handbuild Lyre. It's a replica of the trossinger lyre. Found in a German Celtic Warrior grave. 

And that's how I met the Dulcimer. Found a view on pinterest when I was surging for more information on a French Lire I would build. Curios I wanted to hear the Dulcimer and on YouTube I found a lot examples. Do you know the feeling "I am home?" Think you know Jessica Comeau, I hear her on the dulcimer. Well that was that. Bought a cheap one. And started to fiddleling around. And really liked to play. The home feeling got only stronger. 

I do try to play almost every evening for a bit. And in the weekends. It's the joy to play what counts for me. I am not trying to be good. 

Now i have an account on Patreon and follow the lessons from Brett Ridgeway and Bing Futch. And yes I do donate for there work. I think it's important to contribute there effords. 

So I hope you know me a little better now. And I try to correspond on this way and to find other players just like me. 

I like to play the old traditional tunes in flatpicking style. 

 

With many greetings from Holland, 

Rik

Riksgewijs
@riksgewijs
05/22/19 04:14:35PM
11 posts

"Angel" Will Singleton Replica


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

John C. Knopf:

Yes, here is a photo of the original in Lexington, Kentucky.  The folksinger John Jacob Niles altered the fret pattern, but I used the normal diatonic pattern for my replica.

That's a real nice one. Tryed to find it on youtube, but couldn't find it so quick. Thank you for sharing. 

 

 

Riksgewijs
@riksgewijs
05/22/19 02:41:34PM
11 posts

"Angel" Will Singleton Replica


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

Wow what a beautyfull instrument. Do you have a picture of the original? 

Riksgewijs
@riksgewijs
05/22/19 02:27:08PM
11 posts

Buying in Europe


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

Ariane:

I am happy to hear that you have followed my suggestion to contact Martin of the German dulcimer shop in Ludwigsburg. I am looking forward to your sound/film example.

Yes I did. What a wonderful guy. He helped me very good. And he took the time for me so I could make the right decission. 

Dusty Turtle:

Congratulations on your dulcimer purchase.  I hope you know that Martin is also a member here.

And even though I am in the US, when I started playing I also relied on videos by Bing Futch and others.

 

Think there ar a lot ho teach themselfs this way. I do like way Brett teach. 

tssfulk:

Nice! We need more dulcimer players in Europe. :) Have fun!

Absolute.. Hope more will follow. 

Strumelia:

I'm happy to hear you wound up getting something you like!  We look forward to getting a peek at what you are up to when you can.  Don't worry about not being an expert player- almost no one is anyway, we mostly play for enjoyment.   :)

This is my way to play. Fun only. No musts. I have to many musts on the job and so on. Playing is relaxing for me. Don't mather what and how long. 

 

I will post a video this weekend i hope. :)

 

Riksgewijs
@riksgewijs
05/20/19 04:20:38PM
11 posts

Buying in Europe


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

Hi Guys. Was a long time, but I do find a nice Dulcimer. I bought one in Germany.  http://www.dulcimer-online.de/

I bought this type.  https://www.dulcimershop.de/konzertdulcimer.html

I would thank you all for youre kind help and as you can see. It wasn't for nothing. Now I am teaching myself to play. With the help of Brett Ridgeway and Bing Futch Because They have online lessons. I pay for these lessons on Patreon. Wonderfull website. We don't have that in the Netherlands. 

I will post a little picture and a sound/film example. But don't judge my abillitys. I am a student and learning. :) 

 


updated by @riksgewijs: 05/20/19 04:20:50PM
Riksgewijs
@riksgewijs
02/14/19 03:15:06PM
11 posts

Buying in Europe


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

Strumelia:

Sounds like you play chord style?  If so, best to avoid dulcimers that are specifically designed for noter drone style playing, as someone with big hands playing in chord style might find the fretboard too slender for comfort.

Thank you, I couldn't say this in this way, but that's exactly what I ment. I am Dutch and my Englisch is not my native language. 

Judith:

Agreed re Robin Clark and Bird Rock dulcimers.  In the UK there is also Revels Music to try - mainly second hand dulcimers but some new and all with very detailed descriptions and measurements.

 

Thank You, gating a peak there also. 

Why are those shops so hard to find? I am pretty good with googling? 

 

Riksgewijs
@riksgewijs
02/13/19 04:15:49PM
11 posts

Buying in Europe


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

Hello Benjimer. Many thanks. I got your point  so I will measure whati have now becouse i can see if its different with my cheap duclimer. And thank you for the clear aanswer  

Riksgewijs
@riksgewijs
02/12/19 03:33:07PM
11 posts

Buying in Europe


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

Thank you all. 

Did look at the shops and now it's making a choice. I did look at the Mc spadden Dulcimers but now I did see The Folkcraft Dulcimers. Can anyone tell me the difference about them. I mean how the playebillity is. Not so much the quality. 

 For example; I have big hands. And think it's nice if the strings are a bit wider. Due to my big hands it nicer to play if the strings are wider than narrower together. 

 

Riksgewijs
@riksgewijs
02/10/19 11:50:34AM
11 posts

Buying in Europe


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

Hi Bob, 

I did check him out. Took a while, because there is no r in the name. :)  Ian Duthie 

Found him on this forum while surging. 

thanks, but he build them private. Hope for another sugestion. Many thanks for this one. 

Riksgewijs
@riksgewijs
02/10/19 10:02:52AM
11 posts

Buying in Europe


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

Hello, not everybody know me. I was a little quiet and shy. But I am searching for a good mountain Dulcimer. I play for half a year now. And decided to buy a good build dulcimer. I have got a cheap student model and converted it a little so it sound quite reaseneble. My thoughts are about a Mc spadden or maybe something in the same quality.

 

But now the problem… I live in the Netherlands. And in my search I can't find a reseller nearby the Netherlands or in the Netherlands. So I searched in the USA but then the shipment is the next problem.

 

So does anyone know something to go on from where I am now?

With friendly regards,

Rik