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Paula Brawdy
@paula-brawdy
10/26/21 03:50:21PM
51 posts

Cedar soundboards


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What is the advantage and disadvantage of cedar soundboards?  I don't see cedar being used much, and am considering a dulcimer with one.  thanks!

Paula Brawdy
@paula-brawdy
10/22/21 10:01:42AM
51 posts

Simerman Dulcimers


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I have a question on Simerman dulcimers.    i have heard his later models.    Are his early models say the first year he built, as good as the later models?    

Paula Brawdy
@paula-brawdy
06/02/20 05:08:38PM
51 posts

Changing setup from left to right handed


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Thanks Ken, I was thinking that may be the case... and probably not something I can do.   I will contact Modern Mtn and see if they can send them if they are really all precision made and don't vary, then maybe it's possible to get the nut and bridges...  

Paula Brawdy
@paula-brawdy
06/02/20 03:34:15PM
51 posts

Changing setup from left to right handed


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I am considering a used modern mtn Dulcimer that was set up as a left handed Dulcimer.  To change it to right handed  how much to you have to change on nut and bridge?  Is it easy to do? 

Paula Brawdy
@paula-brawdy
03/31/20 08:01:33PM
51 posts

Tab for Deep Ellum Blues


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Does anyone have tab for this tune?   thanks!    

Paula Brawdy
@paula-brawdy
12/28/19 06:55:43AM
51 posts

Tuning a Banjo into a mountain dulcimer


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Has anyone ever retuned a banjo into  mountain dulcimer tuning?

Paula Brawdy
@paula-brawdy
04/08/18 05:50:10AM
51 posts

Boys of Wexford and Banish Misfortune


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Thank you so much Dusty for the tab for Boys of Wexford , I will try it out and let you know... not home much today but sometime this week!  and thanks to Ken for pointing me to Banish Misfortune tab!   You guys are great

Paula Brawdy
@paula-brawdy
04/07/18 05:05:04PM
51 posts

Boys of Wexford and Banish Misfortune


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I would love to find mtn dulcimer tab for the Boys of Wexford and banish misfortune...I think they are traditional tunes... Does anyone have these tunes... I have been listening to Leo Kretzner play them on youtube!


updated by @paula-brawdy: 02/24/20 09:39:34PM
Paula Brawdy
@paula-brawdy
09/25/17 06:01:39AM
51 posts

Meeting to buy a 2007 mcspadden ginger labeled gwr


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could be just the picture... it's hard to take pictures in the house is my experience... you can't really go wrong with a mcspadden.   

Paula Brawdy
@paula-brawdy
05/06/17 04:52:40PM
51 posts

Does size really matter? 28.5 vs 26


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There are more variables and that is the wood...   It also has a volume difference.  

Paula Brawdy
@paula-brawdy
03/10/17 06:58:24PM
51 posts

Most inspiring live workshop/lesson you've ever had?


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Stephen Seiferts 3 day workshops are the best.   He gets down to basics, rhythm, strumming, chords and covers the landscape very well.   Not everyone is a good teacher and a good player.   Stephen Seifert is excellent at both, and a very nice guy on top of that! 

Paula Brawdy
@paula-brawdy
02/15/17 06:43:09AM
51 posts

Gold Tone Dulciborn - thoughts, reviews?


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One additional note to Gale is to purchase one you can see and play... or buy it from someone who sets them up right before selling them... The strings are usually a little high on the original set up and they lower the action if that is the case... I don't know John Hawk who sold one to Jan in the note below, but he may be a possibility for you if you decide to purchase.    You get a lot for your money in this instrument.  Including a nice hard case, a pickup,  etc.

Paula Brawdy
@paula-brawdy
02/15/17 06:41:42AM
51 posts

Gold Tone Dulciborn - thoughts, reviews?


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Jan Potts:

Paula, yes, I'm playing with just one melody string, having removed one of the 2 it came with.  That's the way I usually play (thanks to Don Pedi who first encouraged me 5 years ago to take one off!).  Mine does have a pick up, but I didn't want to go looking for cords and amp, etc., so I just recorded the audio clip using the Voice Recorder on my laptop.

I purchased my Dulciborn from John Hawk, who works really hard at getting the set up just as perfect as possible before bringing them to a venue for sale.  Mine didn't need any extra work when I bought it 3 1/2 years ago.  But I hadn't played it in awhile when I got it out yesterday, and the action did seem higher than what my Gallier has.  When I made the recording I had been noodling around on it for several hours and had gotten "used to it" again.  I know when I bought it back in 2013, I sat and played it for 2 or 3 hrs before deciding to purchase it.  Mine also has a 1.5 fret--which is something I like to have on ALL my dulcimers! 

I am going to remove my one melody string.  I can hear when you play the melody string ring out crisp which I like.    Mine also has the 1.5 fret as well, and I like that too.      Paula

 

 

Paula Brawdy
@paula-brawdy
02/14/17 05:10:26PM
51 posts

Gold Tone Dulciborn - thoughts, reviews?


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Jan Potts:

I have one, love it, but find I don't take it many places because it is so much larger and heavier (in its special case) than the small Gallier A-frame I usually use.  Because you lay it on your lap like a dulcimer and play it from above, you avoid the need to wrap your hand around the head of the instrument, as you would do with a guitar.  When you have arthritis, this may be a movement your hand can no longer do--such was the case for me.  I like that it sounds like a guitar, and I like that I can do fingerpicking on it so easily and I could never do fingerpicking on a guitar!  Yes, it's a hybrid--but so's my Prius! As far as I'm concerned, it combines good things from both instruments.  Here's a rough recording of Loch Lomond showing how it sounds.


https://soundcloud.com/willowgreen-1/loch-lomond



sounds fabulous!!!   Did you have it hooked up to an amp?   Second question, did you take one of the melody strings off?   I can only hear one...I am debating on taking one of mine off as I usually only have one melody string!   Nice job playing this song!!   

Paula Brawdy
@paula-brawdy
02/13/17 05:15:07AM
51 posts

Gold Tone Dulciborn - thoughts, reviews?


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I have one.   I love it...  It does have the 1 1/2 fret added, and was set up by a luthier to make the action at the right height.  They have a very full sound.  They also have a pickup (at least mine does) and so you can plug it into an amp as well.     They are much larger on your lap than a regular dulcimer.  OVerall, fun to play.   I nice addition to your collection, (if you don't have one, you probably will have a collection!)

Paula Brawdy
@paula-brawdy
02/02/17 06:00:47AM
51 posts

Bass String gauge


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Just to clarify, this is not a bass dulcimer... I am just talking about the bass string or lower string...

Paula Brawdy
@paula-brawdy
02/02/17 05:59:37AM
51 posts

Bass String gauge


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On a three string DAD set up... The lower D string -   Just wondered about gauge and sound differences.   I have a 2

Phosphorous Bronze wrap   - 22 to 26 gauge

Steel no wrap   - 22  to 26 gauge

On one of my dulcimers I have the steel and it's nice and smooth and blends well.   On the other identical dulcimer I have the wrapped phosphorous wrap...    

I think the wrapped bronze it a little harder to play... It moves more towards the side of the fretboard, which I don't like, but it is deep sounding.   Not sure it blends as well.. 

 

Just wondered what you all have experienced on this... 

Paula Brawdy
@paula-brawdy
12/14/16 05:42:35PM
51 posts

back up rhythm machines


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Do you have any experience with drum electronic devices or other types that provide backup rhythm

pros ànd cons?


updated by @paula-brawdy: 07/09/18 08:22:10PM
Paula Brawdy
@paula-brawdy
12/05/16 06:47:28AM
51 posts

Quick Release metal capo's


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I have a metal capo with the quick release handle...  My question is how do I set it?  when I put it on the dulcimer, I am never sure whether the metal lever that moves should be down when I set it , or up when I set it and then pushed down...  It seems hard to push down after the capo is screwed on the instrument, and I don't want to force it down for free of damaging the fretboard..  Hopefully I explained this well enough so you can understand what I am asking :)

Paula Brawdy
@paula-brawdy
10/23/16 11:27:06AM
51 posts

sweetwater dulcimers


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Does anyone have an hourglass type dulcimer with a sweetwater label?   I googled to find info but only found the strumstick style.

I thought that and Indiana group made them?    I wondered about the quality and sound quality?    Just wondered what you can tell me.   

Paula Brawdy
@paula-brawdy
10/05/16 11:33:15AM
51 posts

How to create your own mtn dulcimer tab?!


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They don't seem to come with instructions or is there a book you can print?

 

Paula Brawdy
@paula-brawdy
10/05/16 11:27:07AM
51 posts

How to create your own mtn dulcimer tab?!


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Okay, I have songs I want to put into mtn dulcimer tab.  I like the tab that has the regular staff and traditional notes above, and the mtn tab below .  In other words, I would like both...   What program should I use?   tabledit  or ABC or what... I need something ease to use as doing this tries my patience!!

Paula Brawdy
@paula-brawdy
09/30/16 07:15:44AM
51 posts

raising the nut!


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Oh darn!   The next jam is the first saturday in November.   Bob Warner and I looked at it today and we took a metal ruler and it looks like the fretboard has some slight dips in it...  I think they set the action really high to avoid the fret noise due to this.. not sure there is a remedy... unless the frets could come up to be even...   no festivals other than Sharna Tanner is having something in Pinckney, and all day Thursday type annual day...

 

Paula Brawdy
@paula-brawdy
09/29/16 09:46:57PM
51 posts

raising the nut!


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It looks like the fretboard is not level.  Not a good thing and not Sure this can be fixed.  I think that may be why the action was set so high to compensate for this.   

Paula Brawdy
@paula-brawdy
09/29/16 07:34:54AM
51 posts

raising the nut!


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Matt Berg:

Paula,  a few questions first.  Are all the strings hitting the frets?  All the frets or just one or two?  Can you post a picture of the nut and the saddle?  If you are lucky, you just have a loose fret that needs to be reset.  I have had more luck replacing the saddle than replacing the nut.  If the nut is does not appear to be worn or broken, it is likely the problem is with the frets rather than the nut.  Matt

Hi Matt, the mtn dulcimer group meets this saturday at Bob's Barn... Will you be there?  If so I will have the dulcimer there and maybe you would be so kind as to take a look at it...  

Paula Brawdy
@paula-brawdy
09/18/16 05:40:12AM
51 posts

raising the nut!


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Paula Brawdy:
Ken Hulme :

 


First things first.  Have you changed all the strings within living memory Laugh    If not, try that before anything else.


Nuts do not normally need to be raised.  As Matt sez, sometimes a fret needs to be lowered.


As Susie sez, a trip to Elderly would seem to be in your future.  


If the nut does need to be raised, you have to loosen all the strings and see if it will move under finger pressure.  If not, then you use a small (1/4" wooden dowel as a 'driver', along with a hammer, to tap the bridge sideways.  That's the easy way to pop a 'drop of glue' holding the bridge in place.


 



 



Hey Ken,   It does have new strings.  I had a luthier try to set it up at a festival.   The strings are really high over the upper (meaning 7 and higher) frets so I asked him to set it up.  He lowered the bridge and then he said the strings started to hit the frets, so he then put a shim under the bridge.   Now the strings on the higher frets are way high again, and it sounds twangy when you play it...  ugh...   I could take it to Elderly's, I did hear the guy who did all the dulcimer work left.  Not just anyone can work on a dulcimer and do it well.  Not to mention they are not cheap.  However, it probably does need to see a luthier again... as I certainly could mess it up more!   :) 

Paula Brawdy
@paula-brawdy
09/18/16 05:35:06AM
51 posts

raising the nut!


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Ken Hulme:

First things first.  Have you changed all the strings within living memory Laugh    If not, try that before anything else.


Nuts do not normally need to be raised.  As Matt sez, sometimes a fret needs to be lowered.


As Susie sez, a trip to Elderly would seem to be in your future.  


If the nut does need to be raised, you have to loosen all the strings and see if it will move under finger pressure.  If not, then you use a small (1/4" wooden dowel as a 'driver', along with a hammer, to tap the bridge sideways.  That's the easy way to pop a 'drop of glue' holding the bridge in place.



 

Paula Brawdy
@paula-brawdy
09/18/16 05:33:57AM
51 posts

raising the nut!


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Matt Berg:

Paula,  a few questions first.  Are all the strings hitting the frets?  All the frets or just one or two?  Can you post a picture of the nut and the saddle?  If you are lucky, you just have a loose fret that needs to be reset.  I have had more luck replacing the saddle than replacing the nut.  If the nut is does not appear to be worn or broken, it is likely the problem is with the frets rather than the nut.  Matt

Hey Matt, I may have you look at it at the next jam...  

Paula Brawdy
@paula-brawdy
09/17/16 06:59:55AM
51 posts

raising the nut!


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I have a 1979 dulcimer.  Very nice walnut by Richard and Denise Wilson, who lived in MIchigan.   The nut needs to be raised as the  

the strings are "twanging" (is that really a word?)  on the frets.  How hard is it to pop the nut out without breaking it.  I am guessing it has glue on it.. It seems pretty tight.  I am afraid it would be destroyed in the process.   I wish there was something I could put over the existing nut like a cap or something.. I tried putting little pieces of paper on top of each string and that didn't seem to help and I couldn't really keep them in well ... any suggestions?  


updated by @paula-brawdy: 02/19/20 01:41:46PM
Paula Brawdy
@paula-brawdy
09/10/16 06:14:54AM
51 posts

Please share pics of your homemade dulcimer bags and cases


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Ken Hulme:

Here are pix of my poplar Possum Box case.  It's a tight fit inside, purposely, so I wouldn't have to add padding.  Made from 1/4" poplar with a 1/4" square rail that the lid rests on.  The handle strap is buckled on the underside. 

That is a nice looking case!   And you don't have to worry about your dulcimer getting damaged...  If I were a woodworker I would surely make one!

Paula Brawdy
@paula-brawdy
09/02/16 03:28:56PM
51 posts

Back up rhythm devices


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That is just "too cute"!!!  Love it!

Paula Brawdy
@paula-brawdy
09/02/16 06:09:15AM
51 posts

Back up rhythm devices


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A lot of professional musicians have something that provides rhythm... drums sounds etc.   They use  Some sorts of pedals and whatever... Can anyone enlighten me on what you need to provide rhythm?   Are they using a keyboard that is programmed to provide rhythm?  but I do see them using a pedal...   I am totally lost on this one!

what do they use?

Paula Brawdy
@paula-brawdy
07/25/16 07:25:07AM
51 posts



I like Stephen Seiferts Join the Jam 1 for a beginning player...    It is written well, the tab is easy to read, and we use it in our group... It has worked very well.  

Start with the easier songs like Bile them Cabbage down, and others...  Also if you can catch one of Stephen's 3 day intensive workshops for beginners it will help immensely.  

 

Secondly there is dulcimer school on the web.      www.dulcimerschool.com     this website is how I began my mountain dulcimer journey.  I was working full time, and did not have a lot of extra time and/or energy.  I subscribed for about 3 months and at 5 am I was on this website with my dulcimer learning all the basics!    It is very reasonable to subscribe for a month and there is no obligation to continue at any time..   He will get you started right with strumming and developing good habits, not bad habits!    You can take lessons on this site 24 hours a day as it is a series of teaching video's.   It 's the best deal out there for mountain dulcimer.

 

 

Paula Brawdy
@paula-brawdy
07/25/16 07:11:37AM
51 posts

Fellenbaum Dulcimers


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His workmanship is absolutely beautiful.  I have one and I love it...It is especially clear in sound and I love to play it in the evening... It is a good fingerpicking 

dulcimer, and sounds good strummed too.   

Paula Brawdy
@paula-brawdy
07/25/16 07:02:35AM
51 posts

Looking For Tab: Elk River Blues


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Loved hearing the original fiddler play it...He looks like a nice fellow too!

Paula Brawdy
@paula-brawdy
07/25/16 06:57:23AM
51 posts

Mobilesheets users -question on importing .pdf files with multiple songs


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Stephen Seifert has thumb drives with all his books on it for a reasonable price!!!    I assume the songs are split up,  but you could ask...   It's really a good deal to have all his books too!

Paula Brawdy
@paula-brawdy
06/14/16 12:38:28PM
51 posts

Just intonation and limitations


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Good to know Robin.   I did decide to sell the dulcimer and have it on the classifieds... it's a real beauty for the right person.

Paula Brawdy
@paula-brawdy
06/12/16 11:52:40AM
51 posts

Possum board question: pros and cons


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Susie:

I got an adjustable possum board from Jim VanderWoude at Evart. It fits all my dulcimers. I added rubber tubing to the posts and some additional felt in a couple spots to make sure the dulcimers don't get scratched. Very well made and thought out. It folds up too, for storage/travel.

Hi,  how do they feel on your lap?  Pro and cons?  Jim lives close to me so would be convenient to buy from

 

 

 

 

 

 

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