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ryanpryor
@ryanpryor
11/03/22 10:22:08AM
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Help me name this instrument!


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

BUT....

I completely confused the point of my naming question.

I'm not as concerned with the family name as the model name.  Like Fender has Stratocaster, Telecaster, Jaguar, etc.  What would be an interesting thread of naming for these?  I'd go with wood names but that would be pure confusion.  Or maybe it could be wood abbreviations on a simple name that actually is like "Model 1" with, for example, a Maple-Cherry combination making it "Model 1-MC'31" where the '31 is the length in the event that I make different sizes (which I intend), or "e" if I get to electric models.

Does that make more sense?  I mean, what does that spark for folks here?  I've been noodling on this matter for over a year!

ryanpryor
@ryanpryor
11/03/22 10:19:14AM
5 posts

Help me name this instrument!


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

Butch Ross:

I agree that "technically" it's not a zither, but the double melody course belies the dulcimer intent. That deserves a mention.

The design reminds me of a Merlin (by Seagull guitars) but with enough frets to be useful. And the design reminds me of a '57 Danelectro. So maybe something that plays off of both of those ideas? "The '57 Merlin".... or maybe just "The Lancelot."

Just my 2p 

Lol, "Lancelot"... I think it'll be of such a higher quality that I will probably avoid too much association with the Merlin, tho it does have some inspiration in the Merlin's predecessor, the Woodrow Instrument Co of Asheville.

ryanpryor
@ryanpryor
10/30/22 10:06:01PM
5 posts

How Many Dulcimers Do You Own?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Still waiting to get my first mountain dulcimer (my wife says I have to put together my ukulele kit before getting the next StewMac kit for a dulcimer).

But I do have ...10(?++) stick/pickin'/strum dulcimer guitars.

I do not have a habit, it's entirely intentional, I can quit anytime I want.

ryanpryor
@ryanpryor
10/30/22 09:56:11PM
5 posts

Help me name this instrument!


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


Hey all, I've been working on this instrument design for a while now, and it's ready to start into production.

I've been toying with calling these river dulcimers, just to differentiate it from the term "stick" or "strumstick" or something like that. It would also open the door to river names. Dulcimer guitar is what it is, so in the end I'll probably stick with that... BUT... what should the model name be?

I've just referred to it as the Model 1, and the longer I go the more that seems to be what it'll be called, but I think it merits something sexier or something. 

Being in Nashville I've been contemplating finding a naming convention that would lean on something outside of dulcimers, like geographies of the town (the "Music Row") or state, bodies of water (the "Cumberland"), artists or styles, woods (the "Old Hickory"), etc.

Anything come to mind for this crew?  Open to suggestions!


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ryanpryor
@ryanpryor
10/30/22 09:32:16PM
5 posts

Mountain Dulcimer A to Z


Single-Instructor workshops, band & house concerts, Club activities, monthly Jams

I also cannot make that, but having chatted with and interviewed Stephen, I can guarantee you will learn so much with him. He's a true gift.