Forum Activity for @susie

Susie
@susie
10/10/21 05:37:23AM
444 posts

RIP Bill Taylor


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Sad news. Taken too soon. I hope his family can find some peace in his passing.

Susie
@susie
10/08/21 08:08:30PM
444 posts

The Positive Thread...


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Dusty Turtle: Positive?  Maybe not.  Mildly funny?  Perhaps.

I recently bought matching stands for my dulcimer and guitar.  The instructions for how to attach the base to the arm read:


"Do not overtighten.  You can crack the wood.  Maybe not a job for a drummer."


And similarly, the instructions for attaching the hanger to the arm read:


"Do not overtighten.  You can strip out the insert.  Keep the drummer away from this."


For the record, the assembly went very well.  Clearly dulcimer players are more gentle creatures than are percussionists. 


giggle2


At least they had an appropriate (musician) sense of humor. (Although,  a drummer may disagree.)

Susie
@susie
09/17/21 12:54:18PM
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Have not been on in awhile


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

Super cool! Glad you're back with us.

Susie
@susie
09/16/21 06:11:49AM
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Don Pedi honored


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A nice honor. Congrats Don.

Susie
@susie
09/14/21 08:46:49AM
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Fret Markers?


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


If you really want to have choices for fret markers, I'd suggest this place:

https://www.inlaystickers.com/

I've used them on occasion for various instruments (for different purposes) over the years. Easy to apply, look really nice, and you can remove them without residue.

When I recently purchased an instrument without a fret marker on a particular fret that I was used to, I added a sticker to the fretboard. Here's that instrument. All but one of the markers are actual inlays, one is a sticker. Can you tell which is which?

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updated by @susie: 09/14/21 08:51:28AM
Susie
@susie
09/10/21 06:09:47AM
444 posts

Can you tell me about Curt Mangan FusionMatched strings?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Maybe contact them directly with your questions. I've found most places to be very responsive and informative.

https://www.curtmangan.com/contact/

Susie
@susie
09/02/21 02:34:18PM
444 posts

Varying VSL


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I have dulcimers with VSL's that range from 23" to 27". My fingers/hands (and mind) tend(s) to adjust very quickly.


updated by @susie: 09/02/21 02:41:59PM
Susie
@susie
07/16/21 05:26:39PM
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Bonnie Carol Curly Walnut with Maple binding


FOR SALE:instruments/music items/CDs/Wanted to Buy...

Wow, wish I was in the market, that is gorgeous. Good luck with your sale.

Susie
@susie
07/12/21 06:47:09PM
444 posts

New Dulcimore


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

That's great, hope you enjoy it!

Susie
@susie
07/11/21 06:14:05AM
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All-Maple Melton-Style Galax Dulcimore


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Maple is so beautiful, nice instrument. She should love it!

Susie
@susie
06/25/21 09:42:39AM
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Mountain Dulcimer Tablature Book


FOR SALE:instruments/music items/CDs/Wanted to Buy...

I'll be checking it out, thank you and congrats!

Susie
@susie
06/09/21 10:21:20AM
444 posts

The Positive Thread...


OFF TOPIC discussions


Robin Thompson:I saw this America's Got Talent video this morning and found it very moving.  The young woman in it is originally from the county just north of where I live.  Also, I saw a young real-life friend of mine post that he & she have been lifelong friends.

Wow, that touched my heart. ❤️


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Susie
@susie
06/09/21 05:14:17AM
444 posts

How Many Dulcimers Do You Own?


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Ethan Chastain:

but are always open to more ; )



thumbsup

Susie
@susie
05/29/21 08:23:09PM
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How Many Dulcimers Do You Own?


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Rob and John, thanks for sharing. It's interesting to see the other instruments that people play too.

Susie
@susie
05/27/21 09:49:29AM
444 posts

Show Us Your Pets!


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David Bennett:

As Rockwell sang back in the '80s, "I always feel like somebody's watchin' me"

Love it!

Susie
@susie
05/14/21 08:20:26AM
444 posts

How Many Dulcimers Do You Own?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I've enjoyed this thread. Thank you to everyone who shared. Whether you have 1 dulcimer or 10, we share a common love for this beautiful little wooden box with strings. 

Have fun! dulcimer

Susie
@susie
05/14/21 08:12:47AM
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New McSpadden Flatwater Dulcimers


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Congrats on your new Flatwater, ADK. From what I see, they look and sound great, and have a great price to boot. I think McSpadden has really filled a niche with these new dulcimers.

Susie
@susie
05/11/21 10:08:26AM
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NDD - McSpadden Ginger


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Robin Thompson:

Susie, enjoy that lovely new Ginger!  


There may be some enablers here at fotmd yet I'm not one of them. whistlegiggle2



Thanks Robin, I sure will! No, I didn't think you were one of the enablers. wasntme

Susie
@susie
05/11/21 10:06:01AM
444 posts

NDD - McSpadden Ginger


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Dusty Turtle:

Looks like a beauty, and I'm sure it sounds like one, too!

Thanks Dusty. It sure does have a nice voice and these Gingers are fun to play. It's amazing the tone they can get out of a small bodied dulcimer. 

Susie
@susie
05/10/21 12:29:35PM
444 posts

NDD - McSpadden Ginger


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I think I've purchased my last dulcimer.ROTFL

I wanted to get a second McSpadden Ginger, this one intonated DAd (I already have one intonated GDg). 

I contacted Tim at McSpadden and asked if he had any walnut woodsets with sapwood. He had a couple and let me choose between the two (for the back). I pretty much knew I wanted a spruce top. So, after deciding on all the other features, I ended up with this little gem. I knew what the back would look like, but Tim also selected wood for the peghead that had sapwood, to go with the theme. I didn't know he did that until I picked it up from my music store.

I thought I'd share it here because, after-all, you're a bunch of enablers. winker

It sounds wonderful and is a joy to play. McSpadden comes through, once again.

McSpaddenGingerD (2).jpg

McSpaddenGingerD 3.jpg

Here's my McSpadden family: 

McSpaddenGroup 1.jpg


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Susie
@susie
05/02/21 03:41:45PM
444 posts

How Many Dulcimers Do You Own?


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Skip, you bring up a good point, about other instruments. I've been suffering from GAS (guitar acquisition syndrome) much longer than DAD (dulcimer acquisition disease). My first love, fingerstyle guitar (since 1973), has been my true passion for nearly 48 years. I've settled into a stable of 6 guitars and 1 guilele. Many other instruments (primarily stringed instruments)  have come and gone over the years, but I'm simplifying to just guitar, dulcimer, and Native American flute (I have 5). In fact, my last banjo is moving on to a new home this week. I was in band all through school, where I played flute, then alto saxophone. Music has been such a joy in my life. sun

Susie
@susie
05/02/21 08:12:42AM
444 posts

How Many Dulcimers Do You Own?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Some really neat collections here. I can get a feel for the type of music that is played, just by looking at the collection. Such a variety, between members. Thanks to all who have shared so far, it's been fun to follow.

Susie
@susie
05/02/21 05:39:56AM
444 posts

How Many Dulcimers Do You Own?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions


Robin Thompson:

@susie Do tell! nod



I decided that my McSpadden Ginger (intonated GDG) needed a sister, so I ordered a walnut (w/ sapwood) - spruce Ginger (intonated DAD) to keep her company. I'm enjoying the smaller dulcimers (they also come in handy in our smaller motorhome when we travel). It's in at my music store where I ordered it though, but I can't get in to pick it up until Wednesday. I think this is my final dulcimer. wasntme


Robin, I see that you also have a new one on order. I'd love to see pictures of the BL after you get it. 


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Susie
@susie
05/01/21 08:41:38PM
444 posts

How Many Dulcimers Do You Own?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I'm going to have a new little one in the family on Wednesday. happydance

Susie
@susie
05/01/21 10:19:40AM
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How Many Dulcimers Do You Own?


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Robin Thompson:

@ken-hulme Or we've made a newer player afraid of what they might become? ROTFL


On a serious note, coming to the mountain dulcimer has made my life better-- making music at home is such a joy! heart  


I agree with both of your points Robin.


Whether someone has 1 or 11, the instrument can add such a joy to our lives. 

Susie
@susie
04/30/21 08:31:14PM
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How Many Dulcimers Do You Own?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Dusty Turtle:

Susie: Thanks to all who shared here. I thought we'd get a little more interest in the thread, but if you don't feel comfortable sharing that's fine.

Susie, I haven't shared in this thread for the simple reason that I don't want to admit how many dulcimers I have!



giggle2


We do heart our dulcimer !!!

Susie
@susie
04/29/21 04:44:04PM
444 posts

How Many Dulcimers Do You Own?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Thanks to all who shared here. I thought we'd get a little more interest in the thread, but if you don't feel comfortable sharing that's fine. I've enjoyed seeing what dulcimers people own, some of which are new to me. Enjoy what you have and play on.

Susie
@susie
04/12/21 06:35:41PM
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How Many Dulcimers Do You Own?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

It is cool to see the variety of dulcimers that people own. We, as players, have quite the selection of makers, models, shapes, sizes, woods, configurations, etc. 

Susie
@susie
04/11/21 05:34:33PM
444 posts

How Many Dulcimers Do You Own?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Thanks to those who have shared so far. Ken, I like your comment "...I only have 15.". It sounds like you once owned many more. winker


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Susie
@susie
04/09/21 11:11:53AM
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How is the COVID-19 coronavirus affecting you?


OFF TOPIC discussions


Bing Futch:
Susie:My favorite festival cancelled early in the year...the Evart Funfest. Going to miss another year. Hoping for a big celebratory year in 2022. Hope you'll be there again. This is from 2019.

I remember our meeting well!  If FunFest is a go next year, I'm planning to be there, fingers crossed.

jive


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Susie
@susie
04/09/21 10:58:41AM
444 posts

How is the COVID-19 coronavirus affecting you?


OFF TOPIC discussions


Bing Futch:

Jae and I both got the J&J jab Monday and have only had a wee bit of fatigue plus the sore arm.  Will be interesting to see when a booster will be advised, though many in-person festivals have already scrapped spring/summer scheduling.



My favorite festival cancelled early in the year...the Evart Funfest. Going to miss another year. Hoping for a big celebratory year in 2022. Hope you'll be there again. This is from 2019.


Evart2019 2 1.jpg


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Susie
@susie
04/09/21 08:21:35AM
444 posts

How is the COVID-19 coronavirus affecting you?


OFF TOPIC discussions

Robin Thompson:

Cases numbers here in OHio are heading in the wrong direction. shakeNo   It is heartbreaking and disheartening.   



We are #1 in Michigan, but not for the right reason. blinders


On the one hand, my family and I have been vaccinated, which is so comforting. On the other hand, the case numbers are going crazy in the State. We haven't changed our behavior, still taking the necessary precautions. We are just hoping things turn around for everyone's sake.

Susie
@susie
04/08/21 07:26:51PM
444 posts

How Many Dulcimers Do You Own?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I'm enjoying your posts...keep them coming. It's interesting to see what you all have.

Susie
@susie
04/08/21 08:39:21AM
444 posts

How Many Dulcimers Do You Own?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I own 5, with 1 more on the way...

1. Doug Berch custom (sassafras/walnut)

2. Folkcraft custom (butternut/walnut)

3. Folkcraft Baritone custom (cherry)

4. McSpadden standard (26") (walnut)

5. McSpadden Ginger (GDG) (cherry)

6. McSpadden Ginger (DAD) (on order) (spruce/walnut)

Susie
@susie
04/08/21 08:35:43AM
444 posts

How Many Dulcimers Do You Own?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions


We did this 11 years ago, and then again 8 years ago. So, I thought it would be fun to do it again, and see members' current lists. I know I enjoy seeing what dulcimers (makes/models) others own. After all, DAD (dulcimer acquisition disease) is real. dulcimerjive

Susie
@susie
04/02/21 05:31:20PM
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Bonnie Carol


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Thanks Ken, that was interesting.

Susie
@susie
03/20/21 08:43:39AM
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Do you know benjo ?


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Wow, that is beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

Susie
@susie
03/09/21 02:48:46PM
444 posts

Newspaper Article


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That is awesome! Sure wish I could have done that as a kid. A great way to get them excited about woodworking, music, art, etc. Thanks for sharing, Ken.

Susie
@susie
03/03/21 08:24:24AM
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Legacy Straps Review


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Larry Walton:

Thanks for the info.  I will experiment with cloth to see if that helps... But I bet the felt on the Legacy Straps will solve it.  I'll be getting one soon.

Good idea. Happy to help...thanks to Dusty too.

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