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.
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.
At least they had an appropriate (musician) sense of humor. (Although, a drummer may disagree.)
If you really want to have choices for fret markers, I'd suggest this place:
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?
Maybe contact them directly with your questions. I've found most places to be very responsive and informative.
Wow, wish I was in the market, that is gorgeous. Good luck with your sale.
I'll be checking it out, thank you and congrats!
Wow, that touched my heart. ❤️
I think I've purchased my last dulcimer.
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.
It sounds wonderful and is a joy to play. McSpadden comes through, once again.
Here's my McSpadden family:
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.
@susie Do tell!
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.
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.
@ken-hulme Or we've made a newer player afraid of what they might become?
On a serious note, coming to the mountain dulcimer has made my life better-- making music at home is such a joy!
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, I haven't shared in this thread for the simple reason that I don't want to admit how many dulcimers I have!
We do our !!!
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.
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.
Cases numbers here in OHio are heading in the wrong direction. It is heartbreaking and disheartening.
We are #1 in Michigan, but not for the right reason.
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.
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)
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.