Forum Activity for @susie

Susie
@susie
02/12/24 05:10:01AM
497 posts

Dulcimer Bag Lady Dulcimer Bags


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Dusty is right, giving them a call is a good idea....it's what I did last year, when I ordered a music stand (it was taking longer than Steve stated and I was getting frustrated). I think, to continue, they need to figure out a better business plan, because communication is so important. Here's what he posted on Facebook in August:

MESSAGE from STEVE BINKLEY, 
THISTLEDEW ACRES (dulcimerbaglady.com):

I am writing this to let you know that Thistledew Acres 
aka dulcimerbaglady.com is alive and moving forward 
in this dulcimer world that we love.

There is no doubt that the ‘office’ side of the business 
including communications and filling orders in a timely 
manner is not what I want it to be at this time.  I sincerely
apologize for any frustration I have caused.

With the encouragement of some treasured music friends, 
plans are in the works for extra quality help on the office 
part of my business.  In moving forward, I will be able to 
spend my time in the wood shop and at the sewing machines.  
Making product is what I love!
Sincerely,
Steve


updated by @susie: 02/12/24 05:20:34AM
Susie
@susie
01/26/24 04:20:30AM
497 posts

Dulcimer Bag Lady Dulcimer Bags


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Ken Longfield:

I have three of the double bags. Like Richard and Ken I highly recommend them. Well worth the price, although I did buy two of them used.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a great song."

 

Ken thank you, it's nice to get such good, and consistent feedback. 

Now to see what their turnaround time is. I know they are staying busy.

Susie
@susie
01/25/24 06:27:16PM
497 posts

Dulcimer Bag Lady Dulcimer Bags


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Richard Streib:

They are great bags. Well made with quality materials. I can recommend them without reservation.

 

Super, thanks Richard. Looks like it's a go!

Susie
@susie
01/25/24 03:48:24PM
497 posts

Dulcimer Bag Lady Dulcimer Bags


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Ken Hulme:

Great heavy duty construction.  I had one of her double bags, and used it steadily for close to 20 years before the zipper wore out and the inner lining got a couple of tears.  Repairing it would have cost as much as a new bag, and I couldn't afford either at the time.  Can't recommend them highly enough..

 

Thanks Ken, nice recommendation....I appreciate it!

Susie
@susie
01/25/24 09:31:47AM
497 posts

Dulcimer Bag Lady Dulcimer Bags


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I am considering either a single or a double dulcimer bag from The Dulcimer Bag Lady, and just wondered if anyone here has one. I'd like a little feedback first. I have 3 of her (her family's business) music stands, which I love. Great quality and design. But I've never seen one of her dulcimer bags up close, so that's why I thought I'd ask here. Anyone care to share their thoughts?

https://www.dulcimerbaglady.com/bags.htm

I do know that her daughter and son-in-law have taken over the business.

Susie
@susie
11/25/23 07:49:53AM
497 posts

Reasons NOT To Get a Chromatic


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

Nightingale:

So, in my mind, let a guitar be a guitar, let a banjo be a banjo and let a dulcimer be a dulcimer.

 

This is my feeling as well. I play (or played) several fretted chromatic instruments. The dulcimer is unique in its diatonic tradition. I find it simple, yet challenging; which in turn provides a refreshing approach to my music. 

That said, I respect others who have personal and valid reasons for choosing to play a chromatic dulcimer.


updated by @susie: 11/25/23 07:50:34AM
Susie
@susie
11/16/23 06:54:10PM
497 posts

My first album is for sale!


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

That's awesome Grant, congratulations! 

Susie
@susie
11/16/23 06:56:32AM
497 posts

Dulcimer and mandolins


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

@DaveBerry, beautiful music, talented artists, and awesome video. Thanks for sharing!


updated by @susie: 11/16/23 06:57:07AM
Susie
@susie
11/08/23 01:09:15PM
497 posts

FS: Kala Solid Acacia Baritone Ukulele, Hard Case & Acc.


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

Price drop to $375, with free shipping CONUS, as described in the original post.

Susie
@susie
11/06/23 08:42:00AM
497 posts

FS: Kala Solid Acacia Baritone Ukulele, Hard Case & Acc.


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

Kala KA-SA-B Solid Acacia Baritone Ukulele, Hard Case and Accessories.

$390, which includes free shipping, UPS Ground with tracking and insurance, CONUS.

This is a top level ukulele from Kala.

Features:
• All solid acacia wood construction (top, back and sides)
• Maple wood bindings
• Herringbone purfling and rosette
• Satin finish
• Swirl fretboard inlays
• Rosewood fingerboard and bridge
• Mahogany neck
• Multilayered slotted headstock
• Graph Tech Nubone nut and saddle
• Chrome geared tuners
• 20” baritone scale length
• 30” overall length
• 1.5” nut width
• 10” width
• 3” depth

This ukulele is in like-new condition. It has had minimal use and has been kept in its case in our humidity-controlled, smoke-free home. The Oahu case is also in like-new condition.

When I ordered it a couple years ago, I had 2 deluxe ivory-colored strap buttons installed, to match the maple binding. Also, the ukulele was fully set-up, so it has a nice string height for strumming or fingerpicking. With the Oasis fluorocarbon strings that are installed, it has a beautiful, sweet tone with nice sustain. The intonation is very good, up and down the fretboard. 

Included with the ukulele are all of the following accessories:
1. Oahu Hardshell Case with Strap.
2. 2 Sets of Oasis Fluorocarbon “Southcoast Linear Baritone” Strings (one package, which includes enough to restring the ukulele twice).
3. Shubb L9 Lite Ukulele Capo (violet).
4. Levy's Leathers 1/2" Jacquard Weave Ukulele Strap with Dual Leather Strap Pin Ends.
5. Set of 12 BoloPick Felt Ukulele Picks.
6. A laminated card that I made that explains how to attach strings at the tie-bridge and the tuning pegs, during a string change.

NOT INCLUDED IN THE SALE: The stand that was used to take pictures for this ad is NOT included in this sale.

SHIPPING: Free shipping via UPS Ground (with tracking and insurance) CONUS. I've sold and shipped many instruments over the years, so I know how to package it well. I will provide the tracking number to the buyer.

PAYMENT: PayPal Friends and Family.

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updated by @susie: 11/06/23 08:55:19AM
Susie
@susie
10/01/23 03:29:51PM
497 posts

Native American Flutes


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

steve104c:

If you look on High Spirits Flutes, you will see he calls them Native American Style flutes. Years ago the American Indians sued the people selling “Native American Flutes” when the person making the flutes had no Native American heritage. Now when selling a “Native American Flute” it must have been made by a “Native American “ or if not by an “American Native “, it must be sold as “Native American Style “. “Native American Flute Style “ donates the type. “ Native American Flute “ donates it is an official “ Native American”  made flute.


 

Thank you for that explanation. I see that on the HS website. I understand and agree with the distinction.  That said, I think in causal conversation, when we speak of our flutes, there's no harm in calling the HS flutes, Native American Flutes. I know I do. I'm thankful for such builders who are responsible and respectful and build quality flutes. In doing so, they are still honoring the Native Americans, the instrument, and the music.


Thanks again! flute nod

Susie
@susie
08/13/23 10:50:28AM
497 posts

Kurt Vonnegut quote...


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I just love that. I was raised playing sports; competing; excelling; career, etc. I reached a point where I got tired of it and just wanted to enjoy doing what I loved to do, one of which was music (since 1973). Now retired, it's a nice place to be in life, with my husband, family, and doggos. 


updated by @susie: 08/13/23 10:51:31AM
Susie
@susie
07/20/23 01:01:44PM
497 posts

Native American Flutes


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

I picked up another flute from High Spirits. I've been wanting one of their ebonized walnut flutes, so when I found a generous coupon code, I just had to get it. The turquoise cabochons really look nice too. Crow flute in the key of A. It has a beautiful, warm tone. I also picked up a second Spirit Flute earlier this year. I'm at 5 now, I think that's enough. winky flute

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updated by @susie: 07/20/23 08:29:52PM
Susie
@susie
06/24/23 03:57:26PM
497 posts

What to call your dulcimer collection?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Ken Hulme:

Mine!  Mine!  That's Mine.  That too!  Mine. Mine!

I was going to say the same thing, Ken...

Mine, mine, all mine!

Susie
@susie
03/19/23 06:16:29AM
497 posts

Gary Sager


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marg:

Yes, many of us knew of Gary's health issues but you wouldn't know speaking with him.

You are right, I spoke with him last summer to place an order through his store and he was so pleasant and kind. It was his nature. Similar to my dad, fighting a battle, but strong!

Enjoy that special dulcimer! 


updated by @susie: 03/19/23 06:16:52AM
Susie
@susie
03/17/23 08:57:47PM
497 posts

Gary Sager


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Like Robin, I knew of his health issues. Gary was such a pleasant person, whether seeing him at festivals or conducting business with him through his store. I'm sad to hear of his passing. We lost another great one. sniffcry

Susie
@susie
02/19/23 12:52:43PM
497 posts

Black Mountain Instruments Feb 2023


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

Total agreement that David has recognized this is what he needs. I commend him on his decision and wish him nothing but a bright future.

Susie
@susie
01/23/23 08:28:43AM
497 posts

Wanted: Case for a Galax Mountain Dulcimer


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


Another suggestion  is to contact Richard Ash who owns Folkcraft. They do all their cases in their shop and Richard is always up for a challenge and is very accommodating. He welcomes custom orders (new ideas) on his dulcimers and I'm sure he'd have no problem doing a case that would fit your Galax dulcimer. His cases are well padded and very nicely done. If you had him do an envelope style case, it would be more streamlined from what you have. I'd give him a call. 

https://www.folkcraft.com/pages/contact-us


updated by @susie: 01/23/23 08:30:07AM
Susie
@susie
01/22/23 01:11:21PM
497 posts

Wanted: Case for a Galax Mountain Dulcimer


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

Just a thought, have you called Toni and Steve Binkley (the daughter and SIL running the Dulcimer Bag Lady business) and asked if they could do something  custom for you, more streamlined?

Susie
@susie
01/22/23 01:06:36PM
497 posts

Wanted: Case for a Galax Mountain Dulcimer


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


Kimberly Burnette-Dean:

The dulcimer is 39” in length, 11” wide, and 4.5” deep.

Thank you for that. Unfortunately, the one I had in mind won't work for you. Hopefully, you'll get some good suggestions still. 


updated by @susie: 01/22/23 01:11:06PM
Susie
@susie
01/22/23 08:59:14AM
497 posts

Wanted: Case for a Galax Mountain Dulcimer


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

What is the width and length of your dulcimer? That may help. I have one in mind, but not knowing the dimensions, I'm not going to recommend it unless I know it would work.


updated by @susie: 01/22/23 09:02:52AM
Susie
@susie
01/17/23 07:00:00PM
497 posts

CBS piece on Troublesome Creek Stringed Instruments


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions


Thank you for sharing, what a great program. 

https://troublesomecreekguitars.com/


updated by @susie: 01/17/23 07:02:09PM
Susie
@susie
01/12/23 10:57:49AM
497 posts

to get chromatic or not


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


Sam Edelston:

While respecting and loving dulcimers' traditional, diatonic roots, there's no reason why the instrument needs to be limited to that.

I know some people question whether or not a chromatic should be called a dulcimer, but the instrument doesn't care what you call it.

So, again, whether you should get a chromatic depends on what you want to do with it. It's totally okay to get one, and it's totally okay not to.

Sam

Well said, Sam. 

This is my approach to music and all my instruments.  Explore and play for yourself and don't try to fit inside a box created by others. 

ErthLing, have fun!


updated by @susie: 01/12/23 10:59:31AM
Susie
@susie
11/25/22 01:25:34PM
497 posts

Introduce Yourself!


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Welcome Mivo. You have a beautiful McSpadden and it sounds like you are well on your way. I agree to take the time to find your style. There are many paths to follow; all are good. 

Regarding fingerpicking vs flatpicking, I have a similar background.  I've been fingerpicking guitar since 1973, and also fingerpick banjo, both with fingerpicks. However, I've chosen to follow the chord-melody route on dulcimer, with a flatpick. I am enjoying  that, despite my fingerpicking experience.  It's all about you and your own choices.  

Susie
@susie
11/20/22 11:49:20AM
497 posts

Show Us Your Pets!


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Milo and Frankie are real cuties!

Daffer and Annabell....gotta love the goats!

Susie
@susie
11/11/22 06:50:27PM
497 posts

How Many Dulcimers Do You Own?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

ocean-daughter:

Well, I have another one!  I found it on the goodwill site.  It looks like a Black Mountain, but has no label. 

I'll post some pictures of some of my dulcimers a little later. 

This one came with only one string (the bass string); also the saddle is a bit damaged and the nut is a bit out of place.  So I'm going to take it to my favorite luthier down the road. 

Neat, congrats! Would love to see pics when you have time.

Susie
@susie
11/07/22 06:39:16AM
497 posts

Show Us Your Pets!


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"Always the best hello, but also the hardest goodbye" ... says it well.

Susie
@susie
11/04/22 08:54:39AM
497 posts

Show Us Your Pets!


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Strumelia:

Hugs to all who are missing their sweet furry companions... dog1 kittywink heartbeat



brokenheart grphug

Susie
@susie
11/04/22 07:37:01AM
497 posts

Show Us Your Pets!


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We lost our beautiful Cody on January 5, 2022, just before his 14th birthday. 

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A sensitive, loving, and funny boy. 

As you all know, losing a pet is very difficult. They live on in our hearts. We got this canvas print, which was so appropriate for him.

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Susie
@susie
10/31/22 11:21:24AM
497 posts

Show Us Your Pets!


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Fharlm:

My handsome fella

He IS handsome!

Susie
@susie
10/26/22 06:55:20PM
497 posts

Dulcimer Moving when I play


Playing and jamming difficulties...HELP ME!

As Dusty said, this is a common solution. When I first started playing dulcimer, I took this approach. It worked well. The warnings given already about not storing the material against the wood of the dulcimer are valid. Eventually, I did move on to using straps, which works better for me now. Don't rule them out, maybe it's something that will work for you later. If not, using the non-slip liner is just fine. Another case for straps is at festivals when people are moving around you. A strap helps secure your dulcimer in the event of an accidental hit. 


updated by @susie: 10/26/22 08:27:33PM
Susie
@susie
10/24/22 08:38:56PM
497 posts

Show Us Your Pets!


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vetrn7:

Buddy is my 11 year old Jack Russell terrier.

Such a cutie!

Susie
@susie
10/22/22 08:51:59PM
497 posts

How Many Dulcimers Do You Own?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Lenard:

I have six.  My wife purchase a McSpadden for me years ago, a banjo style and four that I made myself.

Welcome to the forum! Thanks for sharing your dulcimer collection!

Susie
@susie
10/20/22 08:50:46AM
497 posts

How Many Dulcimers Do You Own?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Ken Longfield:

Congratulations on acquiring your eighth dulcimer. It is beautiful and I am sure it sounds great. Enjoy.


Ken


"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."



Thanks Ken! It does sound really nice. BTW, it's only #7, I surely don't expect a #8. winker

Susie
@susie
10/19/22 06:15:46PM
497 posts

How Many Dulcimers Do You Own?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Kendra Ward:

Hi Susie! That is so beautiful! As it turns out, Bob and I actually saw it a couple of weeks ago at Folkcraft. ☺️ Richard showed it to us and told us about the wood. I drooled over the cat paw sound holes…lol…🐾🐾 Congratulations!



Wow, that's neat to hear. I saw the pictures of your visit to Folkcraft. It's cool you saw it. Richard and crew picked out a fabulous set of Hickory for it. I've been playing it today. It has such a pretty voice and the sustain is remarkable.  Of course, the workmanship is fabulous. But one correction, they are dog paws, winker haha. I do think he has cat soundholes too. Since I've had 7 family dogs in my life so far (#8 is on the way), you can officially call me a dog person.

Susie
@susie
10/19/22 03:55:22PM
497 posts

How Many Dulcimers Do You Own?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Dusty Turtle:

Looks beautiful.  Congrats on your new baby.

Thank so much, Dusty!

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