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Susie
@susie
03/27/22 05:57:47PM
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Sweet Woods Instruments and Ron Gibson


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Lucky Dave:

Susie, I can't recommend Ron enough. Very good to work with and talented.  

So happy you had a great experience  and it turned out beautiful  for you. I had one of his years ago, a Birdseye Maple. It was very pretty, but the intonation  was off up the fretboard. My Luther did his best to correct it, but it still wasn't right. I parted ways with it. I probably just got a bad one, because so many people are happy with Ron's dulcimers.  I have another builder lined up, but thanks.

Enjoy your gem!

Susie
@susie
03/27/22 01:02:08PM
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Sweet Woods Instruments and Ron Gibson


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Beautiful  and a great honor to your mom. Priceless!

I'm thinking about doing something special with another builder, to honor my dad and the farm property where we live and produce Maple Syrup, which was settled in 1889 (I'm 4th generation  and only descendent  living here). My dad died last year at 86 too. 

Susie
@susie
03/18/22 11:59:54AM
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nice article on the McSpadden shop


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions


Yes, that was a really nice article.

Love my McSpaddens!


updated by @susie: 03/18/22 01:36:27PM
Susie
@susie
03/08/22 05:52:00PM
457 posts

Looking for a Small Dulcimer


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The VSL on a Black Mountain is a little longer than you stated, but they cost less than the Gingers. They are pretty decent dulcimers. Just trying to give you ideas.

https://blackmtninstruments.com/buy-dulcimers/

Susie
@susie
03/08/22 05:24:53PM
457 posts

Looking for a Small Dulcimer


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Wally Venable:

I'm sure it would be a good choice, but, at $500+ without case, I don't know if it is within her price range.

The Ginger DOES come with a real nice soft case.

Susie
@susie
03/08/22 11:09:33AM
457 posts

Looking for a Small Dulcimer


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Dusty Turtle:

I have one of Ron Ewing's baritone dulcimettes and I absolutely love it.  Tight construction, low action, crisp, clear sound.  However, it is tuned usually to G or A rather than D, and the VSL is only about 21 inches, so it may not be perfect for this case.  That's why I recommended a McSpadden Ginger.



That's why I asked Wally what tuning his friend wanted. I agree, your baritone dulcimette is gorgeous and has a great voice.  It sounds like she's just starting out, so my guess is she'd want a dulcimer in D tuning, to learn and play with groups. Many of these little dulcimers are for those of us who already have standard dulcimers and are looking for alternate tunings and fun little dulcimers to complement what we already have. Maybe Wally will get back with us and let us know. Hey, even I am still toying with the idea of a Ewing baritone ducimettte. wasntme

Susie
@susie
03/08/22 09:34:34AM
457 posts

Looking for a Small Dulcimer


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Wally Venable:

We have a friend who is looking for a small dulcimer. She is currently playing a borrowed small Apple Creek instrument. She has tried "full size" instruments and is uncomfortable with them.

I would describe her desires as follows:

24 inch VSL
Hourglass body
Geared tuners
6 1/2 fret
Holes you can't drop a pick in
Good sound
Not looking for a specific wood
New or used OK
Moderate price

Any suggestions?

Does your friend want standard D tuning? 

Many of the little dulcimers are set up for alternate tunings (usually G or A). So that's something to keep in mind. 

Susie
@susie
03/07/22 05:28:46PM
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Looking for a Small Dulcimer


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I have two McSpadden Gingers, which I love. You can have them set up for standard D tuning. They check most of the boxes you have listed. They are quality made, sound great, and are a joy to play. 

Also, in the groups, check out the "Little Dulcimers" group, where you'll see a "Little Dulcimers Little List". Very helpful when looking for a smaller dulcimer.

Susie
@susie
01/25/22 07:18:00AM
457 posts

Dulcimer capos


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DavisJames:

Thank you all for the input and suggestions.I found Mr.McCafferty online and ordered one of his capos[tuner included!] .I also stocked up on strings.It's hard to find suitable gauges and lengths for the dulcimer in Canada,in my experience.

That's great to hear. You will not be disappointed.  Those with the tuner look like a great idea (I got mine before he came out with those). Glad we could be of some help to you. 

Susie
@susie
01/24/22 06:14:54PM
457 posts

Dulcimer capos


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Terry McCafferty makes some really nice capos for a little more money than the economical Ewing capos (which are generally a good value). I have purchased 4 of Terry's capos. Nice mechanism, consistent pressure across the strings.....my favorite dulcimer capo. 

https://www.mccaffertydulcimers.com/capos


updated by @susie: 01/24/22 06:17:10PM
Susie
@susie
01/11/22 03:20:34PM
457 posts

Bocote Wood - the 'eyes' have it.


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That is beautiful. Bocote always seems to have an eerie look to it.

Susie
@susie
12/12/21 03:27:25PM
457 posts

Mike Clemmer


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I really enjoyed that, thanks so much for sharing. I had one of Mike's Tennessee  Sweeties a while back. He's so talented and has quite a history in the dulcimer community. 

Susie
@susie
11/01/21 09:18:42AM
457 posts

Sam Rizzetta Has Passed


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We met Sam at a dulcimer festival. A real nice guy for sure. Sad news.

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

RIP Bill Taylor


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

Susie
@susie
10/08/21 08:08:30PM
457 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
457 posts

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
457 posts

Don Pedi honored


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A nice honor. Congrats Don.

Susie
@susie
09/14/21 08:46:49AM
457 posts

Fret Markers?


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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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Susie
@susie
09/10/21 06:09:47AM
457 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
457 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
457 posts

Bonnie Carol Curly Walnut with Maple binding


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

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

New Dulcimore


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

That's great, hope you enjoy it!

Susie
@susie
07/11/21 06:14:05AM
457 posts

All-Maple Melton-Style Galax Dulcimore


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

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

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

The Positive Thread...


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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. ❤️


updated by @susie: 06/09/21 10:27:05AM
Susie
@susie
06/09/21 05:14:17AM
457 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
457 posts

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
457 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
457 posts

How Many Dulcimers Do You Own?


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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
457 posts

New McSpadden Flatwater Dulcimers


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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
457 posts

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
457 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
457 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


updated by @susie: 05/10/21 12:42:03PM
Susie
@susie
05/02/21 03:41:45PM
457 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
457 posts

How Many Dulcimers Do You Own?


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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
457 posts

How Many Dulcimers Do You Own?


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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. 


updated by @susie: 05/02/21 05:46:13AM
Susie
@susie
05/01/21 08:41:38PM
457 posts

How Many Dulcimers Do You Own?


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

Susie
@susie
05/01/21 10:19:40AM
457 posts

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. 

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