Forum Activity for @susie

Susie
@susie
07/16/21 05:26:39PM
438 posts

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
438 posts

New Dulcimore


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

That's great, hope you enjoy it!

Susie
@susie
07/11/21 06:14:05AM
438 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
06/25/21 09:42:39AM
438 posts

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
438 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. ❤️


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

How Many Dulcimers Do You Own?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Ethan Chastain:

but are always open to more ; )



thumbsup

Susie
@susie
06/03/21 12:31:54PM
438 posts

McSpadden Ginger Like New spalted sycamore + cherry


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

Jill Geary:

SOLD to a good home!

Happy for you Jill! 

Is this the one you sold before, then got back...I know you loved that dulcimer. Best wishes!

Susie
@susie
05/29/21 08:23:09PM
438 posts

How Many Dulcimers Do You Own?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

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
438 posts

Show Us Your Pets!


OFF TOPIC discussions

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
438 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
438 posts

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
438 posts

NDD - McSpadden Ginger


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

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
438 posts

NDD - McSpadden Ginger


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

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
438 posts

NDD - McSpadden Ginger


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions


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.

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Here's my McSpadden family: 

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

How Many Dulcimers Do You Own?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

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
438 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
438 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. 


updated by @susie: 05/02/21 05:46:13AM
Susie
@susie
05/01/21 08:41:38PM
438 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
438 posts

How Many Dulcimers Do You Own?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

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
438 posts

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
438 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
438 posts

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
438 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
438 posts

How is the COVID-19 coronavirus affecting you?


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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
438 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.


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Susie
@susie
04/09/21 08:21:35AM
438 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
438 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
438 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
438 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
438 posts

Bonnie Carol


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Thanks Ken, that was interesting.

Susie
@susie
03/20/21 08:43:39AM
438 posts

Do you know benjo ?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Wow, that is beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

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

Newspaper Article


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

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
438 posts

Legacy Straps Review


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

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.

Susie
@susie
03/01/21 10:51:39AM
438 posts

Legacy Straps Review


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions


Larry Walton:

My stake make a lot of noise while I play.  Are these straps quiet?


If you look at Dusty's response, he suggested that maybe the noise is coming from the movement of the strap end against the dulcimer. I just looked at the Legacy Strap end tabs where they connect to the strap buttons. On the Legacy Straps, they have a soft layer (felt-like) on the inside of the tab. I think this might  solve any noise issue, if that's where the noise is coming from, for you. Here are a couple pictures that might help. 


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Susie
@susie
02/28/21 12:02:11PM
438 posts

Legacy Straps Review


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Larry Walton:

My stake make a lot of noise while I play.  Are these straps quiet?

I don't notice any noise from these straps, but then again, I've never noticed a noise from any of my straps. Once I get situated to play, my dulcimer doesn't move much. I think it comes down to technique. Being these straps are 1" wide vs 2", I'm guessing a narrower strap might help, if you get noise when you play.

Susie
@susie
02/28/21 05:57:08AM
438 posts

Researching a dulcimer I think it is a Bob Lazenby


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I had one of his dulcimers for a while. Nicely made, great intonation, beautiful tone. You have a gem, enjoy!


updated by @susie: 02/28/21 05:57:50AM
Susie
@susie
02/21/21 09:50:55AM
438 posts

Legacy Straps Review


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions


Ken and Robin, thanks for your comments. 

Ken, that's cool to hear you have a history with Legacy Straps. Do you know Garry, then?


updated by @susie: 02/21/21 01:02:40PM
Susie
@susie
02/16/21 02:01:20PM
438 posts

Legacy Straps Review


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions


I wanted to replace my 2” guitars straps on my dulcimers, since I find them to be big, bulky, and overkill (just my experience….not trying to discourage the use of them for anyone else.) I searched and found Legacy Straps (www.legacystraps.com). They have a category called “Mandolin and Ukulele Straps”, which offer ¾” and 1” wide straps. I thought the 1” wide straps were exactly what I was looking for. 

I inquired as to the maximum length of these straps (turns out….about 50”). That was at the max of what I wanted/needed, so I got in contact with the owner. He was very responsive and said that length was no problem. He said he could make the straps up to 54” instead, to be sure I had sufficient length. 

I’ve been conservative my whole life and was thinking about going with solid color straps. My husband told me to “liven up my life” and pick straps with designs instead….I’m glad I did. I picked out 6 designs that I liked, enough for each dulcimer, plus one for my guilele. I got tab ends on each end, as all 6 of my instruments have 2 strap buttons.

I just received them and wanted to report that they are nicely made! The tab ends are on the stiff side, but the holes that he cuts out for the strap buttons work well, allowing them to fit nicely on standard strap buttons. I will have to enlarge the hole for my dulcimer that has a pick-up, because it has a larger diameter button. They easily adjust for length and feel nice while playing. The prices were very reasonable and the owner’s communication, customizable sizes, and prompt shipping was awesome. 

I’m really happy with them. If you are looking for a narrower strap for your dulcimers (or any other instrument), take a look.  

I’ve put pictures out here so you can see how they look (the ends, etc.). 

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Susie
@susie
02/13/21 05:32:33AM
438 posts

Choosing Your String Gauge


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

I've never relied on the string gauge calculators. When I've tried them, they have always seemed to be too light for me. I've always started with what the maker of my instrument recommends, in the tuning that I use, then go from there. After playing for awhile, I determine if a change is necessary, based on how the strings sound in relation to each other and how they feel on the instrument (where VSL matters).  I just recently adjusted just the 1st and 2nd string gauges a little heavier on one of my dulcimers, which made a improved change in the sound. The other thing that makes a difference for me is  the makeup of the string. What might sound fine on one instrument, sounds awful on another. Strings are cheap and experimenting is all part of the process.

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