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Susie
@susie
10/19/20 10:58:25AM
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New Dulcimore Stand


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looks great!


updated by @susie: 10/19/20 10:58:35AM
Susie
@susie
10/18/20 09:53:53AM
382 posts

The Drifting Thread...


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Sounds like a few of us here are pretty handy with shears/scissors in our hands, even Dusty!

Susie
@susie
10/17/20 03:16:08PM
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The Drifting Thread...


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Strumelia:

I woke up today and decided that today is Haircut Day at our house.The last time i cut our hair was about ten weeks ago, and my husband and I have been getting pretty caveman-shaggy. But I have to be in a certain mood to cut our hair. Sometimes it takes a long while to get in the right mood to tackle it.


Today's the day, and we'll be all 'civilized' again when I'm done!  coool



Hope everything turns out good, Strumelia! 


This COVID thing has changed things in our house too. My husband has been cutting my hair for years, since I wear it straight, just about shoulder length, and it isn't very thick. But I had to start cutting  his when things shut down. He has a whole head of hair, but I had always watched his stylist cut his. So, I just did the same thing she did. He likes my cuts better than hers, and hasn't gone back to her. So, I guess I have a new job....... I'm a retired CPA, turned hair stylist! happydance

Susie
@susie
10/17/20 07:10:28AM
382 posts

Early CapriTaurus Dulcimer


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Wow, that is beautiful! Where did you even find such a gem? It looks to be in great shape too. It must have spent most of its life sitting in a case/closet somewhere. Congratulations and enjoy.

As far as tuning, the others have great ideas. What's the VSL? I think I'd experiment with different tunings too and find the sweet spot for the instrument. More than likely, D tuning.

Susie
@susie
10/08/20 06:52:43AM
382 posts

New Dulcimer Day: McSpadden Ginger


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Dusty Turtle:

Beautiful, Susie!  I'm a fan of the Gingers and think they sound great tuned up to F, G, or A.

Thank you Dusty. I've wanted to add a Ginger to my stable, and I'm sure glad I did. I'm loving it in the G tuning right now, but I may experiment with other tunings down the road. They are fun!

Susie
@susie
10/08/20 06:50:23AM
382 posts

New Dulcimer Day: McSpadden Ginger


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Strumelia:

What a pretty cherry Ginger Susie!  And the pair together are so complimentary.


Sounds like you did some good research beforehand as to what your preferences and needs are. Good for you!


Enjoy your sweet new bright singing bird.  music



Thank you Strumelia. Yes, I wanted the two to give me a variety in my music....they are part of some other wonderful dulcimers in my life. I did do research, and I appreciate the feedback I got from the members here. I'm enjoying the new Ginger so much already.


Susie
@susie
10/07/20 09:41:48AM
382 posts

New Dulcimer Day: McSpadden Ginger


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I received my new McSpadden Ginger (all cherry). I absolutely love its sound, workmanship, and beauty. It is clear, articulate, and balanced. The sustain and volume are really good, even though it is a smaller dulcimer. I went with the G tuning, to give all my songs a new voice. It's going to be fun, whether playing at home or at festivals. It completes a great duo, with its big sister, an all walnut standard McSpadden (26"), and complements my other (brand) dulcimers. I did a lot of thinking before ordering this and even contacted some members here for their insights (thanks again). I'm very happy with my choice to go with the cherry, an under-rated tonewood, in the world of walnut dulcimers. I don't think the woods make a significant difference, and cherry can be so visually appealing in its own way. 

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updated by @susie: 10/07/20 11:57:28AM
Susie
@susie
09/17/20 05:49:27AM
382 posts

Anyone bidding"


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I have so much respect for Dolly and how much she gives back, in so many ways. I hope it brings a lot of $ for the cause. I'll be passing on it though. Kinda puts into perspective the McSpadden Ginger that I have on order. giggle2

Susie
@susie
09/14/20 06:37:21AM
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Does anyone know what kind of pick this is?


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Just a thought.....

My local music store is Elderly Instruments in Lansing, MI (has been for 47 years). They are great to deal with. They have a huge selection of picks and their website is great for searching/filtering. You could look at their selection, then pick out (pun intended) a bunch of single picks and have them shipped to your home. Picks are usually quite inexpensive and Elderly's shipping rates are very reasonable. I bet for less than $10 (including shipping), you could get a nice selection and try the various shapes, sizes, thicknesses. It can really be enlightening and very helpful.

https://www.elderly.com/


updated by @susie: 09/14/20 07:00:19AM
Susie
@susie
09/05/20 04:32:36PM
382 posts

Song Identification Help


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Thank you for your help! Gonna work on this one, now that I have some info on it.

Susie
@susie
09/05/20 12:07:10PM
382 posts

Song Identification Help


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Gregg Schneeman:

Susie:

Can someone identify the song that is played here in this video? Thanks.



"My Own Home Waltz" into tune #2 I do not know and back to "My Own Home Waltz" then into "Ye Banks and Braes"


Thanks, that gives me a starting point to work on this (and tab it out). A lovely tune.

Susie
@susie
09/05/20 12:02:15PM
382 posts

Song Identification Help


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Dusty Turtle:

It sounds a lot like Southwind, but I don't think it's the same song.  Both are in 3/4, the first few notes are the same, and the B part goes up to the octave, so there are striking similarities.  But there are also both melodic and harmonic differences.

I wish I could identify it, but I can't. I'm sure someone will.

Thanks Dusty. I'm thinking the same thing. Similar, but different, so that's why I was wondering if it's a different song altogether. If I can't get a definitely answer, I'll just write it out myself, just by having the audio. I've done that on many occasions, so not a problem....just a little more work.

Susie
@susie
09/05/20 11:47:10AM
382 posts

Song Identification Help


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I thought it sounded like it at the beginning, but it has embellishments/parts I have never heard. 


updated by @susie: 09/05/20 12:03:50PM
Susie
@susie
09/05/20 11:10:58AM
382 posts

Song Identification Help


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Can someone identify the song that is played here in this video? Thanks.

Susie
@susie
08/18/20 12:12:15PM
382 posts

McSpadden Baritone Dulcimer


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Obviously not much interest here, but FWIW, I'm in contact with McSpadden re their 26" vsl, but baritone tuning.

Susie
@susie
08/10/20 04:11:18PM
382 posts

McSpadden Baritone Dulcimer


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I'm looking smaller in terms of the body (depth and length). Both my Folkcraft Customs, including the baritone, have the deeper body, with galax backs. So, they are quite a bit bigger than the McSpadden. Then, throw in their awesome case, and it's just too big for festivals. Plus, they are more of an investment, in case something were to happen. I love, love them for home and playing with others around home, but another McSpadden would be nicer for festivals. Like you said, I know the quality and tone of a McSpadden too. I've just never tried one of their baritones. 

Susie
@susie
08/10/20 08:44:41AM
382 posts

McSpadden Baritone Dulcimer


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I currently have a Folkcraft Custom Baritone Dulcimer. I love everything about it. I'm toying with the idea of getting a McSpadden baritione (because it is smaller), to accompany me to music festivals, where I also take my standard McSpadden.

For those with McSpadden baritones, can you give me your feedback? Dusty, I think you even did a video once of the one you had. Can you share that? For baritones, I lean towards the cherry/cherry or spruce/walnut woods, which I feel works well with the deeper tones. 


updated by @susie: 08/10/20 09:51:03AM
Susie
@susie
07/08/20 06:00:01PM
382 posts

Grant Olson Website


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Grant, nice website. You are quite the player.
Susie
@susie
06/20/20 11:20:12AM
382 posts

Show Us Your Pets!


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Beautiful pets in this thread!

Susie
@susie
05/29/20 07:59:05PM
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FUNNY songs you sing & play on your dulcimer


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I've always loved Doug Berch's "Shame and Scandal in the Family". 


updated by @susie: 05/29/20 07:59:32PM
Susie
@susie
05/03/20 03:31:09PM
382 posts

What's your favorite tune or dulcimer to play this month?


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Robin Thompson:

Playing mountain dulcimer is a comfort in these days.  

You bet it is, Robin!

Susie
@susie
05/03/20 09:40:19AM
382 posts

What's your favorite tune or dulcimer to play this month?


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I have been working on several songs, but I'm really enjoying my version of "Beauty and the Beast". I got Bing's original tab, but revised it some for my playing style, which I really like. Such a pretty tune. It sounds wonderful on my Doug Berch Standard Dulcimer, but it is also beautiful on my Folkcraft Custom Baritone. 


updated by @susie: 05/03/20 09:40:54AM
Susie
@susie
04/29/20 08:56:53PM
382 posts

Looking for "Walkabout" Dulcimer


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This was my Olympia that Kevin made for me. It was beautiful.
Susie
@susie
04/28/20 05:17:02AM
382 posts

Looking for "Walkabout" Dulcimer


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I used to have an Olympia Walkabout Dulcimer, but sold it a few years ago. They are quality made and are fun to play. Good luck in your search.

Susie
@susie
04/18/20 07:01:40PM
382 posts

The New ED


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I joined, but have slowly lost interest for the reason you cite....not much activity. I haven't given up on it. I have participated some, and hope it gets more interest. 

Susie
@susie
04/01/20 10:21:24AM
382 posts

New Doug Berch Dulcimer :)


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Dennis Waldrop:

First it has been way to long since I have been on this site! Second, I love your Doug Berch Dulcimer. Could you give me a little information on how and why you choose his instrument? I am talking with Doug and maybe looking at one of his instruments with the same woods that are in your Dulcimer. I am looking for a sound that is mellow and rich and wondering if these woods provide that kind of sound?

Thank you. I chose a Doug Berch dulcimer, because I know him personally and know the quality and care that go into his builds and I know how long he's been building dulcimers. Plus, he is an awesome player. He is very articulate....you could call him a perfectionist. My sassafras/walnut dulcimer is warmer sounding than my McSpadden and Folkcraft custom. Those woods tend to be so, as opposed to cherry or spruce. But, what also enters into the equation for how a dulcimer sounds is the build itself, how the builder makes his instruments. Mine isn't as loud as my Folkcraft custom, but the builds are different. The Folkcraft has a galax back. The Doug Berch has a beautiful tone, that has a real nice balance. I love it, actually. Mine has a pick-up, so when I want more volume, I just plug it in, and it sounds great through my little Roland amp. Doug is awesome to work with. He's not only good at what he does, but he's one of the nicest, most caring guys you'll every meet. Put it this way, at the time he was building mine, I went through a health scare. He provided me much-needed comfort. He is that thoughtful. Anyway, I don't think you'd be disappointed with one of his duclimers, just work with him and he will surely answer any questions or concerns you may have. I hope this helps.

AngelinaCat:

Hi Susie:

Your dulcimer is beautiful.  I love the wood patterns.  I bet it sounds as sweet as it looks.

Thank you! It does have a beautiful voice.


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Susie
@susie
03/17/20 06:40:17AM
382 posts

How is the COVID-19 coronavirus affecting you?


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We are retired and live in a rural area. So that helps a lot. Currently we are in the middle of our annual maple syrup production, so that is keeping us busy out in the woods and in our sugar house. So, we are staying very busy with that. happys The maple trees don't care about all this and it's one event that has not been cancelled.


updated by @susie: 03/17/20 07:28:54AM
Susie
@susie
03/13/20 04:21:09PM
382 posts

Idle time. What to do.


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I play at an Assisted Living Facility. I cancelled before I got word from them, because I just don't think any of us outsiders should be coming in there at this time. I have heard one the the Assisted Living Facilities in town isn't allowing visitors, I'm sure the one I play at and the others will follow suit. 

Be smart. Stay healthy.

Susie
@susie
03/11/20 12:29:10PM
382 posts

Paste-on fretboard markers


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UserNo4:

Thank you! I looked at that website, and it looks like it has what I'm looking for. I have two dulcimers that lack inlays, so a sheet of 20 will serve me well.

They will work good for you. They are very thin, so you won't feel them. Happy to help.
Susie
@susie
03/10/20 09:12:44PM
382 posts

Paste-on fretboard markers


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I have used those a few times on various instruments. My latest was on a custom Folkcraft dulcimer that had all the fretboard inlays I'm used to, except it didn't have one on the 5th. My eyes are just used to one on the 5th, all my other dulcimers have one there. So I got the white pearl stickers from inlaystickers.com, and put one on the 5th. Can't tell the difference between the inlays and the inlay sticker. 

Go directly to their website for many more choices. Still free shipping. 


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Susie
@susie
03/07/20 03:35:24PM
382 posts

Where to Purchase Tablature Music for the Dulcimer


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Hi

AngelinaCat:
Susie:

AngelinaCat, I've prepared a Word document that gives the links to many/most of the free tab sites. If you want it, I can send it to you. Just let me know.

Hi Susie:

Yes, thank you very much.  It will be greatly appreciated.  Can you send it by PM or would youy like my email address.  That I would send  by PM.

Send me your email address in a PM and I'll send it to you.

Susie
@susie
03/07/20 02:28:14PM
382 posts

Where to Purchase Tablature Music for the Dulcimer


Dulcimer Resources:TABS/Books/websites/DVDs

AngelinaCat, I've prepared a Word document that gives the links to many/most of the free tab sites. If you want it, I can send it to you. Just let me know.

Susie
@susie
02/20/20 02:23:55PM
382 posts

Any banjo players out there?


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

I play 5-string resonator banjo, Earl Scruggs style. I had a wonderful teacher who first taught me fingerpicking guitar (46 years ago), then I moved on to fingerpicking (aka Earl Scruggs style) banjo. Don't play as much as I should, but it is still fun to pull out now and again.

Susie
@susie
02/06/20 09:36:11AM
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Show Us Your Pets!


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Anne, Biddy is adorable. Sure looks like the cat is keeping an eye on him. Thanks for the photos.

Susie
@susie
02/04/20 09:38:53PM
382 posts

Show Us Your Pets!


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Jimmy, both are so cute!
Susie
@susie
02/02/20 05:01:52PM
382 posts

Show Us Your Pets!


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Anne, would love to see pictures. Congrats!

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