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Susie
@susie
04/12/21 06:35:41PM
418 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
418 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


updated by @susie: 04/11/21 05:34:55PM
Susie
@susie
04/09/21 11:11:53AM
418 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


updated by @susie: 04/09/21 11:12:59AM
Susie
@susie
04/09/21 10:58:41AM
418 posts

How is the COVID-19 coronavirus affecting you?


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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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updated by @susie: 04/09/21 11:00:14AM
Susie
@susie
04/09/21 08:21:35AM
418 posts

How is the COVID-19 coronavirus affecting you?


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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
418 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
418 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
418 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
418 posts

Bonnie Carol


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Thanks Ken, that was interesting.

Susie
@susie
03/20/21 08:43:39AM
418 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
418 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
418 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
418 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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updated by @susie: 03/01/21 12:36:17PM
Susie
@susie
02/28/21 12:02:11PM
418 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
418 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
418 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
02/18/21 12:35:31PM
418 posts

Zebrawood F# Native American Flute for Sale


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

I know Lei and was there when she purchased this flute. We met the builder and learned about his instruments (he also makes quality dulcimers). The tone is as beautiful as the craftsmanship on the flute. The High Spirits case is heavily padded and well constructed. You shouldn't have any reservations about dealing with Lei...a kind soul. (If I didn't already have a sufficient collection of flutes, I'd be purchasing it.) 

Susie
@susie
02/16/21 02:01:20PM
418 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
418 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.

Susie
@susie
02/07/21 03:28:11PM
418 posts

Dolly on mountain dulcimer


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

We love Dolly. Such a wonderful performer, talented song-writer, smart business-woman, and awesome philanthropist. 

Susie
@susie
02/03/21 09:03:32PM
418 posts

What Are You Working On?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Kusani:

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Well, my experiment on body shape affecting sound went awry do to me forgetting one important variable.  However, I did end up with a couple decent dulcimers. Both made from the same poplar board. Ebony was used for the overlay on the fretboard. Other than shape, all components and dimensions are identical. 



Those are beautiful!

Susie
@susie
01/23/21 10:51:49AM
418 posts

Show us your sound holes!


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rojo:

Very nice but far to complicated for this absolute beginner.

For a builder, I agree with you! 

For a company that has CNC machines, I think not. 

Susie
@susie
01/23/21 10:25:25AM
418 posts

Show us your sound holes!


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

These are called "Seahorse F" sound holes. 

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Susie
@susie
01/07/21 04:56:46PM
418 posts

A moment of reflection


OFF TOPIC discussions

Thank you Strumelia, a great reminder and a wonderful message. I value this forum (and the guitar forum where I moderate), because they are safe places to talk about our love for music and instruments. At each place, the members are kind and supportive. We are lucky when we can be a part of groups like these, especially during these stressful times. Hugs back to you and to all the members. grphug

Susie
@susie
01/03/21 04:28:09PM
418 posts

Recommendations on capos


Dulcimer Resources:TABS/Books/websites/DVDs

Like Dusty said, the Ewing capos are a good value.

Terry McCafferty now makes some really nice capos for a little more. I have since purchased 2 of his. Nice mechanism, perfect pressure.....my new favorite dulcimer capo. 

https://www.mccaffertydulcimers.com/capos

Susie
@susie
01/01/21 09:57:24AM
418 posts

Cigar Box Guitar


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

Really cool! Nice job on it.

Susie
@susie
12/24/20 05:03:54PM
418 posts

A Very Merry Christmas to all my New Friends


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Merry Christmas to all of you, and hope for a safe and blessed New Year. party

Susie
@susie
12/08/20 07:56:57AM
418 posts

one-of-a-kind Sam Rizetta mountain dulcimer


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Dusty Turtle:

Do you think the wood is koa?  It has that translucent, hypnotic look.

It's lacewood, which is beautiful. A work of art for sure!

Susie
@susie
11/25/20 07:11:26PM
418 posts

New McSpadden Flatwater Dulcimers


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Dusty Turtle:

My guess is that they will play the role of entry-level dulcimers as people's first instruments, so there will always be a small market for them, much like the Folkcraft cardboard dulcimers.  And like some of the student-model dulcimers that some luthiers make, some people may prefer them to fancier instruments.



Yes. It will likely do well as a travel/back-pack type instrument too. People have an easier time taking a lesser priced instrument like that. So I think it will do well to some degree and since it really has its own niche, i think it will stick around and not just be a fad. But, what do I know. shrugger

Susie
@susie
11/25/20 04:53:29PM
418 posts

New McSpadden Flatwater Dulcimers


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Ken Hulme:

Looks good.  I don't think there has been a production trapezoid-shape ever, except for the cardboard dulcimers; they've always been one-offs by individual builders.  Looks good and sounds good, and it's a decent price point.

I agree with everything you said Ken. It is an interesting approach. An inexpensive all wood dulcimer, that sounds good and helps out McSpadden in using wood that wouldn't be otherwise be put to use. Plus, it brings back that traditional dulcimer design. I hope they do well (I bet they do).
Susie
@susie
11/25/20 04:47:41PM
418 posts

McSpadden v. Folkcraft?


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

LisavB:

And here she is...arrived yesterday afternoon.  Just beautiful!

She IS beautiful!
How does she sound?
Susie
@susie
11/25/20 03:38:59PM
418 posts

New McSpadden Flatwater Dulcimers


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Robin Thompson:

The Flatwater looks and sounds great!  Thanks for the information, @susie! 

No problem. Thought it would be fun for people to see. 

Susie
@susie
11/25/20 02:38:19PM
418 posts

New McSpadden Flatwater Dulcimers


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions


Ken Hulme:

At $265 it's not a version of a $75 cardboard dulcimer!  Call it an Entry Level instrument.  Good to see though that they're being more frugal  -- using not necessarily uber-attractive pieces of wood for their own builds.  

I know it's not a version of a $75 cardboard dulcimer! THEY were explaining in the video how it came about. They wanted to create something like a cardboard dulcimer. But through the process, they decided they wanted to take it a step further and have the quality of a solid wood instrument. They even admit that they never accomplished the task of creating a cardboard dulcimer. The video gives the whole story and they call it like it is. (The link works for me, because I have a FB account. I'm not sure it it works for everyone.)


updated by @susie: 11/25/20 03:40:07PM
Susie
@susie
11/25/20 12:50:12PM
418 posts

New McSpadden Flatwater Dulcimers


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions


McSpadden will be releasing their new Flatwater dulcimers this friday (Black Friday). It is their version of the "cardboard" dulcimer, though it is of better quality, made of solid woods. It will have a 26" vsl and will have 3 strings. This is their way of creating a simpler, less-expensive dulcimer using woods that they wouldn't otherwise be able to use on their standard dulcimers, because the pieces of wood wouldn't be big enough. It will start at $265, which includes a case. They will be choosing the woods out of their supply and will use the woods that sound good and look good. They announced it on Facebook today. I have no affiliation with McSpadden, but just thought I'd pass this along to the group. 

https://www.facebook.com/McSpaddenDulcimers/videos/1082866002137021


updated by @susie: 11/25/20 02:39:07PM
Susie
@susie
11/24/20 03:13:00PM
418 posts

No wonder everyone has more than one.


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I agree with Dusty.

When I said I have different keys covered, it's because I have standard dulcimers that I mostly tune to D; a baritone that I mostly tune to A; and a Ginger (small dulcimer) that I mostly tune to G. Of course, any of them can be retuned as needed. So I like having several different types of dulcimers (voices). Also, the McSpaddens are the traditional, less-deep style; 2 have galax backs and are deeper bodied; and one is in-between (and also has a pickup installed for small gigs). So like Dusty, what and where I'm playing often dictates which dulcimer I play. Two dulcimers usually accompany me to festivals.

Susie
@susie
11/24/20 10:45:29AM
418 posts

Native American Flutes


Adventures with 'other' instruments...


Irene, the NAF journey can be a lot of fun. Congrats on your new HS flute. I had a low E for awhile, but it was one of 3 flutes I recently sold. They sound so haunting. 

Ken, I hope my idea of the case helps you out. I first did one for my tin whistle, years ago. 

Re the case, I don't store any of my flutes in their cases...it will only be used when I go to festivals or travel in the motor home. My NAF's remain out on stands so they can benefit from the humidifier I have in my music room. Storing it in that plastic case wouldn't be a good idea.


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Susie
@susie
11/23/20 10:53:22AM
418 posts

Native American Flutes


Adventures with 'other' instruments...


sleepingangel: I love that case you made. I would love a step by step lol. Makes me want to buy the flute just to make the case. Ha ha enjoy Maria

Thank you, it was fun.  I used a piece of 1 1/4" PVC that my husband had left over (the flute fits perfectly in it). I cut it to the correct length with a chop saw (which gave it a nice clean, square cut). Then I got the two ends from Home Depot. I put an 1/8" thick felt stick-on pad in the fixed end, so the flute would have padding there. Then I glued on the two ends with PVC glue. In the end with the screw cap, I rolled up some foam, and tucked it on the inside of the cap and wrapped it tightly with electrical tape. That provides the cushion for the flute on that end and takes up the excess space that that end has (because of the way those PVC ends work). The printing on the PVC was the harder part. To remove it, I tried Acetone (nail polish remover) as suggested on YouTube. It lightened it, but didn't remove it. So, my husband said PVC glue would remove it. So, we smeared PVC glue on the printing, then removed it quickly with a paper towel. Wa-la, it worked. It takes off some of the sheen, but I redid the glue thing on the whole tube to make it consistent. I added some music stickers I had from a previous project. 


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updated by @susie: 11/23/20 05:04:19PM
Susie
@susie
11/23/20 10:29:22AM
418 posts

Native American Flutes


Adventures with 'other' instruments...


Strumelia:

Susie I'm curious- the white circle right on the end of the scorpion's tail- is that a hole used for playing?

Very nicely done PVC case!

No, that is an inlay....it is a 6mm Kyocera Opal cabochon. Nice catch!

Re the case, thank you!


updated by @susie: 11/23/20 10:29:40AM
Susie
@susie
11/23/20 10:21:27AM
418 posts

Native American Flutes


Adventures with 'other' instruments...


Since I recently downsized my NAF collection by 3, I thought I could justify (and try out) one of High Spirits new Spirit Flutes. This is from their Astrology line (mine is Scorpio) Their Spirit Flutes are not double chambered flutes, so they take a little less effort in blowing. This is in the key of A (it is 14" long and is made of Spanish Cedar). I love the fact that I have a flute without a fetish now, so it will be of less concern when traveling. In fact, I made a "hard case" for it out of PVC (that was fun to do). These don't have quite the volume that a standard NAF has, but the tone is quite nice. It plays just like a double chambered NAF. 

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