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Susie
@susie
02/20/20 02:23:55PM
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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
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Show Us Your Pets!


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Jimmy, both are so cute!
Susie
@susie
02/02/20 05:01:52PM
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Show Us Your Pets!


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Anne, would love to see pictures. Congrats!

Susie
@susie
02/02/20 08:23:05AM
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Show Us Your Pets!


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David, she sure is a cute pup!
Susie
@susie
01/29/20 07:33:05AM
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My dulcimers stay out all of the time


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Banjimer:

A couple of questions for those up north and in the Midwest who keep their instruments out all the time.  Don't you have a problem with the instruments drying out and cracking when the furnace is running and the air in the house dries out?  Isn't that why a lot of musicians keep humidifiers in their instrument cases?

We live in Northern MI. In addition to the 4 dulcimers, we have 6 guitars, and many other wooden instruments. We also have a house made of wood, lots of wood furniture and trim and us and the dogs. For the instruments, structure, belongings and living creatures, we have 3 whole house humidifiers for the 3 levels of the house. In the summer, we use Central A/C and a dehumidifier. We keep the relative humidity controlled between 40% and 60% all year. But, given that, I've have always stored my instruments in their cases (since 1973). It's a personal choice I know, there's no one right way. I fully respect those who choose to have their instruments out.


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Susie
@susie
01/28/20 09:13:42PM
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Guitar project


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Funny thing, I played a bunch of 12 fret Taylor guitars today at our local store. They have more bass and a bit more volume than their 14 fret siblings. Like I need another, I have 5 Taylors now (after selling a 6th one)


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Susie
@susie
01/28/20 07:37:33PM
356 posts

Guitar project


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

That looks great Ken. Is it going to have nylon strings? I see it is a 12 fret. I bet it will be a fun little parlor guitar when you are done. Keep us posted. Would love to see it when it's done.

Susie
@susie
01/28/20 12:07:53PM
356 posts

Lucy Wise - Walking Out


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Very nice, thanks for sharing.

Susie
@susie
01/24/20 08:37:07AM
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How do you folk involve your Baritone dulcimer with others?


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That's a beauty! I ordered mine with the galax back too. Enjoy!
Susie
@susie
01/23/20 09:46:29AM
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How do you folk involve your Baritone dulcimer with others?


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Kevin, welcome back. I remember corresponding with you about our Olympia Walkabout Dulcimers. I have a Folkcraft Custom Baritone, tuned to A. I haven't yet sat down to try to play with others. For me, it's about my personal use and loving the lower tones in all the standard tunes. So, I use my regular music when playing my baritione. 

I have read a few articles that may help. Just google "playing baritone dulcimer with standard dulcimers". Hope this helps.

 

 


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Susie
@susie
01/23/20 05:30:52AM
356 posts

My Husband Has Become Interested...


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Congrats, looking forward to your report after you get it. I think you should be real happy with a McSpadden. Usually, you can't go wrong.

Susie
@susie
01/21/20 07:45:58PM
356 posts

FS: Collection of Books, DVD, Strings, Capo, Noters & Picks


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

Kusani:

Way to go, I would have jumped on this also had I seen it in time. :)

 

Thanks. Sorry about it. I hope the buyer gets good use out of these dulcimer books and accessories. 

Susie
@susie
01/21/20 10:03:29AM
356 posts

FS: Collection of Books, DVD, Strings, Capo, Noters & Picks


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

For Sale, a nice lot of everything you (or someone you know) need to learn or continue your journey with the mountain dulcimer.

All items come from a smoke-free home.

I've put together these items as a package, so someone can benefit from them. 

$30 for the entire lot, which INCLUDES free USPS shipping CONUS. PayPal.

The pictures should show all you need to know about the items, but if you have questions, please let me know.

The books have had very little use, are in excellent shape, and are free from any tears, stains or writing. The "You Can Teach Yourself Dulcimer" book comes with a DVD (which was never used).

Pictured, are three sets of strings that are brand new and have the following gauges: .012, .012, .014, .024 (squeakless). IN ADDITION, I've added a fourth set of brand new strings (same brand and gauges) (not pictured) that are in unopened string envelopes, but doesn't have the outer plastic pouch. So essentially, there are four sets of new strings included.

The capo is a Ewing adjustable, with a walnut cap, used very little.

The noters are made by Folkcraft (never used)...2 sizes.

The picks are 2 thin and 1 medium (never used).

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Susie
@susie
01/15/20 08:04:10AM
356 posts

Sears and Roebuck dulcimers


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Rain Dog: Here's a picture of the dulcimer from Sears I received for Christmas in 1979. I've kept it in the original shipping box, so I'm including a shot of the label. The label inside the dulcimer says Global Instrument Company LTD.

That is really cool. I didn't realize that Sears was still selling instruments as late as 1979. It looks to be well taken care of. What a special instrument. How does it sound?

Susie
@susie
01/04/20 08:25:38AM
356 posts

Brass instruments


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

I'm not a brass instrument player, but I'm a retired saxophone and flute player. My involvement in band from age 9 has caused me to want some continued connection with wind instruments. As a result, I play Native American Flute(s) now. 


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Susie
@susie
01/03/20 06:35:32PM
356 posts

Practice tips


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Good advice so far, I won't expand on that. But one thing that I will add is this (something I have done for 46 years)....

always end your practice session playing some songs that you are pretty good at, that you enjoy. It allows you to end on a good note (pun intended), rather than ending your session being frustrated with something you haven't quite conquered yet. You will feel good and be ready to sit down to your next practice session, having ended in a positive way. Just a suggestion that has worked for me.

Susie
@susie
12/27/19 05:20:23PM
356 posts

Fair price for a 2003 McSpadden


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That's great news, sounds like a win-win for all. We'd love to see pictures of it, if you get the chance. You're going to love having that McSpadden!

Susie
@susie
12/17/19 02:09:43PM
356 posts

You know your dulcimer has a hold on you when...


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I think the very same way, since beginning my music journey in 1973. smile I hate it when a injury interferes with my playing guitar or dulcimer. I truly feel blessed as long as I can play.

Susie
@susie
12/10/19 12:55:21PM
356 posts

Wind Instruments????


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GaryinWYoming:

I play Native American style flutes also.  Three of them are High Spirits flutes and are very well made.  I have another made by Stellar flutes.  I love the mellow, haunting sound. 

Another HS flutes player here....I have 7. flute

Susie
@susie
11/29/19 06:18:38PM
356 posts

John Molineux uses a striker on a mountain dulcimer


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That was a really neat video. Loved the song and the music. Thanks for sharing. 

Susie
@susie
11/26/19 08:48:45PM
356 posts

NDD (New Dulcimer Day) Thread - Let's See Them


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Robin Thompson:

@susie I came-by the instrument used yet it has been used very little.  I've not contacted the builder, Paul Conrad, to ask him just what variety of instrument he called it.  It has a very deep voice with which I am smitten.  

I bet you are! My baritone, which is tuned AEA, has that beautiful lower voice too. Enjoy your new friend!
Susie
@susie
11/26/19 08:37:30PM
356 posts

NDD (New Dulcimer Day) Thread - Let's See Them


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That's a beauty Robin! Is it a standard tuned dulcimer or a baritone or bass? It looks like it has a big voice. Thanks for sharing.
Susie
@susie
11/16/19 09:44:21AM
356 posts

Your Three Favorite Songs


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For me, it actually changes as I learn new songs. I have so many. Currently, I'd say:

My Heart Will Go On (the Titanic song)

Goodbye is Not Forever (Bing Futch)

This Old Guitar (John Denver)

Susie
@susie
11/09/19 08:24:35AM
356 posts

The Positive Thread...


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Ken Longfield:

Susie, that was a serendipitous encounter. I'm glad it helped you.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Not my encounter, it was Dusty's. Just clarifying.

Susie
@susie
11/08/19 07:41:44AM
356 posts

The Positive Thread...


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Dusty Turtle:

Feeling a little down after getting some bad financial news (the sort homeowners know all too well) I welcomed the opportunity for some down time and took the dog for a walk just around dusk.  We took a slightly longer route than usual, and as I turned a corner I heard the clear sound of a stringed instrument.  Walking down the street leisurely were a father and son, both strumming ukuleles.  The father was singing quietly, though I was never able to hear enough to make out the tune.  Every now and then the son would ask a question and the father would patiently explain how to play a certain chord or something and then they would continue.  Our walk intersected again with them about 15 minutes later, too. I wanted to introduce myself and invite them to our neighborhood jams, but I didn't.  I didn't want to interrupt what was such a gentle and also purposeful interaction between the two of them.  Seeing those two definitely turned my frown upside down.

A neat encounter with great timing. Music helps heal in so many ways.
Susie
@susie
11/05/19 04:31:12PM
356 posts

Introduce Yourself!


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Matthew, happy to hear you're making music again!

Susie
@susie
11/05/19 03:17:30PM
356 posts

NDD (New Dulcimer Day) Thread - Let's See Them


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Robin Thompson:

Enjoy that beautiful Appalachian dulcimer, Susie!  

Thanks, I am!

Susie
@susie
11/05/19 12:32:48PM
356 posts

NDD (New Dulcimer Day) Thread - Let's See Them


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Don Grundy: Beautiful! Concert please!

Thanks! I did a short concert for my husband this morning. nod

Susie
@susie
11/05/19 12:02:23PM
356 posts

NDD (New Dulcimer Day) Thread - Let's See Them


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Dusty Turtle:

That's a beauty, @Susie!  Congratulations.

Thanks Dusty, I appreciate it. 

Susie
@susie
11/05/19 11:10:07AM
356 posts

NDD (New Dulcimer Day) Thread - Let's See Them


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Just received this yesterday. A Folkcraft Custom Baritone Dulcimer in Cherry, with a galax back. East Indian Rosewood fingerboard and accents. The cherry adds a little sparkle and volume to the overall lower tones. A beautiful instrument in tone and looks. Love it!

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Susie
@susie
10/20/19 07:35:43AM
356 posts

It was a defective string!


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New strings can often be the best, quick fix. So happy for you. I had a dulcimer that I had put new strings on that I love on another dulcimer. When I played it, it had lost all life...it sounded muted and lifeless. I love the strings on my other dulcimer. So, I changed strings to a different type and tada, it had it's life back. For whatever reason, that dulcimer just doesn't like those strings. Lesson learned.


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Susie
@susie
10/19/19 12:21:45PM
356 posts

NDD (New Dulcimer Day) Thread - Let's See Them


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Robin Thompson:

If I had a new/new-to-me dulcimer I'd post!  

Me too. I thought I'd see some activity by starting this thread. I guess there aren't nearly as many purchases being made of dulcimers here as there is on my other music sites. It's always fun to see the new stuff, but maybe dulcimer players are more conservative. Well, the thread is here, maybe someone will get something new some day. shrugger

Susie
@susie
10/16/19 09:37:30AM
356 posts

NDD (New Dulcimer Day) Thread - Let's See Them


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Ken Hulme:

Most of us just post a separate thread when we acquire or make a new instrument, rather than having a single thread of new dulcimers. 

But here's my newest build.  This Holly Leaf is shape based on one of two Civil War or earlier instruments known to have been made in this recognizable pattern -- one in North Carolina and a similar but different holly leaf shape made in Virginia by a different builder.  Great minds think alike and all that.

Mine is not an exact replica of the one which was built in Burnsville, NC.  Rather,  I 'softened' the original rigid straight lines by curving the shoulders and tail.   Walnut and Maple.  Rosewood tuning pegs.  Staple frets for the melody string only.  Width 7.5", Length 34.5".  Side height 1.5".  Fretboard 1" high x 1.125" wide.

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Yes, I have seen a few NDD threads, but not many. I thought a thread like this might get more people to post. Just a thought. We will see.

That's a really cool dulcimer, thanks for the details on it. How does it sound?


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