Forum Activity for @robert schuler

robert schuler
@robert schuler
07/20/17 10:56:35AM
243 posts

Healthy Living- healthy eating, exercise, weight loss, veggie gardening, etc.


Off Topic discussions

After asparagus & strawberry season, we switched to high tunnel tomatoes. Been picking vineripes since late June. After three years my 150 ft long blackberry row is loaded with more fruit than I'll ever pick. I wish I had time to enjoy summer but field work takes the joy out of it.
Winter time is my fun time... Robert.
robert schuler
@robert schuler
06/20/17 05:07:29PM
243 posts

Looking for a pick


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I cut my own out of plastic lids and containers. Robert.
robert schuler
@robert schuler
06/11/17 05:48:15PM
243 posts

Fixed Bridge and Intonation


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Richard. I build my dulcimers with not movable but interchangeable bridges. One for 155 and 158 tuning.
Bad intonation can drive you crazy. New players may not have the "ear" for tuning and so its doesn't bother them. Robert.
robert schuler
@robert schuler
06/11/17 12:55:14PM
243 posts

Fixed Bridge and Intonation


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

Apple creek dulcimers are DSO's. (Dulcimer shaped objects). You best remove the original bridge then reposition it until you get intonation, assuming the frets are accurate to start with. Fixed bridges are often pre set to work in one tuning with one type of string set.. Robert.
robert schuler
@robert schuler
06/08/17 10:52:09PM
243 posts

Chromatic fret spacing on drone strings


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Go on you tube and look for Jos Tilley. Scroll his channel and you will see many fine examples of European style zithers. Most have the type of fretboard your looking for. This guy is a fabulous zither player.. Robert
robert schuler
@robert schuler
05/21/17 10:41:08PM
243 posts

Tinwhistle / penny whistles


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

Can't believe it's two weeks since I last posted here. I like the low D and seems like everyone else does too. But you need big hands or as in my case a lot of stretching to play it. Piper grip is a must. Susato whistles have a valve version to ease the pain. I would love to get a G & low A someday.
Hohner Marine band harmonica's in G is tuned low and "just intonated" too!. So that fills the need for now... Robert
robert schuler
@robert schuler
05/07/17 07:20:26AM
243 posts

Tinwhistle / penny whistles


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

Down by the salley garden is a great whistle tune for beginner's. In the evening I like to sit on the porch and serenade the frogs with my Tony Dixon low D. The frogs do stop and listen, at least that's what it seems. It's good to have an appreciative audience... Robert.
robert schuler
@robert schuler
04/26/17 03:03:38PM
243 posts

6 String guages and tuning


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N9LO:

My scale length is 28".  It is for my "Ugly Stick" I just made.  It is called "Ugly Stick" because I built an "Ugly Amp" to go with it.

 

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Nice creation, If I were you, I would take advantage of the low cost and build many variations. There are many fret, scale options and tunings you could try out at very little cost. As for strings, I always start with the lightest and seriously spend time playing before jumping to heavier gauges... Good luck... Robert...
robert schuler
@robert schuler
04/24/17 09:57:02PM
243 posts

The Positive Thread...


Off Topic discussions

Thanks Robin & Lisa, I'll be OK. I'm a tough old bird. I was playing a new 1.5 fret model minutes before going down the tube. All I could think of was getting home and playing again.. Robert.
updated by @robert schuler: 04/24/17 09:58:03PM
robert schuler
@robert schuler
04/24/17 02:08:50PM
243 posts

The Positive Thread...


Off Topic discussions

After 30 minutes in a MRI machine, I've come to really appreciate the sound of a dulcimer more than ever... Robert...
robert schuler
@robert schuler
04/17/17 11:36:37PM
243 posts

Galax dulcimer for sale


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

here is another recording I made with this model... Robert

robert schuler
@robert schuler
04/09/17 09:47:33PM
243 posts

What's your Favorite Finger Board length?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I use 26" on my dedicated DAdd models. I think this is the most versatile scale for chord players. I have a few 25.5 which are my second favorite. For noter drone I use longer scales with 27" being my favorite. My just intonation models are 27". My baritone models are 30".
Since so many folks play in D tuning the shorter scale means less string breaking. Try tuning a 30" to D4 and you'll see what I mean... Robert.
robert schuler
@robert schuler
03/22/17 08:49:30PM
243 posts

Galax dulcimer for sale


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

Tennessee Jed:

Hello,   is this one still for sale ?   It looks and sounds wonderful !


Yes it's still for sale, thanks for your comments.. Robert.
robert schuler
@robert schuler
03/20/17 09:54:46AM
243 posts

Fret Material


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I used evo gold on three banjos. Really good stuff. After three years there is hardly a scratch on frets. What I don't like about EG is it comes from a coil. It is very hard to flatten the radius. On flat fingerboards it will popup in middle sometimes. If I could get it in straight lengths I would use it exclusively. Re fretting can cost you as much as you paid for the dulcimer. At least by EBay standards. And it puts a lot of stress on the instrument. Frets have to be really worn to need replacement. I think for most folks its easier to live with worn frets. I use Stewart MacDonald nickel silver wire. Its very good and easy to use. And it comes is straight lengths.. Robert.
updated by @robert schuler: 03/20/17 09:56:25AM
robert schuler
@robert schuler
03/15/17 08:24:32PM
243 posts

Tinwhistle / penny whistles


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

Lisa enjoy the class, I wish I could be there. I like my generation Bb. Its great for those C minor tunes.
Today I picked up my alto recorder and played it the first time in months. I was beside myself when I got the fingering down on the first try. Playing Whiskey before Breakfast... Have fun, enjoy the snow, we got only rain... Robert.
robert schuler
@robert schuler
03/10/17 08:47:36AM
243 posts

Just intonation and limitations


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Bob... JI scale was determined by ear. Its the sound the fretted note has when played against the drones. There is a sweet harmony that you can hear and feel,that doesn't exist with fretting the ET scale. I'm not sure what will happen using electronic tuner, you might end up with ET instead.
I've sold a few JI dulcimers but most folks reject them because they don't include the 6.5 fret...Robert.
robert schuler
@robert schuler
03/09/17 10:17:54AM
243 posts

Just intonation and limitations


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

For Daa tuning there is nothing better than JI. If you play a lot in 155 tuning I recommend getting a dedicated JI dulcimer and use it for all 155 playing. You will never go back to EQ 155 again.

Bob... somewhere on this site is the formula for making a JI ruler. I'm sure someone will post the link. I made a 27" and 30" ruler from it, and both worked out really well... Robert.
robert schuler
@robert schuler
03/06/17 09:31:51PM
243 posts

Galax dulcimer for sale


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

George, somehow we are following each other but the private e mail does not seem to work... Thanks for you comments... Robert.
robert schuler
@robert schuler
03/06/17 08:47:59PM
243 posts

Recommendations for new strings and new a bridge?


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I string my 26 and 27" scale dulcimers with DAddario J64 string set...Robert...
robert schuler
@robert schuler
02/23/17 01:00:14PM
243 posts

Galax dulcimer for sale


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

I designed and built this model from inspiration I got from the many Galax dulcimer designs I've seen. The top is made of solid cypress inlaid with wood herringbone purfling. Single back of highly figured walnut all bound in cherry rope binding. Walnut fingerboard, 28" vsl tempered scale with 6.5 fret,  D style tailpiece, uses ball end strings, presently set up with 4- .010 strings. This instrument uses conventional frets cut short  to resemble staple frets. Rosewood bridge intonated for unison tuning that is typical of the galax style. Peghead is cherry with boxwood viola tuning pegs. I choose viola pegs because the thicker shafts hold better and are easier to retune. Finished in light brown shellac and satin lacquer. Possum board in photo not included but can be purchased for extra $25.00. Shipped USPS. price is $395.00 plus shipping. 7 day returns... thank you ... Robertcypress galax peg head.jpgcypress galax back.jpg

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robert schuler
@robert schuler
02/05/17 08:56:55AM
243 posts

Use of 8 1/2 fret


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I've built fully chromatic dulcimers for folks who wanted to go all the way. You might do the same. You can even string them reverse and play them like a guitar... But be sure to keep a true diatonic model nearby. I played with extra frets and it's just not for me.. It just ain't fitten... Robert...
robert schuler
@robert schuler
01/19/17 09:14:21PM
243 posts

Rest in Peace Alan Jabbour


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Strange coincidence. But I've been playing Over the Waterfall, for the last week. A Henry Reed tune popularized by Alan. I hope there will always be young people coming along as Alan did in the sixties. To keep the music alive .. Robert.
robert schuler
@robert schuler
01/04/17 10:15:32AM
243 posts

What Are You Working On?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Rob N Lackey:

2017 is going to be my year of "no extra frets."  I'm continuing my study of the late Roger Nicholson's playing and writing. Trying to find some of his recordings I don't have.   Two tunes on which  I'm currently working are Cuckoo's Nest and Flowers of the Forest, two great mixolydian tunes.

Roger Nicholson has been a major influence on my whole approach to the MD. Sad he's not with us anymore... Robert

robert schuler
@robert schuler
01/03/17 09:23:26PM
243 posts

What Are You Working On?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

marg:

Robert,

sounds nice.

 

Marg. One thing cooking and making music have in common is always changing the recipe... Robert.
updated by @robert schuler: 01/03/17 09:24:36PM
robert schuler
@robert schuler
01/03/17 05:28:48PM
243 posts

What Are You Working On?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

On a dark wet day what could be better than a big pot of homemade potato soup and playing Over the Waterfall. So far on MD, HD, banjo and whistle... Robert

robert schuler
@robert schuler
12/22/16 07:19:33AM
243 posts

What Are You Working On?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

marg:

I met someone at an art meeting, I was playing the dulcimer for The Christmas party and the member was so interested in the dulcimer she has come by my home Monday, yesterday and today to learn about them.

I am lending her one of mine and already she is so excited, she says:  (The dulcimer's sound is just beautiful!!  I am mesmerized by the sound!)

I am happy she has already found what we know, the dulcimer is joy for our soul.

Merry Christmas, Happy Holiday dear FOTMD friends.

Marg. One of the responsibility that comes with dulcimer playing is to promote and evangelise the instrument. To you I say  well done... Robert

robert schuler
@robert schuler
12/21/16 07:02:13AM
243 posts

What Are You Working On?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Many years ago I built a hammered dulcimer based on a dulcimer featured in Sing Out magazine. Although I'm not as passionate towards the HD as I am to the MD, the HD muse always comes to me at Christmas time. I keep it set up in my dinning room which is currently decorated as the Christmas room. Robert...

robert schuler
@robert schuler
12/12/16 12:55:43PM
243 posts

baritone dulcimer


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Chord shape's are the same. Make bass string notch next to the existing bass notch. Or make a replacement bridge. I build my dulcimers with multi notched bridges and nuts. I would start with a .026 bass. It probably will fit the existing notch before going to heavier strings... Robert.

robert schuler
@robert schuler
12/11/16 08:46:10PM
243 posts

baritone dulcimer


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Yoli. Baritones are fun. I recorded Noel on a baritone dulcimer tuned in  C and in A. To demonstrate the versatility of a 30 inch VSL instrument.... 

robert schuler
@robert schuler
11/27/16 08:58:37AM
243 posts

Sound post or Under-brace ?


Building dulcimers

Bob, with a 3/16" top, narrow body and low string break angle you don't need bracing or sound post. They will only serve to dampen the tone...  Robert.

robert schuler
@robert schuler
11/25/16 10:01:17AM
243 posts

Remember Our Friend Oliver Ogden.


Off Topic discussions

A truely nice man.... Robert...

robert schuler
@robert schuler
11/07/16 03:47:22PM
243 posts

why holes in fretboard?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I use two holes in my tempered scale dulcimers and three in my Galax style dulcimers. My fingerboards are hollow and holes greatly improve tone. And most of all they look really cool... Robert.

robert schuler
@robert schuler
11/01/16 12:08:49PM
243 posts

Let's talk about "Floating Bridges"


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

There is probably a mark or faint indentation  somewhere where the bridge sat. Hey it could be worse. Imagine a fiddle where the bridge and bridge post falls away. Resetting intonation is real easy don't worry... Robert.

robert schuler
@robert schuler
10/30/16 02:36:10PM
243 posts

Sewers?


Off Topic discussions

I got a sewing machine to make bags for my dulcimers. Found that pant legs from old blue jeans make great gig bags. Robert...

robert schuler
@robert schuler
09/25/16 03:42:16PM
243 posts

Tinwhistle / penny whistles


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

The nice thing about the whistle is that you can spend under $20 for a Generation and it will perform just as well as the $200 whistles.... Robert

robert schuler
@robert schuler
09/25/16 11:51:47AM
243 posts

Tinwhistle / penny whistles


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

I have two high C a Bb and D. All are tweeked. Tweeking makes the whistle sound more even and predictable in the second octave. I have a Tony Dixon polymer low D which is a relatively inexpensive low D whistle that sounds great but takes a pipers grip to play. I don't recommend low whistles for people with small hands.... Robert...

robert schuler
@robert schuler
08/22/16 08:50:30PM
243 posts

Thoughts on Harmonicas


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

I got a four way traffic light down my road. Stopping at red takes two minutes out of my life. Now I use that time playing harp. Most times I don't mind if the light stays red a little longer... Robert.

robert schuler
@robert schuler
08/09/16 09:01:54AM
243 posts

Help! (dulcimer acquisition disease)


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Like John, I build and sell dulcimers. My advice to you is ... Feed your habit...thumbsup... Robert.

robert schuler
@robert schuler
08/04/16 09:11:30PM
243 posts

What do noter players do when notes are not on the melody string?


Traditional style playing- drone and/or noter discussions

The fun thing about diatonic instruments is working with a limited scale and octaves. If you play a whistle you know what I mean. An option in Dad or Ddd to reaching over, is to play from the upper octave and use the lower octave for the reach over notes. One reason I play mostly in Daa is because I get most of those lower notes on the melody string... Robert 

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