Forum Activity for @robert-schuler

robert schuler
@robert-schuler
01/06/18 03:41:51PM
263 posts

What's fer dinner?


Off Topic discussions

Dinner tonight includes my last three home grown tomatoes. It be six long months before the next tomato... Robert

robert schuler
@robert-schuler
01/04/18 01:55:34PM
263 posts

Drone playing in DAD?


Traditional style playing- drone and/or noter discussions

One reason I avoid dulcimer clubs is I don't want to hear them say... Oh wow man you can't play with us because your not playing by the rules... Robert.

robert schuler
@robert-schuler
01/04/18 01:51:22PM
263 posts

Drone playing in DAD?


Traditional style playing- drone and/or noter discussions

When I bought my first dulcimer back in 72 I knew absolutely nothing about how to play it. And nobody around then to show me. The instruction book said play on the melody string. And then showed all possible tunings (modes). So I played ND in all tunings and never looked back. I like playing ND in dad. I like the sound of that fifth string mixing with the D. And jumping to the A string extends the D scale. Don't be bullied, as long as the tune your playing sounds great that is all that matters... Robert.

robert schuler
@robert-schuler
01/03/18 09:12:25PM
263 posts

The Drifting Thread...


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Sat by my woods this morning, heard some odd birds chirping in the cherry tree above. Looked up to see eight bald eagles looking down at me. Now I know how a rabbit feels before becoming dinner. A feral cat came trotting out of the corn stubble. Eagle took a dive for him instead. With all the birds cats eat its nice to see a bird getting even once in a while. The cat took off totally befuddled... Robert.
robert schuler
@robert-schuler
01/03/18 09:02:00PM
263 posts

What's fer dinner?


Off Topic discussions

I got a big old ham bone for Christmas. That means I'll be making split pea soup tomorrow. If my power stays on during the blizzard... Robert.
robert schuler
@robert-schuler
01/02/18 02:00:45PM
263 posts

Using boiled linseed oil (mahogany)


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Just polish with a good furniture wax. Oil might gunk up over time... Robert

robert schuler
@robert-schuler
11/20/17 05:22:24PM
263 posts

Fretboard separation from soundboard...


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   Hello CD, if the fingerboard pulled away from the soundboard then clamp as Ken said. If the soundboard pulled away from the fingerboard, then clamping would warp the fingerboard. If its the latter then add a shim between them. Its a common problem with all dulcimers over time where the soundboard pulls away a little bit from the fingerboard, usually on one side. If your dulcimer plays well as is, then you might want to leave well enough alone. Wood is very fluid over time its all a part of getting old I guess... Robert.

robert schuler
@robert-schuler
11/19/17 01:01:17AM
263 posts

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


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  Tomato season ended here November 10th. Longest season in my memory. Got mobbed by customers looking for their last real tomato until next summer. Even the greens went. Ill spend all of January cleaning up. In the mean time I'm  sleeping late and learning new tunes... Robert.

robert schuler
@robert-schuler
11/19/17 12:46:23AM
263 posts

Compensated Bridges?


Building dulcimers

  A byproduct from building my banjos are the scraps from cutting rosewood fingerboards. Rosewood fingerboard blanks are 8mm thick. I can get many dulcimer bridges and nuts from the cutoffs. I cut an 8mm slot in the saddle at the scale mark and insert a rosewood bridge, set action then cut a straight bridge. If the dulcimer sound right I leave it. If not I cut another with compensation. 8mm leaves a lot of room for adjustments. Trial and error gets me to perfect intonation, at least with a given set of strings.

  A problem I notice even with perfect intonation is the noter itself. I myself and ill bet most of you press too hard on the noter. This bends the notes, sharpening the melody. I don't get this with finger noting since I am in the habit of lightly touching the strings. Its a habit i'm  trying to correct. I found using a thicker noter stick helps. Perhaps in the future I may go to a to a lower crown fret.

  Tweaking the tuning sure helps I like to call it COMPENSATED TUNING.nod I agree with Ken, these are folk instruments but poor intonation should not be used as an excuse for poor workmanship. I have little use for electronic tuners, they are good to get you in the ball park so to speak but ultimately its your ear that must do the rest.

  Also playing with a fiddler or banjo with your intonation a few cents off isn't going to matter much.  Its when I play alone that it can drive me crazy.

  A note about scrap wood, I never waste wood, to me its all precious. I got wood that I've saved since I was 10 years old. Especially rosewood and ebony, I even try to save the sawdust. Never know when I'll need it. 

  This has been a very interesting discussion as is everything on FOTMD...Robert.

robert schuler
@robert-schuler
11/13/17 11:14:53PM
263 posts

Compensated Bridges?


Building dulcimers

I build all my dulcimers with a compensated bridge. When playing
in the second octave against an open D string,off intonation drives me crazy... Robert.
robert schuler
@robert-schuler
10/29/17 02:01:16PM
263 posts

What's fer dinner?


Off Topic discussions

Here in south Jersey, summer and fall is all about tomato sandwiches. As of October 29th I'm still picking from the field. A day hardly go's by when someone comes to my stand to buy tomatoes without telling me their favorite tomato sandwich recipe. Although stuffed peppers are on my menu for now... Robert.

robert schuler
@robert-schuler
10/29/17 01:55:08PM
263 posts

Tinwhistle / penny whistles


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

I like Walton brand of brass whistles. No tweaks, play great right out of the box. Too bad they don't make them is other keys besides D & C. For less than $15, you can't go wrong. I never played the $200 and up whistles but I'm sure it won't improve my playing anyway. Basically a whistle is a whistle,just a lot of fun on a low budget. 

The thing that really blows me away is when I learn a tune and find myself fingering away without ever thinking about where my fingers are suppose to go. Its almost like I'm standing beside myself listening to another player... Robert.

robert schuler
@robert-schuler
09/27/17 02:28:24PM
263 posts

What Are You Working On?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Dusty Turtle:

Robert, I remember vividly a picture you posted of barrels of Jersey tomatoes with a dulcimer sitting on top.


I enjoyed taking that photo, thanks for reminding me of it. The down side of digital is zillions of photos. Pictures get lost in the jumble.

My sister is on the Gulf coast of FL. Took direct hit but miraculously no damage.
We are enjoying the outer band of Maria. Pretty clouds cool breezes. We could use a little rain.

Just finished a semi fretless banjo, very exciting. Put strings on and waiting for it to settle in so I can play it... Robert.
robert schuler
@robert-schuler
09/26/17 02:34:12PM
263 posts

What Are You Working On?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

When not picking tomatoes I am picking Cherokee Shuffle... Robert.
robert schuler
@robert-schuler
08/27/17 10:50:28PM
263 posts

Are you playing on your porch today? -Aug 26, 2017


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Beautiful autumn weather here. Started day picking banjo before the real picking began. Picked corn for the market, then back to the banjo.
Girlfriend brought me a crumb cake, she went up the field to pick tomatoes all day. I sat on the porch eating cake, picking banjo and snoozing. Later another girlfriend came by with fresh brownies. She went up the field to load her car with vegies and cut flowers. I sat on the porch till midnight eating brownies playing my Galax, and fiddle... What a great day... Robert.
robert schuler
@robert-schuler
08/23/17 08:40:55PM
263 posts

Are you playing on your porch today? -Aug 26, 2017


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Salt Springs:

Are you smoking Sutliff Buttered Rum?

 


I like Sutliff but this was Low Country...
robert schuler
@robert-schuler
08/22/17 08:51:45PM
263 posts

Are you playing on your porch today? -Aug 26, 2017


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I'll be spending the next three hours on my porch. 3 cups of coffee, one pipe of buttered rum tobacco, and a banjo... Robert.
robert schuler
@robert-schuler
08/22/17 01:30:45PM
263 posts

Are you playing on your porch today? -Aug 26, 2017


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Congratulations Lisa! I know how you feel. I have a back porch attached to my kitchen, that for 30 years used to store stuff not worthy of being in the home, but too good to toss. Last year I remodeled my home, except the porch. Finally cleaned it out. Still need new screens but otherwise I made it very livable.
I absolutely love sitting out there... Robert.
robert schuler
@robert-schuler
07/31/17 08:57:42AM
263 posts

Tune You've Had The Most Fun Playing?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Saint Ann's Reel. I play it all over the place!... Robert.
robert schuler
@robert-schuler
07/26/17 09:01:04AM
263 posts

Are you playing on your porch today? -Aug 26, 2017


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I play on my porch after dark, usually past midnight. Some nights I hate to quit, despite having to start work a 6 am. I'll be playing 8/26 God willing... Robert...
robert schuler
@robert-schuler
07/20/17 10:56:35AM
263 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
263 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
263 posts

Fixed Bridge and Intonation


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

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
263 posts

Fixed Bridge and Intonation


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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
263 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
263 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
263 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
263 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.

 

Ugly Stick.JPG


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
263 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
263 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
263 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
263 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
263 posts

Galax dulcimer for sale


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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
263 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
263 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
263 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
263 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
263 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
263 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...
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