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Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
03/18/19 06:32:33PM
559 posts

Ruth Randle


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I knew Ruth from several dulcimer events I attended. I enjoyed sharing music with her. We talked about her on another dulcimer site (probably one of the Facebook dulcimer pages). She is missed by many.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
03/15/19 05:03:34PM
559 posts

New player / New purchase


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

That is a beautiful instrument. Enjoy and have fun playing it (which I am sure you will). Richard makes wonderful instruments.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
03/10/19 10:23:06AM
559 posts

Cigar Box Guitars


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

Nice, Randy. I could sit and listen to you play all day. Might need a break for pizza though.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
03/07/19 12:35:37PM
559 posts

Working with Tropical Woods


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Wow, really nice figured rosewood. It is a beautiful instrument.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
03/04/19 05:26:47PM
559 posts

Playing again after losing all my dulcimers


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Welcome back, Jeannie. It is wonderful to hear about your new dulcimers. David makes a really nice dulcimer which I'm sure you will enjoy. My best wishes are extended to you as you continue to recover from the fire and loss of your home and possessions.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
02/18/19 07:43:24PM
559 posts

New Harmony Dulcimer


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Enjoy your new dulcimer.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
02/17/19 06:10:50PM
559 posts

How do I tune this, or change the setup?


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Glad my suggestion worked out. Enjoy your new to you dulcimer.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
02/17/19 02:45:22PM
559 posts

The Positive Thread...


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Thanks, Dusty. I never tire of Boil 'Em Cabbage. It is a fun and easy tune.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
02/17/19 02:35:31PM
559 posts

How do I tune this, or change the setup?


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Is the lower string also tuned to D an octave lower than the others? That is certainly a valid dulcimer tuning. It looks like you can easily add a groove in the nut to make it a double melody string. You would then move the other string to the center slot which is already on the nut. Using the proper strings for the vibrating string length of the dulcimer you could certainly tune to DAA or DAd.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
02/15/19 07:41:41PM
559 posts

Your Three Favorite Songs


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Three that have some meaning for me:

There's A Meeting Here Tonight sung by the Limeliters

Jimmy Newman written and sung by Tom Paxton

Paradise written and sung by John Prine

My three favorite hymns:

A Mighty Fortress Is Our God

Now Thank We All Our God

My Life Flows On In Endless Song

I could make up lots of categories for three songs, but I'll stop with those two.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
02/10/19 12:06:55PM
559 posts

Tiny brass dulcimer.


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It also could have been half of a pair of earrings. I remember seeing a pair like that a dulcimer festival a few years ago.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."


updated by @ken-longfield: 02/10/19 12:08:19PM
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
02/10/19 12:02:49PM
559 posts

Buying in Europe


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You might check this website: http://www.dulcimers.co.uk. Robin Clark is a member here. He sells several different brands of dulcimers including McSpadden.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
02/09/19 10:08:25PM
559 posts

Oddball double fretboard dulcimer


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Interesting, very interesting.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
02/09/19 09:57:14PM
559 posts

Blackbird


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Guitar Tab Universe uses an "after the fact" type of copyright situation. The site places the responsibility of the copyright owner to notify it that a particular piece of music is posted unlawfully. Once the notice and supporting evidence is supplied, the offending piece is removed. Most dulcimer sites prefer to proactive and ask that copyright material not be posted with out documented permission.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
02/07/19 10:30:30AM
559 posts

No Strum hollow


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My guess is that the strum hollow was invented by someone who did not like to hear the clicking sound of the pick against the fret board. Could have been Prichard or Thomas or someone else.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
02/06/19 07:44:47PM
559 posts

Playing dulcimer with a ukelele


Playing and jamming difficulties...HELP ME!

When I first saw the title of this discussion, I was going to suggest using a pick instead, but now that I understand the topic of this discussion, I won't do that. I just received a soprano ukulele and enjoy playing along with my dulcimer friends.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
02/05/19 09:38:08PM
559 posts

Luthiers - Cedar Creek?


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I agree with Greg's comments. I know some folks who have Cedar Creek dulcimers. I think they are a good quality dulcimer. There probably have not been as many made as McSpadden and Folkcraft. You just don't see as many around. They often come up on the used market although I can't recall prices paid for them.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
02/05/19 08:56:33AM
559 posts

Shipping in the cold


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One reason for letting instruments acclimate to their environment before opening is that with gloss finishes they will craze when subject to rapid changes in temperature. This is much more likely to happen than a problem with the wood. Temperature and humidity will effect wood expansion and contraction and glue joints. The use of modern glues has pretty much eliminated the glue joint problem. It is always better to err on the side of caution than to be eager and sorry.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
02/02/19 10:00:26PM
559 posts

Music must be in my blood


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I agree with the Hoffman part. Could be Albert.

 

Ken

"The dulcimer sings sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
02/02/19 09:37:52PM
559 posts

Shipping in the cold


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Like John said, i would advise them to let them acclimate to room temperature before opening if they are coming out of a UPS, FedEx, or post office truck. I picked up a ukulele I ordered at the post office this morning and opened it right away when I got home. I reasoned that it had been in the heated post office for about 4 1/2 hours and I carried it to my parked truck (about 30 seconds in the cold) which was warm and drove home (about two minutes) pulled in to the garage. I then walked to the house (about 30 seconds) and then went inside. I placed the box on the table, heated a cup of coffee in the microwave and then opened the package. No problem.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
02/02/19 09:30:45PM
559 posts

Music must be in my blood


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That's a good looking group of fellows. I couldn't make out writing, so I'll take your word for it. Thanks for sharing this unique find.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
02/02/19 04:54:05PM
559 posts

The Drifting Thread...


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Haste makes waste. Sorry about that!

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."


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Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
02/02/19 03:43:31PM
559 posts

The Drifting Thread...


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Strumelia: Sounds like you deserve a little break or special treat for yourself.  comfort

Funny you should mention that. This arrived in the mail today. Not really for me, but for grandsons when they come to visit. It will have to do until I get their soprano ukuleles made.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

 

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
02/01/19 08:03:58PM
559 posts

The Drifting Thread...


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Well, today is February 1st and I am finally feeling better. My wife was ill for about three weeks and I thought I had missed it. Wrong! I am now almost back to "my" normal. However, while being down for the count, I decided to change the password on my computer. Bad idea. I had no problem changing it, but when I went to log back in, the computer would not recognize what I wrote down as the new password. Of course, it did not recognize the old password either. Today I felt well enough to take it to the computer clinic. The hard drive needs to be erased and a new OS installed. Luckily I have most of my data backed up and/or stored in the Cloud on on thumb drives. I'll have a lot of work to do when I get it back. I guess I don't have to worry about while I'll do with re-retirement. LOL! Just letting folks know why I have not been around much the last two weeks.

Ken

"The dulcimer sing a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
01/21/19 01:24:10PM
559 posts

The Drifting Thread...


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I was out several times to watch the show. Didn't stay too long as it was 8 degrees fahrenheit . My biggest problem with viewing the event was that it was almost directly overhead. It really strained my neck to watch.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
01/13/19 06:49:19PM
559 posts

thank you Strum!


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Welcome back, Raven. I have been wondering what happened to you.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
01/13/19 06:47:44PM
559 posts

FolkRoots baritone teardrop $400


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This is a really nice instrument. I had the opportunity to play it. I can easily be converted to a double melody string instrument or you can play it as a three string dulcimer without changing the bridge and nut. If I'm wrong about this James, please correct me. By the way, this is a really good price and I have no financial interest in this.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."


updated by @ken-longfield: 01/14/19 09:27:13AM
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
01/13/19 06:43:45PM
559 posts

NOTICE: Forum/Group consolidations


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Wow, Lisa, you have been busy!  Thanks for all your hard work. I like the moves.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
01/13/19 02:30:50PM
559 posts

Musical Traditions Dulcimer circa 1980


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I'll need to check some brochures for certain, but I think in 1976 Musical Traditions dulcimers were made in West Virginia. i do not recall when Hank Levin sold the Musical Traditions line to the folks in Sandpoint, Idaho.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
01/09/19 07:14:19PM
559 posts

Do you have a pre 1989 FolkRoots or CapriTaurus dulcimer (made by Howard Rugg)?


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I visited Howard a couple of years ago. He was starting to build again at that point. As you can see from the other posts, he is still building very high quality dulcimers.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
01/08/19 10:38:56AM
559 posts

Narrow waisted hourglass shape


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I like that shape of that dulcimer, Lisa.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
01/08/19 10:35:47AM
559 posts

What songs were you taught in kindergarten/grade school?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I can't remember ever seeing a film strip in music class in grade school, but the one about the Grim Reaper is one I would have liked to see. We, too, had the same music teacher, Mrs. Harrington, from K through 8th grade. She directed the 7th and 8th grade chorus and orchestra. 

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
01/06/19 07:04:02PM
559 posts

Inexpensive short dulcimer


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Folkcraft also makes a travel dulcimer, but they are expensive; $495.00. First Act dulcimers, as KenH mentioned, as of spotty quality. If you can find one, a little work and they can be made playable, although i don't think they are very sturdy.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
01/05/19 11:20:42PM
559 posts

Newbie questions - noter size, string gauges, Berea tunings


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Irene, before recommending string gauges, we should know the vibrating string length of the dulcimer and whether the strings are in unison pairs or octave pairs. your friend could also use the Strother's string gauge calculator to determine what strings she needs. http://www.strothers.com/string_choice.html

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
01/05/19 10:10:52PM
559 posts

Newbie questions - noter size, string gauges, Berea tunings


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I just checked the notice for the Berea gathering. While DAd is not mentioned as tuning, some folks use it even for noter playing. One of the reasons that it is not used much is because you often need to go over to the middle string to get some of the notes for the melody which can be awkward. It is much easier to use a 1 - 5 - 5 tuning as you seldom have to go over to the center string for melody.

Now to answer your question about noter length. When I first started playing I used a noter about 2 1/2 to 3 inches long. Now I tend to use ones from 4 to 5 inches and 3/8th to a half inch thick.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
01/04/19 01:04:56PM
559 posts

Sad News


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Here is a link if anyone wants to leave a tribute to Mike:https://www.nelsonfrazierfuneralhome.com/obituaries/Michael-Stephen-Slone?obId=3981475#/celebrationWall

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
01/04/19 12:49:53PM
559 posts

Introduce Yourself!


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Hello, Lisa. And, again, welcome to FOTMD. Looks like we have something else in common besides Marquette; I was a hospice chaplain for 28 years. I played my dulcimer for patients and for staff/volunteers. I played for our annual volunteer banquet, for our annual memorial service, and our annual tree lighting. The dulcimer is a good instrument for help in decompressing. Enjoy it.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
01/03/19 03:49:58PM
559 posts

Sad News


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Thanks for posting that link, Robin. It was something I was going to try to do this evening. I think that a nice piece on Mike.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
01/02/19 08:27:08PM
559 posts

Sad News


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Friends, I just received word that Mike Slone who worked with the Hindman Dulcimer Homecoming in Hindman, KY died. I copied this from the Appalachian Artisan Center Facebook post:

Arrangements for our dear friend and accomplished luthier apprentice, Mike Slone will be at Nelson Frazier Funeral Home. Visitation will be Friday January 4th six to nine p.m. and visitation on Saturday. Funeral will be Sunday January 6th at eleven a.m. with burial in the Slone Family Cemetery.

Mike Slone was a tenacious student of local musical heritage and in particular, of the dulcimers of "Uncle Ed" Thomas and McKinley Craft. In 2012, he began making quality replicas of these significant instruments at the AAC Luthiery and in 2014 was granted a KY Folk and Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Grant to further this work. He became a certified Community Scholar through the Kentucky Arts Council. He was a major contributor and curator of the Museum of the Mountain dulcimer, on permanent display in AAC's Cody building, and he coordinated the Hindman Dulcimer Festival in 2014 and 2015.


Mike Slone was the co-recipient of the 2016 Kentucky Governors Award in the Arts on behalf of the AAC's Hindman Dulcimer Project.

We hold Mike Slone's family in our hearts as we honor the memory of a "true original". A strong voice in the telling of the story of this region.

My sympathy goes out to Mike's family and friends. He was an enthusiastic proponent of the mountain dulcimer.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."


updated by @ken-longfield: 01/02/19 08:27:59PM
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
12/25/18 05:59:56PM
559 posts

Need Advice--Buying a New Dulcimer


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A four string model gives you the option to play with three or four strings. Almost all modern dulcimers come with a 6 1/2 fret and its octave 13 1/2. If you plan to play in DAdd tuning those extra frets will come in handy. If you plan to play in DAAA all the time, the 6 1/2 can be a pain (only because it gives you a little extra bump sliding up to the seventh fret.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

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