Help! (dulcimer acquisition disease)

sleepingangel
@sleepingangel
7 years ago
98 posts

Annie Deeley:

I thought it was called Dulcimer Aquisition Affliction -for us DAA players! I only have 3, so thanks for removing my guilt. I have a David Lynch student, a Robert Schuler JI, and (new) Ron Gibson. Robert, maybe it should be 'Feed Your Obsession??

Exactly that what we do here. "Feed each other's obsession!"

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Annie Deeley
Annie Deeley
@annie-deeley
7 years ago
49 posts

I thought it was called Dulcimer Aquisition Affliction -for us DAA players! I only have 3, so thanks for removing my guilt. I have a David Lynch student, a Robert Schuler JI, and (new) Ron Gibson. Robert, maybe it should be 'Feed Your Obsession??

Cat Brown
Cat Brown
@cat-brown
7 years ago
4 posts

Oh gosh, I didn't know there was a name for it but I know I got it!  Big grin  Laugh

sleepingangel
@sleepingangel
7 years ago
98 posts

Susie:


sleepingangel :

 


You will get no sympathy here!!! I started the dulcimer only 9 months ago and I own 6 as well!!! then I developed "tendonitis" or something (which I'm having checked in two weeks) and I had to slow down on the dulcimer...well guess what I got into???? The Native American Flute...You think DAD is bad well NAFD is SO MUCH WORSE>....the reason? the flutes all come in different keys, then there's the drones and there are the ones in different "htz" oh man it's BAD. How many do I own??? well a picture is worth a thousand words. Here's a flute holder that my 91 year old dad made me!!!!


Maria256


 



Very nice, Maria!



thanks Susie!!

Susie
Susie
@susie
7 years ago
494 posts

sleepingangel:


You will get no sympathy here!!! I started the dulcimer only 9 months ago and I own 6 as well!!! then I developed "tendonitis" or something (which I'm having checked in two weeks) and I had to slow down on the dulcimer...well guess what I got into???? The Native American Flute...You think DAD is bad well NAFD is SO MUCH WORSE>....the reason? the flutes all come in different keys, then there's the drones and there are the ones in different "htz" oh man it's BAD. How many do I own??? well a picture is worth a thousand words. Here's a flute holder that my 91 year old dad made me!!!!


Maria256



Very nice, Maria!

Susie
Susie
@susie
7 years ago
494 posts

Charles Thomas:

Susie, That is a wonderful family portrait! (hmmm..A travel dulcimer..yes, I want one... a galax back I need one).

Thanks Charles. Yes, the travel dulcimers are fun. They are also good festival dulcimers. The Folkcraft galax are wonderful.

 


updated by @susie: 08/13/16 07:17:02AM
Charles Thomas
Charles Thomas
@charles-thomas
7 years ago
77 posts

Susie, That is a wonderful family portrait! (hmmm..A travel dulcimer..yes, I want one... a galax back I need one).

Dan Goad
Dan Goad
@dan-goad
7 years ago
156 posts

Your way behind, Steven.  I've got 17.  LOL

Steven Berger
Steven Berger
@steven-berger
7 years ago
144 posts

I hate this thread!!!...Makes me want to go and buy another dulcimer...and I just got my 5th last week!krazyhair

 

Steven

sleepingangel
@sleepingangel
7 years ago
98 posts

Helen Seiler:

Great pic Maria

thanks HELEN!!

MARIA

AND YES YOU GUYS ARE FUNNY!!

 

Ken Longfield
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
7 years ago
1,013 posts

How many dulcimers is enough? Just one more.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Susie
Susie
@susie
7 years ago
494 posts

I've only got 5, but each has its own purpose.

Folkcraft Custom - galax back

Doug Berch - electronics

Lazenby - festivals

FolkRoots - baritone

Clemmer Sweetie - travel


updated by @susie: 08/12/16 08:33:05PM
Anne Bowman
Anne Bowman
@anne-bowman
7 years ago
54 posts

It's incurable ... the only thing that stops me is no money and kids.... 

Charles Thomas
Charles Thomas
@charles-thomas
7 years ago
77 posts

Thank you everybody for your responses! I have come to the conclusion that I need MORE!! I received  my Ron Gibson a few days ago and I'm in love. I did have one anxious moment... I wanted to introduce the new member of my pack slowly...I brought her in with the case closed so the others could get a sniff first...when I opened it up my walnut McSpadden growled a bit and raised his hackles... my Bill Berg just wagged his tail(piece) like a little pup, and my McSpadden six string baritone tried to do something nasty...my Applecreek ran away and hid and my Yocky feigned indifference . Everyone has now settled down to one happy pack! I am thinking of joining DAA (Dulcimer Addicts Anonymous).   


updated by @charles-thomas: 08/13/16 05:18:21PM
Colleen Hailey
Colleen Hailey
@colleen-hailey
7 years ago
67 posts

Awesome photo of both dad and flutes.  I had no idea that there was so much variation in the Native American flute world.  Fortunately (or rather, unfortunately), I have asthma and am not tempted to fall down that particular rabbit hole.  I keep getting tempted by the ukulele, however I keep reminding myself that I need to focus on getting better on the instrument that I have before adding another one to the mix.

On the other hand, multiple ukuleles would take up much less wall space...

sleepingangel
@sleepingangel
7 years ago
98 posts

You will get no sympathy here!!! I started the dulcimer only 9 months ago and I own 6 as well!!! then I developed "tendonitis" or something (which I'm having checked in two weeks) and I had to slow down on the dulcimer...well guess what I got into???? The Native American Flute...You think DAD is bad well NAFD is SO MUCH WORSE>....the reason? the flutes all come in different keys, then there's the drones and there are the ones in different "htz" oh man it's BAD. How many do I own??? well a picture is worth a thousand words. Here's a flute holder that my 91 year old dad made me!!!!

Maria256


updated by @sleepingangel: 08/11/16 09:14:28PM
Steven Berger
Steven Berger
@steven-berger
7 years ago
144 posts

I know I'm not alone...I suffer from MIAS (Multiple Instrument Acquisition Syndrome)...this is especially heartbreaking and embarrassing since I don't play any of them particularly well...dismay

It's getting to the point of too many instruments, not enough house...some of us are going to have to part ways...guess I'll pitch a tent outside for me and my dog...well, maybe just for me...shakeNo

 

Steven

hugssandi
@hugssandi
7 years ago
256 posts

I know it, Steven!  DAGGONE IT!!!!  LOL!  *WELCOME BACK, IRENE!*  

IRENE
IRENE
@irene
7 years ago
171 posts

I have TRULY missed this happy site.  and this post cracks me up.  I've been in Hawaii with three grown daughters and family and lots of DRAMA for one month....and yet of course it's beautiful and had only my phone...sooooooo here it is........I'm home and this the first site i go to and LAUGHING AND LAUGHING. thanks so much. yep, I've got four.  I'm  half way through making a T.M.B.  with more decorations and all.  gonna be fun...but gotta replace my bowed psaltery as i sold that sweet baby #88.  aloha for now, irene

Steven Berger
Steven Berger
@steven-berger
7 years ago
144 posts

Feed the kids, or buy a new dulcimer...feed the kids, or buy a new dulcimer...hmmmm, that's a tough question! think

 

Steven

robert schuler
robert schuler
@robert-schuler
7 years ago
259 posts

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

John C. Knopf
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
7 years ago
363 posts

Hey, I BUILD them, and I only have about 6!  Some of which can't easily be played, either...

To paraphrase the Mad Hatter, "I keep them to sell".

Colleen Hailey
Colleen Hailey
@colleen-hailey
7 years ago
67 posts

I've got a friend that seriously asked me, "why do you need more than one?". She's perfectly happy with the one she has, made by a local luthier.

She's a very good friend, so she keeps her eye rolls to herself when she hears that I've ordered another one.

Rob N Lackey
Rob N Lackey
@rob-n-lackey
7 years ago
422 posts

Coober Pedy?  I know names can change as they jump continents so is this any kin to Don Pedi?  Sometimes he looks as if he crawled out of a hole!  ROFL

 

Colleen Hailey
Colleen Hailey
@colleen-hailey
7 years ago
67 posts

I hear ya, Helen. If not for Ron Gibson's layaway plan my stock of dulcimers would be a bit lower. It makes it so easy to say "well... just one more".

Ken Hulme
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme
7 years ago
2,096 posts

Helen -- you could always go to Coober Pedy and live in a hole in the ground!  Climate controlled!  Solar powered!  Hack an occasional opal out of the wall to cover expenses!!  Start the Coober Pedy Dulcimer Collective (you could probably get a SA government Art & Culture grant), and you'll be no more eccentric than the rest of the residents!

 


updated by @ken-hulme: 08/07/16 04:51:13PM
Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
7 years ago
2,216 posts

Wow, no self control in this bunch!  tic

I still just have and play the two mountain dulcimers I bought like 19 and 17 years ago or so. 

I do have 9 banjos though.  Six of those are fretless. I occasionally buy or sell a banjo, but I've almost always floated somewhere in the 6-10 banjo range.  I do play them all and they serve a wide variety of different musical applications.




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Estes George
Estes George
@george-desjardins
7 years ago
92 posts

Decided to attach the photos of all the "kids" hanging on the walls, hate to admit, but I'm already looking at possibly number 22! winky

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Estes George
Estes George
@george-desjardins
7 years ago
92 posts

I just bumped up to 21 after finding a sweet Homer Ledford to add to the mix, I was thinking 31 should be the target, That way I can play a different one each day of the month!! I think that counts as DAD.

 Have posted a couple of photos of all the kids hanging on 2 different walls on my profile page.

D. chitwood
D. chitwood
@d-chitwood
7 years ago
139 posts

I, too, suffer from Dulcimer Acquisition Syndrome and ALSO received a brand spankin' new Ron Gibson teardrop this week! LOVE IT!!

One day after I received a used Blue Lion.  blush    Love it too!

My corner is full with the Gibson, McSpadden, the Blue Lion, the Gallier and the FolkRoots. 

What to do, what TO DO. 

A dear gal friend came to visit and she loves playing with the dulcimers, so I gifted her with the Folkroots. She is thrilled and now there is one more member in the dulcimer family! 

And an empty space in the corner!


updated by @d-chitwood: 08/07/16 04:07:20PM
Colleen Hailey
Colleen Hailey
@colleen-hailey
7 years ago
67 posts

I presently have five, though one is unplayable.  I have one more on layaway.  I have decided that DAD is ok as long as I thin down the herd once in a while, by selling the lesser loved ones at dulcimer festivals.  5-7 is probably my limit as I don't have room in my house for any more than that!  I'm lucky to be too musically illiterate to pick up a bass or baritone (don't know how to adapt those to DAD songs).

Of course, I should really hold off on getting any more until I can save enough for one of the several that I dearly want that are just out of my price range.

hugssandi
@hugssandi
7 years ago
256 posts

Got my first in 2003 and have my order in for the second right now.  ~No money at the end of yer month is a blessing in conquering DAd!  :P ~

Rob N Lackey
Rob N Lackey
@rob-n-lackey
7 years ago
422 posts

When you get up to 20, call me and we'll talk.  I think I'm up to between 25 & 30 now.

Sheryl St. Clare
Sheryl St. Clare
@sheryl-st-clare
7 years ago
260 posts

Charles, a few people I know own twice as many. I think you should step it up. 

Caleb Dan Bennett
Caleb Dan Bennett
@caleb-dan-bennett
7 years ago
8 posts

Only thing I can tell you is you're just getting started. lol I had to start making them since I can't afford to buy them. lol I think I got somewhere around 15 or so now. Good luck!

 

Ken Hulme
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme
7 years ago
2,096 posts

Only six?  That's not DAD, that's just a "healthy appreciation of the instrument". giggle2

After all you need at least nine -- one for each of the traditional Modes (Ionian, Mixolydian, Dorian, Aeolian, Lydian, Phrygian, Locrian) plus one for Bagpipe tuning (Xxx) and one for  Galax setup (double back, deep body, tuned xxx).  Then, if you're really perverse you'll get one of those Chromatic dulcimer-shaped-objects, so that makes ten.  With a little extra thought I'm sure you can find a legitimate reason for at least two more.

So you can see, that hardly even half way to being diagnosed with a major case of DAD.  Good luck!

Charles Thomas
Charles Thomas
@charles-thomas
7 years ago
77 posts

I have been diagnosed with DAd (dulcimer acquisition disease). I already have five dulcimers and I just purchased a Ron Gibson "Barbara Allen" model. Is there a cure for DAd? Wait a minute... Why am I posting this here...this site is enabling my addiction with all of it's beautiful music, wonderful photos (dulcimer porn),and informative discussions. I need help (choosing my next dulcimer)!


updated by @charles-thomas: 08/01/23 09:53:18AM