Greg Gunner

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Location: Riga, MI
Country: US

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Dan Cat Brown Bob Lois Sprengnether Keel Richard Streib John C. Knopf Robin Thompson Strumelia

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I began playing the mountain dulcimer after seeing one at Toledo's Swan Creek Metropark in 1985.  Since then my interests have focused on the traditional aspects of dulcimer playing.  I now play in mostly a noter-drone or finger-dance style.  I have done extensive genealogical research on the dulcimer families of Watauga County, North Carolina in an effort to decipher the path of the dulcimer's dissemination throughout northwest North Carolina.  Highlight of my dulcimer life include meeting Ralph Lee Smith, Frank Proffitt, Jr., and Clifford and Maybelle Glenn.  

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Banjimer
@greg-gunner • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Fret necessary?":
"Chord playing does not require a 6+ fret.  Nor does it require D-A-D tuning (or other 1-5-8 tuning).   If you choose to play chord-melody style, you can do..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Stanley Hicks / David Love dulcimer":
"In a previous post in this thread, I incorrectly stated a family connection between David Love and brothers Smith Oliver and Millard Oliver.  I have since..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Making a noter":
"RoyB, I'm glad the turkey call striker dowels are working out for you.   I left some at 5 1/2 inches long and cut some others down to 3 or 4 inches in..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Making a noter":
"Search on E-Bay for "turkey call striker dowels".  They are available in a variety of hardwoods, can be purchased pre-rounded, and cost about $10.00 for ten..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Does a 2001 McSpadden Ginger have a 'solid' soundboard?":
"When the McSpadden's owned and operated McSpadden Dulcimers, the solid soundboard was offered as an option.  When Jim Woods purchased McSpadden Dulcimers..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 2 months ago • comments: 20
Posted a new Comment on From Ionian to Mixolydian:
"If your melody string goes sharp as you approach and play the higher notes on the scale, your bridge may be misplaced.  Do you have a movable bridge?  If..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Tuning peg replacement question":
"I've been making larger loops using KenL's method for many years now, and it works just fine when the tail end knob or screw head is too large for the..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 3 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Tuning peg replacement question":
"For wooden pegs that are slipping under tension, I agree with Lisa that the Original Ardsley Peg Drops are the way to go. However, if your pegs are stuck and..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 3 months ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Non removable ID on copies.:
"Many of the surviving Prichard dulcimers have lost the identifying card originally glued to the interior.  Prichard did not (as far as I know) burn or stamp..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 3 months ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Non removable ID on copies.:
"I own a few of these modern replicas.  None of the makers are attempting to deceive potential customers.  All include the modern maker's name on the..."

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Source of Non-Fancy Noters in Different Hardwood Choices


I found a possible source for hardwood noters in various exotic woods...
@Banjimer 2 years ago - Comments: 38
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Clara Callahan Weave Shop Dulcimer Player 1930


I've been doing some research on Clara Louise Callahan, the dulcimer...
@Banjimer 3 years ago - Comments: 10
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William Duke Tester - Beech Mountain Dulcimer Maker


According to Lucy Long in her dissertation on the dulcimer traditions...
@Banjimer 3 years ago - Comments: 6
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Standard, Baritone, or Bass Dulcimer Tuning


I know the tuning of the standard dulcimer is usually D-A-A or D-A-d,...
@Banjimer 3 years ago - Comments: 6
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Ralph Lee Smith Interview Podcast


I've attached a link to a podcast interview someone did with Ralph Lee...
@Banjimer 4 years ago - Comments: 2
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Nathan Hicks and the Dulcimer He Sold to Maurice Matteson - Where is it now?


In 1933 Maurice Matteson and Mellinger Henry collected ballads on...
@Banjimer 9 years ago - Comments: 2
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Frank Proffitt at Pinewoods Music Camp in 1961


Here is a link to a 1985 article in the Country Dance and Song...
@Banjimer 5 years ago - Comments: 2
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1930s Kentucky Dulcimer Recordings Free Online


The Archive of American Folk Song at the Library of Congress has made...
@Banjimer 4 years ago - Comments: 2
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1764 Moravian Zitters or Not?


For those of you that may not be following the history discussions on...
@Banjimer 13 years ago - Comments: 11
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Two Zitters in Lititz Moravian Collection


I ran across this article while searching the internet today and...
@Banjimer 4 years ago - Comments: 6
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Beech Mountain Dulcimers Millard and Smith Oliver?


What do we know about Millard Oliver and his brother, Smith Oliver?...
@Banjimer 4 years ago - Comments: 8
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Great Resource for Music Theory Group


I came across this resource while browsing in the Chiff and Fipple, an...
@Banjimer 8 years ago - Comments: 6
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Frank Proffitt's Grandfather and Civil War Tunes


Frank Proffitt's grandfather, John Wesley Proffitt, was a southerner...
@Banjimer 9 years ago - Comments: 1
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Phyllis Gaskins New Book Is Out


A couple of months ago, I pre-ordered a copy of Phyllis Gaskins' new...
@Banjimer 10 years ago - Comments: 5
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Schnauffer Tennessee Music Box DVD Available - A Few Copies Left


I can't remember if I saw this mentioned on ED or FOTMD, but Middle...
@Banjimer 11 years ago - Comments: 8

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victorianpam
05/21/20 07:30:21PM @victorianpam:

Hi. I read your post in the civil war about the Profitts. I was delighted to see your comments about Captain Daniel Ellis Carter Co. TN.  I have family stories of things that went on there between my ancestors in Carter Co., and Captain  Ellis.  

I’ve never talked with anyone that knew anything about him. 
pam Lacy 


Banjimer
11/15/17 07:49:34PM @greg-gunner:

I have a June Apple dulcimer.  It doesn't have the light silvery sound of the J.E. Thomas  reproductions that I own.  Nor does it have the resonant sound of the larger bodied dulcimers.  The sound falls somewhere in between.  You could probably describe it as a balance between the two.  Keep in mind that Carl and his staff at June Apple Dulcimers manufacture several different models of dulcimers and dulcimer ancestors.  The June Apple model has a somewhat smaller size than other models made by June Apple, so it's not surprising that the sound is somewhat closer to traditional than it is to guitar-like.  June Apple also makes a larger-bodied dulcimer.  I don't have personal experience with the larger model, but I would assume that its sound is more resonant and similar to other dulcimers with wider, deeper soundboxes.  In short, the difference in sound is more  a combination of volume and resonance.  Everything else being equal, smaller-bodied dulcimers have less volume and less resonance.  Larger-bodied dulcimers have more volume and more resonance.  Other factors to consider are the type of wood used, particularly the soundboard (top), and the thickness of the top, back, and sides.  I'm not a builder.  A builder would be more qualified than I to describe the various factors affecting the sound of any given dulcimer.


Richard Streib
11/15/17 06:23:59PM @richard-streib:

Greg,

I saw a post almost a year old about your June Apple dulcimer. How do you like it?

What is the sound like? I tend to prefer more traditional rather than guitar like.

Thanks.


Kevin Messenger
07/27/13 04:29:07PM @kevin-messenger:

Greg thanks for the interest. The Prichard is 350.00, plus shipping. I ask for a third down to cover costs and the balance is due when ready to ship. I look forward to talking with you more about the possibility of building you a Prichard , they are great sounding instruments, and are exact copies of the originals. Thanks Kevin.


mary e frantz
07/22/12 05:20:43PM @mary-e-frantz:

Thanks GregI will check them out do you by any chance know a an intermediate instructor around here thanks again mary


Bill Lewis
08/31/09 10:48:58AM @bill-lewis:
Welcome Greg
razyn
08/31/09 10:21:33AM @razyn:
Glad you made it over -- now join us in the Dulcimer Ancestors group, and we'll solve the mysteries of the universe. Or something.Dick
Strumelia
08/30/09 05:12:39PM @strumelia:
Welcome Greg!! :D