Greg Gunner

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Location: Riga, MI
Country: US

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Strumelia Bob Cat Brown Richard Streib John C. Knopf Robin Thompson

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Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 7 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Frank Proffitt Mountain Dulcimer for Sale":
"After looking at your pictures once again, my best guess is that this dulcimer was made by Leonard Glenn.  The thick, stubby tuning pegs were pretty much a..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 6 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "New player / New purchase":
"Welcome to the FOTMD community.  As you have already discovered, you will receive a warm welcome and friendly advice on this forum.  This community will..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 6 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Playing dulcimers with different VSL":
"The answer is dependent upon the size of your fingers and hands.  In general, larger hands are more comfortable with a longer VSL and smaller hands are more..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Playing again after losing all my dulcimers":
"I'm glad to hear your dulcimers have been replaced.  That Koa MMD certainly cries out to be picked up and played.  Knowing the well-earned reputation of..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 3 weeks ago • comments: 49
Posted a new Comment on Beginner players:
"Kddurbin - One thing I've learned over the years is the importance of getting the dulcimer into a position where my hand and wrist can be placed comfortably..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 4 weeks ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on Relationship of strings to one another:
"I think Strumelia has your question covered.  But here is the same thing in a different format to help you visualize the logic behind the numbers.   D..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 4 weeks ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on A little Luthier:
"Seeing Bob and Christian working together on a dulcimer brings to mind other father-son luthier teams, such as Leonard and Clifford Glenn, Ben and Nathan..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Five strings? ":
"Obviously, all dulcimers do not need to have five strings.  Five strings are not unusual, but dulcimers typically had three strings in the latter half of the..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Your Three Favorite Songs":
"I'll stick to my three favorite old ballads, all of which sound great either fingerdance-drone or noter-drone style: Lord Lovel (Frank Proffitt Version)..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Frank Proffitt Mountain Dulcimer for Sale":
"It's hard to tell which Frank Proffitt dulcimers were built by Frank Proffitt and which were built by Leonard Glenn for Frank Proffitt to sell under his own..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Buying in Europe":
"If you have relatively large hands, you will want to know the width of the fretboard and the Length from Nut to Bridge (Vibrating String Length). Width of..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • one month ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on A really good history resource:
"Bob, I don't know if you knew David Schnaufer or had a chance to meet him, but he was quite the character.  Both a gifted storyteller and a gifted musician,..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • one month ago • comments: 17
Posted a new Comment on Strumelia:
"The peghead looks a lot like the one found on the Mercer scheitholt replica that Ben Seymour made for me years ago.  If I'm not mistaken, our very own Dan..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Tiny brass dulcimer.":
"Could it be a Christmas Tree Ornament?   "
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Blackbird ":
"Here's a link to Butch's available CDs and Tab Books.  "Beatletudes" is located about 3/4 of the way down the page.   The book is available in both ukelele..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Synthetic fretboard":
"Lisa, isn't there a place a less expensive dulcimer can be stored at work.  Then you wouldn't have to go home to get it.  You could carry it from work to the..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • one month ago • comments: 35
Posted a new Comment on Does using a capo change the key or not:
"Much of the confusion lies in the fact that the same key signature is used for all seven modes sharing a common series of seven notes.  For example, the..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Joseph Atwell Suddreth 1981 dulcimer for sale":
"Since not many dulcimer players are familiar with Joseph Atwell Suddreth's work, I've attached a link to his obituary.  It appears from the obituary that Mr...."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Playing dulcimer with a ukelele":
"Without relearning everything in a new key, you (and your husband) have two options: He can raise his tuning one whole step or you can lower your tuning one..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Luthiers - Cedar Creek?":
"Dulcimer reputations spread pretty much by word-of-mouth.  Over time, some builders have built up a reputation for quality and consistency.  I don't have any..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • one month ago • comments: 12
Posted a new Comment on Amazing Grace:
"It is fairly standard to use the noter on just the melody string (or in some cases the double melody string).  As Strumelia states, part of the sound..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 2 months ago • comments: 12
Posted a new Comment on Amazing Grace:
"Galax style is usually associated with the extended Melton and Russell families, who built many of the large-bodied instruments so well-described by Nick...."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Jam chord progressions ":
"The 1 1/2 fret does not effect your ability to play chords, just ignore it when figuring out where to place the fretting fingers of your left hand.  The 1..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 2 months ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Dink's Song:
"Janene, I really enjoyed listening to your song.  Wonderful job."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 2 months ago • comments: 12
Posted a new Comment on Hemlock Project work-in-progress:
"I think it was Glouster just across the Perry County line in Athens County.  I'm not sure if it was called Studio E.  It may have had a different name as..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 2 months ago • comments: 12
Posted a new Comment on Hemlock Project work-in-progress:
"I can't remember the name of the town, but it was south of Crooksville on the way to or from Athens.  I was the Talented and Gifted Coordinator for the..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 2 months ago • comments: 12
Posted a new Comment on Hemlock Project work-in-progress:
"Ah, Hemlock in Perry County, Ohio.  I lived in nearby Roseville, famous at one time for its ceramics, during the early 1980s.  While living in Roseville, I..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 2 months ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Playing chords in GDg:
"More than likely you are playing in the Key of G Major, especially if you are using the 6 1/2 fret. G-D-g is a 1-5-8 tuning (comparable to D-A-d).  It..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "What's your favorite mournful, spooky, or lonesome song to play?":
"The old ballads, despite being called "Love Songs", are rich with wonderful mournful melodies.  Although the old ballads are normally sung unaccompanied, one..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 2 months ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on A Young Builder:
"If it was my dulcimer that he helped build, he did a wonderful job.  It sounds as good as it looks.  Young Christian has a future as a luthier.  And what a..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 2 months ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on A Young Builder:
"Bob, is that dulcimer #40 (Walnut/Butternut) that is enjoying its new home in Michigan or a new one that you and Christian are currently building?"
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Do you have a pre 1989 FolkRoots or CapriTaurus dulcimer (made by Howard Rugg)?":
"Actually, my very first dulcimer was a Folkroots dulcimer.  I played it for several years.  In the early 2000s I started a dulcimer club where I taught, and..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 2 months ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Strum all strings all the time, or...?:
"As Dusty has already stated, do whatever sounds good to you.  If you are playing by yourself or for yourself, that's all that matters. If you are playing..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 2 months ago • comments: 15
Posted a new Comment on Is there an open tunings guide?:
"Ken's got you covered for the most common tunings,  However, you can add D-G-d tuning to Ken's list of common tunings.  D-G-d tuning is often called Reverse..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 3 months ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Where can I buy a quill?:
"Try a Native American craft supply store.  They usually carry a selection of Turkey feathers.  Here's one:..."

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Banjimer

Two Zitters in Lititz Moravian Collection


I ran across this article while searching the internet today and...
@Banjimer 3 months ago - Comments: 6
Banjimer

1930s Kentucky Dulcimer Recordings Free Online


The Archive of American Folk Song at the Library of Congress has made...
@Banjimer 8 months ago - Comments: 2
Banjimer

Beech Mountain Dulcimers Millard and Smith Oliver?


What do we know about Millard Oliver and his brother, Smith Oliver?...
@Banjimer 9 months ago - Comments: 6
Banjimer

Ralph Lee Smith Interview Podcast


I've attached a link to a podcast interview someone did with Ralph Lee...
@Banjimer 10 months ago - Comments: 2
Banjimer

Frank Proffitt at Pinewoods Music Camp in 1961


Here is a link to a 1985 article in the Country Dance and Song magazine...
@Banjimer 2 years ago - Comments: 2
Banjimer

Great Resource for Music Theory Group


I came across this resource while browsing in the Chiff and Fipple, an...
@Banjimer 5 years ago - Comments: 4
Banjimer

Nathan Hicks and the Dulcimer He Sold to Maurice Matteson - Where is it now?


In 1933 Maurice Matteson and Mellinger Henry collected ballads on Beech...
@Banjimer 6 years ago - Comments: 2
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Frank Proffitt's Grandfather and Civil War Tunes


Frank Proffitt's grandfather, John Wesley Proffitt, was a southerner...
@Banjimer 6 years ago - Comments: 3
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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 7 years ago - Comments: 7
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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 8 years ago - Comments: 8
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1764 Moravian Zitters or Not?


For those of you that may not be following the history discussions on...
@Banjimer 10 years ago - Comments: 4

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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.


Ralph Lee Smith
08/01/13 08:01:16AM @ralph-lee-smith:

Greg,

Thanks so much for your two messages regarding the Mattesons and the Nathan Hicks Dulcimer. I have just returned from a couple of weeks of teaching, at Western Carolina University and John C. Campbell Folk School, and am busy catching up! I'll take a look at the You Tube segment soon.


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