Greg Gunner

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Location: Riga, MI
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Strumelia Bob Cat Brown Richard Streib John C. Knopf Robin Thompson

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Banjimer
@greg-gunner • yesterday • 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 • yesterday • 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 • one week 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 • one week 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 • one week ago • comments: 12
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 • 2 weeks 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:..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 2 weeks ago • comments: 23
Posted a new Comment on Scallop Fretboard Sound effects:
"Thank you, Robin. To my untrained ear, it sounds like the newspaper top had no effect on the sound.  It does make one wonder what role the top plays.  Maybe..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 2 weeks ago • comments: 23
Posted a new Comment on Scallop Fretboard Sound effects:
"Robin and Irene, I wish he would have played the dulcimer again after he had removed the newspaper top.  It would have been interesting to hear the dulcimer..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 2 weeks ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on a film in which Buna Hicks plays dulcimer & sings:
"Even though Buna was entertained by Roby's mountain dulcimer playing when they were courting circa 1900, Buna didn't play the mountain dulcimer much until..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 2 weeks ago • comments: 34
Posted a new Comment on Buying my first instrument..:
"You are correct about the people who pursue dulcimer playing.  Quite frankly, dulcimer players are some of the finest people you will ever meet.  I consider..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 2 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Just a real basic Mountain Dulcimer:
"This sweet looking and great sounding dulcimer found a home with me in Michigan.  Bob does some really nice work.  His dulcimers can be recommended without..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 3 weeks ago
@greg-gunner is now following @bob
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 3 weeks ago • comments: 13
Posted a new Comment on DAA to DAd:
"Ken H has you covered.  Your parents can tune that melody string or strings up to "d" and be ready to go.  If need be, they can replace the melody strings..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 3 weeks ago • comments: 13
Posted a new Comment on DAA to DAd:
"I introduced the concept of the 6 1/2 fret because @texaswind indicated he had purchased a D-A-d dulcimer and his parents had purchased a D-A-A dulcimer.  I..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 3 weeks ago • comments: 13
Posted a new Comment on DAA to DAd:
"Yes, the instruments can be tuned to either D-A-A or D-A-d.  You may have to switch out the melody string(s) to a lighter gauge to be able to tune the..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Happy Christmas To All":
"Let me join Ken H. in wishing everyone a Merry Christmas from  cold, but snowless southeast Michigan."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 3 weeks ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Best dulcimer for drone and noter playing?:
"Depending on how you hold the noter, the height of the fretboard is a key factor.  If you hold the noter with the thumb on top, you will need a slightly..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "McSpadden's Luthiers":
"Does anyone have a list of luthiers that have worked for McSpadden Dulcimers?  Of course, there is Lynn McSpadden, his brother, Larry McSpadden, and George..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • one month ago • comments: 15
Posted a new Comment on Jacob Meadors 1873 Feb 15:
"Dan, In addition to the Jacob Meadors you've identified (who would have been born in 1857 if 16 years old at the time of the 1873 Meadors Dulcimer's..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • one month ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Two Zitters in Lititz Moravian Collection :
"The former owner of the second zitter at the Lititz Moravian Museum, who was likely Rev. Charles D. Kreider, was born in Lancaster, PA in 1867 and died in..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • one month ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Two Zitters in Lititz Moravian Collection :
"You can get a closer and clearer look at the two zitters on the Facebook page of the Lititz Moravian Archives and Museum at:..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • one month ago • comments: 6
Created a new Group discussion "Two Zitters in Lititz Moravian Collection ":
"I ran across this article while searching the internet today and thought I'd share.  I'm not sure if it has been posted previously or not. On pages 4-5 of..."
Mountain Dulcimer History & Traditions
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "":
"How did you decide to anchor the ball-end guitar strings?  With pins?  With small nails with the heads snipped off? By creating loops from the ball-end..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "John Jacob Niles's dulcimers and playing":
"Try Googling "John Jacob Niles You-Tube".  There are a few selections from his recordings available there.  Be forewarned.  His singing will need to be..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 2 months ago • comments: 11
Posted a new Comment on Ball End Strings: What End Pins?:
"Dan has given you the most common way to anchor ball-end strings at the tail-end of the dulcimer.  For an alternative considering your acoustic guitar..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "":
"No problem, Ken.  I've benefited from many of your suggestions on noter-drone playing over the years, both on this forum and on the now defunct ED site...."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "":
"I think Ken meant the following for a left-handed player: The tuning head is on your right, and the melody strings are closest to you."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 2 months ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on The Capo?:
"I think the theory is that the top can vibrate/resonate a little better with the bridged fretboard because less of the top's area is glued to the fretboard...."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 2 months ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on The Capo?:
"As John has already pointed out, the mountain dulcimer capo clamps to the sides of the fretboard.  They look somewhat like a flat C-clamp with a rubberized..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 2 months ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on Monochord?:
"The same image is used in the wikipedia article on monochords.  The article even mentions that a monochord was pictured on the cover of the Harry Smith..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 2 months ago • comments: 12
Posted a new Comment on 70's article of Ozark dulcimer:
"Some interesting genealogical information to add to the discussion. According to the information I've been able to trace, John Mowhee (Mawhee) was born on..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "What if you could only have one dulcimer?":
"If I could have only one mountain dulcimer, it would be my Blue Lion Jean Ritchie Model."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Need Chords For D-A-C Tuning!":
"Jimmy. I took some time today to figure out the Chords for D Aeolian (D Minor) in D-A-C Tuning.  Left to right the numbers represent: (Bass Sting-Middle..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Need Chords For D-A-C Tuning!":
"Please be aware.  In my previous post providing a link to Kevin Roth's chord charts for various modal tunings, I neglected to mention that the standard..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Need Chords For D-A-C Tuning!":
"The only thing I could find that had chord charts was the following from a booklet included with a Folkways dulcimer instruction album by Kevin Roth. There's..."

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Banjimer

Two Zitters in Lititz Moravian Collection


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

1930s Kentucky Dulcimer Recordings Free Online


The Archive of American Folk Song at the Library of Congress has made...
@Banjimer 6 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 7 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 8 months 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 magazine...
@Banjimer 2 years ago - Comments: 2
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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
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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 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.


ed st.jean
10/04/13 03:58:45PM @ed-stjean:

hey Greg on an august post you mentioned you had a TMB case from Colorado case you were selling .available? if not any idea of a part number or description from Colorado Case ? ED


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