Greg Gunner

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Location: Riga, MI
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Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Rest in peace, Maddie MacNeil":
"Sad news. Maddie was a treasure."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 2 months ago • comments: 18
Posted a new Comment on Dulcimer Builder’s Books and References :
"If you're interested in hands-on learning, you should check out the Appalachian School of Luthiery in Hindman, Kentucky.  They offer a 5-day workshop on..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Introduce Yourself!":
"At the top of the Home Page click on "Groups".  Then scroll down to the "Dulcimer Making" group and click on that.  You can join that group by clicking the..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 2 months ago • comments: 22
Posted a new Comment on Source of Non-Fancy Noters in Different Hardwood Choices:
"Ken, I'm still waiting on my order.  I'm also sure that you are aware of the following because you have built a few instruments yourself, but for others..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 2 months ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Which chord fingering should I use?:
"Dusty has your question covered.  As long as the chord names are the same you can play any of the fingerings that produce the notes making up that..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 2 months ago • comments: 115
Posted a new Comment on Beginner players:
"There's a Bob Gerard dulcimer up for sale on this forum for $175.00.  Bob is a member of FOTMD, and he makes very nice dulcimers.  For a few dollars more..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 2 months ago • comments: 115
Posted a new Comment on Beginner players:
"KenH has your questions covered.  Harpmaker Dave is David Lynch, who makes dulcimers under the name "Sweetwood Instruments".  He has a website advertising..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 2 months ago • comments: 22
Posted a new Comment on Source of Non-Fancy Noters in Different Hardwood Choices:
"JohnK: "And we don' want any GROOVY noters." But we do want to be "Feelin' Groovy" when we play our dulcimers, at least those of us old enough to have..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 2 months ago • comments: 22
Posted a new Comment on Source of Non-Fancy Noters in Different Hardwood Choices:
"If you decide to order turkey call striker tips from this website or another source make sure you order the ones with a straight striker tip.  Some have a..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 2 months ago • comments: 22
Posted a new Comment on Source of Non-Fancy Noters in Different Hardwood Choices:
"I sent off an order a couple of hours ago.  I ordered several in different woods, so I could try them out.  If you plan on ordering just one or two, the..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 2 months ago • comments: 22
Updated a Group discussion "":
"I found a possible source for hardwood noters in various exotic woods (rosewood, cocobolo, zebrawood, padauk, bocote, purpleheart, etc).  Actually I stumbled..."
OLD STYLE Drone & Noter players
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 2 months ago • comments: 22
Created a new Group discussion "Source of Non-Fancy Noters in Different Hardwood Choices":
"I found a possible source for hardwood noters in various exotic woods (rosewood, cocobolo, zebrawood, padauk, bocote, purpleheart, etc).  Actually I stumbled..."
OLD STYLE Drone & Noter players
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "My dulcimers stay out all of the time":
"A couple of questions for those up north and in the Midwest who keep their instruments out all the time.  Don't you have a problem with the instruments..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 2 months ago • comments: 15
Posted a new Comment on POLL: Do you play a dulcimer before buying it?:
"My first dulcimer was purchased from a reputable retailer (Elderly Instruments).  After I learned more about dulcimers and attended a few dulcimer..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 3 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Changing tuners on a Warren May dulcimer.":
"KenL - Keith Young used to put the fine tuners on his dulcimers.  They went on the string between the bridge and the tail-end.  Slide the tuner toward 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 months ago - Comments: 22
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Clara Callahan Weave Shop Dulcimer Player 1930


I've been doing some research on Clara Louise Callahan, the dulcimer...
@Banjimer 5 months ago - Comments: 8
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William Duke Tester - Beech Mountain Dulcimer Maker


According to Lucy Long in her dissertation on the dulcimer traditions...
@Banjimer 6 months 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 7 months ago - Comments: 5
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Two Zitters in Lititz Moravian Collection


I ran across this article while searching the internet today and...
@Banjimer 2 years ago - Comments: 6
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1930s Kentucky Dulcimer Recordings Free Online


The Archive of American Folk Song at the Library of Congress has made...
@Banjimer 2 years ago - Comments: 2
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Beech Mountain Dulcimers Millard and Smith Oliver?


What do we know about Millard Oliver and his brother, Smith Oliver?...
@Banjimer 2 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 2 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 3 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 6 years ago - Comments: 8
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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 7 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 7 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 8 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 9 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 11 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