Jimmy Lamar

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Location: Close to Appalachia
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Jimmy Lamar
@jimmy-lamar • 8 hours ago • comments: 27
Posted a new Comment on Half way into a TMB ...:
"BP, Good luck on the build. I think that will be a project for me down the road, but I have other projects to complete first. Looking forward to some photos."
Jimmy Lamar
@jimmy-lamar • yesterday • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on any tips on making a replacement bridge :
"Ken Hulme: Jimmy -- Those StewMac bone bridges aren't nearly large enough for a Hughes kit.  Those kits have a 3/4" tall fretboard that does not run full..."
Jimmy Lamar
@jimmy-lamar • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Where Is The Builders’ Forum?":
"Thanks Skipper, I just read Strummy’s memo."
Jimmy Lamar
@jimmy-lamar • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Liked a forum discussions item created by @strumelia:
NOTICE: Forum/Group consolidations
Jimmy Lamar
@jimmy-lamar • 2 days ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on any tips on making a replacement bridge :
"May I suggest a bone bridge available from Stewart McDonald luthier supplies. I think that bone does a better job of transferring the tone of the strings. If..."
Jimmy Lamar
@jimmy-lamar • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Where Is The Builders’ Forum?":
"Has the builders’ forum been discontinued?"
Jimmy Lamar
@jimmy-lamar • 4 days ago
@jimmy-lamar is now following @forums
Jimmy Lamar
@jimmy-lamar • 5 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "My First String Change....Whew!!":
"Kusani: Dusty Tutle: "As you found out, it can be hard to keep the loop ends on until there is enough tension on the string."  I use a set of needle nose..."
Jimmy Lamar
@jimmy-lamar • 5 days ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Scarborough Fair: How Do You Play It?:
"Dusty Turtle: It sure is a pretty tune, isn't it. By the way, the standard nowadays is to list tunings starting with the bass string, so your aeolian..."
Jimmy Lamar
@jimmy-lamar • 5 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "My First String Change....Whew!!":
"Dusty Turtle: If by "standard" you mean a guitar capo, yeah, that won't work.  Ron Ewing in Ohio makes great dulcimer capos for about $22 or $23.  He..."
Jimmy Lamar
@jimmy-lamar • 5 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "My First String Change....Whew!!":
"Dusty Turtle: Congratulations, Jimmy. Now that you're so good at changing strings, I have an old autoharp . . .  Hey, I do have one tip for you which I..."
Jimmy Lamar
@jimmy-lamar • 5 days ago • comments: 3
Created a new Group discussion "Scarborough Fair: How Do You Play It?":
"I have always dug this old English folk song. I imagine most of us were introduced to it by Simon & Garfunkel’s version. One internet version has them..."
Modern/Chord style Players
Jimmy Lamar
@jimmy-lamar • 5 days ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "My First String Change....Whew!!":
"I have been playing dulcimer for about a month and a half, and I thought that a string change was in order. The strings looked slightly oxidized, and who..."
Jimmy Lamar
@jimmy-lamar • one week ago • comments: 44
Posted a new Comment on Let’s Discuss Volume :
"Ken Hulme: Jimmy - I put the dulcimer across the wooden bars.  There are 4 rubber 'gaskets' -- one on each side of the two straps.  I spread two of those..."
Jimmy Lamar
@jimmy-lamar • one week ago • comments: 44
Posted a new Comment on Let’s Discuss Volume :
"Ken Hulme: I mostly play stand-up style these days and use a "waiter's tray table" which frees up almost the entire back and gives me really good sound..."
Jimmy Lamar
@jimmy-lamar • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "“Shinga Shing Shinga Shing Ching Chang”":
"That’s how my wife described my dulcimer playing earlier this week. I am a beginner, and I only began playing about a month ago. That was the first time she..."
Jimmy Lamar
@jimmy-lamar • 2 weeks ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Spruce On Top, Or Spruce On The Back?:
"Robin Thompson: Jimmy, speaking as someone who owns quite a few mountain dulcimers, I'd say you're making a good choice.  Though I'm the person who posted..."
Jimmy Lamar
@jimmy-lamar • 2 weeks ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Spruce On Top, Or Spruce On The Back?:
"Thanks for the input DT and SB. I think I’m going with the spruce on the top and a walnut back. After all, I’ve never seen a guitar or other acoustic..."
Jimmy Lamar
@jimmy-lamar • 2 weeks ago • comments: 23
Posted a new Comment on Scallop Fretboard Sound effects:
"Paparazzi: Well I’ve learned what terms not to use for sure, and that experimentation is a good thing and I must admit I have been doing a lot in that..."
Jimmy Lamar
@jimmy-lamar • 2 weeks ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Spruce On Top, Or Spruce On The Back?:
"Slate Creek Dulcimers: I say build it how you want. If it doesn't satisfy you, build a bunch more until you find the sound you like. It's gonna have to be..."
Jimmy Lamar
@jimmy-lamar • 2 weeks ago • comments: 7
Liked a group discussions item created by @jimmy-lamar:
Spruce On Top, Or Spruce On The Back?
Jimmy Lamar
@jimmy-lamar • 2 weeks ago • comments: 7
Created a new Group discussion "Spruce On Top, Or Spruce On The Back?":
"A recent discussion coalesced in a thread below, which I thought deserved its own tread. I’m in the middle of two builds, which are my first two builds..."
Dulcimer Making
Jimmy Lamar
@jimmy-lamar • 2 weeks ago • comments: 11
Posted a new Comment on Tennessee Music Box Plans?:
"Ken Hulme: No plans, except the dimensions and such in the quintessential article on TMBs by David Schnauffer and Sandy Conatser.  This piece gives you..."
Jimmy Lamar
@jimmy-lamar • 2 weeks ago • comments: 44
Liked a group discussions item created by @jimmy-lamar:
Let’s Discuss Volume
Jimmy Lamar
@jimmy-lamar • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "What songs were you taught in kindergarten/grade school?":
""This Land Is My Land" "Oh, Shenandoah" "Old McDonald" "She'll Be Comin' 'Round The Mountain" "On Top Of Old Smokey" "The Bonnie Banks O' Loch Lomand"..."
Jimmy Lamar
@jimmy-lamar • 2 weeks ago • comments: 23
Posted a new Comment on Scallop Fretboard Sound effects:
"Paparazzi: Jimmy: I’m sure you have made or built many dulcimers in the past and have much more experienced than I, and I don’t even know if you an Ken..."
Jimmy Lamar
@jimmy-lamar • 2 weeks ago • comments: 23
Posted a new Comment on Scallop Fretboard Sound effects:
"Ken Hulme: The  arches in   some  fretboards do free up  a couple  square  inches  of  top to  vibrate.  But you'd need very  sensitive  instruments  to..."
Jimmy Lamar
@jimmy-lamar • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "what was your first song on the dulcimer?":
"I just got my first mountain dulcimer a couple of months ago, so I’m still wet behind the ears. But, being a songwriter, my first song was an original..."
Jimmy Lamar
@jimmy-lamar • 3 weeks ago • comments: 44
Posted a new Comment on Let’s Discuss Volume :
"Strumelia: My epinettes and hummel all have tiny feet.  Some tables are rough enough that the instruments don't slide at all.  Using (reversible) Elmer's..."
Jimmy Lamar
@jimmy-lamar • 3 weeks ago • comments: 11
Posted a new Comment on Tennessee Music Box Plans?:
"John C. Knopf: Jimmy, are you building a music box?  Sorry I called you Gordon in my last post- - I should have looked at the names more closely! Were the..."
Jimmy Lamar
@jimmy-lamar • 3 weeks ago • comments: 44
Posted a new Comment on Let’s Discuss Volume :
"Strumelia: I play my epinettes and hummel exclusively on a table.  Kinda like Goldilocks- the epinettes are too small to keep on my lap without a strap,..."
Jimmy Lamar
@jimmy-lamar • 4 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Electric Bass Dulcimer:
"As far as the pick up is concerned, read my thread three below yours. However, if you are building a solid body, you need to look at electric guitar pickups,..."
Jimmy Lamar
@jimmy-lamar • 4 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Electric Bass Dulcimer:
"Go to the Blue Lion website. They make bass dulcimer, and they give their dimensions. As far as plans go, try Elderlys. I have bought simple dulcimer plans..."
Jimmy Lamar
@jimmy-lamar • one month ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Bridge To End Pins Distance: How Critical?:
"As always, thanks Robert & Ken for your input. My hands are wide enough to handle the longer VSL, and my original idea was to have a deeper than normal..."
Jimmy Lamar
@jimmy-lamar • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Marc Bolan Dulcimer?":
"@grahame-hood That was a bit disappointing that there was no Bolan connection to the dulcimer. It was making sense to me because he was an innovator, IMO...."

Latest Group Discussions

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Jimmy Lamar

Humidifiers For Dulcimers? Essential Or Not?


The thought occurred to me today when I re-moistened my acoustic guitar...
@Jimmy Lamar 5 days ago - Comments: 5
Jimmy Lamar

Scarborough Fair: How Do You Play It?


I have always dug this old English folk song. I imagine most of us were...
@Jimmy Lamar 5 days ago - Comments: 3
Jimmy Lamar

Spruce On Top, Or Spruce On The Back?


A recent discussion coalesced in a thread below, which I thought...
@Jimmy Lamar 2 weeks ago - Comments: 7
Jimmy Lamar

Bridge To End Pins Distance: How Critical?


Does the distance between the bridge and the end pins matter that much?...
@Jimmy Lamar one month ago - Comments: 4
Jimmy Lamar

What Pick-Up To Buy?


For the builders who use pick-ups, what brand, type, and model have...
@Jimmy Lamar one month ago - Comments: 4
Jimmy Lamar

Ball End Strings: What End Pins?


Coming from an acoustic guitar background, I want to stick with ball...
@Jimmy Lamar 2 months ago - Comments: 11
Jimmy Lamar

The Capo?


How do you folks use a capo if the fretboard is not hollowed out? Is...
@Jimmy Lamar 2 months ago - Comments: 6
Jimmy Lamar

Tennessee Music Box Plans?


Anyone have any resources for plans, etc. for building a TMB?
@Jimmy Lamar 2 months ago - Comments: 11
Jimmy Lamar

Let’s Discuss Volume


I am mostly addressing the builders here. Maybe I should have posted...
@Jimmy Lamar 2 months ago - Comments: 44
Jimmy Lamar

String Spacing For Baritone Build


Can anyone help with the string spacing on a baritone? I'm in the design...
@Jimmy Lamar 3 years ago - Comments: 14
Jimmy Lamar

Need Help Uploading Photos


I can't seem to upload any pics. Any help would be appreciated. JL
@Jimmy Lamar 5 years ago - Comments: 0
Jimmy Lamar

Mountain Dulcimer Building 101 (or 214 ways to skin a cat)


Reasons: I always wanted to build an MD.Instrument building...
@Jimmy Lamar 5 years ago - Comments: 13
Jimmy Lamar

Need Help With Top Plates


New builderhaving much frustration trying to true my plates for the...
@Jimmy Lamar 6 years ago - Comments: 8
Jimmy Lamar

Building Baritone Dulcimer


I am in the design stage. What scale length are you guys using, and what...
@Jimmy Lamar 7 years ago - Comments: 8

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Latest Forum Discussions

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Where Is The Builders’ Forum?

Posted: Tuesday January 15 2019, 7:18 PM
By: @Jimmy Lamar

My First String Change....Whew!!

Posted: Tuesday January 15 2019, 6:48 PM
By: @Sheryl St. Clare

“Shinga Shing Shinga Shing Ching Chang”

Posted: Saturday January 5 2019, 8:17 AM
By: @Strumelia

How Do I Ditch This Chat Pop-Up?

Posted: Friday December 7 2018, 4:47 PM
By: @Jimmy Lamar

How Do I Quote Someone?

Posted: Friday December 7 2018, 2:37 PM
By: @Dusty Turtle

Need Chords For D-A-C Tuning!

Posted: Tuesday November 13 2018, 6:21 PM
By: @Banjimer

Phrygian Tunings

Posted: Monday November 12 2018, 1:43 PM
By: @Ken Hulme

Keith Johnson Dulcimer

Posted: Monday November 12 2018, 7:52 AM
By: @Jimmy Lamar

How do you search for other members?

Posted: Friday November 9 2018, 11:32 AM
By: @Jimmy Lamar

Dulcimer Strings

Posted: Wednesday November 7 2018, 7:50 AM
By: @Jimmy Lamar

Comments

Jan Schultz
01/01/11 05:02:37PM @jan-schultz:

Hi Jimmy, Happy New Year!

I re-measured my dulcimer and it's not 39" but about 381/4" or so. It's standard, not a bass or baritone and it's got a fantastic voice. The open string length is 27" Made by David McKinney of Modern Mountain Dulcimers. In the second picture you can see the "second bottom: which adds to the depth of the dulcimer and also enhances the sound. This actually is the nicest dulcimer I have ever played.

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Scotty Lee Shuffield
12/08/10 12:24:01PM @scotty-lee-shuffield:
Jimmy - sure I'd like to learn more about recording on GB...I need to do some more on my dulcimer, as well as my guitar, ukulele... Don't bust a hump looking it up , but when you get a chance...let me know. You can post as a comment or you can send me a FOTMD Message. Thanks, Brother...Scooter
Jerry C Rockwell
12/06/10 07:57:49PM @jerry-c-rockwell:
Jimmy: Thanks for the kind words. I'd like to hear some of your dulcimers sometime.Jerry
Strumelia
12/05/10 01:59:28PM @strumelia:
I'm seeing your photos just fine. ***Try restarting your computer and signing out and in again to FOTMD.*** could be a setting got 'stuck' the wrong way.You say you 'clicked on something' and then couldn't see the photos- do you remember what you clicked? Ask another member if they can see your pix. (someone who is not the site owner like I am).Let's continue this discussion in private message posts- not wanting to inflict it on 1200 other people on the main page!
Strumelia
12/05/10 01:46:15PM @strumelia:
Jimmy, I am seeing all 8 of your photos just fine. Are you not able to see them?To delete a photo, just click it so it opens ion its own page, there you will see a link to "Delete photo".
Ken Hulme
12/05/10 09:44:32AM @ken-hulme:
Hi Jimmy;Yeah I paddle - a lot. Have a folding kayak that I used to trip around to various islands in the Pacific when i lived out there.I'm pretty much always accessible via the net and email. But when I go to Africa in March it will be a bit more sporadic as villages out in the bush won't have Internet cafes for daily access! I'll help anyway I can.
Bill Lewis
12/05/10 07:38:26AM @bill-lewis:
My first build was from a kit that i got from Cedar Creek Dulcimers in Branson Mo. I built it for my brother who never seen one before. He plays guitar so he had no problem picking it up. Then i decided to build myself one and bought another kit from Cedar Creek. My third one i built at a class at WCU in North Carolina with a luthier name John Huron. Was alot of fun and learned alot. if you are interested in going that route i would recommend it because John is a great person too learn from and alot of fun. His assistant is helpful too. He will be at Dulcimerville this June. He is going to build an Uncle Ed Thomas replica. I"m thinking about going and taking the course myself. Just half to check on my finances to see if i can swing it this coming year. If i can be of anymore help just ask. Grin.gif
Bill Lewis
12/05/10 07:20:50AM @bill-lewis:
Jimmy, look on my page and you will see photos of my builds. Grin.gif
Robin Clark
12/05/10 03:57:32AM @robin-clark:
Hi Jimmy,A peizo pick-up example would be like the undersaddle pick-ups fitted to an acoustic guitar by Fishman (L R Baggs make one to go under a duncimer bridge. Other peizo pick-ups stick onto the outside or inside surface of the instrument like the KK big shot. Piezo pick-ups work by detecting and amplifying the movement of the instrument's body. Unless mounted under pressure (like under the bridge) they can make the whole instrument very sensitive to touches or knocks. A magnetic pick-up example would be say a P90 humbucker fitted to an electric guitar or a soundhole pick-up like the Fishman Rare Earth fitted across the soundhole of an acoustic guitar. These pick-up work by sensing the vibration of the string passing through a magnetic field - so they must be mounted close to the strings. The advantage of a mag p/u is that they are far more feedback resistant than peizo systems and easier to EQ. The disadvantage is that you need to have the space under the strings somewhere to mount them and they pick up less of the instrument's characture. Also most are balanced for nickel strings - and many MD players prefer PB wound strings. A mag p/u with adjustable poles can help you to balance the strings effectively.Have a look at the pick-up section in the Stewart MacDonald catalogue http://www.stewmac.com/It is worth thinking about what pick-up system you want to use now so you can design it into the instrument. Pick-ups fitted as an afterthought are rarely satisfactory.Robin
Robin Clark
12/04/10 06:17:10PM @robin-clark:
Hi Jimi,I think that a pick-up is the way to go with your bass 6 string. Have you thought about a surface mounted mag pick-up of some sort rather than a peizo system? A mag will be more feedback resistant and more controllable than any peizo. It would not be so "natural" sounding as a good peizo but would be much, much warmer, and as this is a bass MD I guess that's what you are after.
Cliff Cyphers
12/03/10 12:16:35PM @cliff-cyphers:
Hi Jimmy,A standard dulcimer has a diatonic fret board, and a chromatic dulcimer has all of the frets, just like a guitar, and you can play in any key.Cliff
Bill Lewis
11/30/10 12:28:27PM @bill-lewis:
Welcome to FOTMD Jimmy. Grin.gif
Jim Fawcett
11/30/10 12:15:01PM @jim-fawcett:
Hey Jimmy, welcome aboard from a fellow PA'er. Glad ya found us.
Rod Westerfield
11/30/10 11:19:40AM @rod-westerfield:
welcome Jimmy glad ya joined the FOTMD family... 103.gif