John Petry

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Location: Morrison, Il
Country: USA

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Almost 20 years ago, my daughter asked me to buy her a harp to play…Being a father of 7, [+1 in heaven] money always seemed to be tight, [still is], so the solution I found was to buy a broken harp, do my best to fix it to be playable….and away we went.
Soon after I was fixing / restoring /re homing all sorts of stringed instruments for other members of the family, students, teachers, and anyone who wanted to learn, but for whatever reason could not afford to buy an instrument. I never got into the ooh and ahhs of brands and orchestral snobbery. I have always seen harps without the hype, violins based on sound rather than makers mark, or vintage. I know for a fact that there are kids now out there playing on pre-war Gibson guitars, and 19th century [perhaps earlier] violins.
I feel the screeching of someone learning to play is a much sweeter sound, and worth so much more, than the silence of an instrument stored in a damp basement.
Folks would call “out of the blue” and ask if I might have a violin, cello, guitar, mandolin or “whatever” for this youngster or friend that needs one. And as best I could, I’d figure out a solution. Sometimes scouring the bent, broken, and “for parts” section of auction sites, sometimes getting donated closet relics… but always getting better at the repairs, rebuilds, and restoring to function as I went along.
Fast forward a few decades and here I am. My health is not what it once was, my income ain’t either… And while I still do not charge for most of the instruments I give away, the reality is that it is not a sustainable effort.
My ETSY shop, and my pettreemusic.com are just a way to try and offset the costs, and keep the wolves at bay. Thank you for stopping in. Feel free to ask whatever you will about instruments, repair, or whatever other thoughts you may have.
May God go with you,
john

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John Petry
@john-petry • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Dulcimer Early Original Hand Carved by William Bill Berg":
"Price drop to 495.....free shipping"
John Petry
@john-petry • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Reasons NOT To Get a Chromatic":
"Sitting here looking at a dozen or so instruments...staples, frets, wound wire, straight wire, oak, maple, rosewood. No two are alike, yet I would call them..."
John Petry
@john-petry • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Looking For Tuner Recommendations ":
"Years ago, a decent chromatic tuner would run $35 and up. Korg comes to mind.  Now there are loads of clip on type, that all perform OK, but my overall..."
John Petry
@john-petry • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Dulcimer Early Original Hand Carved by William Bill Berg":
"@wildcat was asking about these....thought I would answer here for all to see. Looking through the sound holes, you can see these running on the back seams...."
John Petry
@john-petry • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Dulcimer Early Original Hand Carved by William Bill Berg":
"Small cross grained, internal, glued in place "clamps" to keep a repaired split from re opening."
John Petry
@john-petry • one month ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Hughes Style Mountain Dulcimer Hand Crafted & signed '93":
"Made I'm sure with a passion for the music, just perhaps not the best knowledge of the craft of instrument building. Constructed with a laminate body, poly..."
John Petry
@john-petry • one month ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Dulcimer Early Original Hand Carved by William Bill Berg":
"One of only a few ever made (the other is in Bills shop). Early 70's Hand carved by the now Master builder as one of his first. The unique Double heart head..."
John Petry
@john-petry • one month ago • comments: 31
Posted a new Comment on Peg tuners:
"......thank you admin edit....."
John Petry
@john-petry • one month ago • comments: 31
Posted a new Comment on Peg tuners:
"Well done pilgrim! Now......about installing those "extra" frets.........."
John Petry
@john-petry • one month ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on @nicolas-fr:
"Bonjour Mon Ami Nicolas,   That is the extent of my French. Perhaps we can speak Dulcimer? Welcome!  "
John Petry
@john-petry • 2 months ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Noter makers:
"I do custom colored hardwood, Thicker diameter models for "older" hands, and clear or carmelized Bamboo...."
John Petry
@john-petry • 2 months ago • comments: 31
Posted a new Comment on Peg tuners:
"One of these cheapo string winders can be a game changer. Gives a lot more torque and turn ability ['specially for hands and fingers that don't cooperate so..."
John Petry
@john-petry • 2 months ago • comments: 440
Posted a new Comment on @ken-longfield:
"I know I'm new to the "friends"....but I think I'll just call ya "winky"...."
John Petry
@john-petry • 2 months ago • comments: 440
Posted a new Comment on @ken-longfield:
"Just noticed you had a "procedure" or two these last few weeks....Thinking of the tune "I can see clearly now...." Hope all went well"
John Petry
@john-petry • 2 months ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on @john-petry:
"Thanks for the welcome! I've just been reading through the forums and "spying" on y'all... I've got quite a  back log of dulcimers [ or dare I call some of..."

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Ben Barr Jr
01/16/24 11:02:08AM @benjamin-w-barr-jr:

Hi John, and welcome to the wonderful world of the Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer.  It's a good place to come, spend some time, learn about the dulcimer, and to meet some good people.

Ben


Jim Fawcett
01/14/24 05:25:31PM @jim-fawcett:

Hey John, welcome aboard. Glad ya found us.


John C. Knopf
01/12/24 03:05:31PM @john-c-knopf:

Ken, you could do what I did and knock one lens out of your glasses.  Or cover a lens with black paper.  Just a couple ideas...


Ken Longfield
01/12/24 12:59:55PM @ken-longfield:

Thank you, John. The first cataract surgery went well and I'm seeing clearly with that eye. Unfortunately I had to postpone the second surgery due to a cold. It is rescheduled for the end of February. In the meantime, I'm going crazy trying to see well with my glasses on and with them off.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."


Richard Streib
01/11/24 01:41:23PM @richard-streib:

Very interesting.


John Petry
01/10/24 07:15:38PM @john-petry:

Thanks for the welcome! I've just been reading through the forums and "spying" on y'all...

I've got quite a  back log of dulcimers [ or dare I call some of them dulcimores?].  Quite interesting the amount of things I'm learning.

I recently listed this one with a deeply scalloped fingerboard, I did get some history from the maker, but would like to hear about how in the world one plays this... Perhaps I'll post in one of the forums. Still figuring this whole thing out.

Talk again soon, take care

john


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Ken Longfield
01/10/24 07:09:57PM @ken-longfield:

Welcome to FOTMD, John. What a wonderful mission to make instruments playable again and into the hands of folks who want to learn to play them. Thank you for doing that. Perhaps you will have some insights regarding repair which you can offer when we discuss doing that. It's good to have you aboard.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."


Richard Streib
01/10/24 06:45:19PM @richard-streib:

Welcome John Petry to Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer. Glad you joined. It sounds like you have developed quite a mission with your instrument repair and re-homing. God bless you in that. Let us know if you have questions. We'll find an answer.