Kevin R.

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Location: Mountville, PA (Lancaster)
Country: USA

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Hunterdude Noah Cline Elvensong Ariane Ron Stewart sweetbriar Redmando dulcinina Salt Springs Slate Creek Dulcimers Dan Cat Brown Bob Reinsel Strumelia Cynthia Wigington Christine Shoemaker Bob Jessica Comeau Steven Berger Steve Battarbee Gail Webber Cindy Stammich Cheryl Johnson Kevin Messenger Patty from Virginia robert schuler Jan Potts Rob N Lackey David Bennett John C. Knopf Mark Gilston Dusty Turtle Robin Clark Ken Longfield Ken Hulme Randy Adams Robin Thompson

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SoundCloud Tracks: 14
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audio tracks: 5

Chinese Breakdown


Artist:
Genre: Folk & Singer-Songwriter
Duration: 00:01:16
Hunterdude
05/03/20 07:56:39AM @hunterdude:

Kevin,

Thanks for your help, I am happy to report Bobby Did get back to me quickly, and even better News is he was willing to upgrade my Virginia hogfiddle kit to side tuner zither pins! I can't wait to start building, it looks like Bobby's kits are quite different from the "average" kit offering.

Sorry for the interruption to your thread but this "networking" of folks with common interest is perhaps the internet at its best. -thank you -Ben


Kevin R.
05/02/20 08:58:12AM @kevin-r:

The dulcimer is my left hand is not the kit dulcimer. It is one of Bobby’s dulcimers though. I know he is still building, but has changed his “line up” of available dulcimers a bit. You are correct about the pins being in different locations. The kits have them on the top rather than the sides. Bobby told me it is because the kits are a little more basic and designed for relatively easy assembly. If you already messaged him he will respond. I will also gladly tell you more if you need or want more info.


Hunterdude
05/02/20 12:30:23AM @hunterdude:

Kevin.

Is the dulcimer in your left hand (diamond sound holes) the Virginia hogfiddle kit? The reason I ask is I am interested in purchasing the kit and can find no website listing them for sale...I was able to view 2 YouTube videos about kit contents and general assembly tips...I have sent an email but thought I would also reach out to you for info on the kits as well...what I noticed most is your dulcimer has zither pins out the sides like a traditional tuning peg...the kit videos show the zither pins out the top...is your side pins an upgrade or perhaps updated model? I prefer the side pins like yours. Maybe I will get a reply from Bobby tomorrow and I will have wasted your time, but if you know if he is still making kits and best way to contact/ order I would be thankful!


Strumelia
05/01/20 11:10:21PM @strumelia:

Thank you for all that wonderful description and info, Kevin. You are indeed lucky to have such lovely dulcimers!


Kevin R.
05/01/20 10:35:05PM @kevin-r:

Strumelia:

Kevin is the dulcimer you made from the kit a different size/scale than the SlateCreek dulcimer shown in your avatar? (the one with the natural knothole sound holes)

If they are different sizes, what tunings do you prefer on each scale length instrument?  (inquiring minds want to know)   :)

I currently have 5 dulcimers that come from Slate Creek Dulcimers. They are all different VSL's and tunings. All 155 tuning for the most part. At least that is how I keep them most times, but occasionally I slip into a minor tuning. He calls them hogfiddles and most of them he names them after pigs. Imagine that! The one in my pic is a Shoat hogfiddle. It's about 22" VSL and tuned Aee. I also have a Boss Torc at about 24" VSL and tuned Gdd, a Whistlepig at about 20" VSL tuned cgg, a Honaker (kind of replica) that I'm not quite sure of the VSL at the moment ( I think about 24-25"), but it is dddd unison tuning, and I have the kit dulcimer which is about 26" VSL and tuned DAA.

They are all wonderful instruments. They are all different. One thing I like about these dulcimers is they are all made with higher string tensions than most might be used to. For me, I like that because they are all noter-drone specific instruments and the noter seems to glide much smoother with the higher tension. Unless you get him to specifically set it up for finger dance type playing it might be rough on your fingers, but with a noter it is super easy and can really fly. They are all very loud and would easily be heard when playing with other instruments.

My dulcimer journey began with me knowing absolutely nothing and starting down a chord-melody path. I like that, and there are many talented players of that style, but for me...when I discovered it the sound of a traditional noter-drone dulcimer really grabbed me and my playing is solely that now. I'm still learning. I love it. I love fast fiddle tunes, but I also love slower more delicate tunes played with a noter. I am not too good at those yet, but some players are. Like I said...I'm still learning. I still don't know a lot, but I love trying and I love sharing my love for this wonderful instrument.  


Strumelia
05/01/20 04:45:27PM @strumelia:

Kevin is the dulcimer you made from the kit a different size/scale than the SlateCreek dulcimer shown in your avatar? (the one with the natural knothole sound holes)

If they are different sizes, what tunings do you prefer on each scale length instrument?  (inquiring minds want to know)   :)


Kevin R.
05/01/20 03:01:57PM @kevin-r:

Strumelia:

Kevin, tell us about the dulcimer you are playing here in this recording.  It sounds great, and like Dusty said, is so zingy dulcimer

This was played on a dulcimer kit I built. The kit was purchased from Bobby Ratliff of Slate Creek Dulcimers. I wanted to see if I could actually put something together that I could actually play music on. I have no shop, no fancy tools, and very limited skill. I pretty much put it together on my kitchen counter. It was not too hard to do, and didn’t take very long. I worked on it a little at a time over a 2-3 week period. Most of the actual time is waiting for glue to dry. I’m very happy with how it turned out. It was a fun project. Bobby really does a great job putting together the kit and instructional videos. I’d be happy to talk to anyone about my experience if they are interested. It’s a great way to learn something, and also end up with a pretty decent traditional noter-drone specific dulcimer. 


Strumelia
05/01/20 02:45:51PM @strumelia:

Kevin, tell us about the dulcimer you are playing here in this recording.  It sounds great, and like Dusty said, is so zingy dulcimer


Kevin R.
05/01/20 01:45:18PM @kevin-r:

Thank you all for the kind comments.


dulcinina
05/01/20 09:07:29AM @dulcinina:

One of my favorites, Kevin.  You play it so well.  Nina


Robin Thompson
04/29/20 10:28:47PM @robin-thompson:

Nice play of this traditional tune, Kevin! 


Dusty Turtle
04/27/20 11:43:13PM @dusty-turtle:

It's great to hear you zinging up and down the fretboard, Kevin.  Sounds great!


Steven Berger
04/27/20 11:22:34PM @steven-berger:

Way to go, Kevin!!!thumbsup