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Location: Spring, TX
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Paula Brawdy Cynthia Wigington Stewart McCormick Gordon Hardy Charles Thomas Helen Seiler Deborah Hinz Sheryl St. Clare Ken Backer Colleen Hailey Jan Potts Kandee Lexie R Oakley Monica

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marg
 
@marg • 30 minutes ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "'weeping hearts', 'trailing hearts' or 'crying hearts'":
"dusty, Thanks, I wrote a message to Pristine2's homepage. Will see if he answers, several older messages, I didn't see where he answered so not sure. Hope..."
marg
 
@marg • 47 minutes ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on @pristine2:
" A post on everythingdulcimer Nov '08 (pass on this Carrell. I've got a pretty nice one waiting for me at Bill's. It's a teardrop, not a fiddleback, but it..."
marg
 
@marg • 58 minutes ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Cripple's confession (Hensley mountain dulcimer):
"Beautiful sound"
marg
 
@marg • an hour ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "'weeping hearts', 'trailing hearts' or 'crying hearts'":
"I had put Pristine2  in under member search & he didn't pop up. I remember he was a member awhile back.  Some post on hearts, & up-side down ones..."
marg
 
@marg • 4 hours ago • comments: 13
Posted a new Comment on Courage to play publicly:
"    I am with a group & we use a room (open to the hallway) in a Senior Living Center each week to practice or just jam but anyone, anytime can step in..."
marg
 
@marg • 4 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Thumb pick":
"Gorilla Super Glue is what I had around the house, so that's what I used & clamp it. The leather works just like if you were to wrap a piece of elec...."
marg
 
@marg • 10 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "'weeping hearts', 'trailing hearts' or 'crying hearts'":
"dusty, I saw on a everythingdulcimer post 11/2008, pristine2 (when he came over)   was going to pick up a carrell teardrop that has the same soundholes..."
marg
 
@marg • 11 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "'weeping hearts', 'trailing hearts' or 'crying hearts'":
"dusty, Both interesting discussions, I am surprise there isn't a book or something about the meanings of the different soundholes. thanks"
marg
 
@marg • 11 hours ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "'weeping hearts', 'trailing hearts' or 'crying hearts'":
"If we go back 30+ years, there wasn't as many sound hole designs as now - does anyone know  the meaning behind 'weeping hearts',  'trailing hearts' or..."
marg
 
@marg • 13 hours ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Dulcimers I Have Known:
"( "weeping hearts") What is the meaning of this as a sound hold, is it meant to be sad? I have not seen this very often, Sam Carrell has ' "weeping..."
marg
 
@marg • 14 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Stone pick":
"Love the idea of your stone pick, looks like a worry stone they had years ago. Rubbing it when you are not playing with it, should shine it up or smooth it..."
marg
 
@marg • 15 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Thumb pick":
"ken, After playing around with different ways to fasten the leather for my thumb, I have ended up glueing it & that keeps it more an even thickness all..."
marg
 
@marg • 15 hours ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on KENTUCKY MUSIC WEEK -(KY):
"Crazy storm, be safe"
marg
 
@marg • 15 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Revisiting an old build of my own...":
" Beautiful story & I hope your niece will enjoy this adventure that will have a part of you & her mother with her as she plays."
marg
 
@marg • 15 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Sam Carrell":
"( I closed the business & my wife & I moved back to Florida in 1984 ) kelley, Do you know when in '84 Sam moved back to Fla? The dulcimer I just..."
marg
 
@marg • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Sam Carrell":
"kelley,I am just seeing your post on Sam Carrell, many in the dulcimer world knew of him and I am learning about him now. I just picked up an old dulcimer..."
marg
 
@marg • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Thumb pick":
"ken, (Think outside the box!) I can do that, I have tried the thimble or plastic tubing before but don't like the stiffness since I also use my thumb for..."
marg
 
@marg • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Thumb pick":
"Well the thumb pick really didn't work for how I wanted, so till I get something like an acrylic nail I will stick with elec. tape."
marg
 
@marg • 2 days ago • comments: 164
Posted a new Comment on @geoff-black:
"In a post on Sam Carrell (9/13 - . Between 1975 and 1984 he made quite a number of high quality dulcimers,) I just saw last night you were asking Jennifer..."
marg
 
@marg • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Wanted: Dulciborn":
"(Lowering the tension, raising the tension, trying all possible fixes,) I had to work on my action but not to the extent of sanding the board, just sanding..."
marg
 
@marg • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Looking for a pick":
" hewalker, Thank you, sounds like you have a great fellow to invent what you need if can't be found & welcome. Is the photo of your dulcimers, I just..."
marg
 
@marg • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to " Sam Carrell dulcimer":
"(chalk I put on.) So, does chalk not hold? What is chalk for then? W. May had said to just use chalk on his. I have a peg something, not drops - I will try..."
marg
 
@marg • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to " Sam Carrell dulcimer":
"( Mixolydian (D/A/d/dd) tuning.) Bridge to nut in 28'.5    if I was to tune to DAddd, should the ddd be lighter than 12's. String Gauge Calculator shows 9,..."
marg
 
@marg • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to " Sam Carrell dulcimer":
"rob, (putting water on the bass peg to swell it.) After the water (or spit ;-)) dries would it be loose again? So far I am not using that peg & even..."
marg
 
@marg • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Thumb pick":
"(fretting hand and not your strumming/picking hand, correct?) yes I have been using my thumb since I started but just lately I have started wondering if I..."
marg
 
@marg • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to " Sam Carrell dulcimer":
"Photos On the pegs - you can see all the chalk I put on them. I still can't get the bass peg to hold so are using the others at the moment - need to adjust..."
marg
 
@marg • 3 days ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on @paula-brawdy:
"Hi, I just saw on everything dulcimers (Nov. 2011) you purchase a Sam Carrell dulcimer.     I just picked up one today and have the same questions you had..."
marg
 
@marg • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to " Sam Carrell dulcimer":
"Why are the strings set up like a 4 equidistant dulcimer except the melody strings are doubled? Not sure how you play that, just on melody strings? Can I..."
marg
 
@marg • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic " Sam Carrell dulcimer":
" (Sam Carrell, who worked for a time with Bill Davis) I just picked up a Sam Carrell dulcimer, signed & dated august 1984. it need some work but with..."
marg
 
@marg • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Looking for a pick":
"Strumelia,   (accidentally deleted-) No worries, just assume I did something. Thanks for all you do"
marg
 
@marg • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Looking for a pick":
"Has anyone used a thumb pick for using & sliding their thumb so they don't tear it up?      (Hope this is ok here, just tried posting under a new post..."
marg
 
@marg • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Thumb pick":
"Has anyone used a thumb pick just for sliding their thumb & not tearing up the edge of their thumb?"
marg
 
@marg • 5 days ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Summertown Bluegrass Reunion: 1st Dulcimer Lesson:
"Nice, lasting memories - maybe future players  "
marg
 
@marg • 6 days ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Strumelia:
"I just want to reach out and try it, so nice  "
marg
 
@marg • 6 days ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Strumelia:
"Beautiful & such a wonderful box. Can't wait to hear what you tune it to & give us a little bit of a listen as you play."

Latest Group Discussions

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marg

Elevator bridge


Has anyone thought of making a bridge that could be raised or lowered so...
@marg 6 months ago - Comments: 5
marg

What's best for turning pages from iPad?


i have my music on an iPad and was wondering if there was an app that...
@marg 6 months ago - Comments: 9
marg

Jean Ritchie Original 1967 # 170 Appalachian Dulcimer Excellent Cond


Just saw this on ebay if anyone is interested:...
@marg 2 years ago - Comments: 2
marg

Driving by, Passing through


 As we are traveling, give a shot when you are passing by. Let us know...
@marg 2 years ago - Comments: 7
marg

action height


I have been having problems with a new dulcimer (dulciborn) since it...
@marg 3 years ago - Comments: 9
marg

Transducer Pickup under saddle


Have you ever had a Transducer Pickup - under the saddle not work when...
@marg 3 years ago - Comments: 19
marg

Strum Strum Strum


I am having a very hard timestrumming, would anyone like to post...
@marg 3 years ago - Comments: 25
marg

picks


If you use your fingers or thumb to strum the tone is mellow but if you...
@marg 3 years ago - Comments: 15
marg

Does painting a dulcimer alter the sound or tone?


I am going through the many photos of FOTMD members, there are so...
@marg 3 years ago - Comments: 14
marg

Playing DAA in DAD


I am tuned to DAD and need to play some DAA songs in a class I am...
@marg 3 years ago - Comments: 19
marg

Dulcimer Books


I received such a sweet gift today, several dulcimer books. I have...
@marg 3 years ago - Comments: 24
marg

How to find: .....


Members from a certain area, how would we find out who they are? I was...
@marg 3 years ago - Comments: 5
marg

Strap Button or Not


I have seen discussions on lap cloths and straps. My dulcimer; aJohn...
@marg 3 years ago - Comments: 12
marg

First Festival


Ok, now that I have my dulcimer and beginning to learn it, next up is...
@marg 3 years ago - Comments: 69
marg

capo's


I have a wide fret and the capo I have does not fit it. If it was...
@marg 3 years ago - Comments: 17
marg

6&1/2 buzzes


I have an older dulcimer I just picked up. It's very nice except the...
@marg 3 years ago - Comments: 6

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Christmas Eve Fun  "Jingle Bells"

Christmas Eve Fun "Jingle Bells"


@marg
6 months ago - Comments: 4
When the Saints Go Marching In

When the Saints Go Marching In


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last year - Comments: 3
Amazing Grace

Amazing Grace


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last year - Comments: 7
The Gift of Love

The Gift of Love


@marg
last year - Comments: 3
The Gift of Love

The Gift of Love


@marg
last year - Comments: 3
'Amazing Grace'

'Amazing Grace'


@marg
2 years ago - Comments: 3
'Ode To Joy'

'Ode To Joy'


@marg
2 years ago - Comments: 3
'This Land Is Your Land'

'This Land Is Your Land'


@marg
2 years ago - Comments: 5
'Over There'

'Over There'


@marg
2 years ago - Comments: 6
America the Beautiful

America the Beautiful


@marg
2 years ago - Comments: 4
Danny Boy

Danny Boy


@marg
3 years ago - Comments: 5
1:25 Ode to Joy

1:25 Ode to Joy


@marg
3 years ago - Comments: 21

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Latest Forum Discussions

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'weeping hearts', 'trailing hearts' or...

Posted: Saturday June 24 2017, 2:39 PM
By: @marg

Thumb pick

Posted: Saturday June 24 2017, 10:17 AM
By: @marg

Sam Carrell dulcimer

Posted: Thursday June 22 2017, 3:08 AM
By: @marg

Jack Whitworth of Capote Hills

Posted: Sunday June 11 2017, 10:03 PM
By: @marg

Action/ nickel under the 7th

Posted: Thursday June 1 2017, 4:53 PM
By: @marg

Dean Markley 3001 XM Transducer pickup

Posted: Saturday April 29 2017, 5:52 PM
By: @marg

Roland, MICRO CUBE GX

Posted: Tuesday April 25 2017, 10:55 AM
By: @Skip

Tabs, Straps, & Cords

Posted: Saturday April 22 2017, 1:41 PM
By: @Ken Longfield

A 'beginner dulcimer'

Posted: Monday April 10 2017, 12:54 PM
By: @marg

Can I lessen a pluckier tone

Posted: Sunday February 19 2017, 12:31 AM
By: @Bet.M

Thoughts: Folk Roots by Rugg & Jackel,...

Posted: Tuesday January 17 2017, 8:09 PM
By: @marg

Dulcimer Weight

Posted: Monday January 16 2017, 8:33 PM
By: @Bee Lick Farm

5 string dulcimer

Posted: Wednesday January 4 2017, 4:58 PM
By: @Lisa Golladay

String that rings

Posted: Thursday September 22 2016, 10:09 AM
By: @marg

Hanging a dulcimer

Posted: Tuesday June 21 2016, 1:12 AM
By: @marg

TK O'Brien Walnut Creek Dulcimers

Posted: Sunday May 15 2016, 5:29 AM
By: @Anne Bowman

Does a dulcimer get a fuller tone when...

Posted: Thursday May 12 2016, 9:35 PM
By: @CD

need or not need 6.5 fret

Posted: Friday April 8 2016, 7:04 PM
By: @Paul Certo

new orleans area, used dulcimers

Posted: Wednesday April 6 2016, 6:25 PM
By: @Lexie R Oakley

How to tune wooden pegs

Posted: Saturday January 23 2016, 5:01 PM
By: @marg

Leo Rodder, KY dulcimer

Posted: Saturday January 2 2016, 2:50 PM
By: @marg

strap button

Posted: Wednesday December 16 2015, 3:44 PM
By: @Joe Robison

Number of dulcimers

Posted: Friday October 2 2015, 4:32 PM
By: @Tom Taggart

String size

Posted: Tuesday September 29 2015, 5:45 PM
By: @marg

Types of tuners

Posted: Friday August 14 2015, 8:15 AM
By: @Sheryl St. Clare

Old red stain dulcimer

Posted: Saturday August 8 2015, 9:21 AM
By: @marg

Your music area

Posted: Sunday August 2 2015, 12:39 PM
By: @Monica

Jean Ritchie

Posted: Wednesday June 3 2015, 9:59 AM
By: @Strumelia

To Low Action

Posted: Saturday November 22 2014, 5:37 PM
By: @marg

Comments

Alamaine
06/08/17 12:27:06PM @alamaine:

Thanks!  Happy to be here.


jddahl
04/13/17 06:46:00AM @jddahl:

Thanks Marg for your message !

One of these days, I'll have time to play it again !

Jean-Dag


Helen Seiler
01/11/17 05:26:45PM @helen-seiler:

G'day Marg, SMN is Standard Music Notation. I can now read a little but mainly rely on Tab. I got my electric blues box guitar the other day and put it together with a bit of fiddling. For US$30 i am very impressed (if it doesnt fall apart). I have started on the lessons in the book and on the cd and am already feeling quite bluesy. I was surprised how well it plays thru my little Roland Microcube amp. Have you put yours together yet. I found the rivet holes were a little narrow... i just ran a metal skewer thru them and they widened out enough to tap the rivets in with a hammer.  i hope you are enjoying yours and thanks again for showing it to me. H x


marg
01/11/17 12:55:53AM @marg:

Helen,

that is so funny, I got one myself. Have not started putting it together yet, so much easier to dream of the finish piece. You have to up-date me on your progress. I hope it will be fun for you


Helen Seiler
12/25/16 06:07:06PM @helen-seiler:

G'day Marg... well it got the better of me. I received some Christmas money from my brother and he said on the card 'Buy something fun'. So I ordered the little blues box guitar kit. An online book store down here had the same one on sale down here with free postage. Thanks for showing it to me.. i think it will be fun... if i can put it together. Happy holidays and thanks again. Helen x


Helen Seiler
09/12/16 06:27:40PM @helen-seiler:

Hi Marg, it was so kind of you to contact me. Yes i have been missing in action on here for a while... my health has been a bit rough.. with a hand tremor that was affecting a few things including typing and playing... but it has finally improved over this last week.. so i will be back on board soon. How are you travelling Marg?


Geoff Black
09/08/16 09:44:34AM @geoff-black:

Hi Marg

You ask about epinette tuning....and unfortunately it's rather like asking how long is a piece of string!  The longer scale modern epinettes have a melody string tuned to D, but play in G - think DAA tuning and the root of the scale being on the 3rd fret.  The smaller ones are in G, but play in C (ditto).  The drones are tuned a fifth apart to match the G or C tuning respectively.  Using a 0.010 or 0.011 string as a reference on the melody string, try each tuning and see whether it is too slack or too tight.  Or just send me the scale length and I'll hazard a guess....!

Best of luck.

Geoff


Jan Potts
08/26/16 01:28:12AM @jan-potts:

Hi, Marg!  You were asking about members of our dulcimer family affected by the flooding in Louisiana...I don't know who, specifically, but the Lagniappe Festival is held in Port Allen, LA each year and I know that area was flooded. 


MaxUtil
06/14/16 05:12:38PM @maxutil:

Hi Marg,

Good eye! Yes it is a TK O'Brien! Walnut Creek model. Found it used though basically in perfect condition. I've had it for almost two months now and so far very happy. Just starting to learn my way around the frets, but coming along nicely. I'm thinking the action is a little high on it. But I've decided to play for a while longer before I get tempted to do anything "drastic".


Helen Seiler
06/11/16 04:54:13AM @helen-seiler:

Gee thanks Marg, that is so very kind of you. I have a dream of getting over .... but is a few years away yet. If i do I would probably fly into Fort Worth International with Qantas  But Aussies get terrible jet lag flying in your direction cos of the time difference so i wouldnt make a very good house guest...tired n grumpy. But if i do get over i'd love to catch up with u for a strum. What tune are you working on at the moment?


Cynthia Wigington
05/05/16 08:01:12AM @cynthia-wigington:

Hi Marg, thanks for the note. So it sounds like maybe you want to get back into painting? Watercolors? Oils? I would really like to put a few of my painting up here if I could figure out how to do it. I am mostly painting in watercolor these days, but recently did an acrylic painting much larger that I had fun with. Paint with oils too, or have done quite a bit. Would like to see your paintings too. I'm a primitive painter I guess, but not just abstract. There are certain archetypes that keep showing up in my work. It's very relaxing. Follow me back and we can communicate better.


Estes George
04/08/16 09:15:03PM @george-desjardins:

I measured both of them, they don't sit in the same place exactly, but it was where they were when I got them. Measured fromthe edge of the strumming well closest to bridge, and they sit a bit between 1/2 and just shy of 3/4 inch and tune just fine. Hope that helps. 


Estes George
04/08/16 06:45:33PM @george-desjardins:

Hi, just saw your message, I'll measure the distance when I get home and let you know, they are movable bridges.

 As you said, buying used can be an adventure, and actually, my Warren Mays were a surprise because of all my

other dulcimers had fixed bridges, so when I went to restring the Mays as I always do when I get a "new" used one, the bridge came off and I thought I had broken it!

My other big surprise was buying an older John Maxwell and wondering why no matter how i tried tuning it, it just sounded wrong, That's how I learned about Just Intonation, as opposed to the more modern Equal Temperament.

 Glad to say though, so far I've not been disappointed with any of them, just caught off guard every now and then.


Charles Thomas
03/29/16 09:18:30PM @charles-thomas:

Thanks , Marg for your kind comment on "Night Snow". I'll try to make a video. I have a few technical problems to work out first.


Gordon Hardy
02/13/16 10:44:02AM @gordon-hardy:

Marg, i sent the tab in a personal message, should get notification of same. You can probably copy and paste the tab to a word document. If not I can send it to you through regular email.


Gordon Hardy
02/10/16 10:51:06AM @gordon-hardy:

Hello Marg, I have tab for "On Eagle Wings" for noter and drone style playing tuned DAA. If you wish to follow my profile, I can send it to you in a personal message. I don't really good internet service here, seems slow this morning, please bear with me. Gordon.


Charles Thomas
01/11/16 07:16:28PM @charles-thomas:

Thanks, Marg!!!


marg
01/11/16 10:22:24AM @marg:

Alex

(Most craft shops ... here in the Asheville area)

By any chance do you have the names of any of the shops in the Asheville area selling dulcimers?


CMM
01/10/16 08:14:43PM @cmm:

Thank you marg,

 

Jerry


Alex Netherton
01/04/16 06:58:34PM @alex-netherton:

Hi Marg;

You will want to determine first what kind of dulcimer you want. I describe several types. There is the "Wall Dulcimer", which is made very pretty, with exotic woods, fancy inlays, lots of decorations, and not the best traditional sound, and is only fit for hanging on the wall.

Then there is what I call the "California Dulcimer (or, when in a bad mood, the "Californicator dulcimer") which has so called "extra frets" and is made for so called "progressive styles" which in my opinion, were never meant to be played on a dulcimer by the original designers centuries ago. People actually play chords on these "instruments", which is something that can be better accomplished on a banjo, guitar, or mandolin. However, many are addicted to this playing style, and it is very difficult to find a dulcimer these days without the 6 1/2 fret; some even have a 2 1/2 fret. Most craft shops (unfortunately) here in the Asheville area have these first two types in abundance. There is another type:

To me, the soul of Appalachia resides in the traditional style Mountain Dulcimer. It has a utilitarian appearance about it, as though it were meant to be played, and there is little ornamentation, though some will have some carvings in the wood or the headpiece. You will not see 4 frets in a row (the 6 1/2), as this instrument is built to be played in the traditional "drone" style (with or without a noter). They are hard to find. I have seen them in little roadside craft shops around Boone NC, or Newland, or Crossnore, but that was years ago. You will just have to look for them.

I wish I were set up for building, as I would love to build a traditional style again, but alas, I have not built one in more than 20 years!

Good luck!