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Location: Spring, TX
Country: US

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Don Grundy Mary MacGowan IRENE dulcinina Kandee Sheryl St. Clare Charles Thomas Monica Lexie R Oakley Strumelia Cynthia Wigington Colleen Hailey Ken Backer Karel Votanek Stewart McCormick Gordon Hardy Helen Seiler Jan Potts Paula Brawdy Deborah Hinz

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Latest Activity

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marg
@marg • 2 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "How is the COVID-19 coronavirus affecting you?":
"I am sending out music videos to family & friends - Music is not on lockdown  - Stay Safe "
marg
@marg • 2 hours ago • comments: 1
Updated a YouTube Video:
The Gift of Love -
marg
@marg • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Idle time. What to do.":
"  I also play at a senior care facility and yes, the dulcimer group I am with will not be visiting to sometime in the future. Not only our practices but..."
marg
@marg • 3 weeks ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Sound test of Mount'n Dulcimer #98:
"Beautiful tone"
marg
@marg • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Take a guess on who made this dulcimer":
"Thanks Ken, Yes, maybe wasn't noticed when action was higher but as it was lowered it became very noticeable.    I have taken care of the action on a..."
marg
@marg • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Take a guess on who made this dulcimer":
"    There was a label but no model #. It was made in the 80's and may have had the same strings on it. I took it to get new strings (I could have done that..."
marg
@marg • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Take a guess on who made this dulcimer":
"Thanks John,I have google Folkcraft teardrops and yes, you are right. I will contact the seller and go check it out.  "
marg
@marg • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Take a guess on who made this dulcimer":
"it may have a label, I just haven't seen it yet, just the photo"
marg
@marg • one month ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Take a guess on who made this dulcimer":
"looking at a dulcimer advertised with no info on who made walnut teardrop, - made USA in the late 1980’s, - purchased in North Carolina. tuning pegs, white..."
marg
@marg • one month ago • comments: 22
Posted a new Comment on Mary Ann calypso rhythm lesson:
"Thanks for this But: I see your pattern of the strum but when you start to strum you go too fast for me to see what you are doing. I don't hear the rhythm,..."
marg
@marg • 2 months ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Double-Bottom Mountain Dulcimer:
"Beautiful  "
marg
@marg • 2 months ago • comments: 1
Posted a new Comment on Tony Vines Presentation Dulcimer:
"Beautiful detail.  I checked out the site of Bella Mountain Dulcimers and they are all very nice. It's not a dulcimer I was familiar with. I always enjoy..."
marg
@marg • 2 months ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on @francoise:
"Amazing Grace is beautiful on the dulcimer. I hope soon you will be able to play it. There are a number of sites on line where you can download dulcimer..."
marg
@marg • 2 months ago • comments: 22
Posted a new Comment on Source of Non-Fancy Noters in Different Hardwood Choices:
"  A noter I made when I first started playing:    I made out of a large bamboo paint brush, they are hollow in the center and just the right size to stuff a..."
marg
@marg • 2 months ago • comments: 22
Posted a new Comment on Source of Non-Fancy Noters in Different Hardwood Choices:
"Ken & Ken Thanks, I don't play with a noter but I do play around with them and have several different types, like glass, bamboo, chopstick, etc.  and a..."
marg
@marg • 2 months ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on @sukoller:
"Happy you found us, welcome. m."
marg
@marg • 2 months ago • comments: 22
Posted a new Comment on Source of Non-Fancy Noters in Different Hardwood Choices:
"Would the more exotic woods give a different tone when playing?"
marg
@marg • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Homer Ledford, Bob Mize, Larry Barringer, etc.":
"Ken, That is so special. Why do you think Thomas did his hearts up-side down or are they up-side down now?        I think I had seen some of the photos from..."
marg
@marg • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Homer Ledford, Bob Mize, Larry Barringer, etc.":
"Ken, it says, Thomas stopped making dulcimers 2 years before his death, so that is right at your date. Do you have a photo of this special dulcimer? "
marg
@marg • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Homer Ledford, Bob Mize, Larry Barringer, etc.":
"ken,   Right, I see Thomas died in 1933. I took the article as what they knew  (thus far recovered)        It looks as if there were more instruments Mr...."
marg
@marg • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Homer Ledford, Bob Mize, Larry Barringer, etc.":
"ken What a wonderful moment and now memory  "
marg
@marg • 2 months ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Sound Check of Dulcimer #88:
"Beautiful  "
marg
@marg • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Homer Ledford, Bob Mize, Larry Barringer, etc.":
"I was looking up some history on some of the premier dulcimer makers (traditional Ky style dulcimers) and was wondering if anyone had stories to tell of..."
marg
@marg • 2 months ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on @mnklein:
"Hi, Glad you are here, lots of good info for finding or asking. "
marg
@marg • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "e-bow":
"I tried the e-Bow at a guitar center yesterday with a non-amp dulcimer. I'm thinking it needs to be amp so the E-Bow reads the electric magnate field. I..."
marg
@marg • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "New to me, Q’s on nut/bridge fit and strings.":
"I have a Berg dulcimer I may try the 10 on the d up by the bass D but I ended taking that string off since it seemed to either hit the bass or just not..."
marg
@marg • 2 months ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on @jacques:
"Hi, Simple cords to start: place a finger on the bass 2 string -   D Chord place a finger on the bass 3 & middle 1 - G Chord place a finger on the..."
marg
@marg • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "e-bow":
"Ever hear of an ebow, a bit more then half way through, Jerry Rockwell on the video. It's been around for years for guitars but i'm thinking of trying on a..."
marg
@marg • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Changing tuners on a Warren May dulcimer.":
"ken ( fine tuners that will allow you to dial in a tuning once you're close with the pegs.  ) where do we fine these and how do they work?"
marg
@marg • 3 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "A-d-a":
"Dusty , I was just trying a tuning someone said they were using but I realize they didn't give me the right tuning and that is why my string kept breaking...."

Latest Group Discussions

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marg

Recording programed GT-1 sounds with a Mic?


Below is a reply I wrote to Dusty, I was looking for info. on best way...
@marg 2 years ago - Comments: 0
marg

GT-1 Guitar Effects Processor


I have started using the GT-1 Guitar Effects Processor with one of my...
@marg 3 years ago - Comments: 0
marg

Elevator bridge


Has anyone thought of making a bridge that could be raised or lowered so...
@marg 3 years 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 4 years ago - Comments: 12
marg

Jean Ritchie Original 1967 # 170 Appalachian Dulcimer Excellent Cond


Just saw this on ebay if anyone is interested:...
@marg 5 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 5 years ago - Comments: 7
marg

action height


I have been having problems with a new dulcimer (dulciborn) since it...
@marg 6 years ago - Comments: 9
marg

Transducer Pickup under saddle


Have you ever had a Transducer Pickup - under the saddle not work when...
@marg 6 years ago - Comments: 19
marg

Strum Strum Strum


I am having a very hard timestrumming, would anyone like to post...
@marg 6 years ago - Comments: 25
marg

picks


If you use your fingers or thumb to strum the tone is mellow but if you...
@marg 6 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 6 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 6 years ago - Comments: 19
marg

Dulcimer Books


I received such a sweet gift today, several dulcimer books. I have...
@marg 6 years ago - Comments: 24
marg

How to find: .....


Members from a certain area, how would we find out who they are? I was...
@marg 6 years ago - Comments: 5
marg

Strap Button or Not


I have seen discussions on lap cloths and straps. My dulcimer; aJohn...
@marg 6 years ago - Comments: 12
marg

First Festival


Ok, now that I have my dulcimer and beginning to learn it, next up is...
@marg 6 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 6 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 6 years ago - Comments: 6

Latest Audio

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Latest Videos

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The Gift of Love  -

The Gift of Love -


@marg
2 hours ago - Comments: 1
 Rocking Out

Rocking Out


@marg
2 years ago - Comments: 4
'Farther Along'

'Farther Along'


@marg
2 years ago - Comments: 5
Auld Lang Syne

Auld Lang Syne


@marg
3 years ago - Comments: 7
Village at the Park's Evening

Village at the Park's Evening


@marg
3 years ago - Comments: 6
When the Saints Go Marching In

When the Saints Go Marching In


@marg
4 years ago - Comments: 3
Amazing Grace

Amazing Grace


@marg
4 years ago - Comments: 7
The Gift of Love

The Gift of Love


@marg
4 years ago - Comments: 3
'Amazing Grace'

'Amazing Grace'


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

'Ode To Joy'


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

'This Land Is Your Land'


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

'Over There'


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

America the Beautiful


@marg
5 years ago - Comments: 4

Latest Photos

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Latest Forum Discussions

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Take a guess on who made this dulcimer

Posted: Sunday February 23 2020, 10:42 AM
By: @marg

Homer Ledford, Bob Mize, Larry Barringer,...

Posted: Monday February 3 2020, 7:06 PM
By: @Ken Longfield

e-bow

Posted: Saturday January 25 2020, 2:53 PM
By: @Robin Thompson

A-d-a

Posted: Tuesday January 7 2020, 10:29 AM
By: @marg

Mark Tindle dulcimer AC-53

Posted: Thursday November 15 2018, 9:50 PM
By: @marg

Folkcraft Cek-160 '85

Posted: Monday June 18 2018, 10:46 PM
By: @marg

etiquette with dulcimers

Posted: Thursday November 2 2017, 11:07 PM
By: @marg

Removing a fret

Posted: Tuesday October 31 2017, 5:47 PM
By: @John C. Knopf

long legs

Posted: Monday October 23 2017, 7:18 AM
By: @HEWalker

Gigbook/Dropbox

Posted: Wednesday October 18 2017, 12:22 AM
By: @marg

Cardboard Dulcimer

Posted: Monday August 21 2017, 6:56 AM
By: @Ken Hulme

Hitting the strings

Posted: Saturday August 12 2017, 10:48 PM
By: @marg

bridge compensation

Posted: Wednesday August 2 2017, 12:28 AM
By: @John Gribble

seagull soundholes

Posted: Friday July 28 2017, 7:00 AM
By: @Ken Hulme

scalloped fretboard

Posted: Wednesday July 26 2017, 9:59 PM
By: @Brian G.

Robert LeFever

Posted: Monday July 24 2017, 7:17 PM
By: @marg

Fret Markers

Posted: Monday July 24 2017, 6:27 PM
By: @Matt Berg

Sam Carrell dulcimer

Posted: Thursday June 29 2017, 4:18 PM
By: @marg

'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

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

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, 7:58 PM
By: @Ken Longfield

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

Comments

Strumelia
09/05/19 09:27:29PM @strumelia:

Marge, in reply to your comment to me... that 2014 link to that member's dropbox item is long defunct.  I suggest you send that member a private message if you want to ask him for the item, perhaps he'll respond to you.


AAbboud
08/14/19 12:43:42AM @aabboud:

I appreciate the invitation. You are very kind. We do have a lot going on this coming weekend, but I enjoyed the little video on the website. It looks to be a lot of fun and I’m sure I would learn.

warm regards,

Anastasia


AAbboud
08/14/19 12:36:36AM @aabboud:

Marge,

THANK YOU! I just watched Dusty’s video.  I learned a great deal, including how to hold a pick. I hope I can join in on one of your classes this fall. I’m struggling on my own and it would be nice to see others learning and playing.

Thank you again.

All the best,

Anastasia

 


JulieAnn
08/10/19 11:26:22AM @julieann:

Thank you Marg for the welcome.... I'm learning something new every day.... We have found a local Dulcimer group and have joined.. We love it.... We also found at one of the local senior centers they meet every Monday to play the dulcimer so we are planning on visiting them... Happy Strumming....dulcimer


AAbboud
07/26/19 06:42:16PM @aabboud:

Marg, thank you. I'm not sure when I'll be able to get up there, but I would absolutely appreciate seeing/hearing someone play a dulcimer in person. It's wonderful that you teach others. I'll certainly touch base next time I'm headed your way.

I really love your neck of the woods. It's so beautiful with all of the pine trees and so different from our area.

Thank you again for your kindness.

All the best,

Anastasia 


AAbboud
07/23/19 08:57:09PM @aabboud:

Hi, Marg,

Thanks so much for the welcome, contact info, newsletter, and links. I personally don't know anyone who plays the dulcimer, so you can imagine how glad I am for your shared information. 

Have you played the dulcimer a long time?

Warm regards,

Anastasia

 


Sharon Porter
04/29/19 12:16:32AM @sharon-porter:

No videos. She is in the shop right now. The nut has worn down and the melody strings are buzzing. I am reducing it to one melody string while they rebuild the nut. 


Strumelia
06/19/18 10:06:54AM @strumelia:

How do I delete Folkcraft Cek-160 '85, it wont let me edit. When I try it says I don't have the proper privileges to perform. I created it, why & isn't needed now.

Hi Marg, discussions can only be deleted by Admins once other members have posted in them.  If no one else posts in it, the person who created it can still delete it.  This is to prevent an in depth discussion from being deleted if it has all kinds of helpful info and posts in it that has been contributed by members other than the original poster.  This is a common forum setting, and is the same as Everythingdulcimer forums used.
I've deleted your thread that you wanted removed.  Thanks!


Larry Conger
02/04/18 09:06:12AM @larry-conger:

No.  Sorry.  I don't know of any dulcimer groups in that area of Mississippi.  As a matter of fact, the Mississippi folks are pretty much non-existent at our September On The Mississippi Dulcimer Retreat.  In the years we've been hosting it, we have had one lady from Starkville and a guy from McComb.  That's it.  The rest come from all over the U.S.


Sierron
01/24/18 12:21:11AM @sierron:

Thanks Marg. It's one of the few songs I know by memory. That really adds to the enjoyment. I'm trying to learn more, but my forgetter keeps getting in the way.


marg
12/28/17 02:22:59PM @marg:

( Raymond Lane. believe he taught at Berea College)

Maybe Warren May or someone on here could help with info on Raymond Lane and your dulcimer. A lot of our members know a good bit about the different dulcimers & their builders. Anyway, Happy New Year & Happy Strumming


mathom
12/28/17 01:16:11PM @mathom:

@Marg thank you for the warm welcome. My first dulcimer was made by Raymond Lane. I have been able to find out a little about him. I believe he taught at Berea College and made Dulcimers as a “hobby.” Mine is dated 1972. 


Richard Streib
12/28/17 08:33:59AM @richard-streib:

Marg,

Thank you for your kind remarks. I am happy to welcome our new members. I certainly appreciated it when I joined years ago.

Have a happy new year.


Selah
11/05/17 10:21:20AM @selah:

Thank you for letting me know about other Austinites, Marg! I will definitely look her up! My new-to-me dulcimer arrives tomorrow... can't wait to meet her! ;) Thank you again for your kind welcome! ~ Selah


cacofonix
10/07/17 06:12:15AM @cacofonix:

Greetings from Southend-on-sea in the Uk

Having only just discovered messages from FOTMD in my spam, this is the first time I have logged in so apologies for not replying sooner to your welcome message which is appreciated.  

I'm waiting for my instrument (a Sweetwoods Student) to arrive so, right now, my MD activities are restricted to watching You Tube videos and reading up.

Looking forward to getting involved here.

 

Eric


Botany Bill
09/13/17 06:26:18AM @botany-bill:

Hi Marg.,

Greetings from Scotland and many thanks for your warm welcome. RE. your message to cacofonix, I got my McSpadden via Robin Clark in Wales. He is most kind and helpful. A few music shops in the U.K. are starting to stock mountain dulcimers - mostly of Rumanian origin.

Bill

 


Geoff Black
06/27/17 05:56:59AM @geoff-black:

...And in answer to your more recent post, you can see I do have the two Carrells still, although I've sold a third.  I deal in dulcimers, so have tried/owned over 330 and counting.... Not quite sure how many I've kept now, perhaps 40 or so.

Yes, I think he usually signed his dulcimers and my two also have a customer's name inside ("Made for....").  I've not seen model numbers, mainly because I believe he only made two models, the teardrop of his own design and the "hourglass" whose design he inherited from his mentor Bill Davis.

The weeping heart soundholes I'm pretty sure I've seen on other Carrells.  My three all had an f-hole in the lower bout, but the upper bout patterns were all different, so he seems to have varied them regularly...or perhaps changed to order.

Yes, the intonation on all seems to be "good"...i.e. modern and setup for mixolydian tuning with a 6+fret... although opinions differ as to whether the older dulcimers were "bad", or just set up beautifully for a different scale, in different tunings and played in a different style (often noter/drone)....!  Incidentally, you were lucky to find one with the floating bridge still attached.  Most of my Davis or Carrell dulcimer had lost bridge - and sometimes nut too.  The wooden triangular section bridges have their limitations.  I've replaced quite a few in bone or horn.

Finally, I have a lot more about Carrell, including some correspondence with the man himself a few years back.  Let me know if you want anything more.

 

Geoff

 


Geoff Black
06/27/17 05:37:44AM @geoff-black:

Hi Marge

I don't get on FOTMD as much as I'd like these days, so sorry if I've not kept up to date with replies to your interesting posts.

Do you have a teardrop or Davis-style hourglass Carrell?  I've always fancied the former but never succeeded in buying one.  

I have two "hourglass" ones.  One is tuned "conventionally" as a four string equidistant, basically in DAdd.  I play it as you would a conventional DAdd dulcimer with twin melody strings, but I don't always fret the second "d" string - which gives chords an interestingly richer tone is some instances and discords in others!  You can also use four string chords of course.  If I were adventurous (and had the time to learn properly) I would tune the four strings so that I could get more chromatic notes....

The other hourglass is tuned as Carrell himself advised, which is essentially as a baritone. It has strings as follows:  26w, 22w, 13, 13/13, tuned respectively A', E, A, A/A.  It sounds glorious but the heavier strings do put extra tension on the wooden pegs of course.

...And so to the pegs.  I'm not an expert, but this is what works for me.  Take all the pegs off, but keeping them clearly associated with the hole they came from - in other words be careful to put them back in the exact hole/taper they came from.  I use very fine wire wool or similar to get off any residue from peg paste or any gloss.  Then put on peg dope or peg paste, lightly - just on the areas where the pegs bear on the pegbox.  You should be able to see the two rings on each peg clearly.  Put the peg in the hole and turn it both ways a number of times to distribute the paste evenly.  Try putting on an old string of the right dimensions, get it up to pitch and see if it slips.  If it slips, try some chalk on the same bearing surfaces.  That will make it stick more.  If the opposite - it turns notchily - try more paste to make it turn more smoothly.

BUT, there is a technique to tightening the pegs before you attempt the fine tuning of paste/chalk as above.  You have to use a screwdriver-type action, pushing in hard as you tighten.  And the bass strings, with their higher tension, are usually more susceptible to poor turning technique than the treble strings.

....Well that's quite enough for now.  Let us know how you get on and do ask more questions!

Geoff


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