Phroedrick

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Location: Belmont, CA
Country: USA

My Latest Followers:

Kusani Karel Votanek Ken Longfield Geckostar97 Dusty Turtle Jessica Comeau

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I was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. When I hit high school and college, music was taking all sorts of new directions, or reinvigorating older genres. The Avalon Ball Room and Filmore West were in full swing with performers like Hendrix, Joplin, Cream, Country Joe, Albert King and BB King, The Band, Crosby, Stills and the rest.

I came to music when forced to learn Piano. It felt like torture at the time, yet everything I learned was, and remains of value, with the exception of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. I tried clarinet, the trumpet, and finally guitar, the instrument that’s been with me most of my life.

Career? Yep, had two. I was a broadcast engineer, directed commercials, was a cameraman, err... person, and later ended up in time sales. When computers crept out of the dark and into the light, I got into IT and started my own firm—one office in San Francisco and another in Los Angeles. The work took me all over the world, and gave me the chance to write a couple books for Microsoft Press (outdated now, just like me 😂). Degrees? Yep, a couple, electronics engineering and business. I have a wife, a daughter, a grandson and a cat. My life is, therefore, complete. I retired early, and don’t recommend it.

As for the dulcimer, I’m new to it and loving it. Ever have one of those experiences where you pick something up, or decide to do something unfamiliar and you feel some sort of inner affinity for it? That’s how it felt when I picked up a dulcimer, and here I am.

Anyway, I find writing about myself tedious, so this is all I have to offer up. Music has been really important to me, and, I think at times has kept me focused—where I go to let everything else drift away for awhile.

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Phroedrick
@phroedrick • 2 hours ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Anyone know who this is?":
"I received a rather large dulcimer (longer end to end than most) and inside is the maker's name and year it was made. It was made by a Geoffrey R Johnson in..."
Phroedrick
@phroedrick • 2 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Best Fix?":
"cbrown: The break looks pretty clean to me, judging from the picture.  Since 80% of the wood is still integral with that big block thing, I'd be hesitant..."
Phroedrick
@phroedrick • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Best Fix?":
"As you can see by the way my responses are splattering here, I’m still learning how posting and response works. Thanks for your patience."
Phroedrick
@phroedrick • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Best Fix?":
"Skip: My first thought was your second fix, but it may look a bit strange unless you match really well or contrast the repair material. Then I thought it..."
Phroedrick
@phroedrick • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Best Fix?":
"Phroedrick: I'm working on an old dulcimer, and the bridge/saddle are broken. The saddle is easily replaced, it's the bridge I'm thinking about before..."
Phroedrick
@phroedrick • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Best Fix?":
"I'm working on an old dulcimer, and the bridge/saddle are broken. The saddle is easily replaced, it's the bridge I'm thinking about before tackling it. It..."
Phroedrick
@phroedrick • 4 days ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "What In The World Is This?":
"I picked up a dulcimer a bit ago that I thought was going to be larger; the description incorrectly listed the length. This one that is about 80% as tall as..."
Phroedrick
@phroedrick • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Where is that fret supposed to be located?":
"I really appreciate the tip to Wfret. I went through the signup process for MIMF and ran into a couple issues. First, the site rejects requests for access..."
Phroedrick
@phroedrick • one month ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Where is that fret supposed to be located?":
"I'm currently working on a project to refurb an old dulcimer, old as in around 1970. The fret wires are all missing, in fact, everything is missing and the..."
Phroedrick
@phroedrick • 2 months ago • comments: 20
Posted a new Comment on How many frets are really useful?:
"Dusty Turtle: Something else to think about: make the strum hollow extra wide.  That might mean reducing the number of frets, but I agree that some of..."
Phroedrick
@phroedrick • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "What's fer dinner?":
"Strumelia: Phroedrick, that's fascinating.   My favorite 'odd' jam is garlic/rosemary jam... which is not nearly as unusual as pine cone jam.  It all..."
Phroedrick
@phroedrick • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "What's fer dinner?":
"Well, actually, it's not dinner, however it is worth remarking about. Visiting friends a weekend ago, a preserve was set on the table that looked like it..."
Phroedrick
@phroedrick • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Thumb Surgery Anyone?":
"Lois Sprengnether Keel: This topic remains important & I recommend prowling for Care of the Painful Thumb.  Occupational Therapists recommend it...."
Phroedrick
@phroedrick • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Determining scale length":
"Ken Hulme: Inside the nut to the 7th fret (not 12th) and double that.  Gives you a really close start point for the inside of the bridge.  You may need a..."
Phroedrick
@phroedrick • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Weird Foods You’ve Eaten":
"Dusty Turtle: A hot dog is weird enough for me. Who even knows what it's made of?  Probably all that stuff that @Phroedrick lists as a no go. Ate smoked..."
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Phroedrick
@phroedrick • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Determining scale length":
"I came into possession of a nice, older dulcimer that needs some, well, a lot, of repair. Frets are missing, the nut has to be replaced, needs finish work..."
Phroedrick
@phroedrick • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Weird Foods You’ve Eaten":
"Okay, tongue is fine, on the menu, actually very good. Kidneys, lungs, hearts, gizzards, chicken feet, all no. And topping my NO WAY list is the sushi..."
Phroedrick
@phroedrick • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "FUNNY songs you sing & play on your dulcimer":
"Sung to Humoresque:Passengers will please refrain From flushing toilets while the train Is in the station. Darling, I love you! We encourage constipation..."
Phroedrick
@phroedrick • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Weird Foods You’ve Eaten":
"Salt Springs: Tom Thumb, a type of Haggis...........common among the Carolina Scotts of days gone by...........I think you can only develop a taste for it..."
Phroedrick
@phroedrick • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Drifting Thread...":
"Kevin R.: Strumelia: Ok, I know this is silly, but... drifting thread.... On my browsers, for some reason the font style plays tricks on my head for..."
Phroedrick
@phroedrick • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "What's fer dinner?":
"Lois Sprengnether Keel: Lulu: I actually made popcorn for my dinner.  Ate a big bowl while watching some episodes of "Victoria" season 3.    I'm a..."
Phroedrick
@phroedrick • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "What's fer dinner?":
"I make something similar with Italian prunes when they come into season. I know it as Pflaumenkuchen. Now you’ve given me a hint about a gluten-free way to..."
Phroedrick
@phroedrick • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Weird Foods You’ve Eaten":
"Over the weekend went to visit some old friends of mine and my wife. They came here from Russia ages ago, became citizens, opened a very successful..."
Phroedrick
@phroedrick • 2 months ago
@phroedrick is now following @karel-votanek
Phroedrick
@phroedrick • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Old 6 string dulcimer":
"This dulcimer really needs, as an act of kindness, to have the nut (and likely the bridge as well) replaced. If you want to know the hows of doing this I’m..."
Phroedrick
@phroedrick • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Contra dancing :)":
"Silly me, I had thought Contra dancing was invented by people in DC, during Reagan’s second term, to avoid having to tell the truth about the little gun..."
Phroedrick
@phroedrick • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Cajun accordion ":
"Anybody remember The Who and Townsend’s song Squeeze Box from their album, The Who By The Numbers? Great double entendres."
Phroedrick
@phroedrick • 2 months ago
@phroedrick is now following @ken-longfield
Phroedrick
@phroedrick • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Bone nut and saddle":
"I do pieces of scrimshaw art from time-to-time and have been able to find large and small pieces of bone on eBay. However, I like ivory best of all and legal..."
Phroedrick
@phroedrick • 2 months ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Skye Boat Song:
"I’m currently working on this piece and it’s great to hear it played so nicely."
Phroedrick
@phroedrick • 2 months ago
@phroedrick is now following @dusty-turtle
Phroedrick
@phroedrick • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Thumb Surgery Anyone?":
"Just a quick update—I did get a paraffin wax bath and am finding it really does help with wrist pain. Thanks for that suggestion. This site is one of the..."
Phroedrick
@phroedrick • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Changing String Sets":
"I once thought the thing I loathed most in the world was a root canal. That is now in second place, behind putting a new set of strings on my MD...."
Phroedrick
@phroedrick • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Show Us Your Pets!":
"After you spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on cat toys, which becomes the cat’s favorite? Yep, right, the box they came in!"

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Richard Streib
06/30/19 09:49:54PM @richard-streib:

Welcome Phroedrick to Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer. Glad you joined. This is a wonderful community of people who love the dulcimer and its sweet song. Looking forward to your comments and questions. Best wishes on your dulcimer journey.


Benjamin W Barr Jr
06/29/19 06:59:00AM @benjamin-w-barr-jr:

Hi Phroedrick, 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


Ken Longfield
06/28/19 10:28:22AM @ken-longfield:

Welcome to FOTMD Phroedrick. It is good to have you aboard.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song"


Jim Fawcett
06/27/19 08:58:15PM @jim-fawcett:

Hey Phroedrick, welcome aboard. Glad ya found us.