Phroedrick

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Location: Belmont, CA
Country: USA

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IRENE 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 The work took me all over the world, and gave me the chance to write a couple books for Microsoft Press (outdated now, just like me 😂).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 • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Do Not Upgrade Your Mac To Catalina For A Bit":
"Regarding what Apple employees say, especially those selling product, they do not know squat. As for 20 years of work, I’m thinking a Linux box will open..."
Phroedrick
@phroedrick • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Do Not Upgrade Your Mac To Catalina For A Bit":
"Yes, 64 bit is what it supports. I always have Time Machine running regular backups. Thing is, even though Apple is committing to all 64 bit does not mean we..."
Phroedrick
@phroedrick • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Show Us Your Pets!":
"The ice cream choice of discriminating cats...  "
Phroedrick
@phroedrick • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "It’s about your neck...":
"I thank everyone who proposed a solution for my problem. I did finally get it right. Learned a lot, too, as this instrument seems to have been the perfect..."
Phroedrick
@phroedrick • one month ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Do Not Upgrade Your Mac To Catalina For A Bit":
"if you use a Mac desktop (iMac) I recommend you wait to upgrade to the latest OS X, Catalina. My adventure began around 9:00 this morning when I started the..."
Phroedrick
@phroedrick • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Weird Foods You’ve Eaten":
"Ken Hulme: I like cow's tongue, but not Rocky Mountain Oysters are too chewy for me.  I love cabrito -- we have Cuban restaurants around here who do a..."
Phroedrick
@phroedrick • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Drifting Thread...":
"The directions recommend peeling off the old paraffin after it cools and tossing it. Each use doesn’t require a lot of the stuff, so it lasts quite awhile. I..."
Phroedrick
@phroedrick • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Drifting Thread...":
"Getting older is so very much fun. I have “seasonal” arthritis in my wrists, base of the thumbs, and tried several things. One thing that helps every time is..."
Phroedrick
@phroedrick • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Where is that fret supposed to be located?":
"Dwain Wilder: Saw this discussion a little late. Was looking around after posting a fret calculator I designed for my own dulcimer making. You can find it..."
Phroedrick
@phroedrick • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "It’s about your neck...":
"Slate Creek Dulcimers: I would think it is fixable. You're just gonna have to determine a way to put a dip in the fretboard instead of a hump. Most..."
Phroedrick
@phroedrick • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "It’s about your neck...":
"Ken Hulme: One basic string height setup that we often use is known as the Nickel & Dime technique. You can lower the strings even more, but this is a..."
Phroedrick
@phroedrick • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "It’s about your neck...":
"Salt Springs: If you have not done so, and it sounds like you are working through a learning curve, may I recommend you go to Bearmeadow.com and read..."
Phroedrick
@phroedrick • 2 months ago
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Phroedrick
@phroedrick • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "It’s about your neck...":
"Strumelia: Phroe...  I'm thinking you'll eventually have to make a decision whether to continue putting in your time and expense to make this a dulcimer..."
Phroedrick
@phroedrick • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "It’s about your neck...":
"Dusty Turtle: Hey Phroedrick, I guess you have to call this a time-consuming lesson. I have no knowledge of lutherie, so I would have no idea how to fix..."
Phroedrick
@phroedrick • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "It’s about your neck...":
"Ken Hulme: Point of terminology, Phroedrick --- dulcimers do not have necks .  Dulcimers have fretboards , with or without fingerboards.  Necks extend..."
Phroedrick
@phroedrick • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "It’s about your neck...":
"I started refurbing and refinishing an older dulcimer a month ago. It was a technical mess, had no fret wires left, no bridge/saddle or nut. Someone had..."
Phroedrick
@phroedrick • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Anyone know who this is?":
"Banjimer: Geoffrey Johnson worked for the Hughes Dulcimer Company in Colorado.  Here's a link to a picture of him and someone else with a dulcimer and..."
Phroedrick
@phroedrick • 2 months 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 months 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 months 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 months 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 months 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 months 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 • 2 months 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..."

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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.