I went through a "planned midlife crisis" as I approached my half-century mark, pondering what I may have missed out on in life. I had failed to thrive with a number of musical instruments as a child, so I decided to give it one last try as an adult. As I researched what instrument might give the most satisfying results for someone with with little musical skill, I discovered the mountain dulcimer. The first dulcimer I ever saw in person was the student model I ordered from Harpmaker. I did some playing and became fascinated by the many shapes and different constructions of the instrument. Since then, I have amassed a collection with some fine instruments (like my Homer Ledford and my carved-body Mastertone) and some far-less-than fine (including a couple wall hangers). I've built a few from a variety of kits as well. I enjoy this instrument which isn't "settled" yet, unlike orchestral instruments which have developed norms for things like shape and tuning.
Welcome, Russ, to this little corner of dulcimer heaven. Hope you enjoy it here.
Hello Russ. Sorry for late greeting but I've been out camping for the last eleven days. Welcome to FOTMD. It is good to have you aboard. I look forward to your participation here.
"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."
Hi Russ, and welcome back 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.
Thanks for the welcome! Odd thing is that I was a member here when the site was born over a decade ago, but I guess there must have been a reboot somewhere along the line, so I had to recreate my account. But, I'm back!
Welcome RCPavlicek, to Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer. Glad you have joined. This is a wonderful place to hang out, learn more about the dulcimer and make some great dulcimer friends.
Hey RCPavlicek, welcome aboard. Glad ya found us.