Russ Pavlicek


Location: Maryland
Country: USA

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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.

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Rob N Lackey
07/16/22 09:19:17PM @rob-n-lackey:

Welcome, Russ, to this little corner of dulcimer heaven.  Hope you enjoy it here.


Ken Longfield
07/11/22 10:19:50PM @ken-longfield:

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."

Ben Barr Jr
07/05/22 03:18:41PM @benjamin-w-barr-jr:

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.


07/04/22 09:01:42AM @russ-pavlicek:

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!

Richard Streib
07/03/22 06:57:22PM @richard-streib:

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.

Jim Fawcett
07/02/22 09:19:50PM @jim-fawcett:

Hey RCPavlicek, welcome aboard. Glad ya found us.