Susie

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Location: Northern Lower Michigan
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A musician since 1973.

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Susie
@susie • 21 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "NDD - McSpadden Ginger":
"Robin Thompson: Susie, enjoy that lovely new Ginger!   There may be some enablers here at fotmd yet I'm not one of them. Thanks Robin, I sure will! No, I..."
Susie
@susie • 21 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "NDD - McSpadden Ginger":
"Dusty Turtle: Looks like a beauty, and I'm sure it sounds like one, too! Thanks Dusty. It sure does have a nice voice and these Gingers are fun to play...."
Susie
@susie • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "NDD - McSpadden Ginger":
"I think I've purchased my last dulcimer. I wanted to get a second McSpadden Ginger, this one intonated DAd (I already have one intonated GDg).  I contacted..."
Susie
@susie • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Susie
McSpadden Ginger (Spruce/Walnut) McSpadden Ginger (Cherry) Doug Berch Dulcimer with Grandpa's Fiddle McSpadden 26" (Walnut)
Susie
@susie • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "How Many Dulcimers Do You Own? ":
"Skip, you bring up a good point, about other instruments. I've been suffering from GAS (guitar acquisition syndrome) much longer than DAD (dulcimer..."
Susie
@susie • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "How Many Dulcimers Do You Own? ":
"Some really neat collections here. I can get a feel for the type of music that is played, just by looking at the collection. Such a variety, between members...."
Susie
@susie • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "How Many Dulcimers Do You Own? ":
"Robin Thompson: @susie Do tell! I decided that my McSpadden Ginger (intonated GDG) needed a sister, so I ordered a walnut (w/ sapwood) - spruce Ginger..."
Susie
@susie • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "How Many Dulcimers Do You Own? ":
"I'm going to have a new little one in the family on Wednesday."
Susie
@susie • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "How Many Dulcimers Do You Own? ":
"Robin Thompson: @ken-hulme Or we've made a newer player afraid of what they might become? On a serious note, coming to the mountain dulcimer has made my..."
Susie
@susie • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "How Many Dulcimers Do You Own? ":
"Dusty Turtle: Susie: Thanks to all who shared here. I thought we'd get a little more interest in the thread, but if you don't feel comfortable sharing..."
Susie
@susie • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "How Many Dulcimers Do You Own? ":
"Thanks to all who shared here. I thought we'd get a little more interest in the thread, but if you don't feel comfortable sharing that's fine. I've enjoyed..."
Susie
@susie • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "How Many Dulcimers Do You Own? ":
"It is cool to see the variety of dulcimers that people own. We, as players, have quite the selection of makers, models, shapes, sizes, woods, configurations,..."
Susie
@susie • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "How Many Dulcimers Do You Own? ":
"Thanks to those who have shared so far. Ken, I like your comment "...I only have 15.". It sounds like you once owned many more."
Susie
@susie • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "How is the COVID-19 coronavirus affecting you?":
"Bing Futch: Susie:My favorite festival cancelled early in the year...the Evart Funfest. Going to miss another year. Hoping for a big celebratory year in..."
Susie
@susie • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "How is the COVID-19 coronavirus affecting you?":
"Bing Futch: Jae and I both got the J&J jab Monday and have only had a wee bit of fatigue plus the sore arm.  Will be interesting to see when a booster..."
Susie
@susie • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "How is the COVID-19 coronavirus affecting you?":
"Robin Thompson: Cases numbers here in OHio are heading in the wrong direction.   It is heartbreaking and disheartening.    We are #1 in Michigan, but not..."
Susie
@susie • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "How Many Dulcimers Do You Own? ":
"I'm enjoying your posts...keep them coming. It's interesting to see what you all have."
Susie
@susie • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "How Many Dulcimers Do You Own? ":
"I own 5, with 1 more on the way... 1. Doug Berch custom (sassafras/walnut) 2. Folkcraft custom (butternut/walnut) 3. Folkcraft Baritone custom (cherry) 4...."
Susie
@susie • one month ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "How Many Dulcimers Do You Own? ":
"We did this 11 years ago, and then again 8 years ago. So, I thought it would be fun to do it again, and see members' current lists. I know I enjoy seeing..."
Susie
@susie • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Bonnie Carol":
"Thanks Ken, that was interesting."
Susie
@susie • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "McSpadden v. Folkcraft?":
"Awesome!"
Susie
@susie • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Do you know benjo ?":
"Wow, that is beautiful! Thanks for sharing."
Susie
@susie • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Newspaper Article":
"That is awesome! Sure wish I could have done that as a kid. A great way to get them excited about woodworking, music, art, etc. Thanks for sharing, Ken."
Susie
@susie • 2 months ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Ron Ewing Dulcimettes:
"John and Dusty, thank you for your feedback, comments, suggestions. I appreciate the video's too. I'm going to have to contact Ron through his website and..."
Susie
@susie • 2 months ago • comments: 3
Created a new Group discussion "Ron Ewing Dulcimettes":
"Who here owns one? What are your thoughts/suggestions? Is Ron Ewing even building them anymore (I'm sure he's getting up there in age)? I'm toying with the..."
Susie
@susie • 2 months ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on @kvehe:
"Howdy, thought I'd drop by and see if you've been playing your dulcimer lately. :)"
Susie
@susie • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Legacy Straps Review":
"Larry Walton: Thanks for the info.  I will experiment with cloth to see if that helps... But I bet the felt on the Legacy Straps will solve it.  I'll be..."
Susie
@susie • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Legacy Straps Review":
"Larry Walton: My stake make a lot of noise while I play.  Are these straps quiet? If you look at Dusty's response, he suggested that maybe the noise is..."
Susie
@susie • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Legacy Straps Review":
"Larry Walton: My stake make a lot of noise while I play.  Are these straps quiet? I don't notice any noise from these straps, but then again, I've never..."
Susie
@susie • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Researching a dulcimer I think it is a Bob Lazenby":
"I had one of his dulcimers for a while. Nicely made, great intonation, beautiful tone. You have a gem, enjoy!"
Susie
@susie • 3 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Legacy Straps Review":
"Ken and Robin, thanks for your comments.  Ken, that's cool to hear you have a history with Legacy Straps. Do you know Garry, then?"
Susie
@susie • 3 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Zebrawood F# Native American Flute for Sale":
"I know Lei and was there when she purchased this flute. We met the builder and learned about his instruments (he also makes quality dulcimers). The tone is..."
Susie
@susie • 3 months ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Legacy Straps Review":
"I wanted to replace my 2” guitars straps on my dulcimers, since I find them to be big, bulky, and overkill (just my experience….not trying to discourage..."
Susie
@susie • 3 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Choosing Your String Gauge":
"I've never relied on the string gauge calculators. When I've tried them, they have always seemed to be too light for me. I've always started with what the..."

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Susie

Ron Ewing Dulcimettes


Who here owns one? What are your thoughts/suggestions? Is Ron Ewing even...
@Susie 2 months ago - Comments: 3
Susie

Roland Mobile AC Acoustic Amp


I picked up the Roland Mobile AC Acoustic Amp a few weeks ago....
@Susie 5 years ago - Comments: 8
Susie

Converted My FolkRoots to a Baritone....Visit to Folkcraft


I visited with Richard Ash at Evart this year (Folkcraft Instruments),...
@Susie 6 years ago - Comments: 10
Susie

Tab Software Suggestions


I am currently using the tab software MusEdit, but it is no longer...
@Susie 6 years ago - Comments: 18
Susie

Little Dulcimer List...What Type Do You Like and Why?


If someone was in the market for a "little dulcimer", which type would...
@Susie 9 years ago - Comments: 33
Susie

Tab/Books Featuring 1+ Fret


I just recently got a new dulcimer with a 1+ fret. I absolutely love it....
@Susie 10 years ago - Comments: 2

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Latest Forum Discussions

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NDD - McSpadden Ginger

Posted: Tuesday May 11 2021, 10:08 AM
By: @Susie

New McSpadden Flatwater Dulcimers

Posted: Friday May 7 2021, 3:03 PM
By: @ADKzookeeper

How Many Dulcimers Do You Own?

Posted: Tuesday May 4 2021, 9:53 PM
By: @ocean-daughter

Legacy Straps Review

Posted: Wednesday March 3 2021, 8:24 AM
By: @Susie

New Dulcimer Day: McSpadden Ginger

Posted: Thursday October 8 2020, 6:52 AM
By: @Susie

Song Identification Help

Posted: Saturday September 5 2020, 10:20 PM
By: @Strumelia

McSpadden Baritone Dulcimer

Posted: Tuesday August 18 2020, 12:12 PM
By: @Susie

New Doug Berch Dulcimer :)

Posted: Wednesday April 1 2020, 10:21 AM
By: @Susie

NDD (New Dulcimer Day) Thread - Let's See...

Posted: Saturday January 4 2020, 8:36 AM
By: @Susie

New Bowed Psaltery Day

Posted: Friday June 21 2019, 8:49 AM
By: @Susie

Folkcraft FSH or CSH Measurement Help

Posted: Tuesday May 7 2019, 8:21 PM
By: @Susie

Bowed Psalteries

Posted: Friday November 30 2018, 11:22 PM
By: @IRENE

NDD - McSpadden 26 vsl (thumbs up)

Posted: Friday November 23 2018, 4:38 PM
By: @Susie

A Couple McSpadden Questions

Posted: Wednesday February 21 2018, 8:05 AM
By: @Susie

Bob Lazenby Dulcimer, Pigeon Forge, TN

Posted: Thursday June 30 2016, 3:28 PM
By: @Susie

Battery Powered Mini Acoustic Combo Amp -...

Posted: Monday February 1 2016, 6:52 PM
By: @Rob N Lackey

$10 Dulcimer Stand Conversion Project

Posted: Tuesday November 24 2015, 7:01 AM
By: @Susie

Hardshell Case Shoulder Straps - Back Axe

Posted: Sunday April 12 2015, 9:02 AM
By: @Susie

Kantele: How Difficult to Learn - How Do...

Posted: Friday February 21 2014, 3:01 PM
By: @Peter W.

My New Clemmer TN Sweetie

Posted: Monday February 10 2014, 2:52 AM
By: @Miriam Storz

Comments

tutaine
02/21/19 05:34:06PM @tutaine:

Hi, Susie.

Thank you for looking into this for me. I really appreciate it. 

I had some success using two chopsticks on a table as a possum board, but that proved unstable in the long run. : > 

But the experiment did give me the idea of glueing sticks to a board with spaces to nest  a dulcimer. Lack of funds is the mother of all inventions.

T


Leila Maier
02/21/19 05:27:16PM @leila-maier:

Hey @susie I have not been poking around in a loooooong time. I didn't think much was happening here any more? You keeping up here??


tutaine
02/21/19 12:28:05AM @tutaine:

Hi, Susie.

I'm looking for a possum board for my Folkroots dulcimer. You mentioned you bought one from a  Jim VanderWoude. I haven't been able to find him. Do you have his contact information that you may pass to me?

Thanks. 

Tutaine


Gordon Hardy
12/14/15 04:21:35PM @gordon-hardy:

Hello Susie, I posted this message on your photo of the Keweenaw peninsula, don't know whether you saw that post or not, but here it is again: I couldn't help but notice the place where this photo was taken. Are you familiar with the song written by Craig Johnson called Keweenaw Light?  I think the song is absolutely beautiful and plays out well on a dulcimer. Unfortunately because it is copyright, it can't be posted on FOTMD, however I have posted my rendition on youtube and here is a link THE KEWEENAW LIGHT dulcimer cover I have made a melody/drone tab, and can post it on your wall if you like. I have never been to the Keweenaw Peninsula, but it seemed such a coincidence having a song that refers to this place. Best regards


Dusty Turtle
11/14/15 11:52:49PM @dusty-turtle:

Susie, thanks for your question on the Eedy Beede dulcimer. It is a charming little work of art and is definitely not a kid's toy but a real instrument. I play it far more than my daughter does.  It is very easy to travel with due to its size, but it cannot really function as a replacement for a standard dulcimer because you really only have one octave to play with.  The frets above the octave are so small as to be unusable.  If you want to be able to replace your standard dulcimer with a travel dulcimer, something the size of McSpadden's Ginger or Ron Ewing's baritone dulcimette are probably better options.  Check out the Little Dulcimers List I put together for comparisons of the most well know little dulcimer models out there.


Robin Clark
01/19/14 01:25:16PM @robin-clark:

43_members.jpg?width=530 Hi Susie,

I took my dulcimer in a hard case on one overnight trip into Sandwood Bay on the north west coast of Scotland - it was about a 6 mile walk in from what I remember. I had some trailer straps in my van so I just wrapped those around the hard case and over my shoulders. I didn't have asoft case (gig bag)with me on that trip or I would have used one of those.

When I've taken a dulcimer into the mountains on trips I've used a soft case but put the instrument inside a plastic bag inside the case. I've beencaught out in some pretty wet weather in the mountains and my gig bag has been soaked through- hence the need for the plastic bag inside the case.


Jan Potts
12/08/13 04:23:32AM @jan-potts:

Hi Susie! You have an interesting --and broad--music background! I grew up in Midland, but wasn't involved in dulcimers back then. I have family up near Mary M. in Traverse City. That's quite an RV you have--maybe you'll make it down to Kentucky for some events. The Cumberland Gap Gathering at the National Park Campground (actually in TN) is in mid-may and folks camp there for WEEKS, jamming and having informal teaching and lots of fellowship and great food. Since you enjoy playing a variety of instruments, you would probably like Kentucky Music Week in June--lots of folks camp at that, too.


Leila Maier
07/05/13 04:29:13AM @leila-maier:

Looking forward to seeing you too Susie! Seems like ages.


Glynda Willis
12/01/12 09:18:02AM @glynda-willis:

I had one, but sent it back. It sounded too tinnish to me. I have since purchased a couple of 26"VSL's and love them. I have arthritis in my fretting hand/thumb which makes playing difficult, but I love it and don't want to give up yet...I am considering a 25"VSL hoping the extra inch will be even better. It looks like your McSpadden is like the cherry one I have that I am hoping to sell to pay for the 25" one.

By the way, your chocolate poodles are precious!


Mary Z. Cox
11/14/12 08:54:14AM @mary-z-cox:

When is your Clemmer supposed to be ready? I ordered one a couple months back and it is supposed to be ready in December. I'm very excited. It will be wormy chestnut and walnut. :)

Best wishes,

Mary Z Cox


Helen Seiler
09/26/12 06:46:21PM @helen-seiler:
Wow, it sounds gorgeous up there. I was on 13 acres of aussie bushland but last Christmas I had to move to town for health reasons. I sure miss it but do live in a very pretty town of 3000 people. The town is full of european trees so quite pretty. I envy you having a white Christmas - a dream of most aussies. We sweat it out over the turkey or just have a BBQ near water. Making your own maple syrup is brilliant. How old and tall are the trees you tap it from?
Helen Seiler
09/26/12 04:26:08PM @helen-seiler:
Gaday Susie. I love your doggie pics. They are adorable. I have a very ancient mini fox terrior named Koko and an adorable german shepherd border collie named Jessie. Jessie is 8 going on 2. Still very playful and takes her chicken minding duties very seriously (although asleep beside me on my bed at moment. We're in Spring down here now - nice to see leaves on the trees again. Rug up and play well. H
Helen Seiler
09/24/12 06:26:29PM @helen-seiler:
Helen again. I meant banjo versus Smokey Mountain banjo strumstick or a Banjmo. I would love banjo sound with easiness of dulcimer fretboard. But am thinking clawhammer and dropthumb styles wouldn't work on 3 strings compared to a 5 string open back banjo. Am looking at the Backyard Music Fireside Banjo as a starter if I go with 5 string banjo.
Helen Seiler
09/24/12 05:10:07PM @helen-seiler:
Gaday Susie. Helen in Australia here. I saw from some of your replies to other members that you play banjo and stick dulcimer (and stacks of other instruments). Is that right? Its just as much as I love my dulcimers I feel a real need to add a banjo to my world. I have some questions re banjo versus stick dulcimer. Would you have time to answer them on here sometime? Thanks H
Leila Maier
07/08/12 08:57:58PM @leila-maier:

Yes, Susie, I hope next year for sure! Is Gary not going to be with you?? BTW - I see you have arranged some JD songs for the dulcimer ... I LOVE JD ... which ones? ~ Lei


Doug Berch
06/13/12 11:44:20PM @doug-berch:

Thanks for saying howdy! I'm not on here much so I'm glad i caught your message. Hope to see you sometime this Summer!


Bing Futch
06/13/12 02:32:35PM @bing-futch:

Hi Susie, thanks! Glad to have been able to help; no uke videos yet - but soon. : )


Carla Maxwell
04/30/12 02:18:48AM @carla-maxwell:

Hi Susie, Yes, the pup in my profile photo is a silver-beige toy poodle. It's good to know another fan of the s-b poodle! Grin.gif Your dog pics are beautiful!


Jeannie in Paradise
04/04/12 11:39:40AM @jeannie-in-paradise:

Truthfully, I haven't been thinking of the Sweetie much lately, as I'm awaiting knee surgery and in considerable discomfort and frequent pain. I just want to get past April 12th, date of surgery to repair my torn meniscus!


Jeannie in Paradise
04/03/12 06:56:13PM @jeannie-in-paradise:

Mike says it's scheduled for completion on May 1st, so I'm guessing I'll have it around the 7th or so!