Susie

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Location: Northern Lower Michigan
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A musician since 1973.

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Susie
@susie • 4 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "A Word of Thanks and Recommendation ":
"These builders have a real love for dulcimers and share their skill and talent with us, so we can make beautiful music. I would like to add Doug Berch to the..."
Susie
@susie • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Pets and Dulcimers":
"Precious! "
Susie
@susie • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "McSpadden Baritone Dulcimers":
"My baritone isn't a McSpadden, but I just wanted to mention that baritones (with a quality build, like McSpadden and Folkcraft) have a beautiful voice. I..."
Susie
@susie • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "NDD - McSpadden 26 vsl (thumbs up)":
"Bridge: I returned a dulcimer made by someone you would all know that just was not right. I agree, I've had quite a few dulcimers from other builders who..."
Susie
@susie • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "NDD - McSpadden 26 vsl (thumbs up)":
"I also have been playing guitar for quite some time (finger pickin' for 45 years). I know the importance of spot on intonation. It really bugs me when..."
Susie
@susie • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Everything Dulcimer - Closing Down.":
"Strumelia: Again...  Bruce Ford says he will keep ED's Tab files available online for everyone to use, and no need for everyone to download all the Tabs...."
Susie
@susie • 2 months ago • comments: 16
Posted a new Comment on Northern MI Players?:
"No, can't attend Interlochen, we will he picking up our new motorhome at that time. Not sure about Evart at this point. If I get to Evart, I will say hi."
Susie
@susie • 2 months ago • comments: 16
Posted a new Comment on Northern MI Players?:
"Hi Joyce. No groups up here in this area of the mitten. I know you from Evart!"
Susie
@susie • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "NDD - McSpadden 26 vsl (thumbs up)":
"I agree with you Dusty. I think the shorter vsl must have some effect on the volume and tone. That is why I talked to Jim Woods about it. He even said that,..."
Susie
@susie • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "NDD - McSpadden 26 vsl (thumbs up)":
"NDD = new dulcimer day Thumbs up to McSpadden for offering their full sized dulcimer in a shorter 26 vsl. I spoke with Jim Woods about the 26. I was..."
Susie
@susie • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Susie
FolkRoots Baritone (Butternut/Walnut) McSpadden (Walnut) Doug Berch (Sassafras/Walnut) Folkcraft Custom (Butternut/Walnut)
Susie
@susie • 3 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Now EASY to exchange Private Messages! -Please Read!":
"That's how it works on all my other music forums. It works great. Nice change. Thanks Strumelia!"

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Susie

Tab Software Suggestions


I am currently using the tab software MusEdit, but it is no longer...
@Susie 3 years ago - Comments: 18
Susie

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


I visited with Richard Ash at Evart this year (Folkcraft Instruments),...
@Susie 3 years ago - Comments: 12
Susie

Northern MI Players?


Are there any Northern MI players out there? I'm from Gaylord.
@Susie 6 years ago - Comments: 16
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 6 years ago - Comments: 40
Susie

Tab/Books Featuring 1+ Fret


I just recently got a new dulcimer with a 1+ fret. I absolutely love it....
@Susie 7 years ago - Comments: 4

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NDD - McSpadden 26 vsl (thumbs up)

Posted: Wednesday May 2 2018, 5:11 PM
By: @Strumelia

A Couple McSpadden Questions

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

DulciFlute Book

Posted: Sunday July 9 2017, 9:22 PM
By: @Susie

Bob Lazenby Dulcimer, Pigeon Forge, TN

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

Roland Mobile AC Acoustic Amp

Posted: Sunday April 24 2016, 11:03 AM
By: @Kristi Keller

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

New Doug Berch Dulcimer :)

Posted: Thursday December 11 2014, 6:22 PM
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, 9:02 AM
By: @Nancy Meiners

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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.


KC Brown
05/16/14 12:34:29PM @kc-brown:
OMG! Susie, thank you! I was just at Elderly this week getting some picks and things... I see that's where you got your start! So now you've captured my attention! When are these festivals?
Robin Clark
01/19/14 01:25:16PM @robin-clark:

43_members.jpg?width=530Hi 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.gifYour 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!


Leila Maier
03/18/12 05:41:56PM @leila-maier:

Hey Susie - good to hear from you! We are looking into Evart. Hubby doesn't want to stay at the same campground as last year ... looking into it!!


Glynda Willis
03/04/12 11:54:37AM @glynda-willis:

I may try another one. The man who made my custom made what he calls a soprano dulcimer for his wife, that I played around with, and I liked it quite a bit. Price is comparable to the folkcraft and it is really a pretty little instrument.