Broke the credit card at Song Of The Wood

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Broke the credit card at Song Of The Wood

Postby asterhunter » Sun Mar 12, 2017 9:57 pm

Last Friday Sharon and I made our semi-annual trek to Song Of The Wood in Black Mountain NC. The specific purpose of this visit was for me to purchase a McSpadden walnut dulcimer. I called a few weeks ago to get them to order a Walnut with the 1-1/2 fret, to get it to match Sharon's McSpadden with the spruce/cherry combo. But when we arrived on Friday, I had another little something in the back of my head. I went to the back of the store and there is was, still hanging there: a McSpadden hour glass with a sycamore top. I've been eyeing that sycamore dulcimer for I don't know how long. The sycamore top was a gorgeous white wood with black streaks running the length of the instrument. I played the walnut they had ordered for me and yep, I will make a nice compliment to Sharon's spruce top dulcimer. But the sycamore called out to me. I got it in my lap and tried it, and my what a sweet sound! It also had the 1-1/2 fret. Now I was in a dilemma. I went back and fourth and I just couldn't make up my mind. Hmmm, I could get both, but my wife Sharon would probably kill me if I walked out of there with TWO dulcimers, I thought! But then I spotted something else: a McSpadden ginger model also with a sycamore top! That gave me an idea. :idea: For those of you who don't know, the ginger model is about 3/4 the size of the standard hour glass, but it's very close in sound and volume to it's bigger brother. Sharon is a rather petite little girl herself, so I took the ginger model down and handed it to her and asked her to try it out. She took to that smaller dulcimer like a fish takes to water. Do you like it? I said. Of course I do! she replied. I'll tell you what, I get you the ginger with the sycamore top and I'll get me the walnut one. Bingo! My plan worked. So we went home with BOTH dulcimers and I saved our marriage! :D

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Re: Broke the credit card at Song Of The Wood

Postby Mukluk2 » Mon Mar 13, 2017 8:13 am

This is why I stay away from music stores! Congratulations on your purchases...looks like you hit the jackpot!


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Re: Broke the credit card at Song Of The Wood

Postby asterhunter » Mon Mar 13, 2017 10:42 am

Thanks Steven. I'll try to get some pictures of our McSpadden family this weekend.

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Re: Broke the credit card at Song Of The Wood

Postby kwl » Mon Mar 13, 2017 2:08 pm

David, enjoy your new instruments! I hope the credit card can be fixed.

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Re: Broke the credit card at Song Of The Wood

Postby asterhunter » Mon Mar 13, 2017 2:42 pm

It can be fixed, but repairs are going to be expensive! :roll:
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Re: Broke the credit card at Song Of The Wood

Postby frets alot » Mon Mar 13, 2017 6:45 pm

Cool. Congrats and post some pics if you can.
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Re: Broke the credit card at Song Of The Wood

Postby Strum-Numb » Tue Mar 14, 2017 2:43 pm

Great Story!

I'm guessing that the "...and I saved our marriage" is a tiny exaggeration... sounds like it didn't need saved at all, but that there is a wonderful cohesive love for each other AND the dulcimer at play here...

...or...wait, did you mean you saved your marriage with that sycamore instrument? :D
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Re: Broke the credit card at Song Of The Wood

Postby asterhunter » Sun Mar 19, 2017 3:24 pm

Strum-Numb wrote:Great Story!

...or...wait, did you mean you saved your marriage with that sycamore instrument? :D


Yep! Works every time it's tried! :lol:
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Re: Broke the credit card at Song Of The Wood

Postby asterhunter » Sun Mar 19, 2017 3:32 pm

Okay here are some promised pics. Here is our entire MD family. From left to right: walnut dulcimer kit made by Sharon in 1981; McSpadden walnut; McSpadden Ginger with sycamore top (ain't she a beauty!); and McSpadden with spruce top and cherry sides.
Dulcimer family cropsmall.JPG


Here is a close up of the walnut dulcimers:
dulcimer family kit walnut small.JPG
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Re: Broke the credit card at Song Of The Wood

Postby asterhunter » Sun Mar 19, 2017 3:33 pm

...and the sycamore Ginger and spruce dulcimers:
Dulcimer family spruce and sycamore small.JPG
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Re: Broke the credit card at Song Of The Wood

Postby frets alot » Mon Mar 20, 2017 4:40 pm

Nice family pic, and yes, the ginger is a beauty. Congrats and thanks for sharing. Enjoy!
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