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Ron Ewing Dulcimers

Postby Tin Ear » Fri Apr 15, 2005 1:14 am

I was looking at Ron Ewing's dulcimers ... Honest ... just looking !!!! LOL! LOL! LOL! and was wondering if anyone had any experiance with his dulcimers and/or dulcimerettes?
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Postby kwl » Fri Apr 15, 2005 8:00 am

I haven't owned one, but have played one and listened to others play them. My impression is that they are well built, pleasant sounding intruments that are easy to play.
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Postby missy » Fri Apr 15, 2005 8:07 am

They are very well built, great craftsmanship....... Ron's earlier dulcimers tended to be "quiet", but he's gone to using a slightly bigger box in recent years, and the volume has increased accordingly. He also was (I think) one of the first to offer the combined teardrop/hourglass shape. I'd also hazard to guess that Ron and Jerry Rockwell were pioneers in offering the 1 1/2 fret routinely. I'm not sure what his "normal" VSL is, but I'm thinking not overly long. The dulcimette is a whole octave higher than a "regular" dulcimer. The shorter scale length helps with chords - if you don't have huge hands. However, being that it's an octave higher, the string tension is also increased - so you need more pressure on the strings to get a note cleanly. Since I've always "gravitated" to lower sounding instruments, I've never really "liked" the dulcimettes - but that's solely personal preference. I've heard them played in jams and you do "hear" them above the other instruments. If Ron has a sound you want and like, I'm sure you would get a very good instrument. Missy
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Postby Tom » Fri Apr 15, 2005 8:52 am

Ron's main interest has always been Celtic music. His instruments are generally sweet sounding and bright. As always there is a risk in buying something without hearing it first but Ron does make a quality instrument. Tom
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Postby Betsy Anthony » Fri Apr 15, 2005 8:59 am

I have one of Ron's dulcimettes and I really enjoy play it. It is well made and easy to fret.
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Postby Nathan Lee McAlister » Fri Apr 15, 2005 9:19 am

I have played one of his teardrop/hourglass dulcimettes and I loved it. It was easy to fret and sounded loud and extremely rich for such a tiny dulcimer. I have no complaints. -Nathan-
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Postby John Shaw » Fri Apr 15, 2005 9:52 am

I've had a teardrop Ron Ewing 6-string dulcimette for 14 years. Although I most often play full-size dulcimers, the dulcimette is a wonderful alternative voice - bright and rich sounding at the same time. As others have said, it really cuts through in sessions or ensemble playing.
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Postby folkfan » Fri Apr 15, 2005 3:55 pm

Ron makes a lovely instrument. I personally would rather have one of his full size rather than a soprano dulcimette, but I'm like Missy in that I prefer a lower sound to the music. I know alot of people do like the higher tone, as Dave has 4( or so) orders for soprano instruments right now. Play on, FF
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Postby katshan » Fri Apr 15, 2005 9:37 pm

John, what the hey.... Just go for it. Judging from all the comments, you can't go wrong. Just another one to keep the others company!!!! LOL! LOL!
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Postby Guest » Sat Apr 16, 2005 10:36 am

Oh no just looking ... and planning ... I'm on a dulcimer buying moritorium ... no more until the wedding .... last one I bought was for the honeymoon ... one of Harp's travelers. Until then I can only look but no touching ... LOL! LOL! LOL!

Postby Tin Ear » Sat Apr 16, 2005 10:40 am

Whoops ... that was me ... should always have coffee before I log in LOL! LOL! LOL!
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Postby harpmaker » Sun Apr 17, 2005 11:18 am

Hiya catzRus and welcime aboard ED! Be sure to drop in and join in the conversations here often.
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