List of vintage mountain dulcimer makers

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Re: List of vintage mountain dulcimer makers

Postby pristine2 » Sat Nov 05, 2011 9:47 pm

Now that I'm working on this again, I wondering whether I should also publish citations as I go along. Footnoting the entries will add a lot of clutter, but they would enhance the credibility of the information. Thoughts?
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Re: List of vintage mountain dulcimer makers

Postby Robin T » Sat Nov 05, 2011 10:19 pm

Footnoting would be helpful, I think.

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Re: List of vintage mountain dulcimer makers

Postby kwl » Sun Nov 06, 2011 2:39 pm

I vote for the footnoting as well.

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Re: List of vintage mountain dulcimer makers

Postby pristine2 » Sun Nov 06, 2011 4:30 pm

kwl wrote:I vote for the footnoting as well.

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I'm faced with some difficulties that may rule out proper footnoting if I keep the list here. First, I cannot find a superscript text function. I can create superscripts in MS word but they do not survive the cut and paste. Second, I would not be able to keep track of sequential footnotes through the entire document. Every time I add or edit an entry, I would have to re-number the whole lot manually. Suggestions welcome.

What I can do now is list my sources at the bottom of each entry. I just did that for the entries on Abnett, Bond and Davis (with the Bond entry, I reminded how stupid I was for limiting my interviews with Hart and Nicholson to a few questions about dulcimers in the UK in 1960s. Both men died soon afterwards. My correspondence with John Pearse was similarly limited). I'm using small italicised text -- but italicising and de-italicising the notes is pretty fiddly.

Not exactly strict academic rigour, but will this suffice for now? It will take a couple of weeks to go through everything and fish out the notes.
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Re: List of vintage mountain dulcimer makers

Postby mikeclemmer » Sun Nov 06, 2011 4:33 pm

Richard,
Found this info on Bill Davis in "The descendents of Wyatt Arnold" 1848-1998 by Arnold Hightower.
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Re: List of vintage mountain dulcimer makers

Postby pristine2 » Sun Nov 06, 2011 4:35 pm

mikeclemmer wrote:Richard,
Found this info on Bill Davis in "The descendents of Wyatt Arnold" 1848-1998 by Arnold Hightower.



Thanks Mike, I'd found it too --- that's how I found out Jean was his fourth wife! Great talking with you over the weekend -- the time difference torpedoed our scheduled second call though. Will try to contact you again next weekend.

I hope to have a chat soon with Lee Schilling.

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Re: List of vintage mountain dulcimer makers

Postby mikeclemmer » Sun Nov 06, 2011 4:36 pm

Sorry Richard,
I do not know how to upload file with info.
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bill davis dulcimers

Postby Blueheron » Fri Dec 30, 2011 10:30 am

I bought a mountain dulcimer at a flea market last week. Inside the back panel is a white card with the date July 6, 1966 and with a signature Bill Davis. I have read about his dulcimers and understand that the ones he made have his signature on the back - but do any of the ones he made, or do kits have this kind of singed card on the inside? It has a plain scroll, and some irregular bends on the side panel, but sings like a bird! Does anyone have a guess as to whether this was made by Bill or from a kit?
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Re: bill davis dulcimers

Postby pristine2 » Fri Dec 30, 2011 11:36 am

Blueheron wrote:I bought a mountain dulcimer at a flea market last week. Inside the back panel is a white card with the date July 6, 1966 and with a signature Bill Davis. I have read about his dulcimers and understand that the ones he made have his signature on the back - but do any of the ones he made, or do kits have this kind of singed card on the inside? It has a plain scroll, and some irregular bends on the side panel, but sings like a bird! Does anyone have a guess as to whether this was made by Bill or from a kit?
Thank you.


With his signature on a card -- especially one that early -- there's a good chance Bill finished it. But then again, he was already selling kits. He was also rather particular about his finishing work, and the irregular bends suggest an amateur builder. There may be no way to tell, but if you can show the instrument to Mike Clemmer, he'll offer the best possible opinion.

Either way, it sounds like a very desirable piece.
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Re: List of vintage mountain dulcimer makers

Postby Barbara Pak » Sun Mar 18, 2012 9:44 am

Hi Richard,

I bought a Jess Patterson dulcimer a couple of weeks ago and did an internet search. I found this and thought that it might interest you (if you haven't already seen it).

http://books.google.com/books?id=JSOyHT ... &q&f=false

You'll need to scroll up a bit on the link. Sorry.
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Re: List of vintage mountain dulcimer makers

Postby KenH » Sun Mar 18, 2012 9:49 am

Richard - not footnotes - use endnotes. Essentially a separate file.
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Re: List of vintage mountain dulcimer makers

Postby pristine2 » Sun Mar 18, 2012 11:50 am

Barbara Pak wrote:Hi Richard,

I bought a Jess Patterson dulcimer a couple of weeks ago and did an internet search. I found this and thought that it might interest you (if you haven't already seen it).

http://books.google.com/books?id=JSOyHT ... &q&f=false

You'll need to scroll up a bit on the link. Sorry.


It's a great read, thanks.
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