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Everything posted by NoterMan

  1. I fully agree that both beginners and experienced players alike are holding themselves back by not understanding where the notes are on their fretboard. I do hope that somewhere in your article series you will address the fact that there are many, equally valid, tunings for the mountain dulcimer besides DAd, and that there are several other ways to play the instrument besides Chord-Melody. We don't want beginners to think that DAd and Chord-Melody are the only ways a dulcimer can be used! If you write the tuning as DAd, instead of DAD, I've found -- over 40 years of dulcimer playing --
  2. What KIND of lap harps are you for? True harps, or Psalteries? Pentatonic? Diatonic? Hollow body? Plank Body? I build a variety of those instruments for pretty reasonable costs. The photo labeled SingingTree1 is a plank or solid body pentatonic Psaltery. Winged1 shows a hollow body pentatonic Psaltery. The large display shows some plank psalteries and in the center two replica Lithuanian Kankles -- relatives of the Finnish Kantele. I can also build these as 8 stringed diatonic instruments. Send me a PM
  3. hat looks great Ken! That Paduak is really nice, and that peghead is outstanding. Nice work!. Padauk can be hard to bend when thin because it is often brittle. What is the top? Cherry?
  4. Common jam tunes vary greatly depending on what part of the country you're in. I've lived places where half of your list are complete unknowns and Old Joe and Liza Jane are looked down upon as too simplistic...
  5. Welcome Pete!! You will want to keep Robin Clark of Birdrock Dulcimers in mind. He's up in Snowdonia, Wales -- which luckily for you, closer than Appalachia! www.dulcimers.co.uk. He imports several models of instruments from the States, accessories, and more. Fabulous Noter & Drone style player as well! Button accordion! Now that's different by American standards...
  6. Ironing board is a great idea too! If it were me, I'd replace that soft cloth cover a thin layer of plywood -- we call it 1/8" door-skin. The harder surface will vibrate and reflect sound where the cloth cover absorbs it -- even with Adrian's Galax style instrument.
  7. I forgot to say that the waiters tables come in various heights. I chose the tallest -- I think it was 30" -- because by the time I put even a 2" thick dulcimer on top, the strings were just about the right height for someone my height to play comfortably while standing. Someone shorter than say 5'10" might want to buy a shorter stand.
  8. This is the waiter's table that I use. Set me back $23 at a local restaurant supply store -- same price as if I'd have ordered it on line and paid shipping...
  9. Dave -- that's what I have, basically. Mine is a restaurant waiter's table. It has two straps to hold the cross at the right height and a couple of rubber O-rings on each upper arm that stop trays (or dulcimers) from sliding . You can buy them from restaurant supply stores for around $25.
  10. Yea. Doug's adjustable design is a classic, and a fair price.
  11. Forty some years ago I was wandering around Manitou Springs, Colorado one summer's day and heard this AMAZING music. Followed my ears to Cripple Creek Dulcimer Company -- Bud & Donna Ford as a young hippy couple building and playing dulcimers. It was love at first listen, because I was attracted to the sort of Celtic bagpipe nature of the drones.
  12. I've seen purpose-built dulcimer display stands promoted on some of the FB dulcimer pages. Building a stand to hold a couple dulcimers should not be hard. I think most people hang them on an interior wall rather than putting them in a floor stand. Playing stands are another whole subject. Keyboard stands work well, as do adjustable "granny-walkers" and folding restaurant tray tables.
  13. Another voice glad to see some version of the old ED return...
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