Post by Dick Glasgow on Mar 26, 2018 8:51:56 GMT 1
Hello creadur & welcome to the Dulcimer Player's Forum. We are all delighted that you are now a member and we look forward to your contributions to the discussions here. Please tell us a little bit about yourself, your music & your Dulcimers.
Hi. I play a handful of different instruments and a few different kinds of music, my 'home territory' being Irish music on mandolin. I often feel like I play too many instruments not well enough. But just when I though I couldn't take on another instrument, along comes a hammered dulcimer!
The story: I was at a klezmer gathering in N. England a few weeks ago. One of the tutors this year happened to be Tsimbl player Pete Rushevsky. He ran an 'Introduction to the Tsimbl' workshop, which I didn't go to, as there was another workshop that seemed more relevant to me. Then, immediatedly after missing his workshop, I saw on the notice board in the venue a 'for sale' notice saying "Hammered Dulcimer, needs TLC, £40". As someone who repairs and restores instruments - sometimes for myself, sometimes to sell - I thought I couldn't go too far wrong. It happened (perhaps not co-incidentally) that the lady selling it was Air B'n'B host to a musician attending the event, so I was shown into her house and, there in a trapezium-shpaed box on top of the piano was the dulcimer - a few strings missing, the rest of them rusty, a split down the middle of the soundboard and half an inch of dust but basically sound. So I left £40 and a quick note of thanks on top of the piano and walked out with a dulcimer.
So, as someone with a good general grasp how of music and instruments work, but with very little knowledge of the practicalities of setting up, tuning and playing a dulcimer, I'll be asking a few questions - as soon as I find the right section of the forum to do it on.