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I bought a grand strumstick a year ago and I’ve had so much fun with it. I can feel blue, overworked, tired, sad, even happy or any range of human emotions but my stick always sets me right. A few strums on the twangy thang and everything’s alright. Thank you for coming up with what I call my “joy stick.” Walter

Thank you for your help. You are right about the strumstick making you feel like you have musical talent. I enjoy playing the songs. I now feel like I belong to the musical world.
Yea! Celia Joy

Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks? My son gave me a strumstick for Mother’s Day (I’m 78 years old). I’m enjoying it so much - learning a lot.
Dorothy Rusin

I just wanted to write and tell you how much we have enjoyed our recently purchased Strumsticks. We bought three of the Grands, and as if by magic we are an instant musical family. The key word is FAMILY!
James Gunter and Family

...What a wonderful instrument! Makes me happy just listening to it!...

Subject: Strumstick so Rocks!
The strumstick is so cool.... my wife bought me the Grand Strumstick and I’m so hyped. I‘m a little bit above beginning in the music knowledge area but guess what? Hooking this thing up with a pickup and running it through a good heavy metal distortion pedal makes me feel like a heavy metal God and I’m loving it.
Thank you StrumStick!

Subject: A Better Mousetrap
You‘ve built it. Now I have an instrument I can play and enjoy. I’ll reach new musical horizons with this Standard model I bought my son for Christmas at the local music store. I must augment this one with another, to expand the lower range into my intricate plans for that special Strumstick sound I seek. Thank you for your ingenuity and futuristic traditionalism. Raw talent!
Van Dyke Parks
[editors note: yes, the Van Dyke Parks]

I recently purchased a standard strumstick and I absolutely LOVE it!!!!! I never thought I could make any noise that remotely sounded like a song, but it is sooo easy!!! Thanks for such a wonderful musical instrument.  The Strumstick is absolutely amazing - as advertised it‘s fun to play and hard to put down. My son brought the Strumstick to show & tell today at the Montessori school he attends.  The students were insane with delight as they passed it around and felt a huge sense of accomplishment, being able to make music with ease!

Over a year ago I heard and bought one of your “Grand Strumsticks.” Since then it is a rare day when I don’t play it. Your instrument is an important part of my life, keep up the good work. If I can play anyone can! I do so Enjoy The Noise.
Jack Bowers

Really surprised when I received the strumstick. How can something this small produce such sound? Being not very musical, I have in one months time began playing with CD‘s and other music. Great product. Great instrument for the musically challenged person.
Thanks, Carl B

Thanks!
This is my second strumstick. I can do more with the limitations of the strumstick than I could ever do with the advantages of six strings. Thank you again. L Gallagher

....It is a product that every household should have!....

.....So, a little over two hours ago, I went back and bought the one in the window--last one they had; my lucky day--and I have all ready gone through the basic songs in the instruction book. I cannot believe how easy this is! I have played string instruments before, violins, but could never get my hand around a regular guitar, enough to keep up with it. This is too much fun! I can’t wait to call you all in the morning to order a Leather Strap... is it daylight on the East Coast yet?!

For the quality of the product, for the spirit, and not least of all for the very fair pricing...thanks Bob, Evelyn, and whoever else I should thank. I would surely love to meet you guys.
Best regards,
Jerry McGray

"Ever since Miss Myers, my kindergarten teacher, told me I couldn't sing or keep a beat, I have steered clear of things musical. The ad for the Strumstick caught my imagination ("For people who are sure they have no musical ability...") The Strumstick is so much fun, so forgiving, and so achievable. I plink, plunk, and strum and enjoy every minute. I have neither driven away the cat nor the kids. And, every-so-often, I succeed in actually putting together a complete rendition of 'When the Saints Go Marching In' or 'America the Beautiful.' Great instrument for folks like me. Miss Myers was wrong. I have a sliver of musical talent and the Strumstick is helping to discover it."

Puck in CT


"I bought my wife one of your Strumsticks. To put it mildly, she loved it and won't let me play it. She is very possessive. It's a show-stopper up here in New Brunswick and I need to order one for myself."

Abel in Canada


"I'm the girl that kept coming back playing the Strumstick and begging my mom to buy it at the Maryland Craft Fair. I have saved up and would like to order a Strumstick."

Jessica in MD

"I have frustrated various music teachers over my 41 years and still can't read a note of music or play one instrument - EXCEPT- you've got it, the Strumstick!" "The Strumstick is a simple instrument of genius for the musical idiot."

Martin in NC


"I regret to inform you that I may have to return the Strumstick. It's making me late for work. I'm shirking my responsibilities. I bought it for my 80 year old mother. I wrestled it away from her. It wasn't a pretty sight and I feel a little guilty. Is there a Strumstickers Anonymous? I need help."

Lucinda in NY


"I have a hard time getting the Strumstick off of my six year old son."

Ken in Germany

 

Unsolicited Testimonials for The Strumstick®
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"The Sound!"
Your Strumsticks totally has "The Sound". It's the sound I have been looking for for years. Sometimes late at night they will play an old old recording. Among the hiss and crackle and faint voice will be "The Sound". A twangy strange full stringy ringing sound. An old sound. A beautiful sound. A sound not heard since the 1800s. Kinda like a banjo but not. Kinda like a Sitar but not.  It's....its.....The Sound! Your Strumstick has THE SOUND! 
What is that sound????? You are a genius!!
Thank you.[Runs off to find $150 somewhere so he can have The Sound]
Mr. Doolie

I just bought your standard strumstick in Seattle. I love it! It's the neatest thing I have ever played.Thank you for bringing so much joy into my life.
Sincerely,
Kevin

The Strumstick is beautiful!  It's my Christmas present from my wife, but I'm having to fight for playing time with the rest of the family.  Everyone is playing their version of Jungle bells.
 Thanks and Merry Christmas to you all!
 Jeff Wewers

Hello all at Mcnally!
 i just bought one of your strumsticks here in seattle at dusty strings and just wanted to let you guys know that i am really surprised at how great this little instrument is. it sounds great and looks great too! ive been playing guitar for 17 years now and this has reignited my passion for making music. keep up the good work and again thanks for the great craftsmanship.

-steve lucas

Hello!
The Strumstick I ordered from you on October 24 arrived here on PEI on November 4, in perfect shape and even in tune!  I've been playing with it every spare moment I have...and even when I should be doing something else!!  I love that you put a pick right in the strings so you can start playing immediately - very nice touch.

A long-time guitar player, I had tried a Strumstick at the Long and McQuade store in Charlottetown, PEI and was intrigued.  I found your website and there found so much great information about your products, so I ordered right away.  You've created a beautiful instrument and I know I will have many hours of enjoyment with it in the years to come.

Best wishes and thanks for such a great buying experience.

Thelma Phillips
Prince Edward Island, Canada

When I turned 60 I started looking for something to do that would take me twenty years to do.  Through a series of unlikely events I stumbled across the StrumStick and your pre-guitar philosophy.
 
I had never aspired to play the guitar, or any musical instrument, because a music teacher in Elementary school told me that I had no musical ability.
 
In October 2008, I purchased a StrumStick and began to "enjoy the noise".  After two months playing the StrumStick I bought my first guitar.  Your philosophy of playing every day while keeping frustration at bay has propelled me forward.  Five minutes a day is a magical goal. The combination of the StrumStick as an invention, and your pre-guitar philosophy, has been a precious gift to me.  I recently gave my StrumStick to my girlfriend with the admonition to "enjoy the noise". 
 I am in the process of having a custom guitar built that you might find interesting:
http://lichtyguitars.com/2010/09/18/a-patchwork-guitar/
Since you are the reason that I play today, you have a piece of the patchwork-parlor guitar project.
 Very Kind Regards,
 W W (Bill) Miller

Are you kidding me -  this is the COOLEST thing I've ever played; ridiculously fun!
 
I've got to get another to give as a Christmas gift (or maybe two ) 
Do you offer coupons for return customers?
 
Thanks again for bringing music to the "musically challenged". 
 
Sandy D.

Evelyn,
My Testimonial: Just Received the Strumstick!  As you have read in my emails, this was a gift for my wife......She is ecstatic about it!!
It amazes us how much sound comes out of such a small instrument!  It is worth EVERY penny and more!
Thanks so much for getting our order so quickly.  What a wonderful instrument.  I will be ordering a pickup for it soon.
God Bless
Barry Alton
Oak Ridge, Tennessee

I've been enjoying my Strumstick for a couple of years now. My guitars are pretty jealous by now. Thanks.
 -- Chris McKenna

Evelyn,
 
I just received my Grand Strumstick today and I could not be more pleased with it.  I have tried a failed to play stringed instruments before, but I found myself playing tunes on the Strumstick within a few minutes of taking it out of the box.  It truly is a joy to play, and I am certain that it will bring my wife and me years of enjoyment.  Besides it's ease of playability and beautiful tone, it is one of the most well-made instruments that I have ever encountered.  Thank you and Bob for selling your wonderful product at such a reasonable price.  I'm going to tell all of my friends and family about the Strumstick.
 
Sincerely,
 
Jeff Gibbs
Warren, Pennsylvania  

 

Dear Bob,
I received a Strumstick for a gift from my husband at Christmas and have been enjoying playing it very much. I also purchased the book and have worked through the songs in this book. My husband is a banjo player and enjoys playing at informal music jams and I am currently learning the various chords so I can join in the jams also. I love to sing and this instrument is the perfect simple instrument for me to use to accompany my singing.
 
This past week, we attended the American Association for Nude Recreation's annual North American convention at Sun Meadow Resort in Worley Idaho. I brought my Strumstick so I could participate in the three music jams and thoroughly enjoyed playing along with the other instruments and singing. I was definitely the conversation piece at all of the jams as no one had seen this instrument before. I would guess that I had close to 100 questions asking what it was and how it was played. I gave out your website and would not be surprised if you receive some inquiries in the near future.
 
Thanks for this great little portable instrument making it so easy for a non musician like me to join in music jams.
Sincerely,
Donna Mollan


In case you'd like another testimonial: I bought an alto Strumstick as a sort of portable mountain dulcimer so I could practice songs while traveling. It's been great for that, but it's also been fun on its own, with its beautiful banjo-like tone. --Bilby Wake
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And a story, just for you.... 

When I travel with the Strumstick, I have a small suitcase, a computer bag, and the Strumstick. I put the stick in the computer bag to walk on the plane, but when I walk around, I sling it over my back. That means I have _three_ things to carry instead of the two I've carried for years. On my second trip with it, I had to get a boarding pass, and set it next to that machine while I printed it. Then I went through security and started trying to find dinner. 

Fifteen or twenty minutes later, I realized - I was only carrying _two_ things. I ran back out to the unsecured area where the boarding pass machines were, and two policemen were standing about five feet away from it. I said, "I'll bet you're waiting for me," and went to take it. "Don't move, sir." They checked out my license, wrote my name in a notebook, and asked me what it was. I think they were worried it was a gun or other weapon. I described it as "a sort of portable guitar" and they let me reclaim it. 

With the moon and stars logo, it might have been very natural to name this instrument "the Nightstick." I was very glad you hadn't. If you had, I'd probably be writing you from the airport detention center:)

[I've had it on the plane ten or twelve times now, on three different airlines. The only time I was worried about it was when the baggage rack was almost empty.] Best wishes,  Bill (Bilby) Wake

Please feel free to quote me and use my email and name in any way to promote your amazing innovation.  I just received my two Strumsticks today which was lightning fast turnaround from the time I ordered them online.  Your customer Wow-factor is a 10 out of 10!  

Please tell Bob how impressed I am with these simple yet intelligent pieces of art.  They are beauties!  I am an avid guitar player and music lover so I fell in love with their simple beauty and comforting sound.  Bob's idea of making these instruments easy for even the musically challenged demonstrates Bob's love for music and people. 
Bob's has achieved his amazing goal of sharing the gift of making music with everyone! Bravo!! 

As soon as I had my first Strumstick out of the box it became apparent that I would have a hard time putting it down Everyone in my office wanted to have a try so I reluctanly handed it over to one and then another.  Everyone had the same reaction at first, "What is it?"  "Cool!"  "Can I play it?"  In honor of Bob's generous spirit I passed it around but I couldn't wait to get home to have it all to myself.  

Few things bring as much joy to the masses as being able to appreciate and share beautiful music.  Music feeds the soul, stirs the spirit and brings people together in one universal language.  In my opinion Bob McNally should receive a Nobel Peace Prize Award for this innovation!

I know I will be ordering from your company again and again.  I'm sure I will have some experiences to share with you and Bob as I intend on using my Strumstick in open mics around the NY/NJ area and I will be a loyal unpaid spokesperson as a result.

Thank you!
Until we speak again (I will be busy with my Strumsticks)

In God We Trust
John  P. Bruton, New Milford, NJ

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