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Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
02/03/23 09:34:18PM
947 posts

Cardboard Dulcimer Recommendations


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You might talk with Richard Ash at Folkcraft to see if he would make custom kits for you. Folkcraft does make a chromatic dulcimer kit, but all the kits are three stringed. So if you would want to experiment with 4 equidistant strings, he would need to provide different fret boards. Otherwise all your other requirements are possible with the two types of 3 string dulcimer kits from Folkcraft.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
02/03/23 02:59:36AM
947 posts

Slots for frets loose


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Using super glue makes the frets a little harder to remove if you ever need to do that, but not impossible. I've used super glue, the thin kind, after seating the fret and wicking a little under the fret. I haven't had one come loose yet. I do use it sparingly.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
02/01/23 05:34:06PM
947 posts

Dulcimer Players News demise


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On Facebook today, 01 February 2023, Ashley Ernst announced that DPN will cease publication in 2024. She did not give a volume or issue number, but I suspect the last issue will be the first one that comes out in 2024. Again, that is just speculation on my part.

Having been a columnist and contributor to DPN over the years, I will miss the magazine. I understand why Ashley made this difficult decision. Many print publications are ending that aspect of life and shifting to electronic (online) editions. There was no mention of this as a possibility for DPN.

In the early days of DPN it seemed the "newsletter" worked to create a community of dulcimer enthusiasts. It helped people share ideas, arrange meetings (festivals), and find places to buy instruments. It also kept us posted on what we were all doing. While these things continued over the life of the magazine, over the last 10 or 15 years the emphasis seemed to shift to teaching techniques or songs. In a sense it became a quarterly lesson for mountain or hammered dulcimer. The connection of getting to know "dulcimer people" seemed to have been lost. We knew contributors were good players and provided excellent lessons without learning what brought them to play the dulcimer, desire to teach, etc. I know that much of that community building happens at festivals, but with so many festivals going virtual what we are experiencing is group video lessons and little real community (but that is a whole other discussion).

I offer my thanks to Ashley, Dan, Maddie, and Phil for their hard work and dedication to DPN and the dulcimer community it created. Without them who knows where we would all be. So to those five folks and all who contributed to the magazine over the years, "So long, and thanks for the all the fish."

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."


updated by @ken-longfield: 02/01/23 05:36:29PM
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
01/31/23 09:29:49PM
947 posts

Jethro Amburgey #110


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What a great story and wonderful ending. Enjoy your granduncle's handiwork.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
01/31/23 10:41:50AM
947 posts

W. Martin Dulcimer History


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Dwain Wilder:

I always made those ebony fine tuners for Walt, and still do. Message me if you need them. I also make cases that fit Sunhearths, but the are expensive and hard to find materials for. None on hand.

This is good to know Dwain.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
01/30/23 10:44:39PM
947 posts

W. Martin Dulcimer History


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I don't know of any makers of the fine tuners on the Sunhearth dulcimers. Walt made those himself. One was missing on the Sunhearth I bought, but I had some little pieces of ebony so I made one for my dulcimer. If you send me a photo of the the fire tuners on your dulcimer and rough measurements, I can make one for you. Send me a private message here if interested. Click on @ken-longfield and then look for  send message on the left hand side of the screen

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."


updated by @ken-longfield: 01/30/23 10:47:10PM
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
01/30/23 07:58:32PM
947 posts

Introduce Yourself!


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I think the original poster meant Cigar Box Guitar, CBG and just transposed the B and G. I'll be interest to see his new cigar box creation when he finishes it.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
01/16/23 04:22:24PM
947 posts

W. Martin Dulcimer History


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You're welcome.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
01/11/23 09:23:58AM
947 posts

A stolen Rolling Stones dulcimer


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Thanks for sharing this story. It certainly was interesting.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
01/08/23 01:52:21PM
947 posts

W. Martin Dulcimer History


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If you send me a personal message and provide me with you email address I can send you two scans for articles about Walt Martin and Sunhearth dulcimers. Walt was quite a character. He could be very cordial and at other times acerbic. I met him at festival and talked with him for a bit mentioning that my in-laws lived near him. He invited me and wife to stop by to visit him and see his workshop. When we did, he wanted to know what the h*ll we were doing there. We did manage a brief but somewhat antagonistic (on his part) visit.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
01/06/23 11:45:41PM
947 posts

Sarah Kate on mountain dulcimer on a Hazel Dickens song


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This is a beautiful rendition of that song. Thanks for sharing it.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
01/04/23 08:27:36PM
947 posts

International Appalachian Dulcimer Day


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My bad. It is the last Saturday in March which is the 25th. Note; the 25th not the 28th. I will go back and edit my post.

Ken

The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
01/04/23 12:51:07PM
947 posts

International Appalachian Dulcimer Day


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Just giving everyone a heads up on IADD which will be on March 25th this year. It's not too early to begin planning both your music and fun for International Appalachian Dulcimer Day.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."


updated by @ken-longfield: 01/04/23 08:28:06PM
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
01/04/23 12:41:19PM
947 posts

New Year's Resolution: "Help Somebody Today"


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John, I look forward to your video. This is a new hymn to me. Thank you for sharing it.

Randy, it has always been my practice to hold the door for anyone following me in to a building. Unlike you Nebraskans, there are few people who say thanks. On our trip across country in October I can count on one hand the number of people who thanked me for holding the door open for them. That would be at truck stops, gas stations, rest areas, restaurants, motels, etc.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
01/01/23 02:58:48PM
947 posts

Rest in Peace, Gwen Caeli


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Lisa, I don't know if that is the correct person. I did a search on her name an that is one of the options that came up for Spartanburg, SC. The photo looked like her likeness from her videos. I never met Gwen and only know her through the dulcimer videos.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
12/31/22 11:48:34PM
947 posts

Rest in Peace, Gwen Caeli


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There is a Gwen Caeli Mooneyham in LinkedIn. I don't know if that is the same person. There is information about her professional life.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
12/30/22 05:06:06PM
947 posts

Help! New (old) Dulcimer w/ loose tuner knob


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Well, Marlie, I don't have any pegs or screws in my spare parts box. I'm sorry I can't help you that way. Here is a link to new pegs like you have on your dulcimer: https://www.stewmac.com/parts-and-hardware/tuning-machines/ukulele-tuning-machines/grover-champion-dulcimeruke-friction-pegs/  You might be able to find the cheaper elsewhere by doing an internet search.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
12/29/22 08:48:05PM
947 posts

Help! New (old) Dulcimer w/ loose tuner knob


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Marlie, following up on John's post, are you able to turn the screw in the tuner that is giving you trouble? If so, tightening the screw will increase the tension on the tuner and prevent it from turning on its own when brought up to pitch (when the string is in tune). If you can't turn the screw you will need to find someone who can remove it for and then replace the tuner. The tuner appears to be one used on ukuleles. Dulcimer makers used both ukulele and banjo tuners. I will look in my spare tuner box the next time I'm in my workshop (tomorrow) and see if I have one that matches the one in the photo. If I have have one, I can send it to you and you or someone you know who is handy with a screw driver can put it on you dulcimer for you. No charge for the tuner or mailing it to you if I have one.

I could probably send you a screw from an old tuner too.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."


updated by @ken-longfield: 12/29/22 08:51:40PM
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
12/17/22 01:15:48PM
947 posts

"Perfect" Edd Presnell dulcimer?


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Sounds like a great opportunity to me. If I were buying it, I would do so unfretted and install the frets myself.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
12/15/22 08:05:09PM
947 posts

Misplaced fret


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A misplaced is fret is not a difficult repair, but can be tricky depending upon where you need to cut the new slot and what it will look like cosmetically. Good luck on whatever you decide to do.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
12/15/22 07:40:59PM
947 posts

Misplaced fret


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The 6 1/2 and 13 1/2 frets halve (roughly) the space between frets 6 and 7 and 13 and 14. Essentially you have chromatic fretting in those places. Once you cross frets 7 and 14 you return to diatonic fretting which means those spaces, 7 -8 and 14 - 15, will be wider than the chromatic spacing, but shorter than 6 -7 and 13 - 14 respectively. Take a ruler and measure the spacing 6 -7, 7 -8. The width 7 - 8 should be slightly smaller. The same will be the case 13 - 14 and 14 - 15. If the second measurement in each case is not shorter, you have some misplaced frets.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
12/14/22 01:10:43PM
947 posts

Misplaced fret


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Are you talking about the 13 1/2 fret?

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
12/08/22 11:53:01AM
947 posts

Jean Ritchie was born 100 years ago today


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Thanks for sharing the video link Robin. I've seen that program before, but this is the first time in color. Always interesting watching the Ritchie family.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
12/07/22 10:24:41PM
947 posts

The Positive Thread...


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You're correct John. I think it was in the $2,000 to 3,000 range, but I may not remember it all that well.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
12/07/22 01:26:27PM
947 posts

The Positive Thread...


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Good point, Dusty.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
12/07/22 01:06:37PM
947 posts

The Positive Thread...


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Haha, Dusty. I'm glad they repeat those old shows. Sometimes the second or third time through I can get the right question for the answer.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
12/06/22 11:14:10PM
947 posts

The Positive Thread...


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Jeopardy has been offering video and photo clues for years. That's nothing new. Also, this show is not new either. It was first broadcast in July of 2022.

Kwn

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
11/24/22 08:00:08PM
947 posts

Introduce Yourself!


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Hello again Mivo. Thanks for sharing the beginning of your dulcimer journey with us. It sounds like you are well under way. You have a very nice McSpadden dulcimer. It will give you a lifetime of pleasure.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
11/23/22 05:13:03PM
947 posts

For Sale: Folkcraft Dulcimer Case (SOLD)


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Susie, I'll take it. Email me at: klongfield69 at gmail dot com with your PayPal account info so I can send the payment.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."


updated by @ken-longfield: 11/23/22 05:18:25PM
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
11/17/22 12:56:36PM
947 posts

New use for old dulcimer strings


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Good for you Frank. I wonder if we still have our cheese slicer around. If we do, I'll check the gauge of the wire on it. We switched to a cheese knife years ago.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
11/11/22 02:53:57PM
947 posts

Feedback welcome


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John and Ken have already given you good advice, however, I'm going to add another one or two. First, from the photo the Blue Lion looks to be in good condition. It can use a good cleaning, but that's not a problem. I play my Blue Lion as a three string as I prefer that to four strings in any configuration. Second, I'm sorry you've had bad experiences buying used dulcimers. It can be frustrating. Like Ken said, we can help talk you through replacing a nut and bridge if that is all that those dulcimers need. There are resources out there for playing with four equidistant strings, both books and videos. I do think that most of them (if not all) require some knowledge about how to play the dulcimer.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
11/07/22 11:26:28PM
947 posts

Can you identify this dulcimer


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I ditto the "Doh!". I guess we will never know since it was an eBay sale and have no idea who sold it or may have purchased it.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
11/07/22 01:38:35PM
947 posts

Can you identify this dulcimer


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Okay. Sorry I couldn't be more helpful.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
11/06/22 03:42:22PM
947 posts

Can you identify this dulcimer


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As usual, I agree with Ken. The inlay looks like a green heron to me, but could certainly be some other bird. Since you are inquiring, I assume you either bought this used or someone gave it to you. The use of ukulele friction pegs may place the date it was made somewhere in the 1970s when they were popular among one off or hobby builders.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
11/03/22 12:46:19PM
947 posts

what to clean a dulcimer with


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The little dots look like they are stick-on and not inlays, so any cleaning or oiling of the fret board is going to loosen them. If you like the dots, you can have a luthier inlay pearl dots in the same spots. It requires drilling holes in the fret board, gluing in the dots, and then leveling them with the fret board. Ebony fret boards do dry out over time depending upon how much they are exposed to sun and air. A good fret board conditioner such as those sold by Fender, Dunlop, Taylor, Music Nomad, Lizard Spit, etc. will restore your fret board. Use as directed.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
11/03/22 12:23:01PM
947 posts

Help me name this instrument!


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Ryan, I like the concept of model designations that give you information about the instrument. When someone says they have a C.F. Martin D28 you know exactly what this is; a rosewood dreadnaught with white binding, etc.  If some tells you they have a Taylor 314ce, you know that is has sapele back and sides, sitka spruce top, Venetian cutaway, electronic pickup built in, and is a grand auditorium model. Both Folkcraft and McSpadden used various abbreviations in their model designations to let you know what you features you had.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
10/20/22 02:23:24PM
947 posts

How Many Dulcimers Do You Own?


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Oops, it looks like I got dogs and dulcimers confused.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
10/19/22 07:40:51PM
947 posts

How Many Dulcimers Do You Own?


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Congratulations on acquiring your eighth dulcimer. It is beautiful and I am sure it sounds great. Enjoy.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
10/14/22 10:45:24PM
947 posts

Do I keep it and fix it up or play it as is


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Please, please, never use Pledge on a dulcimer or any other instrument made of wood. Pledge contains substances that make it virtually impossible to repair cracks, dings, and scratches because they prevent the absorption of stains to match the color of the wood. This causes any repair to stand out like a sore thumb. Instead use a good instrument polish like the ones sold by C. F. Martin, Gibson, Fender, and other guitar makers.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
10/13/22 11:34:13PM
947 posts

Introduce Yourself!


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Gina, in order to be able to post in a group you have to first join the group. There is a green block at the top of the group page which you click on to join the group.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

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