John C. Knopf

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Location: Westland, MI
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John C. Knopf
 
@john-c-knopf • yesterday • comments: 1
Posted a new Comment on Spalted Maple teardrop:
"This is an amazingly beautiful dulcimer, Caleb!  Outstanding figure. Thanks for sharing photos with all of us!"
John C. Knopf
 
@john-c-knopf • 2 weeks ago • comments: 1
Posted a new Comment on ...on the work benches.....:
"Wow, Dan-- do you have a maid come in after you work, and clean things up for you?  I have strata of tools and materials on every horizontal surface of my..."
John C. Knopf
 
@john-c-knopf • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "A New "Old" Project":
"Wow, Ken.  I don't recognize the kit, but it looks like the general shape of a Black Mountain kit.  The soundholes are kinda strange.  They look almost like..."
John C. Knopf
 
@john-c-knopf • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "PA German Zitter":
"Ken, ol' buddy, ol' pal!!  You did GREAT!  That's a real beauty.   Methinks I see homemade strings on it.  Am I right?"
John C. Knopf
 
@john-c-knopf • 3 weeks ago
@john-c-knopf is now following @laurel-k-scott
John C. Knopf
 
@john-c-knopf • 3 weeks ago • comments: 19
Posted a new Comment on Stringing Mystery on Vintage Dulcimer:
"The main thing I see is that there are 4 tailpins for what would otherwise be taken as a 3-string instrument!  Everything else about the dulcimer seems to be..."
John C. Knopf
 
@john-c-knopf • 3 weeks ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Tuning Peg Choices:
"Bob, those Grover pegs do work on dulcimers, but they're a big step backward from the ones you're using now. "Perfection" violin pegs are available, which..."
John C. Knopf
 
@john-c-knopf • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "PA German Zitter":
"Ken, this is a great project.  To me, it's fascinating to try to reproduce a historical instrument.  You have to try to think how the builder made it, the..."
John C. Knopf
 
@john-c-knopf • one month ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on On the Workbench:
"Thanks, Bob!   All I did to the wood was wipe on a thin coat of amber (orangish) shellac, then brush on some clear lacquer, and finish with liquid wax...."
John C. Knopf
 
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on On the Workbench:
"  Here you go, Bob. Just posted these bigger ones."
John C. Knopf
 
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on On the Workbench:
"Well, this is "Glorious", my newly-finished hourglass dulcimer.  Amber shellac and clear lacquer finish, and Perfection violin pegs."
John C. Knopf
 
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on First time builder:
"Tim, here's a link to a video of me playing Uncle Eddie so you can hear how it sounds. This was made in Hindman, Kentucky in 2013, I believe:..."
John C. Knopf
 
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Electric Cherry Hour-glass - The South Wind:
"Jack, that's a beautiful dulcimer, with a beautiful sound!  Thanks for the soundfile."
John C. Knopf
 
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 16
Posted a new Comment on There Is A Fountain (filled with blood) :
"Robin, the episode was "The Case of the Punch in the Nose"-- a hilarious show!  Barney wouldn't let things be."
John C. Knopf
 
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 16
Posted a new Comment on There Is A Fountain (filled with blood) :
"Robin, this is wonderful! I love that hymn, its spiritual significance and its words. (Did you know that Andy and Barney once hummed that on the Andy..."
John C. Knopf
 
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 8
Created a new Group discussion "On the Workbench":
"My latest creation is nearly finished.  Bird's eye maple throughout."
Dulcimer Making
John C. Knopf
 
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on First time builder:
"Tim, I have full-size drawings/prints of a Scott Antes hourglass and teardrop dulcimer.  These are large instruments, designed for four strings.  The design..."
John C. Knopf
 
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Does anyone recognize this dulcimer? ":
"It looks like cherry in these photos, but it could be walnut with reddish lighting when the photos were taken. Cherry looks deep orange or orange-red, and..."
John C. Knopf
 
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Does anyone recognize this dulcimer? ":
"Bill Davis made kits for this style.  I know, because I helped a lady repair hers.  The head on his was different though-- it had chip carving on the sides..."
John C. Knopf
 
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Does anyone recognize this dulcimer? ":
"Jennifer, she's a beaut!  Looks like a Mike Clemmer ("Wood 'N' Strings", Townsend, TN) from here.  If so, snap it up! Bill Davis from Gatlinburg, TN and..."
John C. Knopf
 
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Dulcimer Weight":
"Baltic birch plywood is of very high quality, and I've used it a couple of times with great results.  It's relatively expensive.  I got mine at my local..."
John C. Knopf
 
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Dulcimer Weight":
"Solid wood and plywood can weigh about the same.  If you can see the edge, you can see the plys in plywood. Plywood in a dulcimer is not always a bad thing,..."
John C. Knopf
 
@john-c-knopf • 3 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Authentic Cherry TMB still available":
"I need to sell this music box. Best reasonable offer will be accepted. Merry Christmas!"
John C. Knopf
 
@john-c-knopf • 3 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Roscoe Russell-style Galax dulcimer":
"Joseph Besse: Any chance of hearing a sound file of this beautiful dulcimer?  I assume all 4 strings are tuned to D and equidistant from each other. Any..."
John C. Knopf
 
@john-c-knopf • 3 months ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Roscoe Russell-Style Galax:
"Thank you for the nice responses. This dulcimer is on sale, for one more week, at 20% off! Take it home with you. If you're interested, you can message..."
John C. Knopf
 
@john-c-knopf • 3 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Roscoe Russell-style Galax dulcimer":
"I just posted the video demo on the home page."
John C. Knopf
 
@john-c-knopf • 3 months ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Vimeo video:
Roscoe Russell-Style Galax
John C. Knopf
 
@john-c-knopf • 3 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Roscoe Russell-style Galax dulcimer":
" Joseph, the strings ARE equidistant and tuned to D.   I made a short video, but its too large to put on here, so if you email me I can try to send it to you."
John C. Knopf
 
@john-c-knopf • 3 months ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Authentic Cherry TMB still available":
"Friends, this wonderful cherry music box is still available at great savings.  The design was taken from several old, old music boxes that were researched by..."
John C. Knopf
 
@john-c-knopf • 3 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Saw This Old Dulcimer ...":
"It's cool, and it looks pretty old, but using the guitar-style frets is a relatively modern twist.  Looks like a few frets are missing from their slots...."
John C. Knopf
 
@john-c-knopf • 3 months ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Feathers for playing:
"So, Ken... you gonna destroy that purty-lookin' arrangement to satisfy your need for quills?"
John C. Knopf
 
@john-c-knopf • 4 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Tennessee Music Box aka Dulcimer - work in progress - DONE. ":
"A wonderful instrument, Kusani!   You "hit it out of the park" on your first try! Now... have you got the turkey feather to strum it with???"
John C. Knopf
 
@john-c-knopf • 4 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Tennessee Music Box aka Dulcimer - work in progress - DONE. ":
"At first I didn't put any notches in, but found that the strings liked to move around too much, so I put just a slight divot or notch in the top of the bent..."
John C. Knopf
 
@john-c-knopf • 4 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Tennessee Music Box aka Dulcimer - work in progress - DONE. ":
" I think the builders back then just used what was available to them.  I use a medium-size nail to form the ridge at the nut end and a larger nail to form..."
John C. Knopf
 
@john-c-knopf • 4 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Tennessee Music Box aka Dulcimer - work in progress - DONE. ":
"Wonderful!  Don't forget to bevel the ends of the fretboard before you put the tinwork on.  And small nails are fine for assembly, as you have learned from..."

Latest Group Discussions

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John C. Knopf

On the Workbench


My latest creation is nearly finished.  Bird's eye maple throughout.
@John C. Knopf 2 months ago - Comments: 8
John C. Knopf

On the Workbench


My latest creation is nearly finished.  Bird's eye maple throughout.
@John C. Knopf 2 months ago - Comments: 0
John C. Knopf

All-Walnut Thomas Hourglass


Here is my latest dulcimer, finished just minutes ago.  Its name is...
@John C. Knopf 10 months ago - Comments: 10
John C. Knopf

New Chromatic Walnut Hourglass


Here's the latest from my shop.  My first chromatic (and last?).
@John C. Knopf 2 years ago - Comments: 4
John C. Knopf

First Singleton build


Here are some peeks at my "Uncle Will" Singleton replica now underway....
@John C. Knopf 2 years ago - Comments: 6
John C. Knopf

A problem with my special project


Hi all. I made a special cane for somebody, and I'm having trouble with...
@John C. Knopf 2 years ago - Comments: 15
John C. Knopf

Making a Davis kit dulcimer playable


Well, it seems a lady nearby has a Davis dulcimer she built from a kit...
@John C. Knopf 3 years ago - Comments: 14
John C. Knopf

What Does Your Spouse Think?


I've been wondering for some time what our luthier's lives are like at...
@John C. Knopf 3 years ago - Comments: 13
John C. Knopf

Here's a Delight!


I finished this Thomas hourglass dulcimer replica just this afternoon,...
@John C. Knopf 3 years ago - Comments: 11
John C. Knopf

"Middletown dulcimer" sneak preview!


This is what I'm working on now in my shop. If you look at Anne Grimes'...
@John C. Knopf 3 years ago - Comments: 16
John C. Knopf

I need some advice re: shellac drips


I'm hand-brushing shellac (premixed, from a can) onto my new walnut...
@John C. Knopf 3 years ago - Comments: 15
John C. Knopf

Electric Hybrid TMB


I just finished a hybrid Tennessee music box for one of our members...
@John C. Knopf 3 years ago - Comments: 16
John C. Knopf

"Heritage" is finished!


I just finished building my all-wormy-chestnut dulcimer, and have named...
@John C. Knopf 3 years ago - Comments: 10
John C. Knopf

My "Uncle Eddie" Tribute Dulcimer Is Finished!


Well, after a very long planning and building process, my super-sized...
@John C. Knopf 4 years ago - Comments: 35
John C. Knopf

Any wormy chestnut out there?


Somebody posted on here awhile back about possibly getting some wormy...
@John C. Knopf 4 years ago - Comments: 20
John C. Knopf

Cherry and Curly Maple Galax


Thought you folks would like to see the Galax dulcimer I just finished...
@John C. Knopf 4 years ago - Comments: 15
John C. Knopf

Stringing A TMB Correctly


I just finished this new Tennessee music box for one of themembers...
@John C. Knopf 4 years ago - Comments: 4
John C. Knopf

My "Noah's ark" dulcimer


Here are some photos of the "Noah's Ark" dulcimer I just finished. It's...
@John C. Knopf 5 years ago - Comments: 18

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Roscoe Russell-Style Galax

Roscoe Russell-Style Galax


@John C. Knopf
3 months ago - Comments: 5
John & "Uncle Eddie" 11/20/13

John & "Uncle Eddie" 11/20/13


@John C. Knopf
2 years ago - Comments: 8

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Latest Forum Discussions

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Authentic Cherry TMB still available

Posted: Wednesday December 21 2016, 4:56 PM
By: @John C. Knopf

Roscoe Russell-style Galax dulcimer

Posted: Tuesday December 20 2016, 9:28 PM
By: @John C. Knopf

Another cherry and maple solid-body electric

Posted: Monday November 7 2016, 6:15 PM
By: @hugssandi

Jeopardy! Contestant Likes The Dulcimer

Posted: Saturday September 17 2016, 1:25 PM
By: @hugssandi

Siegrist Dulcimer on ShopGoodwill

Posted: Saturday June 20 2015, 9:34 PM
By: @John C. Knopf

Your story about rescuing damaged dulcimers

Posted: Friday September 26 2014, 3:28 PM
By: @John Henry

Something Big Going On In Michigan...

Posted: Friday November 15 2013, 11:28 PM
By: @John C. Knopf

Comments

hugssandi
08/07/16 10:44:53PM @hugssandi:

Love your profile pic dulcimer~it's amazing!


Strumelia
11/22/15 11:26:08AM @strumelia:

John, please let me know whether you got my email reply.  Thanks!


Timothy P Teefey
06/05/15 07:48:18AM @timothy-p-teefey:

Justlooking at your photos,that's quitea collection of dulcimers you'vegot there!


Timothy P Teefey
06/05/15 07:44:38AM @timothy-p-teefey:

Thankyou for the kind words. Guess I'm kind of an old world kind of guy. :-)


Cynthia Wigington
01/30/15 05:00:24PM @cynthia-wigington:
and I thought I accepted it! Thanks.
Robin L. Sacks
08/26/14 05:04:03PM @robin-l-sacks:

Hey John, Robin here, I need your assistance if you would please sir...

I'm in the process of making a bass ducimer out of a gourd, I got the fret calculations from Stew-Mac, but for a three stringed instrument, what size strings shold I use? your recomendations willl be muchly appericeated.. I did write the ones suggested by he folks there at Stew-Mac, but now I caint find it

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Patty from Virginia
12/26/13 08:01:10PM @patty-from-virginia:

John, Yes, Mike kept it up on the site and I did see it. That was fantastic!!! Lisa had him to take it down. I asked Mike if there's any way he could put it up on Youtube and apparently he didn't have the capability to do that. I did see it and I think Uncle Eddie sounds great. I'm hoping to make a trip to Kentucky to see it. I've got to save my penniesGrin.gifThanks John!!!Smile.gif


ed st.jean
09/09/13 02:08:31PM @ed-stjean:

John, I see my Tenn. Music box pictured, now you need to show the world your newest Galax creation. She arrived this afternoon ,Packaging held up in perfect condition as if mailed from next door. WHAT A BEAUTY !!! the grain pattern doesn't show well on the picture it is Marvelous. the sound is more mature than I expected not the high tinny sound of new wood .I'm getting older and don't have time for the sound to mature so this is a pleasant surprise.The Sustain is good and 4 egual distant .090 strings give it that great ole timey traditional sound.I'm glad we used the Galax bottom it has just the right volume to not get lost in a 4 piece group.Overall I'm very pleased and excited with my new girlfriend. God bless you and know you will always be my first choice to go to for my concept custom dulcimer .ED St.Jean


ed st.jean
09/05/12 11:05:21PM @ed-stjean:

Peace is wonderful such a uniqe sound .I have an early Homer Ledford It has nowhere near the sweet soundthe Thomas Replica you made for me. thanks so very much for making these wonderful instruments and naming them.my new Peace is a gift fromGod made by a true man of God. Bless you Ed St.JeanGrin.gifGrin.gifGrin.gif


ed st.jean
08/27/12 05:27:41PM @ed-stjean:

IT'S HERE !!!!!Grin.gifGrin.gifALL I Can say is thank you .I haven't been home to see and play "PEACE" but I'm on my way ED