John C. Knopf

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Location: Westland, MI
Country: US

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John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • one week ago • comments: 11
Posted a new Comment on Hindman Dulcimer Homecoming:
"What a time that was!  Great fun in a wonderful setting.  Sorry to say, at least one of these gentlemen has passed away since then -- Mike Slone, to whom all..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 weeks ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on 1 3/8 fretboard string spacing:
"Matt, I start spacing the strings by going in 1/8" or so from each side, going another 1/8" in on the melody side for the doubled melody string, then..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 weeks ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Simple Gifts:
"Sounds pretty sweet, there, Dan!"
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 3 weeks ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on Bush Fiddler.:
"Here's one of it under construction.  Sorry I don't have a photo of it after it was finished:"
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 3 weeks ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on Bush Fiddler.:
"Thank you for this, Jamie!  I'd almost forgotten about that giant Galax dulcimore that I built for you.  You did a great job on this song, and the..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Naomi Judd Passes Away":
"So sorry to see this.  Naomi gave us some memorable music along with her daughter."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Introduce Yourself!":
"Teddy, we're fortunate to be communicating with you at all!  What a horrible experience you've been through!  So glad that you haven't succumbed to those..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 4 weeks ago • comments: 2
Created a new Group discussion "A "Little Guy" dulcimer":
"Here's a prototype of my "Little Guy" dulcimer, with a 22" VSL and DAA tuning.  It's made of black walnut with a buckeye top.  It's shown next to a..."
Dulcimer Making
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Introduce Yourself!":
"Have fun, Alphie!  I finished a McSpadden kit last Saturday!  It's so much fun building, especially when all the hard work has been done by somebody else...."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 82
Posted a new Comment on Beginner players:
"McSpaddens were (and are still) the gold standard of production mountain dulcimers, in my opinion. I've built several of their kits, always with great..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Mama I done bought me a dulcimer:
"Very nice!  Keep it up."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "What's the scoop on "scoops"?":
"There are two traditions involved here: that of including a strum hollow, and that of NOT including a strum hollow. Old Kentucky dulcimers have them (such as..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "What's the scoop on "scoops"?":
""Scoops" (scallops) are not necessary to get good sound or volume from a dulcimer.  Some people just like them and think they improve the sound of the..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Introduce Yourself!":
"Welcome to our little group, eh? from a dulcimer/dulcimore builder north of the Ontario border (suburban Detroit).   We hope you'll have fun and learn some..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 16
Posted a new Comment on Fixing old dulcimer:
"Sounds like the body is too flexible!  Interesting problems you're having."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 16
Posted a new Comment on Fixing old dulcimer:
"You can use a heat gun to soften the glue joints.  Warm them up a little at a time, and carefully pry them open with a knife a couple inches at a time.  Heat..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 16
Posted a new Comment on Fixing old dulcimer:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Suzette!  That's an attractive dulcimer you have.   I have not heard of this particular problem before, nor can I guess what caused the..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "New biography of David Schnaufer":
"Alegre1: John C. Knopf: I received my copy of the PLUCK book in the mail today.  I'm just starting to read it.  Looks to be a wonderful book. Thank you..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 3 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Introduce Yourself!":
"Welcome, Walt and Megan!  We look forward to answering your questions and helping you out where we can."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 3 months ago • comments: 25
Posted a new Comment on Considering updating the tuning pegs:
"I entirely concur with the foregoing comments!  Grover pegs would not do justice to such a fine instrument.  I've installed Knilling "Perfection" mechanical..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 3 months ago • comments: 36

Latest Group Discussions

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John C. Knopf

A "Little Guy" dulcimer


Here's a prototype of my "Little Guy" dulcimer, with a 22" VSL and DAA...
@John C. Knopf 4 weeks ago - Comments: 2
John C. Knopf

Dulcimaster Number 5 Is Here


Here is my fifth (and last?) Dulcimaster electric dulcimer, which will...
@John C. Knopf 3 years ago - Comments: 11
John C. Knopf

Something Big Going On In Michigan...


There's something big going on in my workshop. It's been going on for...
@John C. Knopf 9 years ago - Comments: 38
John C. Knopf

Melton Galax just finished!


Here's the latest cherry, spruce and maple Melton Galax dulcimer from my...
@John C. Knopf 4 years ago - Comments: 10
John C. Knopf

Just finished-- another Thomas!


Just now completed another J. E. Thomas dulcimer in poplar for a...
@John C. Knopf 4 years ago - Comments: 11
John C. Knopf

Another cherry and maple solid-body electric


My newest Dulcimaster is solid cherry and hard maple, with...
@John C. Knopf 6 years ago - Comments: 3
John C. Knopf

"Glory" in all her glory


Now heading for Durango is "Glory", a Melton-style Galax dulcimer made...
@John C. Knopf 4 years ago - Comments: 10
John C. Knopf

Siegrist Dulcimer on ShopGoodwill


There's a Siegrist mechanical dulcimer being auctioned now!...
@John C. Knopf 7 years ago - Comments: 0
John C. Knopf

On the Workbench


My latest creation is nearly finished.  Bird's eye maple throughout.
@John C. Knopf 5 years ago - Comments: 8
John C. Knopf

On the Workbench


My latest creation is nearly finished.  Bird's eye maple throughout.
@John C. Knopf 5 years 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 6 years 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 7 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 7 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 7 years ago - Comments: 10
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 8 years ago - Comments: 12
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 8 years ago - Comments: 12
John C. Knopf

Here's a Delight!


I finished this Thomas hourglass dulcimer replica just this afternoon,...
@John C. Knopf 8 years ago - Comments: 10
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 8 years ago - Comments: 13

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John & "Uncle Eddie" 11/20/13

John & "Uncle Eddie" 11/20/13


@John C. Knopf
7 years ago - Comments: 7

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Latest Forum Discussions

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New poplar Tennessee music box

Posted: Monday December 27 2021, 11:20 AM
By: @John C. Knopf

New cherry Jethro Amburgey replica for sale

Posted: Wednesday December 15 2021, 7:20 PM
By: @John C. Knopf

All-Maple Melton-Style Galax Dulcimore

Posted: Sunday July 11 2021, 2:28 PM
By: @John C. Knopf

Awarding the "giveaway dulcimore" in Berea!

Posted: Sunday June 13 2021, 9:12 PM
By: @Robin Thompson

This Tennessee Music Box is headed for...

Posted: Friday April 30 2021, 1:11 PM
By: @Strumelia

Texas-bound J. E. Thomas replica dulcimore

Posted: Saturday February 20 2021, 7:36 AM
By: @Strumelia

John Tignor dulcimer rework

Posted: Thursday December 10 2020, 10:22 PM
By: @Ken Longfield

All-walnut Thomas-style dulcimore

Posted: Thursday December 10 2020, 2:08 PM
By: @Nathina

A Samuel F. Russell dulcimore replica

Posted: Sunday July 26 2020, 10:15 AM
By: @Susie

"Generations": Will Singleton replica...

Posted: Friday March 27 2020, 10:31 AM
By: @dulcinina

Sneak peek at a walnut Thomas with Possum...

Posted: Sunday November 3 2019, 7:19 AM
By: @Susie

Do not adjust your set!

Posted: Sunday September 22 2019, 3:26 AM
By: @Steven Berger

Walnut Thomas with possum board

Posted: Tuesday September 10 2019, 1:18 PM
By: @Strumelia

"Angel" Will Singleton Replica

Posted: Wednesday May 22 2019, 10:21 PM
By: @IRENE

Tiny mahogany dulcimer thingy just made

Posted: Sunday March 24 2019, 3:39 PM
By: @Ken Longfield

Richard and Denise Wilson Dulcimer on...

Posted: Wednesday October 10 2018, 9:24 PM
By: @John C. Knopf

Dennis Dorogi

Posted: Friday May 19 2017, 6:33 AM
By: @Robin Thompson

Jeopardy! Contestant Likes The Dulcimer

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

Your story about rescuing damaged dulcimers

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

Comments

Robin Thompson
05/11/19 01:00:29PM @robin-thompson:

I'll keep my eye out for photos of the Singleton with a cherry heart! 


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.
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.gif Thanks John!!!Smile.gif