John C. Knopf

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Location: Westland, MI
Country: US

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John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 20 hours ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Balm in Gilead Spiritual:
"So beautiful and true, John!  Thank you, brother."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Introduce Yourself!":
"Several of the members here (including me) specialize in reproducing old dulcimers.  They are very different than the ones you see and hear today.  Some make..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 4 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Introduce Yourself!":
"Hi! Welcome to this musical crowd, ShootRJ!  We've got a lot happening on this site, as you can see!"
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 6 days ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on Persimmon:
"Quite beautiful graining!  Great job of construction, Dale."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Stanley Hicks / David Love dulcimer":
"OK, sir, them's yer marchin' orders!  (Just kidding)."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Stanley Hicks / David Love dulcimer":
"I think it would be interesting if somebody (not me) made a chart linking known, historic dulcimer-building-family members.  There would be Glenns, Hicks,..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • one week ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Number 5 22 Proffitt Glenn Replication:
"What a stunner, Dan!  Lovely grain and craftsmanship."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 weeks ago • comments: 18
Posted a new Comment on What are the best dulcimer kits?:
"I've built one of these kits and it's nice, but smaller and simpler than the McSpaddens."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "to get chromatic or not":
"robert schuler: ErthLing, I built a chromatic dulcimer for a customer and was quite excited about the project because it gave me a chance to explore the..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 weeks ago • comments: 18
Posted a new Comment on What are the best dulcimer kits?:
"You can sometimes find a McSpadden Sweet Song kit on eBay or ShopGoodwill online.  If you're fortunate!"
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 3 weeks ago • comments: 18
Posted a new Comment on What are the best dulcimer kits?:
"If you can find a McSpadden  "Sweet Song" dulcimer kit somewhere, I'd recommend that you buy it and put it together.  The kit makes a very attractive and..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "to get chromatic or not":
"I've always used "mean-tone", though "mean-tempered" may be OK, too?  Reminds me of a crusty old feller's disposition..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "to get chromatic or not":
"Dwain, we'll welcome you to the fold of just-tempered and mean-tone dulcimer/dulcimore luthiers if and when you cross that bridge!"
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • one month ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Prichard Dulcimer:
"All of the Prichard dulcimores I've seen were painted.  And no two seemed to have the same pattern.  He liked the "faux-woodgraining" style pretty well."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • one month ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Dulcimer case:
"That is a beautiful case!  Very well done, and thought-out."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • one month ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Acrylic Pour Particle Board Bundt Pan Dulcimer:
"Interesting!  But why so many frets?  And is this one where you partially fill the Bundt pan with water to play?"
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Help! New (old) Dulcimer w/ loose tuner knob":
"Hello, Marlie! It seems you have a very common type of inexpensive tuner on your dulcimer.  These are called friction or "Grover" pegs, and are used quite a..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • one month ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Pomp and Circumstance and Dulcimer:
"Very nice, Sam!  This posting seems anachronistic, however.  Maybe you're trying to hurry-up Spring in this frigid weather?  Thank you for a fine..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • one month ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on O Little Town of Bethlehem:
"Thank you for the lovely tune and wishes!  God bless us, every one!"
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Positive Thread...":
"I'm thankful for a warm, well-lighted home to live in, family and friends, a meaningful job, the dulcimer that has brought joy and peace to thousands of..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • one month ago • comments: 11
Posted a new Comment on In the bleak midwinter:
"Danke, Martin!  Wunderbar!"
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to ""Perfect" Edd Presnell dulcimer?":
"This sounds like quite an opportunity, Curtis!  I've never heard of such a thing before, unless you count the dulcimers that John Jacob Niles commissioned..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Looking to Upgrade/Add to my Dulcimer Collection":
"Thanks, Michael!  I derived my music box design from that very article.  That's the type of article I just eat-up and refer to over and over-- the history,..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Looking to Upgrade/Add to my Dulcimer Collection":
"I make old-fashioned TMB replicas, Michael.  You can see some of them on my Facebook page under "John Knopf".  They're patterned after ones made in middle..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Misplaced fret":
"Ah, now I see what you mean!  Yes, that looks "wonky", just looking at the close-up photo!  It would be tricky to repair, especially if you want it to look..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Misplaced fret":
"I'm sorry, but I don't see a problem here.  Does it intonate correctly when you play at those places?  The fret pattern looks normal to me, just from looking..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Misplaced fret":
"Can we see a photo, please?  The spacing of a 6-1/2 fret should be approximately halfway between fret #6 and fret #7, but slightly closer to fret #7.  There..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Spruce and Mahogany Galax Dulcimore:
"Thank you all!  It's up for grabs-- nobody but me ordered it."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 5
Created a new Group discussion "Spruce and Mahogany Galax Dulcimore":
"I just completed this Melton-style Galax dulcimore/dulcimer.  The center piece is poplar, with a Sitka spruce top, red mahogany backs and sides, cherry..."
Dulcimer Making
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Positive Thread...":
"I don't remember this "Jeopardy!" episode, but I do recall the "Antiques Road Show" episode with the old Virginia dulcimore on it. The appraiser valued it..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 16
Posted a new Comment on 1764 Moravian Zitters or Not?:
"Yes, Razyn, by all means join us for old historical dulcimore/zitter discussions and discoveries!"
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Peg replacement:
"If you're referring to Pegheds or Perfection pegs, they certainly are.  I use them all the time."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 3 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Feedback welcome ":
"Lisa, the notches on the Blue Lion's nut look like they can accommodate either equidistant or doubled-melody setups.  If it has 5 or 6 notches, then you..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 3 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Can you identify this dulcimer":
"I thought the same thing, Dusty!  Like the soundbox is inverted somehow."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 3 months ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Bill Davis kits:
"Bill, if you want to delve into the fret positions in depth, you could go to an online fret scale calculator, punch in the VSL of your dulcimer (vibrating..."

Latest Group Discussions

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John C. Knopf

Spruce and Mahogany Galax Dulcimore


I just completed this Melton-style Galax dulcimore/dulcimer.  The...
@John C. Knopf 2 months ago - Comments: 5
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 9 months 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 4 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 10 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 5 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 5 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 7 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 5 years ago - Comments: 10
John C. Knopf

Siegrist Dulcimer on ShopGoodwill


There's a Siegrist mechanical dulcimer being auctioned now!...
@John C. Knopf 8 years ago - Comments: 0
John C. Knopf

On the Workbench


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

On the Workbench


My latest creation is nearly finished.  Bird's eye maple throughout.
@John C. Knopf 6 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 7 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 9 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 9 years ago - Comments: 12
John C. Knopf

Here's a Delight!


I finished this Thomas hourglass dulcimer replica just this afternoon,...
@John C. Knopf 9 years ago - Comments: 10

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John & "Uncle Eddie" 11/20/13

John & "Uncle Eddie" 11/20/13


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

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Latest Forum Discussions

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A Samuel F. Russell dulcimore replica

Posted: Tuesday June 14 2022, 9:03 AM
By: @Steven Berger

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

"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