Ken Longfield

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Location: Reedsville, PA
Country: US

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I am retired and live in the Appalachian Mountains of Pennsylvania. I built my first mountain dulcimer in 1974.  I continue to build mountain dulcimers, hammered dulcimers and do repair work on them as well as guitars and banjos. I enjoy old time music, bluegrass, and folk music from before and after the folk scare of the 1950s and 1960s.

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Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 17 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Jethro Amburgey #110 ":
"What a great story and wonderful ending. Enjoy your granduncle's handiwork. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 18 hours ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Balm in Gilead Spiritual:
"Lovely John. You did well with this beautiful hymn. Thanks for sharing it with us. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "W. Martin Dulcimer History":
"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..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "W. Martin Dulcimer History":
"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..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Introduce Yourself!":
"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..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 days ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @scantling-player:
"Welcome to FOTMD Scantling Player. It's good to have you aboard. You will find lots of information about the dulcimer here. Have fun exploring this site. If..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 4 days ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on @shootrj2003:
"Welcome to FOTMD Shootjr2003. It is good to have you aboard. We have many people here who make dulcimers, some using cigar boxes as the body. Look around..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 6 days ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on Persimmon:
"That really looks good. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • one week ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @colindaguthrie:
"Welcome to FOTMD Colindaguthrie. It is good to have you aboard. You will find lots of information to help you along on your dulcimer journey. If you have..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • one week ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @dmaloney13:
"Welcome to FOTMD Dmaloney13. It is good to have you aboard. I hope you enjoy exploring this site. If you have any questions, just ask. Ken "The dulcimer..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • one week ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on @kate-of-the-hazlewood:
"Welcome to FOTMD Kate. It is good to have you aboard. If you can't find answers to your questions as you explore this site, go ahead and ask. We are happy..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • one week ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Die Gedanken Sind Frei (My Thoughts are Free):
"Thanks Mark; not only for the fine playing, but also for the history of the song. It is one of my favorites. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • one week ago • comments: 4
Liked a youtube item created by @mark-gilston: Die Gedanken Sind Frei (My Thoughts are Free)
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • one week ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @tobaiko:
"Welcome to FOTMD Tobaiko. It is good to have you here. I look forward to your participation in these discussions. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • one week ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @bradmcguire88:
"Welcome to FOTMD Brad. It's good to have you aboard. I hope you are able to find those Bill Taylor dulcimers. You will enjoy them. Ken "The dulcimer sings a..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • one week ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on Persimmon:
"Nice looking back. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @wayne-g:
"Welcome to FOTMD Wayne. It is good to have you aboard. If you have specific questions about mountain dulcimer history, just ask. By doing a search here you..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on @lloydcole:
"Welcome to FOTMD Lloyd. It is good to have another Pennsylvanian on board. Let us know if you have any questions as you begin your dulcimer journey. My..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @lmcwilli:
"Welcome to FOTMD Lmccwilli. It's good to have you aboard. I look forward to your participation in this site. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on We Walk By Faith:
"There are many sites that offer free downloads of the sheet music in various forms. All of them were in the key of A. A few were simple melody lines. If you..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @ksinden243:
"Welcome to FOTMD Ksinden. It is good to have you aboard. After purchasing that dulcimer I hope you will stick around and join in these discussions. Look..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 1
Liked a youtube item created by @randy-adams: Great High Mountain
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago
@ken-longfield is now following @dwain-wilder
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Suzie Glaze on the Ritchie's "Brightest and Best" :
"I had the opportunity to see Suzie Glaze play Jean Ritchie in a play entitled "Sining the Moon Up." As far as I know the only time it was performed was a..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 18
Posted a new Comment on What are the best dulcimer kits?:
"If you visit the MusicMaker's site and are on the full dulcimer kit page there are four words under the explode view of the kit: Description, Key Specs,..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "W. Martin Dulcimer History":
"You're welcome. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 18
Posted a new Comment on What are the best dulcimer kits?:
"Again, MusicMakers continues to offer a mountain dulcimer kit. Also, StewMac, a well know supplier of tools and parts for guitar, banjo, mandolin, and..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @dand:
"Welcome to FOTMD DanD. It is good to have you aboard. I am glad that you are getting back in to playing. Let us know if you have any questions as you..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 4
Liked a youtube item created by @randy-adams: Black Eyed Susie
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 5
Liked a music item created by @studentofrhythm: Bear Tune
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @appleslider:
"Welcome to FOTMD Appleslider. It is good to have you aboard. I look forward to your participation in this site. If you have any questions regarding the..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 18
Posted a new Comment on What are the best dulcimer kits?:
"Here is a kit from Musicmakers in Minnesota. Hourglass Mountain..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 18
Posted a new Comment on What are the best dulcimer kits?:
"I built both McSpadden and Folkcraft kits. Both make very nice dulcimers. I think the McSpadden is a little easier to put together, but I understand that..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @doctorm:
"Welcome to FOTMD Doctorm. It is good to have you aboard.  This is a good place to connect with dulcimer people. You will find many resources here. Let us..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Construction plans?:
"The hourglass dulcimer plan sold by Folkcraft is very good and useful. The plan is full size and suggests modifications to make a teardrop dulcimer as well...."

Latest Group Discussions

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Ken Longfield

T - 6


This is my sixth teardrop dulcimer. The shape comes from plans by Scott...
@Ken Longfield 2 years ago - Comments: 12
Ken Longfield

Latest project - Prichard


I started to build a C.N. Prichard reproduction, but made a mistake...
@Ken Longfield 3 years ago - Comments: 9
Ken Longfield

Making wood tuning pegs


For those of us who make wood tuning pegs, what finish do you put on...
@Ken Longfield 3 years ago - Comments: 3
Ken Longfield

Current build


Here are some photos as I near the completion of this project. The...
@Ken Longfield 3 years ago - Comments: 15
Ken Longfield

Tuning peg knobs


I have a customer who is having the tuning pegs replaced on two of his...
@Ken Longfield 4 years ago - Comments: 23
Ken Longfield

Wood Choice - Food For Thought


I came across this experiment for classical guitars and found it...
@Ken Longfield 7 years ago - Comments: 13
Ken Longfield

The Ugly Dulcimer - A Story


Somewhere and at sometime someone decided to build a mountain dulcimer...
@Ken Longfield 5 years ago - Comments: 8
Ken Longfield

Repairing a Diamond Dulcimer


While this is not a build, we do not have a specific area to show...
@Ken Longfield 9 years ago - Comments: 17
Ken Longfield

PA German Zitter


Here are some photos of PA German zitter reproduction I'm making. There...
@Ken Longfield 6 years ago - Comments: 17
Ken Longfield

Not a Mountain Dulcimer


A few folks here at FOTMD know that I was working on a hammered...
@Ken Longfield 10 years ago - Comments: 9
Ken Longfield

A New "Old" Project


Back maybe 20 to 25 years ago, my sister was wandering through a yard...
@Ken Longfield 6 years ago - Comments: 2
Ken Longfield

Stanley Hicks article


Although not dulcimer specific, Stanley Hicks played a significant...
@Ken Longfield 7 years ago - Comments: 8
Ken Longfield

The Story of the Dulcimer, Second Edition


This is just a notice that it is available for pre-ordering on Amazon.
@Ken Longfield 8 years ago - Comments: 14
Ken Longfield

PA German Zitter


As I understand it, Jean Ritchie saw a PA German Zitter in the...
@Ken Longfield 8 years ago - Comments: 0
Ken Longfield

Old-time West Virginia bands


County Sales currently has these two CDs on sale for $7.00 each if...
@Ken Longfield 8 years ago - Comments: 1
Ken Longfield

Wartz Tab Book Corrections


In the Wartz tab book for the DAA "Leaning On The Everlasting Arms,"...
@Ken Longfield 9 years ago - Comments: 2
Ken Longfield

My First Prichard


It is not quite finished, but I thought I would share a photo of my...
@Ken Longfield 9 years ago - Comments: 14
Ken Longfield

J. E. Thomas Dulcimer #1465 played by Joe Collins


Here is a link to a video of Joe Collins playing my James E. "Uncle...
@Ken Longfield 9 years ago - Comments: 6
Ken Longfield

String tension calculations


Over at the Banjo Hangout I saw a posting for a string tension...
@Ken Longfield 9 years ago - Comments: 5

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Landis Valley Zitter

Landis Valley Zitter


@Ken Longfield
5 years ago - Comments: 17

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Latest Forum Discussions

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Mike Clemmer

Posted: Friday December 17 2021, 9:41 AM
By: @Skip

Don Pedi honored

Posted: Thursday September 16 2021, 6:11 AM
By: @Susie

Joni Mitchell and Mountain Dulcimers

Posted: Thursday August 26 2021, 8:38 PM
By: @Dusty Turtle

Zoom group invitation

Posted: Sunday May 23 2021, 6:24 PM
By: @Ken Longfield

An Interesting News Story from West Virginia

Posted: Thursday April 15 2021, 8:15 PM
By: @Ken Longfield

Bonnie Carol

Posted: Saturday April 3 2021, 6:54 PM
By: @Ken Longfield

Newspaper Article

Posted: Saturday March 13 2021, 10:38 AM
By: @Robin Thompson

Jon Pickow's last performance

Posted: Saturday January 23 2021, 10:07 PM
By: @Ken Hulme

Sad News -- RIP Ralph Lee Smith

Posted: Thursday December 31 2020, 3:05 PM
By: @Robin Thompson

Dr. George Orthey, Mountain dulcimer and...

Posted: Thursday November 26 2020, 12:07 PM
By: @Robin Thompson

Anyone bidding"

Posted: Thursday September 17 2020, 5:49 AM
By: @Susie

The New ED

Posted: Sunday April 19 2020, 10:50 AM
By: @Ken Longfield

Guitar project

Posted: Tuesday January 28 2020, 9:13 PM
By: @Susie

Just For Fun - sayings regarding the...

Posted: Monday April 8 2019, 5:54 PM
By: @Strumelia

Sad News

Posted: Tuesday January 15 2019, 8:16 PM
By: @jeffrey charles foster

Capritaurus Dulcimer - Oh My!

Posted: Thursday November 22 2018, 7:56 AM
By: @Robin Thompson

Hindman Dulcimer Homecoming

Posted: Monday February 26 2018, 12:56 PM
By: @Jan Potts

Ukulele construction

Posted: Thursday September 14 2017, 9:42 AM
By: @Ken Longfield

Hindman, Kentucky

Posted: Saturday November 26 2016, 9:14 PM
By: @John C. Knopf

Wayfaring Strangers

Posted: Thursday February 4 2016, 1:05 PM
By: @Ron Larson2

Clifford Glenn

Posted: Sunday July 26 2015, 10:17 AM
By: @Ken Longfield

For Old Time Music Fans

Posted: Friday April 3 2015, 1:07 PM
By: @Ken Longfield

Folk Music Resources

Posted: Wednesday February 11 2015, 1:18 PM
By: @Ken Longfield

A photo for Patty from Virginia

Posted: Thursday January 15 2015, 8:28 PM
By: @Patty from Virginia

The Dulcimer in Eastern Kentucky Videos

Posted: Thursday December 11 2014, 5:41 AM
By: @Rob N Lackey

2014 National Mountain Dulcimer Champions

Posted: Sunday September 21 2014, 7:35 AM
By: @John Keane

Encyclopedia of Appalachia

Posted: Friday October 19 2012, 10:17 PM
By: @Ken Longfield

Comments

shootrj2003
01/28/23 07:41:52PM @shootrj2003:

Thank you for your welcome I do indeed appreciate it.I’m sure I can learn much here.


tobaiko
01/25/23 04:15:02PM @tobaiko:

Hello Ken,

Thank You for warm welcoming me.

Greetings from Germany

Torsten


ksinden243
01/17/23 03:23:21PM @ksinden243:

Hi Ken,

Thanks for the warm welcome. Looks like a great community here.

Kyle


ErthLing
01/09/23 05:07:06PM @erthling:

Thank you!  I have a question.   If I have a Chromatic Dulcimer can I play it the same as a diatonic by just ignoring the extra frets?


bruce
01/06/23 02:42:04PM @bruce:

Hi Ken,

Thanks. Looking forward to learning to play the dulcimer.

Bruce


Antony
01/05/23 09:21:14PM @antony:

Thanks Ken!

I arrived yesterday.


Sara
01/04/23 11:00:08AM @sara:

Thanks for the welcome! 


Antony
12/29/22 09:05:20AM @antony:

Thanks Ken.


Thomas Paquette
12/13/22 03:04:50PM @thomas-paquette:

Thank you for the note and advice, Ken!


Jeff Curtis
12/01/22 09:23:11AM @jeff-curtis:

Thank You Ken,

I'm having a great time learning to play the dulcimer, and improving my very limited understanding of music theory.

I've read this website for a while now, and it seems like a it is a group of friendly, knowledgeable and helpful users.

Regards,

Jeff Curtis


CMFox
11/10/22 12:58:31PM @cmfox:

Thank you for the welcome. I am very new to the dulcimer and am delighted to have found this website.


Travis Childers
11/04/22 08:50:28PM @travis-childers:

Thank you very much. It's a blessing to have found this place. I'll be around looking for all the advise and pointers I can get. I'm not musically inclined in the slightest. Shalom. 


Ken Longfield
10/09/22 12:25:03AM @ken-longfield:

Well, we enjoy answering questions, so ask way. If folks don't know the answer, we'll make up a response that sounds reasonable (just kidding). You'll find many knowledgeable people here. There are no silly or ridiculous questions.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."


Nutmegger
10/09/22 12:16:37AM @nutmegger:

Hi Ken, thanks for the welcome and likewise!  Already have a bunch of questions lined up and chompin' at the bit to learn.

-Kevin


kkimura
09/28/22 06:29:42PM @kkimura:

Thank you!


ceilidhdog
09/23/22 02:35:25PM @ceilidhdog:

Thanks for the welcome.  I'm looking forward to learning to play this thing and to meeting lots of folks.


AnitaCopywriter
09/10/22 08:46:30PM @anitacopywriter:

Hi Ken,
It is good to be back! For the last couple of years, I have performed other types of music with my hubby. We took early retirement and plan to travel and play music as we go. We may very well cross paths with you as we travel! 


Buzz
09/07/22 11:25:06AM @buzz:

Thank you


NorCalJon
09/06/22 03:27:42PM @norcaljon:

Thank so much for your welcome. I have very sweet memories of Ruth teaching me when I was so young! 


Kris Paul 1
08/29/22 02:55:04PM @kris-paul-1:

Where would you go and get one