Ken Longfield

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Location: Reedsville, PA
Country: US

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events: 3
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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 • 2 days ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Trust and Obey:
"Excellent Richard. Thank you for sharing this. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 4 days ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on @alan:
"Welcome to FOTMD Alan. It is good to have you aboard. I'm glad that you enjoy reading the Forums. I hope that you will make a comment from time-to-time. Let..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "North country dulcimers floating bridge replacement":
"Thanks for the offer Jan. Like I said, I'm just curious and not that curious to really put you to all that work of tracing the bridge. I knew Robert..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • one week ago • comments: 2
Liked a youtube item created by @mark-gilston: When the Work's All Done This Fall
Ken Longfield
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "North country dulcimers floating bridge replacement":
"Thank you Jan. Now I want to know more. How wide is it at the base and the top? What is the diamond of the four holes drilled in it? What is the distance..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "North country dulcimers floating bridge replacement":
"Thanks, Jan. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on @roger-perry:
"Welcome to FOTMD Roger. This is a great place to make connections with other dulcimer players. It is good to have you aboard. I look forward to your..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on The Traditional Dulcimore Gathering 2022:
"I didn't know you did this Wally. That's a great way to introduce folks to the mountain dulcimer. Thanks for letting us know about your gift and how it will..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on @anitacopywriter:
"Welcome back to FOTMD Anita. It is good to have you here again. I look forward to your participation in these discussions. Enjoy your travels and maybe we..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on @catherinek:
"Welcome to FOTMD Catherine. It is good to have you aboard. I look forward to your participation here. Let us know if you have any questions. Ken "The..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on @coopdad:
"Welcome to FOTMD Cropdad. It is good to have you aboard. I look forward to your participation here. Let us know if you have any questions. Ken "The dulcimer..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 4
Liked an events item created by @leo-kretzner: MOUNTAIN DULCIMER DAY at SCDH Fall Dulcimer Fest!
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 4
Liked a youtube item created by @rob-n-lackey: Picking on the porch 08-27-2022
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "North country dulcimers floating bridge replacement":
"That's a good find Skip. If you go to Paula, you can see some really good photos of the bridge. That is another person you can contact if you need someone to..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "North country dulcimers floating bridge replacement":
"No problem, Buzz. Looks like you conquered it. Yep, that's a North Country Dulcimer alright. The place where the strings contact the bridge will be placed at..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @kimplumb:
"Welcome to FOTMD Kim. It is good to have you aboard. I look forward to your participation in these discussions. Let us know if have any questions. Ken "The..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "North country dulcimers floating bridge replacement":
"Robert Hutchinson was the maker of North Country dulcimers in Bairdsford, PA. Besides making dulcimers, he was known also as "The Kazoo Guy."A He is no..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @norcaljon:
"Welcome to FOTMD NorCaljon. It is good to have you aboard and back in the dulcimer family. You had a great teacher in Ruth. And she steered you in the right..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @fharlm:
"Welcome to FOTMD Fharim. It is good to have you aboard. I look forward to your participation here. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on @buzz:
"Welcome to FOTMD Buzz. It is good to have you aboard. I look forward to your participation here. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 13
Posted a new Comment on Thoughts on tonewoods?:
"That is an interesting way to form the sides. I've never seen this technique before. Thanks for showing it. Ken "The dulcimer sings a new song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Restoring a Dulcimer:
"Another thing which John did not mention is that by "restoring" this dulcimer you might be destroying a significant early dulcimer. Do you know the maker? I..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on @c-hudson:
"Welcome to FOTMD C Hudson. It is good to have you aboard. I hope you find some folks to play with in Wisconsin. In the meantime, I look forward to your..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @gpgrant:
"Welcome to FOTMD Gpgrant. It is good to have you aboard. I'm glad your are rekindling your interest in the mountain dulcimer. If we can be of help in any..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 4 weeks ago • comments: 13
Posted a new Comment on Thoughts on tonewoods?:
"Mahogany will make an excellent dulcimer. It might not be as visually exciting as some other woods, but it should produce a beautiful tone. There are many..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 4 weeks ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Mynwent Eglwys :
"Very nice. Thanks for sharing. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 4 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @ty:
"Welcome to FOTMD Ty. It is good to have you aboard. I look forward to your participation in these discussions. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 4 weeks ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on @kris-paul-1:
"It is difficult to find mountain dulcimers in music stores and those you do find are often of questionable quality. You might look at the this website:..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 4 weeks ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on @kris-paul-1:
"Welcome to FOTMD Kris Paul !. It is good to have you aboard. This is a great place to begin you dulcimer journey. Don't hesitate to ask any questions you..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "End of Finger Stabs":
"Interesting solution, although I usually stab myself on the other end when using homemade loop end strings. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 4 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Play Music on the Porch 2022:
"Thank you, Robin."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 4 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Play Music on the Porch 2022:
"Thank you, Lisa."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 4 weeks ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Seneca Square Dance:
"Well done, Ron. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 4 weeks ago • comments: 6
Liked a youtube item created by @ron-zuckerman: Seneca Square Dance

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 last year - Comments: 12
Ken Longfield

Latest project - Prichard


I started to build a C.N. Prichard reproduction, but made a mistake...
@Ken Longfield 2 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 2 years ago - Comments: 3
Ken Longfield

Current build


Here are some photos as I near the completion of this project. The...
@Ken Longfield 2 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 3 years ago - Comments: 23
Ken Longfield

Wood Choice - Food For Thought


I came across this experiment for classical guitars and found it...
@Ken Longfield 6 years ago - Comments: 13
Ken Longfield

The Ugly Dulcimer - A Story


Somewhere and at sometime someone decided to build a mountain dulcimer...
@Ken Longfield 4 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 8 years ago - Comments: 17
Ken Longfield

PA German Zitter


Here are some photos of PA German zitter reproduction I'm making. There...
@Ken Longfield 5 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 9 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 5 years ago - Comments: 2
Ken Longfield

Stanley Hicks article


Although not dulcimer specific, Stanley Hicks played a significant...
@Ken Longfield 6 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 7 years ago - Comments: 14
Ken Longfield

PA German Zitter


As I understand it, Jean Ritchie saw a PA German Zitter in the...
@Ken Longfield 7 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 7 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 8 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 8 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 8 years ago - Comments: 6
Ken Longfield

String tension calculations


Over at the Banjo Hangout I saw a posting for a string tension...
@Ken Longfield 8 years ago - Comments: 5

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Landis Valley Zitter


@Ken Longfield
4 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

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


DouglasCoates
08/19/22 03:42:34AM @soledad:

Thank you Ken. I'm halfway through a build at the moment (spruce top, sycamore back and sides, 27" scale). Very close to needing to commit on soundholes so will have a look round here - I magine it has been discussed. Also keen to discover new players and music styles on dulcimer.


Diane Hogue
08/14/22 06:48:52PM @diane-hogue:

Thank you, Ken.   I'm hoping members of this group can give me some advice.   I found a wonderful instructor near where I live and have been fortunate enough to be taking in-person lessons for about 7-8 months.   But, when I play, it sounds like I'm just typing.  There is no rhythm.  I can follow my instructors tablature.  But I'm only strumming out.  I don't know where, or when, to strum inwards.  And I can't tell where I should be applying a little more "oomph" for more feel or emphasis.   My instructor is trying to help, but I can't seem to progress.

I bought a book written by Maureen Sellers.   One of the reasons I like this particular book is that it shows both inward and outward strokes.  I'd love to find another book like that.  I'm so tired of sounding like I'm just typing!

Are you aware of any books or lessons that could help someone like me?

Thanks!


glacier
07/27/22 01:17:55PM @glacier:

Thanks for the warm welcome, Ken! I've been having a good time going down the rabbithole of youtube videos and forum discussions as I decide what to buy as my first mountain dulcimer! :)


Cynthia Wigington
07/18/22 07:33:17AM @cynthia-wigington:

Isn't that nice, and you even got our not-too-hot summer weather. Starting tomorrow it's going to be broiling again for who knows how long. Thanks for sharing that with me.


jade pond
07/12/22 11:40:37PM @jade-pond:

Thank you for the kind welcome.  I look forward to learning about this community and how I can contribute.


wolfspirit
05/27/22 06:45:55PM @wolfspirit:

Thank You.  I am happy to have found this group.


TheresaSC
05/10/22 08:24:18AM @theresasc:

Thanks for the welcome.  I am now waiting for a Ron Gibson cherry MD, I am really looking forward to exploring music with it.


greggep
04/01/22 03:23:21PM @greggep:

Thank you very much for the warm welcome!


Thomfuleri
03/31/22 10:19:03PM @thomfuleri:

Thank you, sir!


Jeff Reynolds
03/19/22 05:09:54PM @jeff-reynolds:

Thank you for the warm welcome Ken!


Cindy Funk
03/01/22 11:33:00PM @dulcimer-radio:

Thanks so much for the warm welcome, and the kind comments on Dulcimer Radio and Sweetwater.  Though it's pretty new, I think you many have just made my year! xox


Walt
02/28/22 10:03:38AM @walt:

Thank you Ken


Teddy Hart
02/22/22 10:00:16AM @teddy-hart:

Thank you so much for the welcome, Ken.  I very much appreciate it!


Waegn
02/19/22 12:14:41AM @waegn:

Thanks, Ken! Glad to be here.


WoodswomanWrites
02/13/22 11:58:59PM @woodswomanwrites:

Ken, thank you for your welcoming note. I appreciate it!