Ken Longfield

Location:

Location: Reedsville, PA
Country: US

My Latest Followers:

Micki RobMachin seaswmr AppalachiaSky Moon Dancer MelSabol Mary_Adelee Chaplain Peter SJMawhee87 Kris Paul 1 dronehound Homer Ross mac bhodaich Kenneth Woolley III dreadnought28 Dulcimerlady JDH54 AndiBear Susan Ann MandaPanda NancyH Dulcianne Quigley John Desaulniers Jr Wendell G dchenaul syoung Big Bubba chiselerinwood Wally Venable KnobbyNotes Blackhawk13 Emjay Noah Cline hstulips haydee025 Ballad Gal Exukaden Ariane sbarnett524 Debbie Kopp Simpkins Sue MacKenzie - ADK Friends sweetbriar jcurtis55 steve c. Tennessee Jed Billy T Lucky Dave Mary MacGowan

Stats

youtube videos: 1
images: 77
events: 4
Groups: 1
audio tracks: 1

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.

Latest Activity

  All
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Shifting bridge and nut":
"I'm glad to hear that everything worked out for you with your new dulcimer. I'm sure you will enjoy playing it and it will bring you joy for many, many..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 days ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on @brippey:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Brippey. Post some photos of the dulcimer in questions and some of us will offer opinions on its value. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 days ago • comments: 21
Posted a new Comment on Wood types:
"3.25 mm is just a little thicker than 1/8th inch. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 4 days ago • comments: 13
Posted a new Comment on Amazing Grace:
"Cindy, what a great loss you have received. You have my deepest sympathy. May the remembrance of your grandson, Tommy, be a blessing to you. Keeping you and..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 4 days ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on @stephenthegreat:
"StephentheGreat, welcome to FOTMD. I'm not sure we are worthy of your lofty presence, but it is good to have you aboard. I look forward to your participation..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 5 days ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on @lance-frodsham:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Lance. It's good to have you aboard. Your many years of experience with the mountain dulcimer will be a great benefit to our discussions..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 6 days ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on @elliot-miller:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Elliot. This is a good place to find friends and reunite. Maybe Grega will interest you in the mountain dulcimer. Ken "The dulcimer sings a..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Shifting bridge and nut":
"Wally Venable: The listing says "Banjo Tuner Tuning Key Head String Machine Peg Pegs Geared Tuners Parts Accessories Knobs Friction Set Keys Button 5String"..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • one week ago • comments: 16
Posted a new Comment on 2 wonderful Old Timey Fiddle Tunes:
"Thanks for sharing this, Peter. Those are wonderful tunes which should be played by more folks. I enjoyed watching the video. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Shifting bridge and nut":
"The one thing I noticed in the description of the tunes from aliexpress is that they are described as "friction" tuners rather than planetary. Could these be..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Shifting bridge and nut":
"I'm glad my friends here were able to help you, Andrew. The next time you decide to change your strings I would do as suggested and put a drop of glue under..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Question about a western KY dulcimer maker/James Norris":
"Like Ken I haven't heard of James Norris. My guess is that he was not a prolific builder and sold most dulcimers he made locally. Also, like Ken, I'd be..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Folk Instruments?":
"The reference to long neck banjos being folk banjos probably harks back to Pete Seeger elongating the neck of his banjo by three frets. Many of the banjo..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "John Jacob Niles":
"A group of us visited the Niles Center back in 2018. We were able to not only view, but also handle all of the instruments. Niles had some interesting ideas...."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on @iwbiek:
"Welcome. to FOTMD, lwbiek. From eastern Kentucky to Solvakia; that must be quite a story. One of my nieces spent a few years teaching in Bratislava. Feel..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @larrybh:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Larry. I tried to answer your question, but am not sure I understand what you are asking. I hope your other questions won't be as difficult..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "instrument question- Stephens Lutherie/holy grail dulcimer?":
"Larry, I'm having trouble understanding your question. Do you not bring the string up to the proper pitch when you pout it on? No matter what instrument Ion..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @timtucky:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Timtucky. Even though you are here only to sell your dulcimer, it's good to have you aboard. Be sure to post good photos of your instrument..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on @misaacka:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Misaacka. It's good to have you aboard. I'm glad you are getting back into playing the dulcimer. It's a delightful instrument. I'm happy..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 26
Posted a new Comment on What is a Galax Dulcimer:
"If you are tuning to "d," 0.011 should be fine. 0.012 could work as well.  Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on I.D. Stamper music:
"I agree. It is a great film which I haven't seen in many, many years. Thanks for digging it out of obscurity for us. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on The Country Dance Society 1963 newsletter... fascinating!:
"Thanks, Lisa. That was interesting reading. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on @clawjammer:
"Welcome to FOTMD Clawjammer. It's good to have you aboard. I look forward to your participation here. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 2
Liked a youtube item created by @martin-oesterle: Der Mond ist aufgegangen
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @susan-call-hutchison:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Susan. Go get that dulcimer and join the ranks of mountain dulcimer players. It's good to have you aboard. Let us know if you have any..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @ag-murton:
"Welcome to FOTMD, AG Murton. It's good to have you aboard. I hope you can introduce others to the mountain dulcimer in your country. Feel free to join in..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @fret-deficient:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Fret_deficient. It's good to have you aboard. I look forward to your participation in these discussions. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @delyndul:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Delyndul. It's good to have you aboard. Ask your questions. We are happy to help. I look forward to your participation here. Ken "The..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on @joseph:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Joseph. It's good to have you aboard. Were your kits hourglass? Are you looking to make a teardrop kit or purchase one already made? I look..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 11
Posted a new Comment on one of Jean Ritchie's picks:
"Dusty, I think it was a bad influence of living in the city and suburbs. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 11
Posted a new Comment on one of Jean Ritchie's picks:
"I thought I recognized it, Lisa. My memory isn't too bad for an old man. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 11
Posted a new Comment on one of Jean Ritchie's picks:
"Two comments: I don't think you have to worry about the museum displaying Jean's pick unless they do a special exhibit on her. The pick in you photo just..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on @calliopecindy:
"Welcome to FOTMD Cindy. It's good to have you aboard. A great place to meet other mountain dulcimer players is Kentucky Music Week or Weekend. I haven't..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 13
Posted a new Comment on Northern WV Dulcimer Doings:
"Thanks for sharing this Wally. I won't be able to make it this year, but will keep it mind for the future. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 11
Posted a new Comment on one of Jean Ritchie's picks:
"I saw and held that pick when I examined the Smithsonian dulcimer collection. Having spent 50 years playing with a turkey quill, guitar pick, or Herdim pick..."

Latest Group Discussions

  All
Ken Longfield

Another Tabledit question


Yesterday I updated my Tabledit for Mac to version 3.03 a4a. I can no...
@Ken Longfield last year - Comments: 10
Ken Longfield

T - 6


This is my sixth teardrop dulcimer. The shape comes from plans by Scott...
@Ken Longfield 3 years ago - Comments: 12
Ken Longfield

Latest project - Prichard


I started to build a C.N. Prichard reproduction, but made a mistake...
@Ken Longfield 4 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 4 years ago - Comments: 3
Ken Longfield

Current build


Here are some photos as I near the completion of this project. The...
@Ken Longfield 4 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 5 years ago - Comments: 23
Ken Longfield

Wood Choice - Food For Thought


I came across this experiment for classical guitars and found it...
@Ken Longfield 8 years ago - Comments: 13
Ken Longfield

The Ugly Dulcimer - A Story


Somewhere and at sometime someone decided to build a mountain dulcimer...
@Ken Longfield 6 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 10 years ago - Comments: 17
Ken Longfield

PA German Zitter


Here are some photos of PA German zitter reproduction I'm making. There...
@Ken Longfield 7 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 11 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 7 years ago - Comments: 2
Ken Longfield

Stanley Hicks article


Although not dulcimer specific, Stanley Hicks played a significant...
@Ken Longfield 8 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 9 years ago - Comments: 14
Ken Longfield

PA German Zitter


As I understand it, Jean Ritchie saw a PA German Zitter in the...
@Ken Longfield 9 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 9 years ago - Comments: 1
Ken Longfield

Wartz Tab Book Corrections


In the Wartz tab book for the DAA "Leaning On The Everlasting Arms," the...
@Ken Longfield 10 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 10 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 Ed"...
@Ken Longfield 10 years ago - Comments: 6
Ken Longfield

String tension calculations


Over at the Banjo Hangout I saw a posting for a string tension...
@Ken Longfield 10 years ago - Comments: 5

Latest Audio

  All
Oh Lord, What A Morning

Oh Lord, What A Morning


@Ken Longfield
10 months ago - Comments: 7

Latest Videos

  All
Landis Valley Zitter

Landis Valley Zitter


@Ken Longfield
6 years ago - Comments: 19

Latest Photos

  All
IMG_0832 copy.jpg
DSCN0219.JPG
IMG_4925.JPG
sch1mi.jpg
IMG_4602.JPG
IMG_3995.jpg
IMG_3992.jpg
IMG_3991.jpg
IMG_3990.jpg
IMG_3989.jpg
IMG_3924.JPG
IMG_2847.jpeg
IMG_2756.jpg
IMG_2733.jpg
IMG_2516.jpg
IMG_2511.jpg
IMG_2510.jpg
IMG_2506.jpg

Latest Forum Discussions

  All

Pete Seeger

Posted: Sunday June 2 2024, 6:17 PM
By: @Jim Yates

Dulcimer Players News demise

Posted: Saturday May 4 2024, 7:52 PM
By: @Ken Longfield

Something to watch

Posted: Wednesday April 24 2024, 9:42 AM
By: @Ken Longfield

Robert N. Lackey, rest in peace

Posted: Wednesday March 6 2024, 11:45 AM
By: @Dusty Turtle

Folklife in Ohio

Posted: Monday March 4 2024, 2:48 PM
By: @Robin Thompson

Just For Fun - sayings regarding the...

Posted: Thursday February 22 2024, 3:55 AM
By: @shanonmilan

Everythingdulcimer.com

Posted: Sunday July 16 2023, 1:58 PM
By: @Strumelia

Gary Sager

Posted: Thursday March 23 2023, 9:43 AM
By: @Robin Thompson

John Crocker

Posted: Thursday March 9 2023, 5:02 PM
By: @Ken Longfield

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

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, 8:56 AM
By: @Ken Longfield

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

Comments

ottertail
06/06/24 09:02:58PM @ottertail:

Thanks for the welcome.


iwbiek
06/02/24 02:26:22PM @iwbiek:

Hey, Ken, I appreciate that. Yeah, I've been a few places over the years. I just posted my question in the forums. Thanks.


misaacka
05/30/24 10:57:41AM @misaacka:

Thanks for the warm welcome, Ken!  


Helen
05/13/24 10:22:28PM @helen:

Between $300-$700 would be my budget.  I'm not experienced enough to retool an inferior instrument so I'm okay with paying as long as I know for sure I'll be getting a quality product and supporting the builder.  Thank you for any insights you can provide!


Helen
05/13/24 09:23:18PM @helen:

Thank you so much!  I'm interested in any suggestions for a good luthier - I'm looking for a well made beginner dulcimer.  Thank you for any suggestions!


Strings Attached
05/04/24 03:35:26PM @strings-attached:

Thanks!  The other members of the band share a general mike but they're all better musicians than me! At this stage in my career, I don't really want to be miked but I would like to be able to hear myself play. I do have a stand, which I think helps the sound. Someone had mentioned wearing a type of ear bud that would help me to hear myself, so I will investigate; meanwhile, I am off to play!


pa1911a1
04/25/24 03:48:52PM @pa1911a1:

Thank you for the welcome to the group. The Mercer Museum is one of my favorite places to visit since it is only a few blocks from where I live. 


Strings Attached
04/25/24 07:46:32AM @strings-attached:

Thank you!


ianhr
04/22/24 11:34:26AM @ianhr:

Thank you!


Comixchik
04/15/24 07:53:45AM @comixchik:

Thank you for the welcome.

I am a dulcimer beginner, but have played other instruments.


Ringo
03/17/24 05:36:04PM @ringo:

I am a stick dulcimer player and was directed to this site because it had a stick dulcimer group. I also like the dulcimer music and tabs that can help me. I would image some dulcimer players also play stick dulcimer.  Just looking to expand my knowledge. Should be able to here.

Thanks


Ringo
03/17/24 02:00:33PM @ringo:

Thank you I really love the stick dulcimer but haven't found much info. A little one here though!


Alan from PA
03/16/24 01:43:18PM @alan-from-pa:

The Mt dulcimer is the "pipes" of Appalachia 


Woodsmoke
03/09/24 09:25:27PM @woodsmoke:

Thank you sir - I appreciate it!


Lynn Peachey
03/06/24 10:13:21PM @lynn-peachey:

Thank you Ken. You have been my teacher and friend for many years. My life has been blessed by adding a dulcimer to it, and all the new friends it gave me. 


jeffb957
03/03/24 07:06:00PM @jeffb957:

I'll do that. Thank you..


jeffb957
03/03/24 04:19:11PM @jeffb957:

Well, that's kind of a bummer. I'm a roll off dumpster man, so I generally work from 5:00 AM till 6 PM Monday through Friday. For any north Alabama locals, I work for the guys with the yellow dumpsters 😁

I'm off work recovering from surgery for the next 5 weeks, so maybe I'll be able to hit one once I'm fit for public view 😅  Once I'm back to work, I'll be unable to make it. 

Thanks for the info anyway. 


Tracy Hiller
02/27/24 11:03:32AM @tracy-hiller:

Thanks for the welcome.  I have been meeting with a local person weekly and have been to 2 jam sessions.  So far it is going well.  I think it helps that I have been a musician almost my whole life between playing trombone, ringing handbells and singing.

I purchased a never used Enos Yaeger dulcimer.  I have discovered that I will need to have a 6.5 fret installed, but other than that it is a beautiful sounding instrument.


seaswmr
02/17/24 11:38:40AM @may-zeller:

Thank you!  I am glad I found this site.  Looking forward to learning more.  


ZedKloud
01/30/24 07:50:42PM @zedkloud:

Thank you for the welcome.  Honestly, I came across this dulcimer in an estate sale and could not resist picking it up.  This dulcimer needs a home with someone who will really appreciate her and I figured who better than this group.  I will post pictures and everything soon.  Thank you again!