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 • 21 hours ago • comments: 33
Posted a new Comment on Wartz 'n' All Spring Gathering:
"Linda and Scott, it was a pleasure to meet you. Sorry we didn't have more time just to visit. Hope see you down the road. I'm not sure yet if I'll show up..."
Ken Longfield
 
@ken-longfield • 2 days ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on @jennlynnm:
"Welcome to FOTMD, JennlynnM. It's good to have you aboard. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
 
@ken-longfield • 2 days ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on @maryann:
"Welcome to FOTMD, MaryAnn. It's good to have you aboard. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
 
@ken-longfield • 2 days ago • comments: 1
Posted a new Comment on Wartz 'n' All Spring Gathering:
"If you push the button right here, he'll stop talking and we can start playing again. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song""
Ken Longfield
 
@ken-longfield • 2 days ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Wartz 'n' All Spring Gathering:
"All together now, bum ditty, bum ditty, bum ditty. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
 
@ken-longfield • 2 days ago • comments: 1
Posted a new Comment on Wartz 'n' All Spring Gathering:
"I think I was telling Kevin that we have too much food. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
 
@ken-longfield • 4 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "What are you reading right now?":
"Dear Bob and Sue by Matt and Karen Smith. They visit all 58 national parks and write about it. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
 
@ken-longfield • 5 days ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on @raaka:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Raaka. It's good to have you aboard. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
 
@ken-longfield • 6 days ago
@ken-longfield is now following @tennessee-jed
Ken Longfield
 
@ken-longfield • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "How does humidity affect a mahogany dulcimer?":
"Humidity swells wood. A well constructed dulcimer should not suffer from humidity. If you are going to play outside in high humidity for 14 or 15 hours a..."
Ken Longfield
 
@ken-longfield • one week ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on @tennessee-jed:
"Jed, I am over near Lewistown, about 25 miles southeast of State College. I am a Folkcraft Instruments dealer and can set you up with a great instrument at..."
Ken Longfield
 
@ken-longfield • one week ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on @fuzzyk:
"Welcome to FOTMD, FuzzyK. It's good to have you aboard. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
 
@ken-longfield • one week ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on @tennessee-jed:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Tennessee Jed. It is good to have another Pennsylvanian on board. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
 
@ken-longfield • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Fret Material":
"Frets wear due to the pressure of the strings on them. Do you press really hard on the strings? If so, you might notices some grooves in the fret board as..."
Ken Longfield
 
@ken-longfield • one week ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on @billiesue:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Billiesue. It's good to have you aboard. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
 
@ken-longfield • one week ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on @cotton1989:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Cotton1989. It's good to have you aboard. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
 
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on @isabella:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Isabella. It's good to have you aboard. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
 
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on @mark-c:
"Welcome to FOTMD,Mark C. It's good to have you aboard. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
 
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on @atmycrossroads:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Atmycrossroads. It's good to have you aboard. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
 
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on @vtpiecer:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Vtpiecer. It's good to have you aboard. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
 
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Blizzard in Northeast/March 14th 2017":
"Looks pretty, Lisa. When I got my snowblower out to do the driveway, the snow was over the top of the auger housing, I guess about 14 or 15 inches. Stopped..."
Ken Longfield
 
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "What are you reading right now?":
"Currently reading Ghost Ship by Clive Cussler and Graham Brown. I finished both the Jefferson book and the latest issue of Fretboard Journal. Ken "The..."
Ken Longfield
 
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Blizzard in Northeast/March 14th 2017":
"Sounds like a good plan even if the electricity stays on. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
 
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Stand-Up Stands":
"That's a great idea, Ken. My son left a keyboard stand in the attic when he moved out, but my concern has been that it isn't that sturdy when strumming. I'll..."
Ken Longfield
 
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on @deborahmce:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Deborahmce. It's good to have you aboard. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
 
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "A New "Old" Project":
"Yes, it does look like a Black Mountain kit. Those sound holes are bell shaped, sort of. It will take a lot of sanding to clean it up. I may end up painting..."
Ken Longfield
 
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "A New "Old" Project":
"Back maybe 20 to 25 years ago, my sister was wandering through a yard sale in Silver Spring, MD. She came across a partially assembled mountain dulcimer in a..."
Ken Longfield
 
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on @badmotivator:
"Welcome to FOTMD BadMotivator. It's good to have you aboard. You'll find lots of help here. Just ask us about what you need to know.   Ken "The dulcimer..."
Ken Longfield
 
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on @johnstoneb:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Johnstoneb. It's good to have you aboard. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
 
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "PA German Zitter":
"Yes, those are home made strings. 0.022 for the Ds and 0.016 for the As. Lisa, I'm tweaking the instrument at the moment and hope to make a video soon. I was..."
Ken Longfield
 
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "PA German Zitter":
"The walnut stain is easy to make. Take walnuts in the hulls and put them in a bucket. Heat water bringing it to a boil and then pour the water over the..."
Ken Longfield
 
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on @toya-marie:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Toya Marie. It's good to have you aboard. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
 
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on @howard-neubauer:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Howard. It's good to have you aboard. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
 
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on @red87445:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Red. It's good to have you aboard. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
 
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "PA German Zitter":
"Well, I'm nearing completion, so it is time to share the latest photos. I'll be tweaking this for a few more days. I made some compromises. I did not like..."

Latest Group Discussions

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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 2 years ago - Comments: 14
Ken Longfield

PA German Zitter


As I understand it, Jean Ritchie saw a PA German Zitter in the...
@Ken Longfield 2 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 2 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 3 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 3 years ago - Comments: 15
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 3 years ago - Comments: 1
Ken Longfield

String tension calculations


Over at the Banjo Hangout I saw a posting for a string tension...
@Ken Longfield 3 years ago - Comments: 7

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Latest Forum Discussions

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A New "Old" Project

Posted: Friday March 10 2017, 4:09 PM
By: @Ken Longfield

PA German Zitter

Posted: Tuesday March 7 2017, 8:55 PM
By: @Ken Longfield

Hindman, Kentucky

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

Stanley Hicks article

Posted: Thursday July 7 2016, 12:08 PM
By: @Lexie R Oakley

Wood Choice - Food For Thought

Posted: Sunday February 14 2016, 3:13 PM
By: @James Swayne

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

Repairing a Diamond Dulcimer

Posted: Sunday August 31 2014, 2:00 PM
By: @Ken Longfield

Just For Fun - sayings regarding the...

Posted: Saturday March 15 2014, 9:33 PM
By: @Cindy Stammich

Not a Mountain Dulcimer

Posted: Sunday March 10 2013, 3:57 PM
By: @James Phillips

Encyclopedia of Appalachia

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

Comments

Tennessee Jed
03/22/17 04:09:45PM @tennessee-jed:

Hello and Thanks for the wonderful welcome.  Maybe we can meet sometime at a jam.  Do You know of anybody that sells dulcimers in Pa ?   The Banjo shop in Bedford occasionally gets used ones in but they do not specify in Dulcimer music.


billiesue
03/19/17 10:43:12AM @billiesue:

Thank you, Ken for your warm welcome.. Billie Sue


red87445
03/06/17 09:50:45PM @red87445:

Thank you Ken!


zigeunerin
03/03/17 06:11:48AM @zigeunerin:

Thank you Ken!


Laurel K Scott
02/26/17 10:57:40PM @laurel-k-scott:

Thank you, Ken! I'm looking forward to the adventure!


jbarnes54
02/26/17 02:34:42PM @jbarnes54:

Thank you for the warm welcome! Certainly more that I got from the other dulcimer site I'm registered on.


Jennifer Ranger
02/21/17 12:32:44AM @jennifer-ranger:

Hi Ken!  How nice to hear from you again!  I'm really sorry to hear that our live webcast freezes up on you...I'll talk to my IT guy and see if he has any suggestions.


majajog
02/20/17 01:34:50AM @majajog:

We always stay in that campground. We go to every show at the Folk Center.  We go to McSpaddens to lust after the pretty dulcimers but cannot justify buying another one.  We eat lots and lots of barbecue.  We hang around with some dulcimer players who live there or spend the summers there.  In general we have a great time.  We even start to pick up an Arkansas accent sort of.  Looking forward to posting here whenever I have anything to contribute.


ReadyfortheRiver
02/15/17 07:47:10AM @ken-van-kerckhoven:

Thank you very much, Ken !

 

also Ken ;)


VirginiaKY
02/08/17 08:56:21PM @virginiaky:

Thank you Ken!


Dave Brown
01/29/17 05:45:23PM @dave-brown:

Thanks Ken!

Dave


kellerjr
01/26/17 10:48:18PM @kellerjr:

Thanks!!  Glad to be back!!


Maurice Goodwin
01/21/17 05:20:22AM @maurice-goodwin:

Thank you Ken for your welcome, so glad I found the group. Looking forward to learning from you all and participating.


kypfer
01/20/17 06:38:27PM @kypfer:

Thanks guys, but it's "kypfer" (not Kypher) ... an infantile mis-pronunciation of Christopher from when my younger sister was learning to speak ... it kind of stuck :)


vegemom3
01/20/17 06:35:14PM @vegemom3:

Thank you. 


Tim Good Man
01/20/17 04:56:01PM @tim-good-man:

Thanks Ken!


Pat Riley
01/08/17 06:32:37PM @pat-riley:

Great to be here .. very nice site !! Looking forward to becoming active in this learning process .. Have been a CBG Builder for several years but just recently got my hands on a DAAA and now I am Hooked .. Thanks .. Pat

 


Katprati
01/04/17 07:52:08PM @katprati:

Thanks, Ken! It looks like a fun group.


Wolfgang Poetter
01/01/17 05:32:42AM @wolfgang-poetter:

Happy New Year Ken and thanks for your kind welcome!


jddahl
12/13/16 12:01:49PM @jddahl:

Hi Ken,

Thank you for your welcome!

Jean-Dag