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John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
09/24/22 09:36:51AM
319 posts

Holiday


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Welcome home, weary traveller!  Glad to hear you're back in one piece, and that you (mostly) enjoyed your time there on The Islands.  Hope the hurricane skips your area.

John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
09/23/22 05:41:42PM
319 posts

Fret that won’t stay put


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That's the way to do it, Molly!   But if you have more money than most of us here, StewMac sells a fret tang crimping tool that puts slight crimps into the tang to make it wider, for just $111.39, plus tax.  Such a deal!

John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
08/24/22 09:17:55AM
319 posts

Introduce Yourself!


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Teddy, it's a great time for you!  That dulcimer will probably smell like fresh wood and lacquer-- the "new dulcimer smell", not unlike the "new car smell" that everybody knows.  

At least you won't have to wait an hour after delivery for the box to warm up, like you do in deepest winter!

John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
08/22/22 09:41:28PM
319 posts

David Schnaufer


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"PLUCK" is an amazing and unusual book.  I obtained a copy and read through it with much interest and wonder.  So many people, so many events being interwoven for David's entire life.  Quite extraordinary.

John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
08/01/22 06:01:36PM
319 posts

Wanted: Solid Body Electric Dulcimer


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Sorry, folks --- I meant "modeled after the Fender Stratocaster guitar!"  Whole 'nother animal!  Sorry!

John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
07/30/22 05:48:44PM
319 posts

Ionian tuning question


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Lisa, that's the very secret of success in dulcimer-building!   Spend lots on tools, equipment and lumber, and you'll get a guaranteed meager return!  It's the (modern) American way!

John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
07/29/22 08:42:55AM
319 posts

Kentucky Flood and Dulcimer History


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This is horrifying news!  Several states are dealing with floods right now.  Hindman, home of the James E. Thomas dulcimer,  has been especially hard-hit.  Troublesome Creek often floods, but not like this.  Doug Naselroad, who runs Troublesome Creek Musical Instruments, the dulcimer museum and the downtown luthier shop has massive flooding problems right now.

John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
07/12/22 08:23:30AM
319 posts

Finding a tuning Peg


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Jim, I have an old John Maxwell dulcimer that was missing a peg when I bought it. I fashioned a new one of maple that looked similar to the original.  His pegs were distinctive.

John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
06/28/22 08:25:20AM
319 posts

Wanted: Solid Body Electric Dulcimer


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Yes, I've made some solid-bodied electrics, modeled after the Fender Telecaster guitar.  Something different in the dulcimer world.  I don't have any now, but I could make another.

John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
06/27/22 03:33:37PM
319 posts

Wire cutter recommendations for dulcimer strings


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You can use just about any wire cutters with steel strings.  Harbor Freight Tools sells them, as do dollar stores, admittedly not the best quality, but serviceable for a while.  Don't tell anyone, but in a pinch you can use nail clippers too, if you don't care to use them on your nails again!

John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
06/25/22 05:17:37PM
319 posts

Mystery dulcimer, perhaps from the 70's


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I haven't seen that sort of dulcimer before either.  There are nice ones offered on Shop Goodwill Online from time to time.  

I like to buy old dulcimer kits and put them together, whenever I see a good one on there.  Hope you enjoy it!

John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
06/24/22 09:29:08PM
319 posts

Left handed playing


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I too am a leftie who has had no trouble at all learning and playing in the usual manner.

John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
06/13/22 03:41:39PM
319 posts

Warren May Hourdrop Question


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Usually going up or down a string gauge doesn't cause big problems on a dulcimer.  An .024" will give a little more bass sound than a .022".  It should be fine.

John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
06/13/22 08:40:11AM
319 posts

Warren May Hourdrop Question


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You can't go wrong with a Warren May dulcimer unless it has been damaged.  He makes a world-class product.

John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
06/02/22 04:38:36PM
319 posts

Tull66


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Cardboard dulcimers sound much better than one would expect.  I sometimes wonder why I build from wood when cardboard sounds so wonderful.

John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
04/30/22 04:57:34PM
319 posts

Naomi Judd Passes Away


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So sorry to see this.  Naomi gave us some memorable music along with her daughter.

John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
04/30/22 01:53:56PM
319 posts

Introduce Yourself!


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Teddy, we're fortunate to be communicating with you at all!  What a horrible experience you've been through!  So glad that you haven't succumbed to those serious infections and complications.  

Monkeying around with a new dulcimer should be fun for you.  It's really a forgiving instrument, and you get nice sounds out of it most of the time.  Best wishes, and let us know if you need help.

John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
04/04/22 08:42:11AM
319 posts

Introduce Yourself!


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Have fun, Alphie!  I finished a McSpadden kit last Saturday!  It's so much fun building, especially when all the hard work has been done by somebody else.  Good to have you with us.  We'll try to help you with whatever.

John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
03/30/22 08:43:13AM
319 posts

What's the scoop on "scoops"?


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There are two traditions involved here: that of including a strum hollow, and that of NOT including a strum hollow.

Old Kentucky dulcimers have them (such as the J. E. Thomas design),  but old Virginia dulcimers do not.  There are many of these with significant scratching or even wood damage due to strumming over the end of the flat fretboard.

John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
03/29/22 10:01:10PM
319 posts

What's the scoop on "scoops"?


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"Scoops" (scallops) are not necessary to get good sound or volume from a dulcimer.  Some people just like them and think they improve the sound of the dulcimer. Scallops free up the soundboard because the fretboard only contacts the soundboard in a few small areas. Some builders will also channel-out the center of the fretboard as well, to create even smaller contact areas.

Do I scallop my dulcimer fretboards?  Nope-- never have.  But I DO channel them, almost every time. Some Tennessee music boxes have "false scallops" on the sides of their fretboards, but they're just notches for decoration -- they don't go all the way through the fretboard.

John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
03/27/22 09:55:49PM
319 posts

Introduce Yourself!


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Welcome to our little group, eh? from a dulcimer/dulcimore builder north of the Ontario border (suburban Detroit).  

We hope you'll have fun and learn some things from us.  That's a nice find you have there! Thanks for letting us know.

John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
03/11/22 08:53:37AM
319 posts

New biography of David Schnaufer


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Alegre1:
John C. Knopf:

I received my copy of the PLUCK book in the mail today.  I'm just starting to read it.  Looks to be a wonderful book.

Thank you for taking a chance on it John. I hope you enjoyed it!

I did enjoy the book, and learned so much about all the folks who crossed paths with David over his short life. The book is organized as a chronology, which made it easy to read in small chunks.

John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
03/01/22 09:37:53PM
319 posts

Introduce Yourself!


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Welcome, Walt and Megan!  We look forward to answering your questions and helping you out where we can.

John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
02/21/22 09:02:02AM
319 posts

Micarta fret board


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Etsy and eBay are good sources for micarta.  Luthier's Mercantile sells Richlite fingerboards, which looks similar to micarta.

John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
02/16/22 04:51:18PM
319 posts

convertible dulcimer?


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Why anybody would want a left-handed dulcimer is beyond me.  I've built one recently, though, by special request.

John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
02/16/22 06:56:58AM
319 posts

Bridge placement


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You're welcome!  Is it made of luan plywood, by any chance?

John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
02/15/22 06:57:43AM
319 posts

Bridge placement


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Welcome, Steven!  We're glad to help.  Yes, you should measure the distance from the inside of the nut (right edge) to the octave fret, which is usually the seventh fret.  Double that, then add about 2 or 3 mm extra length to compensate for string stretch when you push the strings down to the frets.  That should get you real close.  DAD and DAA are very popular tunings for the dulcimer.

John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
02/11/22 02:20:25PM
319 posts

The Positive Thread...


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I agree with Ken.  I like Thomas' birthday of March 19 (1850).

John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
02/08/22 04:22:54PM
319 posts

New biography of David Schnaufer


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I received my copy of the PLUCK book in the mail today.  I'm just starting to read it.  Looks to be a wonderful book.

John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
12/27/21 11:20:10AM
319 posts

New poplar Tennessee music box


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There are just FIVE days left to save on my dulcimer sale!  The cherry Jethro Amburgey dulcimer replica, or the poplar Tennessee music box replica are now 15% off their regular prices, and new orders are 10% off regular prices. 

John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
12/15/21 07:24:26PM
319 posts

New poplar Tennessee music box


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My End-of-Year Sale now offers this music box at 15% off!  A $350 value, just $298 (plus shipping). Now thru December 31 only!

John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
12/15/21 07:20:49PM
319 posts

New cherry Jethro Amburgey replica for sale


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This dulcimer is now 15% off!  So instead of $400, it's just $340 (plus shipping)-- a STEAL!  Just until December 31, mind you!

John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
12/01/21 09:30:32AM
319 posts

Fellenbaum dulcimers


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I've met Tom Fellenbaum several times over the years, and I know that he build excellent instruments.  I bought one of his bowed psalteries years ago, and it was wonderful in craftsmanship and in sound.  I don't know what he's up to now.

John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
11/28/21 09:24:08PM
319 posts

Can anyone identify this maker?


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Ron, it could have been built by a home hobbyist, not a renowned maker.  That seems more likely than a builder who is known by the dulcimer community.  The number listed is small, unlike a "known maker".

John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
11/27/21 09:20:30PM
319 posts

New poplar Tennessee music box


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My end-of-year sale is now through December 31, 2021 -- 10% off this music box (from $350 down to $315), and 10% off the cherry Amburgey hourglass dulcimer replica--  (from $400 down to $360) .  If you'd like to order a new build, THAT'S 10% off, also! There's a Norwegian Psalmodikon replica available too, if you're wanting something different.

John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
11/27/21 09:15:16PM
319 posts

New cherry Jethro Amburgey replica for sale


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In case you haven't seen my website or other newer posts of mine, I'm running an end-of-year sale on my remaining dulcimers. This cherry Amburgey replica is now 10% off-- instead of $400 it's now just $360 plus shipping!  That sale price is through the end of this year only, so let me know if you're interested.  My Tennessee music box is also on sale for $315, normally $350.

John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
11/25/21 09:47:06AM
319 posts

The Positive Thread...


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Have a very happy and meaningful Thanksgiving Day everyone!  Time to count our blessings.

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