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John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
01/13/19 09:26:55PM
155 posts

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Thanks Lisa for all you do to improve the experience for us.

John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
01/07/19 09:19:39PM
155 posts

Narrow waisted hourglass shape


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It's mostly aesthetics, Lisa.  Some like the look of a wasp-waisted dulcimer more than other body styles.   Uncle Ed Thomas of Bath, Kentucky and C. N. Prichard of Huntington, West Virginia popularized the shape over a hundred years ago.

John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
01/02/19 09:33:28PM
155 posts

Sad News


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I don't know what to say to this news.  

To me, Mike was the embodiment of the old-time Kentucky dulcimer spirit.  A quiet and knowledgeable man who wanted to help others understand dulcimer history and mountain music.  He did his part to perpetuate the best of tradition.

Rest in peace, friend, and may God bless your family left behind.  Too sad...

John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
12/20/18 08:34:07AM
155 posts

The Positive Thread...


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Thank you for this remembrance of the young girl who just wanted to be Mary in the Christmas program.

John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
12/16/18 09:22:54PM
155 posts

McSpadden Friction peg replacement


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Just bear in mind that if you alter McSpadden's design and you want to sell the dulcimer later, the modification may affect the value of the dulcimer.

John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
12/09/18 10:10:40AM
155 posts

The Dulcimer


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It may be that the biblical translators were just thinking of this term generically.  The two words of which the word "dulcimer" is composed are dulce (sweet) and melos (melody), thus indicating some kind of a musical instrument that makes a sweet sound or melody.  Just a suggestion.

John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
11/29/18 05:58:26PM
155 posts

John Jacob Niles's dulcimers and playing


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Some were pretty strange looking.  He seemed to enjoy monkeying with fretting patterns on dulcimers.  I had to ignore the fretting pattern on a Nathan Hicks dulcimer he glommed onto in order to reproduce a Hicks dulcimer for our "Banjimer".  I'm not sure what the original Hicks pegs looked like either, since J.J.Niles threw some violin-family pegs in the mix.

John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
11/21/18 09:37:13PM
155 posts

2 newly made instruments from musicmakerz


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

That's a great kit-- makes a great dulcimer.

John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
11/15/18 10:07:46PM
155 posts

The Drifting Thread...


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I just saw that Roy Clark passed away.  What an amazingly gifted musician he was!  He could play anything with strings on it... including a Hee Haw "Plickitt".

John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
10/10/18 10:45:19PM
155 posts

The Positive Thread...


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Ken, I too have been through Moriarity, NM.  The things I remember are the locally-famous Mexican restaurant, El Comedor de Anayas, and that incredible neon Rotosphere out front.  I expect both of them are gone now, alas.

John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
10/10/18 09:24:38PM
155 posts

Richard and Denise Wilson Dulcimer on ShopGoodwill.Com


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The Wilsons are somewhat legendary in Michigan, having built dulcimers and exhibited them at festivals.  As I understand it, Richard built the dulcimers and Denise provided the inlay work, and maybe the soundholes.  They do (did?) excellent work.

John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
10/10/18 02:59:23PM
155 posts

Richard and Denise Wilson Dulcimer on ShopGoodwill.Com


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I just found this listed on shopgoodwill.com!  A very pretty, high-quality dulcimer with beautiful heart and flying geese soundholes.  Flying geese inlay on the back.  Item #58634975.

 

John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
10/01/18 09:26:24PM
155 posts

chatroom sidebar - adjusting the chat pane window size.


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How can I close the new Chatroom sidebar that started showing up on my display?  Can it be minimized or turned off?

John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
09/29/18 09:54:54PM
155 posts

Capritaurus Dulcimer listed on Goodwill auction


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Looks like somebody's gonna get a great deal tomorrow!

John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
09/26/18 09:43:56PM
155 posts



Yes, Don, a Keith Young dulcimer is valuable and collectible.  Keith is no longer with us, but he did excellent work.  I expect he used lacquer on his dulcimers, but I can't be sure of it.  Lacquer is a fairly common finish to use on dulcimers.

John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
08/29/18 04:45:43PM
155 posts

need a case for a 43" mountain dulcimer


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I also thought of gun cases.  They're durable and long, and might work very well.  The only possible problem might be taking them onto aircraft.  After all, what would YOU think was in that case?  nod

John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
08/24/18 08:37:01AM
155 posts

Dulcimer info, made in Gatlinburg, TN


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John, that would be Bill Davis of Davis Dulcimers, who was actively building in the 1960s and 1970s.  That is his trademark "violin" design, which was also used by Chet Hines of Ohio (he wrote a book about it) and has been perpetuated by Mike Clemmer in Townsend, TN.  The late Jean Schilling of Cosby, TN was married to Bill Davis at one point, and their photo appeared in a National Geographic magazine years ago.

John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
08/12/18 09:22:42PM
155 posts

Replacing the Nut on a Homer Ledford


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Maybe try a heat gun/hair dryer to warm up the glue on the ends?  Sometimes that will soften the glue.

John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
08/05/18 08:41:26PM
155 posts

Dulcimer just followed me home


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That's great that you could pick up that dulcimer "for a song".  McSpadden/Dulcimer Shoppe makes a nice kit, and I've assembled several of them.  Mine came out well each time. The plans are clear and the materials are good, unlike some other kits that I won't mention.  Congratulations, and enjoy the newest addition to your family!

John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
07/21/18 05:51:51PM
155 posts

Choose just ONE song for all eternity...


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Lisa, that's an IMPOSSIBLE question for me to answer.  I love so many songs and hymns!

"Next to the Word of God, MUSIC deserves the highest praise..."  (Martin Luther)

John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
07/09/18 09:33:51PM
155 posts

The Positive Thread...


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Bob, I'd be greatly surprised if you don't sell those dulcimers.  They're works of art (and Bob)!

Have fun and make some connections.

John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
06/27/18 09:01:29AM
155 posts

What Are You Working On?


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That zitter-critter's lookin' right perty, Ken H.!  

As fer ME, gotta get back to puttin' a cherry 'n' maple Galax together.

John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
06/19/18 05:51:46PM
155 posts

The Positive Thread...


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I'm very happy to hear it!  

I stopped arguing with table saws after one took a small chunk of meat out of my right thumb 40 years ago. 

John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
04/18/18 10:23:54PM
155 posts

rebuilding a MD


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Sometimes the fiber washers are the culprit on that type of tuner.  There should be 2 to each tuner, and they tighten against the wood of the pegbox to hold the string in tune.  Try Ken's idea first -- it's easy and might do the trick.

John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
04/07/18 04:22:49PM
155 posts

Everything Dulcimer - Closing Down.


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Perhaps a member, or a group of members, can consider taking the reins of ED in the future?  Is this a possibility?

John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
04/02/18 10:28:00PM
155 posts

The Positive Thread...


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He might be right, Dan.  Close, anyway.

John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
03/30/18 09:25:48PM
155 posts

John Tignor dulcimer rework


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Thanks, everybody.  

Dan, the existing holes were carefully tapered with a violin reamer, and the new pegs shaved to fit with a violin peg shaver. Ken, I think they are old banjo planetary tuners, as you said.                                                                                        Jim, the planetary tuners were installed slightly cockeyed, with large external-tooth lockwashers.  I'm quite sure that John Tignor originally equipped his dulcimers with the walnut pegs I reproduced here.  And whoever restrung this dulcimer put 3 wound steel strings on it.  When the correct strings were mounted, the action was very high throughout.  The string spacing is consistent with the old J. E. Thomas and Amburgey noter/drone dulcimers.  They put the drones close together, at the far side of the fretboard, so it would be easier to play the melody string alone.

John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
03/30/18 03:48:16PM
155 posts

Advice on crack repair


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Volha, that's a very beautiful dulcimer!  And a very big crack, too!

If the wood is still all there, it can be glued with Franklin Titebond wood glue (or a similar woodworking glue) and clamped well.  It shouldn't be a difficult repair to accomplish, even though it looks very bad right now.

Hope it goes well with you and you once again have a wonderful instrument!  Happy Easter.

 

John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
03/30/18 08:44:41AM
155 posts

John Tignor dulcimer rework


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Great story, Jim.  There are several ongoing mysteries about dulcimers and their builders.

I called the owner of the Tignor, and he said it would be OK for me to deepen the existing string slots, so I did, and it was a big improvement. That dulcimer sings sweetly now with a normal playing touch.  He has yet to pick it up from me, but I'm sure he'll love it now.  I'm sure the late John Tignor would approve as well.

John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
03/25/18 02:01:38PM
155 posts

John Tignor dulcimer rework


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Well, Ken, at least it'll SMELL good, even if it doesn't loosen the glue!  grin

John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
03/24/18 05:48:32PM
155 posts

John Tignor dulcimer rework


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That sounds like the same sage advice I gave somebody here a few days ago!

Unfortunately the nut has been re-glued with what looks like Gorilla Glue... might be a job to remove.  Thanks, Dan!

John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
03/24/18 04:55:56PM
155 posts

John Tignor dulcimer rework


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A young couple came to my home yesterday with a beautiful old Tignor dulcimer that had some problems.  The fist thing I noticed is that it bore a striking resemblance to an Uncle Ed Thomas dulcimer.  I think John was a protege of Jethro Amburgey, wasn't he?  Anyway, I brought my latest Thomas upstairs and laid it next to their dulcimer.  Apart from the Tignor being a couple inches longer and slightly wider, they looked like twins.

The 3 tuners on it were shabby-looking planetary models, inexpertly mounted by somebody, and all 3 strings were the wound steel ones we use just for bass drones.  I found reference photos of what Tignor pegs should look like, and set about to reproduce them in old-growth black walnut.  They came out very well.  I then went to string the dulcimer with the proper gauge strings, when I noticed the "mile-high" action.  The tone is nice, but pushing the melody string all the way down to the staple fret really stretches it out of tune!  I'm not sure if I should lower it or leave it as-is.  Any thoughts, my fellow historical luthiers?

John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
03/19/18 09:32:32PM
155 posts

Stanley Hicks / David Love dulcimer


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It really is a beautiful dulcimer, but it strikes me as a non-Stanley Hicks instrument.  It seems to me to be a dulcimer built in the Stanley Hicks style by somebody else (David Love).  The Stanley Hicks label inside the soundhole seems to be out of place somehow.  Maybe Stanley acquired it from Mr. Love, and put his label of ownership in it?   There is plenty of room inside the heart cutout to affix a label after the dulcimer was completed.  Just my musings...

John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
03/16/18 05:53:13PM
155 posts

To modify or not to modify


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

You could make a new nut and bridge, carefully knock the other ones out, and cut the new notches any way you want.  This is assuming that you're handy with tools, measurements, etc.

 

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