Forum Activity for @john-c-knopf

John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
07/23/21 11:23:14AM
270 posts

Introduce Yourself!


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Howdy, Steve!  A warm welcome to you here! 

That's a beautiful dulcimer you have. 

We'll try to help and encourage you in your activity.  Just let us know what you need, and we'll see what we can do.

John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
07/11/21 02:28:24PM
270 posts

All-Maple Melton-Style Galax Dulcimore


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¡Muchas gracias, amigo!
¡Acabo de disfrutar de un delicioso chile relleno después de la iglesia!

updated by @john-c-knopf: 07/11/21 02:29:00PM
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
07/10/21 05:04:43PM
270 posts

All-Maple Melton-Style Galax Dulcimore


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A new maple Galax dulcimore, built for a lady in Vancouver, Washington.


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John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
06/29/21 05:45:50PM
270 posts

Death of John Shaw, UK mountain dulcimer giant


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I'm so surprised at this sad news!  I didn't really know John, but I corresponded with him when I built his electric dulcimer a few years ago.  He seemed to be a wonderful dulcimer friend and player.

John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
06/24/21 01:05:12PM
270 posts

Identification dulcimer bought in Nebraska


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Rob, I've seen lots of different kinds of dulcimers and dulcimores, but I've never seen one like yours!

John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
06/12/21 12:51:33PM
270 posts

Awarding the "giveaway dulcimore" in Berea!


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Thanks, Robin!  

There's one somewhere here in my stack of poplar with your name on it (maybe?).

John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
06/11/21 10:27:18AM
270 posts

New J. E. Thomas Cumberland dulcimore for sale!


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Rebecca asked what scale this dulcimore is fretted in.  It's in equal-temperament, not in mean-tone or just intonation.

John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
06/10/21 10:40:51PM
270 posts

Awarding the "giveaway dulcimore" in Berea!


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Each year we have the Berea Traditional Dulcimore Gathering, one of the founding members builds a dulcimore to be given away at the gathering.  Two years ago, Bobby Ratliff of Grundy, VA built a traditional Virginia dulcimore out of 9 native woods. This year I built the giveaway dulcimore for the event.  Actually there was a choice this year: the winner could select a J. E. Thomas replica dulcimore or a Will Singleton replica dulcimore that I built.  Both of these were old Kentucky designs, but few have ever seen a Will Singleton dulcimore in person.  The winning attendee, Diane Peacock, chose the Singleton.  Here's a photo of the presentation.


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John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
06/09/21 10:32:44PM
270 posts

New J. E. Thomas Cumberland dulcimore for sale!


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This is my latest poplar Thomas replica dulcimore, which was to be awarded as a prize at the Berea Traditional Dulcimore Gathering last weekend.  The winner was given the option of choosing this Thomas or an Uncle Will Singleton poplar replica dulcimore, and she chose the latter.  So this one is still available for purchase.  It has round soundholes and Perfection tuners for ease of tuning. The normal price would be $467.50 since it has the special tuners, but I'll sell this one for $397 plus shipping.

The Thomas for sale is the black dulcimore in the center of both of these photos taken at Berea.


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updated by @john-c-knopf: 06/09/21 10:34:26PM
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
06/01/21 08:49:56AM
270 posts

My mom’s teardrop dulcimer


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I have not seen such a dulcimer before.  It looks homemade, maybe of oak.  I'm not familiar with the "HRC" designation.  It's not TOO old, because the frets are made of guitar fretwire.  The late John Tignor used the trefoil hole pattern, but I'm sure it's not one of his.

John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
05/22/21 09:35:06PM
270 posts

Making a dulcimer humidity resistant?


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Nate, you could tape some silica-gel packets to a string, so she can pull them out of a soundhole when she gets it.

I've used super-glue to glue in frets, and it works fine.  Should you ever need to remove a glued-in fret, just hold the tip of a small soldering pencil on the center of the fret, and the glue softens in a few seconds so you can pry it out..

John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
05/17/21 01:33:08PM
270 posts

2021 Berea Traditional Dulcimore Gathering Details


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And I'll be packing my illustrious J. E. Thomas replica Cumberland dulcimore, which will be won by an attendee!  Plus a few other things of possible interest and/or sale.  Should be a great few days, folks!

John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
05/13/21 09:21:04AM
270 posts

What examples do you use to explain what a dulcimer is?


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"The mountaineer 'follers (follows) pickin' it' by means of a quill".

John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
05/12/21 09:23:12PM
270 posts

What examples do you use to explain what a dulcimer is?


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The Spanish word for "dulcimer", according to the dictionary, is "dulcémele".

John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
04/07/21 09:24:44PM
270 posts

Indoor House Plants


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My mom's Christmas cactus got mixed-up and started blooming at Easter!  Is that normal?  At least it was the other Christian holiday...

John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
03/26/21 08:51:39AM
270 posts

How is the COVID-19 coronavirus affecting you?


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Venni, that's sad.  May God help you heal from this devastating illness very soon.  

John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
03/11/21 05:42:52PM
270 posts

This Tennessee Music Box is headed for Colorado


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Eleven pounds, eleven ounces in the box.  Probably 8 or 9 pounds?  You can play it on your lap if you have a large lap.

John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
03/11/21 08:39:29AM
270 posts

This Tennessee Music Box is headed for Colorado


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Thank you, Lisa!  That's the effect I was trying to achieve.  I raced through the construction, only to be stymied at the end by the string attachment to the screw eyes!  And finding a box big enough to send it in!

John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
03/10/21 09:19:46PM
270 posts

This Tennessee Music Box is headed for Colorado


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Robin Thompson:

Doggone cool, John!  The new owner is in for lots of fun playing this beauty!  

Thanks, Robin!  My customer must be a "patron of the arts", having bought 3 of my instruments now, and he may order more!
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
03/10/21 09:18:17PM
270 posts

This Tennessee Music Box is headed for Colorado


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Kusani:

Being from Tennessee I, also, just had to made a Tennessee Music Box.  dulcimer   It was a fun project and have been asked to demo it on a few occasions.  


That's a nice one!  There aren't too many around.
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
03/10/21 02:47:42PM
270 posts

This Tennessee Music Box is headed for Colorado


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This is a just-completed, all-poplar, authentic Tennessee music box. Really heavily built, but it sounds great, nevertheless!  It has an amber shellac finish, and etched metal nut and bridge plates.  Tuners are screw eyes from the hardware store, and the frets are fence staples!  That's the way it was done in 1885.  Enjoy.


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John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
03/08/21 09:18:13PM
270 posts

Help finding Keith Young dulcimer building booklet


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Wendell, I have the same set of 2 DVDs that you have, but I don't recall ever getting a booklet with them.

John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
03/06/21 03:06:23PM
270 posts

Introduce Yourself!


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Andi, your English is very good, and you write it well.  Welcome to our dulcimer site!  

We have something for everybody here, whether you like to play the dulcimer, want to learn to play it, or need help with dulcimer identification or wood identification.  There are modern dulcimer players here as well as noter/drone players.  And a few luthiers, as well!  I build more than I play, but I do both.  Have fun!

John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
03/04/21 08:29:21AM
270 posts

The Positive Thread...


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Ken Longfield:
John C. Knopf:

It's great to hear this news, Ken!  Now we can both hike the Appalachian Trail from Canada to Georgia! (virtually).

As long as you promise to carry me all the way.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

VIRTUALLY, Ken.  It's the only way either of us would survive it.

John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
03/03/21 09:20:43PM
270 posts

The Positive Thread...


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It's great to hear this news, Ken!  Now we can both hike the Appalachian Trail from Canada to Georgia! (virtually).

John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
03/03/21 12:53:20PM
270 posts

Feedback on new instrument


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Lisa, the late Bob Mize was a legendary, quality builder of mountain dulcimers.  There is no question about that. The number 1922 is probably the serial number, or build number of that dulcimer.  Bob was very prolific.  The crack you indicate on the peghead should cause no problems if it's glued properly.  Mostly it's a cosmetic issue.  How fortunate of you to find this beauty!

John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
02/27/21 09:25:30AM
270 posts

Researching a dulcimer I think it is a Bob Lazenby


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Dewey, the wood looks like cherry to me.  It's an orangy color like cherry, and if it IS cherry, it'll slowly turn a beautiful rich red over the years.

John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
02/18/21 08:55:34AM
270 posts

Texas-bound J. E. Thomas replica dulcimore


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Yessir, this Thomas dulcimore is bound for the Cold Star State!  Ah...Lone Star State, sorry. Poplar and walnut with an antique black finish.  Looks 100 years old, but it's new. 


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John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
02/17/21 12:00:28PM
270 posts

The Positive Thread...


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It's nice to know my 8-foot-tall Uncle Eddie hasn't been forgotten!  Though he has been "upstaged" somewhat by the 9-foot-tall Mawhee dulcimore built by my talented buddy Dulcimore Dan!  Maybe someday we can stage a boxing event between the giants?

John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
02/07/21 10:09:10PM
270 posts

The Positive Thread...


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HOORAY!  Our Ken L. is back!

John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
02/01/21 09:13:06PM
270 posts

How to get adhesive residue off a fretboard?


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My go-to adhesive remover is (cigarette) lighter fluid, such as Zippo.  If the finish is a hard one such as lacquer, enamel or metal, lighter fluid usually dissolves old or new adhesive fairly quickly, then evaporate completely.

John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
01/22/21 10:10:45PM
270 posts

Jon Pickow's last performance


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THIS, THIS is the way the dulcimore was meant to be played.  Soft accompaniment to the solo singing voice.

Not even playing the same notes, but harmonizing and filling-in around the singer's voice.  Peaceful and serene.

John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
01/02/21 09:51:35PM
270 posts

Fret Markers


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Bob, what you need to do is make the dot really big, and engrave "Don't blame the builder" on it!

John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
12/30/20 09:54:20PM
270 posts

Sad News -- RIP Ralph Lee Smith


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We all knew this day was coming, but we didn't know WHEN.  It's still very sad for us who knew Ralph, and sad for the dulcimer world at large.  He left a great quantity of scholarly work behind, which will instruct and entertain musicians and luthiers for many years.  Rest in peace, dear friend.

John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
12/24/20 12:26:51PM
270 posts

A Very Merry Christmas to all my New Friends


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And a very merry Christmas to you, Lisa!  Thank you for your service to all of us.

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