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John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
06/24/22 09:29:08PM
308 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
308 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
308 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
308 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
308 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
308 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
308 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
308 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
308 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
308 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
308 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
308 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
308 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
308 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
308 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
308 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
308 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
308 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
308 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
308 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
308 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
308 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
308 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
308 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
308 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
308 posts

The Positive Thread...


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

John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
11/22/21 09:31:46PM
308 posts

Trying to identify this dulcimer.


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The head design looks way off for an Amburgey.  Jethro always marked his, as far as I know.  It appears more  "modern" than Jethro's work.  And the fiddle edges are very wide.  Maybe somebody's interpretation of his dulcimers, with differences added?

John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
11/06/21 01:39:30PM
308 posts

New cherry Jethro Amburgey replica for sale


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This lovely cherry dulcimore of Jethro Amburgey's design is still looking for a loving home.

John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
11/06/21 01:38:20PM
308 posts

New poplar Tennessee music box


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This music box still needs a good home!  Any dulcimore historian/collectors out there?

John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
10/30/21 09:15:01AM
308 posts

New poplar Tennessee music box


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This critter is called a "Tennessee music box". It's a primitive type of dulcimer made in the 1890's in south-central Tennessee. It's much heavier than a typical lap dulcimer-- over 10 pounds, in fact! The nut and bridge plates are formed of thin metal, the tuners are screw eyes, the frets are fence staples, and the body is thick poplar boards. It can be played with a violin bow or guitar pick. Yes, it does play, in noter/drone style only (no chording). It is being offered at $350 plus shipping.


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John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
10/23/21 11:06:38AM
308 posts

Jaromin dulcimer kit from Annalisa's Crafts


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Wally's probably right about the body length being determined by the plywood sheet size.  The same issue crops up when building Tennessee music boxes-- the wood pieces from the lumberyard are 48" long, yet the body length is something like 27" long.  So either you "waste" half your wood or downsize your design to accommodate the size of the lumber.

John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
10/17/21 02:28:43PM
308 posts

New cherry Jethro Amburgey replica for sale


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Thanks Richard, Lisa and Robin!  BTW, I noticed that my camera likes to distort things somewhat!  But the head IS tilted a little to the right.  Oh, well...

John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
10/16/21 02:53:28PM
308 posts

New cherry Jethro Amburgey replica for sale


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Here is a solid cherry dulcimore I built in the Jethro Amburgey pattern.  
The main difference is there are no fiddle edges. But there are also no cracks in it!
It is for noter/drone playing only.  The pegs are ebony violin pegs.  Strings are .012" and .022" wound.
A beautiful orange-red color that will darken with age.  I'm offering it to the public at $400 plus shipping.


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John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
10/14/21 11:57:29AM
308 posts

String Sources, gauges, types


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Art, you can use loop-end strings on anything.  Ball-end strings are hard to use on some dulcimers, but you could always break the ball out with heavy pliers, or run the free end through the ball to make a loop, though it doesn't look very good.

John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
09/27/21 08:58:42PM
308 posts

String Sources, gauges, types


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You could shop at www.juststrings.com for some great prices and quantities!

John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
08/31/21 09:30:41PM
308 posts

Healthy Living- healthy eating, exercise, weight loss, veggie gardening, etc.


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Yum-O!  Tomatillo sauce is the spice of life, as they say!

John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
08/14/21 10:04:13PM
308 posts

Installing Whittner fine tune pegs in a 1973 McSpadden


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Ken, "Perfection pegs" are made by Knilling.   That's their brand name.  And "Pegheds" are made by an different company.  As are Wittner "Fine-Tunes", I believe.

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