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John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
12/01/21 09:30:32AM
285 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
285 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
285 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
285 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
285 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
285 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
285 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
285 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
285 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
285 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
285 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
285 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
285 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
285 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
09/02/21 09:47:16PM
285 posts

Wanted: Vintage McSpadden Dulcimer


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Nathina, I believe that horseshoe symbol was actually a stylized "M", for McSpadden.  

It was rounded at the sides like a horseshoe, though.  I've never encountered a bad McSpadden in my experience.

John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
08/31/21 09:30:41PM
285 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
285 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.

John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
07/27/21 08:16:55AM
285 posts

Who's dulcimer kit?


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That scroll design is unique in my experience.  Looks as if a large hole was bored in the scroll, and a rounded-off plug of wood was glued into it.

John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
07/25/21 07:24:29PM
285 posts

The Joy of Sharing Dulcimer


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Friends, I have the solution you crave for tuning multiple dulcimers for children:  Use zither pins for tuners, and give tuning wrenches only to the instructors!  Tune all of the dulcimers ONCE, and let the classes begin!

John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
07/25/21 02:20:49PM
285 posts

Can you ID this dulcimer?


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There's not a lot to go on here, Bridge.  Doesn't instantly remind me of any particular maker.  Dulcimer-building is all about putting one's own unique style and design to a piece.  If you get any further photos they might help!  Sorry.

John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
07/24/21 08:09:53PM
285 posts

fingerstyle playing on a budget


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Cardboard dulcimers can sound SURPRISINGLY GOOD!  

I know I'm shooting myself in the foot when I say that, being a builder of dulcimers, but it's true.

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

Introduce Yourself!


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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
285 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
285 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
285 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
285 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
285 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
06/10/21 10:40:51PM
285 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
06/01/21 08:49:56AM
285 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
285 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
285 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
285 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
285 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
285 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
285 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
285 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
285 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
285 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
285 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.
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