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

This Tennessee Music Box is headed for Colorado


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

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
287 posts

This Tennessee Music Box is headed for Colorado


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions


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
287 posts

This Tennessee Music Box is headed for Colorado


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

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
287 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
287 posts

Introduce Yourself!


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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
287 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
287 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
287 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
287 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
287 posts

Texas-bound J. E. Thomas replica dulcimore


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions


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
287 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
287 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
287 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
287 posts

Jon Pickow's last performance


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

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
287 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
287 posts

Sad News -- RIP Ralph Lee Smith


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

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
287 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.

John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
12/10/20 09:58:18PM
287 posts

John Tignor dulcimer rework


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Thanks, Ken! I remember seeing John's dulcimers at a shopping mall and being blown away by the depth, the width, and the wasp-waist on those critters!  I taught a young girl how to play one, and it was nearly as big as she was!

John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
12/10/20 08:33:25AM
287 posts

All-walnut Thomas-style dulcimore


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The first two strings are #4 gauge or .013", and the bass string is #8 gauge or .020".

John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
12/09/20 09:33:50PM
287 posts

Can anyone tell me about John Maxwell Dulcimers.


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I have -- somewhere-- a brochure from the Upper Cumberland Craft Center when John Maxwell was running it, and a John Maxwell dulcimer which was damaged when somebody removed it from the wall of a T.G.I.Friday's restaurant years ago.

John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
12/09/20 02:57:59PM
287 posts

All-walnut Thomas-style dulcimore


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Lisa, homemade strings are made by taking a small spool of piano wire, and twisting a loop in the free end.  Then you cut the wire off to the length you want.   It's a little tricky to get a good twist of the wire.

John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
12/09/20 12:34:26PM
287 posts

All-walnut Thomas-style dulcimore


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An all-walnut J. E. Thomas replica dulcimore with just intonation and homemade strings.


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John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
12/06/20 10:15:56PM
287 posts

My voyage to the lute guitar (and mountain dulcimer as well)


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

Wilkommen, Jost!  I don't speak much more Deutsch than that, though my last name is German (Knopf).

Your English is very good and quite understandable.  Danke for joining and sharing with us!

John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
11/26/20 09:49:20PM
287 posts

McSpadden v. Folkcraft?


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My idea is if the dulcimer is curvy (hourglass), it's a LADY.  If the dulcimer has a fat middle (Galax or teardrop), it's a GENT.   Nature itself should teach us that...  Now if the dulcimer is straight-sided, or asymmetrical, well...um...OK, it's just a theory.

John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
11/26/20 09:11:07AM
287 posts

Giving Thanks


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Thank you, Lisa, for starting this website, and giving all of us a way to connect, instruct, and bless one another.  This has been especially important these last 9 months.  May you and yours have a truly blessed Thanksgiving.  And that goes for all of the other members here, as well!

John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
11/07/20 10:28:29PM
287 posts

It Came today.


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Wonderful!  Wonderful!  It all worked out!  

McSpadden makes a lovely dulcimer.  If you like, you can replace those tuners with the same thing, or something similar.  There are many options from which to choose.

John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
11/03/20 01:12:54PM
287 posts

Does anyone recognize the Luthier who uses this symbol


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Hello, Nathina! 

That symbol is the logo of McSpadden Instruments (also known as The Dulcimer Shoppe) of Mountain View, Arkansas.

John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
10/09/20 08:35:38AM
287 posts

Dulcimer repair question


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Tailpins made of nails aren't a problem with loop-end strings.  When I started with dulcimers in the mid-70s, all of the strings were loop-end, sometimes with green chenille wrapped into the windings! 

Ball-end strings can be converted to loop-end strings by removing the "ball".  If you dare, take heavy electrician's pliers and squeeze the thing until it cracks, then remove the pieces. VOILA!  A loop-end string!

John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
10/06/20 11:07:07PM
287 posts

Dulcimer repair question


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Ken's right-- it would be best to see a photo or two.  The fix shouldn't be that difficult, based on what you've said.

Are you by any chance in Wayne County, MI?

John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
09/03/20 05:45:07PM
287 posts

Want to get a fretting printout for a 24" VSL


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Patty, have him go to StewMac.com, and on the home page, at the bottom, there is a link to a Fret Calculator (free).  Have him click on that, and it will take him to a page that he can fill out with pertinent numbers, and it will automatically calculate dulcimer fret spacings for him.  He might need to use the guitar template for all of those extra frets.  The output is in inches or millimeters, and will have to be measured out on the fretboard or paper.

John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
08/31/20 01:57:36PM
287 posts

Magnetic pickup vs Piezo vs Mic pointed at dulcimer


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Something useful might be found on the CBGitty website.  They have 3- and 4-pole pickups and flat humbuckers as well.

John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
08/19/20 05:35:00PM
287 posts

Dr. George Orthey, Mountain dulcimer and Autoharp maker


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This is sad news.  Dr. George Orthey was also a colonel in the US Army, and a veterinarian, too.  He lived quite a distinguished life.  The dulcimer world has lost another fine craftsman and enthusiast.  May God comfort George's family at this time of grief.

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