Forum Activity for @ken-longfield

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
06/10/19 04:09:24PM
574 posts

Introduce Yourself!


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Thanks for the link to your website Riksgewijs. That is a very nice lyre. I enjoyed seeing how you made it.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
06/07/19 07:43:05PM
574 posts

Eppinette, Scheitholt, and Kantle player "Orange Kantele"


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

Thanks for the update Greg.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
05/30/19 09:52:11PM
574 posts

Dulcimer maker gathering?


FOR SALE:instruments/music items/CDs/Wanted to Buy...

I don't know where you are in Kansas, but you can hear many dulcimers at the Walnut Valley festival in Winfield. I'm not sure if any builders participate, but you will find many contestants with a variety of dulcimers.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
05/23/19 06:23:50PM
574 posts

Berea Gathering Attendees


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I am happy to do that.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
05/23/19 03:37:46PM
574 posts

Berea Gathering Attendees


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

It's on my calendar for 2020. I will not schedule any overseas trips near the date again. Originally my trip to Italy was to start on May1, but the tour company had to move the starting date to May 8 which meant coming back on May 19 rather than May 12. Had the original schedule worked I would have arrived home on Sunday and left for Berea on Wednesday. I'm looking forward to next year.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
05/03/19 05:57:02PM
574 posts

Playing dulcimer with a ukelele


Playing and jamming difficulties...HELP ME!

Dusty, thanks for the more complete reply. I was just heading out this morning when I saw this post and offered a quick reply. I put new strings on my uke and use a D tuning. It is much easier to play to with the dulcimers that way.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
05/03/19 10:02:06AM
574 posts

Playing dulcimer with a ukelele


Playing and jamming difficulties...HELP ME!

It depends. Are you willing to retune your dulcimer to play with the ukuleles? Most ukulele groups today tune their instruments to the key of C rather than D, so you would need to tune down to CGc or CGG. Of course if the songs the group plays use only the D, G, and A chords you can play along without any problems. It's all about the music.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
04/30/19 10:51:56AM
574 posts

Ducimer comission


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You will like those pegs. I've replaced the violin pegs on a couple of the first dulcimers I built with the geared pegs. They work really well and make tuning easier. The back looks really nice. I like using wood bindings.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
04/29/19 09:58:56PM
574 posts

Strings to use on newly acquired dulcimer


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Checking on the Folkcraft website, the Folkroots dulcimers that have a 29" vsl the string gauges are:  .012, .015, .024RW. Howard Rugg may see this and comment on what he initially put on the dulcimer.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
04/29/19 09:28:30PM
574 posts

Strings to use on newly acquired dulcimer


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You can use the Strothers' string calculator to get a good approximation of the strings to use. I think it tends toward the light side. http://www.strothers.com/string_choice.html Just follow the directions.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
04/29/19 09:22:47PM
574 posts

Ducimer comission


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Looks like nice wood. I trust that when it is finished you will share that with us as well.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
04/26/19 01:15:34PM
574 posts

The Drifting Thread...


OFF TOPIC discussions

That's a bummer Dusty. I trust it will heal quickly. In the meantime, you have some good choices available to you. Have fun.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
04/16/19 07:29:39PM
574 posts

Lullabies from Around the World -- Dusty's tab book available


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Hello, Dusty, I received the book today. It really looks good. At this point I have not had the chance to play any of the tunes but look forward to doing so in the next few days.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
04/10/19 03:27:41PM
574 posts

Introduce Yourself!


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Very nice instrument, Jack. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
04/01/19 11:33:29PM
574 posts

Lullabies from Around the World -- Dusty's tab book available


FOR SALE:instruments/music items/CDs/Wanted to Buy...

I will Dusty. Looking forward to the book.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
04/01/19 08:13:51PM
574 posts

Lullabies from Around the World -- Dusty's tab book available


FOR SALE:instruments/music items/CDs/Wanted to Buy...

I enjoyed the video Dusty. I'm sure I will enjoy the book as well. When our first grandson was born we gave him a CD of lullabies recorded by members of the family that his parents could play as he went to sleep each night. He had to share that with his brother when the second grandson was born. We did another one for our grandson in California when he was born. We are expecting our first granddaughter in August, so a new a new CD may be in order. Perhaps one or two of your lullabies will make it to the CD. Thanks for putting this book together.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

P.S. - I ordered a copy of the book.


updated by @ken-longfield: 04/01/19 08:30:49PM
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
03/24/19 03:39:02PM
574 posts

Tiny mahogany dulcimer thingy just made


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That's really nice John. I bet it sings sweetly.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
03/21/19 12:58:31PM
574 posts

Slight bow in back of dulcimer.


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Since the fretboard is level I do not see a problem with playing it on your lap. As long as the glue joints are solid I do not see a problem with it coming apart. Some dulcimer builders put a curve on the bottom intentionally.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
03/18/19 06:32:33PM
574 posts

Ruth Randle


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I knew Ruth from several dulcimer events I attended. I enjoyed sharing music with her. We talked about her on another dulcimer site (probably one of the Facebook dulcimer pages). She is missed by many.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
03/15/19 05:03:34PM
574 posts

New player / New purchase


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

That is a beautiful instrument. Enjoy and have fun playing it (which I am sure you will). Richard makes wonderful instruments.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
03/10/19 10:23:06AM
574 posts

Cigar Box Guitars


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

Nice, Randy. I could sit and listen to you play all day. Might need a break for pizza though.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
03/07/19 12:35:37PM
574 posts

Working with Tropical Woods


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Wow, really nice figured rosewood. It is a beautiful instrument.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
03/04/19 05:26:47PM
574 posts

Playing again after losing all my dulcimers


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Welcome back, Jeannie. It is wonderful to hear about your new dulcimers. David makes a really nice dulcimer which I'm sure you will enjoy. My best wishes are extended to you as you continue to recover from the fire and loss of your home and possessions.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
02/18/19 07:43:24PM
574 posts

New Harmony Dulcimer


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Enjoy your new dulcimer.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
02/17/19 06:10:50PM
574 posts

How do I tune this, or change the setup?


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Glad my suggestion worked out. Enjoy your new to you dulcimer.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
02/17/19 02:45:22PM
574 posts

The Positive Thread...


OFF TOPIC discussions

Thanks, Dusty. I never tire of Boil 'Em Cabbage. It is a fun and easy tune.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
02/17/19 02:35:31PM
574 posts

How do I tune this, or change the setup?


Instruments- discuss specific features, luthiers, instrument problems & questions

Is the lower string also tuned to D an octave lower than the others? That is certainly a valid dulcimer tuning. It looks like you can easily add a groove in the nut to make it a double melody string. You would then move the other string to the center slot which is already on the nut. Using the proper strings for the vibrating string length of the dulcimer you could certainly tune to DAA or DAd.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
02/15/19 07:41:41PM
574 posts

Your Three Favorite Songs


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Three that have some meaning for me:

There's A Meeting Here Tonight sung by the Limeliters

Jimmy Newman written and sung by Tom Paxton

Paradise written and sung by John Prine

My three favorite hymns:

A Mighty Fortress Is Our God

Now Thank We All Our God

My Life Flows On In Endless Song

I could make up lots of categories for three songs, but I'll stop with those two.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
02/10/19 12:06:55PM
574 posts

Tiny brass dulcimer.


OFF TOPIC discussions

It also could have been half of a pair of earrings. I remember seeing a pair like that a dulcimer festival a few years ago.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."


updated by @ken-longfield: 02/10/19 12:08:19PM
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
02/10/19 12:02:49PM
574 posts

Buying in Europe


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You might check this website: http://www.dulcimers.co.uk. Robin Clark is a member here. He sells several different brands of dulcimers including McSpadden.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
02/09/19 10:08:25PM
574 posts

Oddball double fretboard dulcimer


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Interesting, very interesting.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
02/09/19 09:57:14PM
574 posts

Blackbird


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Guitar Tab Universe uses an "after the fact" type of copyright situation. The site places the responsibility of the copyright owner to notify it that a particular piece of music is posted unlawfully. Once the notice and supporting evidence is supplied, the offending piece is removed. Most dulcimer sites prefer to proactive and ask that copyright material not be posted with out documented permission.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
02/07/19 10:30:30AM
574 posts

No Strum hollow


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My guess is that the strum hollow was invented by someone who did not like to hear the clicking sound of the pick against the fret board. Could have been Prichard or Thomas or someone else.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
02/06/19 07:44:47PM
574 posts

Playing dulcimer with a ukelele


Playing and jamming difficulties...HELP ME!

When I first saw the title of this discussion, I was going to suggest using a pick instead, but now that I understand the topic of this discussion, I won't do that. I just received a soprano ukulele and enjoy playing along with my dulcimer friends.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
02/05/19 09:38:08PM
574 posts

Luthiers - Cedar Creek?


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I agree with Greg's comments. I know some folks who have Cedar Creek dulcimers. I think they are a good quality dulcimer. There probably have not been as many made as McSpadden and Folkcraft. You just don't see as many around. They often come up on the used market although I can't recall prices paid for them.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
02/05/19 08:56:33AM
574 posts

Shipping in the cold


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One reason for letting instruments acclimate to their environment before opening is that with gloss finishes they will craze when subject to rapid changes in temperature. This is much more likely to happen than a problem with the wood. Temperature and humidity will effect wood expansion and contraction and glue joints. The use of modern glues has pretty much eliminated the glue joint problem. It is always better to err on the side of caution than to be eager and sorry.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
02/02/19 10:00:26PM
574 posts

Music must be in my blood


OFF TOPIC discussions

I agree with the Hoffman part. Could be Albert.

 

Ken

"The dulcimer sings sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
02/02/19 09:37:52PM
574 posts

Shipping in the cold


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Like John said, i would advise them to let them acclimate to room temperature before opening if they are coming out of a UPS, FedEx, or post office truck. I picked up a ukulele I ordered at the post office this morning and opened it right away when I got home. I reasoned that it had been in the heated post office for about 4 1/2 hours and I carried it to my parked truck (about 30 seconds in the cold) which was warm and drove home (about two minutes) pulled in to the garage. I then walked to the house (about 30 seconds) and then went inside. I placed the box on the table, heated a cup of coffee in the microwave and then opened the package. No problem.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
02/02/19 09:30:45PM
574 posts

Music must be in my blood


OFF TOPIC discussions

That's a good looking group of fellows. I couldn't make out writing, so I'll take your word for it. Thanks for sharing this unique find.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
02/02/19 04:54:05PM
574 posts

The Drifting Thread...


OFF TOPIC discussions

Haste makes waste. Sorry about that!

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."


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