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Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
06/04/20 03:53:48PM
659 posts

What Are You Working On?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Thank you, Dusty.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
06/04/20 01:22:03PM
659 posts

What Are You Working On?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Well, I finally finish the restoration of a Pennsylvania German zitter. I purchased two of them back in the Fall of 2019. The other one was easier to restore as I just had to repair a few cracks and reglue some joints. The top on the one I just finished was beyond repair and I had to make a new top. Here is the instrument.

Ken,

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."


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Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
05/30/20 09:48:20AM
659 posts

Carved headstock and end piece.Maker?


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I may have to adjust my guess of the age of this instrument as it has no 6 1/2 fret that I can see. If someone were going for a traditional dulcimore, I understand leaving out that fret, but since at least the mid 1970s the 6 1/2 has been basically standard.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
05/29/20 11:14:52PM
659 posts

Carved headstock and end piece.Maker?


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I have no idea who made that dulcimer. I doubt that the peg head and tailpiece are carved. It looks like a simple cut with a band saw. From the look of the tuning pegs, it would guess it was made within the last 20 years or so.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
05/26/20 08:05:00PM
659 posts

Herdim picks


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Dictum, the company in Germany who makes the Herdim picks, says that they began making them in the 1960s for guitar players and developed by Gunther Dick. There are three gauges of picks; yellow, thin; red, medium; and blue, thick. On each pick there are three points: I is thin, II is medium, and III is thick. Folks have measured the various thickness of points on each pick, but the measurements vary depending upon who does the measuring. I use the blue pick and mostly play with I point.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
05/26/20 10:18:49AM
659 posts

The EverythingDulcimer website has returned. Whooopie!!!


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Here is a link to the issue of DPN in which my article on Everything Dulcimer appears. It is on page 33.

https://issuu.com/dulcimerplayersnewsinc/docs/120823190208-24b1ef20f89d4e1e9cbb6004cdabb332

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
05/24/20 09:26:25PM
659 posts

The EverythingDulcimer website has returned. Whooopie!!!


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I thought I had posted a response to Lisa's request for the exact year ED started. It was 2002. Bruce began running some tests as he built the website starting in January and went online full time in March 2002. I think KenH joined on March 15 and I I joined on March 18. I wrote a short article on Everything Dulcimer for Dulcimer Players News. I'll have to search for that article. I did some early testing of the site Bruce and he asked me to be a moderator. When Bruce was at sea Ron Zuckerman pretty much ran the website and I helped with some of the work. Now help me out, Did I respond to this request in some other discussion?

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
05/16/20 11:14:37AM
659 posts

The EverythingDulcimer website has returned. Whooopie!!!


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I did read your post about Jason, but did not realize that Steve and Dan had a played a role in ED. I know Ron Zuckerman did quite a bit of work with the ED website.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
05/16/20 11:04:36AM
659 posts

The EverythingDulcimer website has returned. Whooopie!!!


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I agree with Ken Hulme as I joined ED just after he did. Bruce called me and we did some testing of ED together. I don't remember any Jason involved in the origin of the website.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
05/16/20 09:26:33AM
659 posts

The EverythingDulcimer website has returned. Whooopie!!!


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I continue to check in to ED every day and make comments there when appropriate. I also tell people to check it out. It is important to have as many resources as possible to promote the mountain dulcimer and encourage people to play it.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
05/15/20 08:13:15PM
659 posts

The EverythingDulcimer website has returned. Whooopie!!!


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Indeed, it is not the old ED site. I was a moderator on that site and know the frustrations Bruce Ford experienced keeping it a safe place to discuss all things dulcimer. While he was at sea, he gave me and another person administration rights. I was overwhelmed by how much time it took to eliminate spurious material and offensive members. After he retired from the Navy and started his own business, he just did not have the time to put into ED anymore. Rather than turn it over to someone else, Bruce decided to retire the site. At least, that is how I understand it.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
04/19/20 10:50:02AM
659 posts

The New ED


Dulcimer Resources:TABS/Books/websites/DVDs

One thing that the original ED site had early on was a chat room which allowed a few of us to get to know each other. Those chats helped trigger discussions and responses on the main site. That is one of the nice things here as well, the chat room. Not a lot of folks use it, but we have a group of regulars on early in the morning (EDT) and sometimes in the evenings. I don't get in to the chat often as I'm not an early riser. Like my wife says, "You don't wake up until 10 p.m." I'm a night owl.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
04/18/20 10:30:20AM
659 posts

The New ED


Dulcimer Resources:TABS/Books/websites/DVDs

I'm curious about how folks here have joined or used the new ED site. There does not seem to be many folks participating there and I wonder why? Could it be that the administrator remains anonymous creating a less friendly and personable atmosphere? Bruce Ford, the creator of the original ED, participated using his name and we knew a little bit about him. The same is true of Lisa here and Bobby at The Traditional Mountain Dulcimore site. Even at Discovering Dulcimers on Facebook some of us know the originator, Maria, and Wayne Anderson who maintains the page. What do the rest of you think?

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
04/10/20 03:46:09PM
659 posts

How is the COVID-19 coronavirus affecting you?


OFF TOPIC discussions

That's a really nice looking Fender Strat. The Champion 20 is great amp. Here is a photo of guitar I built. I use it with a Fender Mustang LT 25.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

 


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Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
04/10/20 01:08:13PM
659 posts

How is the COVID-19 coronavirus affecting you?


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LisavB, I'm glad to hear your are using your stay-home time well. I'd love to see your pick Fender Strat. Last summer I built a Fender Strat look alike from a kit. I painted it emerald green. It is my first and only electric guitar. I bought a cool little Fender amp to go with it. Haven't tried cutting my own hair yet, but that may be in the future.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
03/25/20 11:37:04AM
659 posts

Dulcimer String Anchor Pins


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I'm not a big fan of the single wooden peg as a string anchor. I think wrapping all the strings around it looks ugly. Just my opinion. I use brass coated brads which I install in a line, either in a horizontal line or on a slant. I generally cut the heads off the brads so that I can use either loop or ball end strings. I like having a separate anchor for each string.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
03/23/20 08:19:07PM
659 posts

Rest in peace, Maddie MacNeil


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I first met Maddie when both of us worked in Shenandoah National Park. I can't remember if we first met in 1971 or 1973.  Occasionally my wife and I would drive from our location at Loft Mountain to see and hear Maddie perform at Skyland. This was in her pre-mountain dulcimer days. She played guitar and (I think) was just beginning to play hammered dulcimer. We had some good times in the park, but lost track of each other after my wife and I finished our stint at Shenandoah in 1973. A few years later we reacquainted, when we saw she was presenting a concert in our area. By then she was playing mountain dulcimer and I had begun building them. Over the years our paths crossed a few times and I wound up submitting an article to DPN which led to my doing a few more on dulcimer builders. When Maddie and Ralph began mountain dulcimer week at Shenandoah University, I signed up. This led to my running sound for all the concerts and helping out by making copies for the workshop leaders. I also did a few workshops on dulcimer maintenance. All of this was at Maddie's urging ( she would not take "no" as an answer). She even managed to get me on stage to play with other workshop leaders. I must say that she was very good about getting me out of my comfort zone. She was always so positive and encouraging. Even though we did not see each other often, I will miss Maddie and our friendship.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
03/16/20 10:39:39PM
659 posts

How is the COVID-19 coronavirus affecting you?


OFF TOPIC discussions

I, too, live in a rural area. All our dulcimer activities are cancelled because the nursing homes where we usually play are not allowing visitors. Also, a community Lenten service were to play at was cancelled. So I just plan to stay at home, play music, and work in the workshop. I have a PA German zitter to repair and a few instruments I hope to build. I should keep fairly busy. Oh, and I have some writing to do. The more I think about, the busier I will be.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
02/22/20 08:42:10PM
659 posts

Take a guess on who made this dulcimer


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Yes, a Folkcraft, but I don't think it is a kit. The kits did not have that type of peg head.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
02/21/20 07:12:37AM
659 posts



Sound posts were used by "Uncle Ed" Thomas and Charles N. Prichard in their dulcimers. Thomas had two sound posts; one about the 3rd fret and one about the 10th fret. Prichard had one sound post in the center of the fretboard. A friend made a reproduction of the Prichard dulcimer and when I asked him if he put in a sound post, he replied that he hadn't. He did on the next one he built and noticed an increase in the volume of the dulcimer. I put one in a dulcimer I recently built. People have commented on how nice it sounds, but I can't say for sure it was because of the addition of the sound post. Matt is correct. If you want more volume from a mountain dulcimer, add a possum board.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."


updated by @ken-longfield: 02/21/20 08:50:09AM
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
02/17/20 12:57:55PM
659 posts

Trying to get in touch with member


Site QUESTIONS ? How do I...?

I think you are talking about Kevin Messenger. I will PM you his email address. He is busy building a new house, so I don't know how often he checks in to email, etc. Kevin is around. I talked to him the other day.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
02/14/20 09:18:07AM
659 posts

Epinette


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

Indeed, it is a small world. You did a nice job figuring out what you needed to do. It looks like a very nice instrument.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
02/11/20 10:01:18PM
659 posts

Tell us about your VERY FIRST dulcimer


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

If you can contact the folks at the luthiery in Hindman, Ky, they may be able to help you. I am sure that they have seen and handled many Amburgey dulcimers. Do a google search for  Hindman, KY and Doug Naselroad. The Appalachian Artisan Center and the Hindman Settlement School are other things to look for. Hope this helps you.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
02/03/20 07:06:32PM
659 posts

Homer Ledford, Bob Mize, Larry Barringer, etc.


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Marg, I've seen explanations for the differing directions of the hearts, but darned if I can remember them. Most of the early dulcimers had the hearts with the bottom pointing to the left. One theory for the change is that they looked better hanging on a wall with the hearts pointing down.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
02/02/20 07:04:04PM
659 posts

Homer Ledford, Bob Mize, Larry Barringer, etc.


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Marg, I certainly do. This photo was taken by John Huron shortly after he finished restoring the dulcimer. Somewhere I have a video of Joe Collins playing it. I'll see if I can find it. There are photos of it from the first Berea gathering as well.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."


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Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
02/02/20 04:23:20PM
659 posts

Homer Ledford, Bob Mize, Larry Barringer, etc.


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Nina, the 1,500 number is not absolute. It is based on a guess that he made some dulcimers before he started numbering them. I'm not saying that I have the last one that he made, but a higher number has not surfaced yet. Thomas was helpful in moving the mountain dulcimer out of the mountains. Women who worked at the settlement schools purchased instruments and gave them to friends and/or relatives in New England. It is reported that he sent one to Eleanor Roosevelt and the King of England. I'm not sure that either of those reports has been verified.

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
01/31/20 06:14:02PM
659 posts

Homer Ledford, Bob Mize, Larry Barringer, etc.


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Marg, some information needs to be updated. I own a J.E. Thomas dulcimer, #1465 dated February,1931.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
01/28/20 08:15:13PM
659 posts

Guitar project


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

Thank you Susie and Robin. I've never had a 12 fret guitar and didn't want another dreadnaught. This one is based on the Martin 00 design. It will be a steel string guitar. I'll post photos when I finish it and may play a few chords so you can hear how it sounds.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."


updated by @ken-longfield: 01/28/20 08:16:18PM
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
01/28/20 05:10:06PM
659 posts

Guitar project


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

Back in 2015 I asked my luthier friend if he would help me build a guitar. He agreed and I started work. Over the last four years there have been many interruptions due to illness, travel, and my friend remodeling his house and using his shop for storage space. I've been back at it recently and today we set the place for the bridge and saddle. Here are three photos of where I am on this project. After taking the photos I took the neck off and pore filled the neck. I also did a final sanding on the body before it enters the spray booth later this week or early next week. The body will be nitrocellulose lacquer while the neck will be finished with Tru-oil. As you can see more frets need to be added to the fret board which will happen when the neck is permanently attached to the body. While all this is going on I am restoring two PA German zitters and continuing to build a couple of dulcimers.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

 


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Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
01/27/20 08:38:33PM
659 posts

Lucy Wise - Walking Out


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

What a wonderful song which is performed well. Thanks for posting it here Robin.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
01/25/20 08:41:08PM
659 posts

Hearts Of The Dulcimer Podcast In Its 5th Year


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Well Happy Anniversary to the Heart of the Dulcimer Podcast. I enjoy listening to the podcasts.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
01/25/20 08:38:11PM
659 posts

David Olney, age 71


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I had learned of David's death on FaceBook. His passing leaves a large hole in the folk music world. Salt, I do remember Jose Greco and Arthur Rubinstein. Both were wonderful performers in their own right.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
01/24/20 09:56:13AM
659 posts

Everything Dulcimer - Closing Down.


Dulcimer Resources:TABS/Books/websites/DVDs

Yes, Rain Dog, the new site began on January 13, 2020. It is starting to be populated by former members and new folks.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
01/17/20 08:47:54PM
659 posts

Changing tuners on a Warren May dulcimer.


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

Thanks, Greg. I knew that at least one of those fellows did that.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
01/17/20 10:35:49AM
659 posts

Changing tuners on a Warren May dulcimer.


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

I remember a builder who made fine tuners out of small trapezoidal shaped blocks of ebony. I'm not sure if it was Walt Martin, Keith Young, George Orthey, or someone else. They worked very well.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
01/07/20 10:43:52AM
659 posts

Would like info on my new to me dulcimer.


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Like KenH, I've never heard of him and agree that you have a very nice looking dulcimer. Working for Huss and Dalton he should have good experience in instrument building.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
01/07/20 10:40:46AM
659 posts

1-2-4 Chord Surprise!


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Glad to hear that playing one instrument is helping you play the other. When I first started playing guitar I did stretching exercises for my left hand to reach some of the chords. The span of my left hand from tip of thumb to to of pinky when spread to its widest is greater than on my right hand. After you play for some time, I am sure you will notice this difference as well. Have fun learning your instruments.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
01/05/20 09:19:28PM
659 posts

Your next performance?


OFF TOPIC discussions

I agree with the others; a job well done. Thanks for sharing this delightful performance.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
01/04/20 04:51:24PM
659 posts

North Carolina dulcimers getting media attention


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Thanks, Dusty. I enjoyed the video and was impressed that the group took the songs at a nice even pace (slowly).

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

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