John C. Knopf

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Location: Westland, MI
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John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 6 days ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Simple Gifts 1873 Jacob Meadors:
"I would not have believed that this sound came out of the pictured dulcimer had you not told me!"
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 6 days ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on 1873 Jacob Meadors:
"It intrigues me how these old fellers spent so much time and effort on crafting the pegheads, and seemed to just throw the rest of the dulcimer together,..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 6 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Dulcimer":
"It may be that the biblical translators were just thinking of this term generically.  The two words of which the word "dulcimer" is composed are dulce..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • one week ago • comments: 12
Posted a new Comment on Jacob Meadors 1873 Feb 15:
"You're such a lucky dog, Dan!  I mean.... such a fortunate...such a blessed luthier/historian!"
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • one week ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on What Pick-Up To Buy?:
"I've used pickups and controls off "loaded" or "pre-wired" electric guitar pickguards from eBay, Amazon, etc.  Ben Baker at "CBGitty" is making..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • one week ago • comments: 12
Posted a new Comment on Jacob Meadors 1873 Feb 15:
"A fabulous find, Dan!  Did it come through the museum, or did you encounter it elsewhere?"
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Question about Homer Ledford dulcimer finish":
"What a beautiful piece of craftsmanship!"
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "John Jacob Niles's dulcimers and playing":
"Some were pretty strange looking.  He seemed to enjoy monkeying with fretting patterns on dulcimers.  I had to ignore the fretting pattern on a Nathan Hicks..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 3 weeks ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Tennessee Music Box Plans?:
"Jimmy, are you building a music box?  Sorry I called you Gordon in my last post- - I should have looked at the names more closely! Were the dimensions I..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Old Folkcraft Teardrop Kit":
"Ken has a good idea.  Add a couple of dowels in the joint for strength, and Gorilla-glue it on.  Or go to a lot of extra trouble and cut a nice strong..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 3 weeks ago • comments: 11
Posted a new Comment on Ball End Strings: What End Pins?:
"I have used these copper-plated endpins, and I like the look of them.  No sharp edges to scratch your finger or snag a tote bag.  The string ball slips over..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 3 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Number 9 :
"Pretty pegs, Mr. Dan!  Just don't make too many of 'em at once, or you'll go peggy on us! "
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Help Selecting from Available Mtn. Dulcimer Hourglass Plans":
"Those slots are actually the space between two backs.  Galax dulcimers have this feature.  You glue small spacer blocks around the edges of the "real" back,..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 3 weeks ago • comments: 29
Posted a new Comment on Show us your Galax!:
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John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Old Folkcraft Teardrop Kit":
"Dave, you could try contacting Folkcraft about getting a replacement fretboard.  When I received a McSpadden dulcimer kit in the mail once, it had a warped..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "2 newly made instruments from musicmakerz":
"That's a great kit-- makes a great dulcimer."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 4 weeks ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Tennessee Music Box Plans?:
"Gordon, Go with something like this:  Top and back 3/8" x 13" x 27" (you may have to butt 2 or 3 narrow pieces together).  Sides 1/2" thick, 3" to 4" wide..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Drifting Thread...":
"I just saw that Roy Clark passed away.  What an amazingly gifted musician he was!  He could play anything with strings on it... including a Hee Haw "Plickitt"."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • one month ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Chromatic Scale Mountain Dulcimer:
"That's a stunning dulcimer, Bob.  Absolutely wonderful! (Those chromatic ones really burn through the fretwire stock, don't they?)  "
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Help Selecting from Available Mtn. Dulcimer Hourglass Plans":
"Hello!  These dulcimer plans are not free, but are good designs, and I think the first 2 are by the same designer, Scott Antes.  One is $10.00, the other..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • one month ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on 11-11-18: Appalachian Dulcimer Players In World War I:
"Thank you for this, David!"
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • one month ago • comments: 15
Posted a new Comment on Traditional Friction Tuners :
"I've used peg soap for years with my handmade dulcimer pegs.  It's a combination of chalk and soap, made into a small solid cube.  I don't know if this stuff..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • one month ago
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John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • one month ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Appflutes Dulcimers:
"Well, "Dame Fortune has indeed smiled upon you, my son!"  I'm fortunate to find wormy chestnut here, let alone clear, sound chestnut.  Making fine dulcimers..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • one month ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Appflutes Dulcimers:
"Where do you find that amazing chestnut, Jack?  Is it all salvage wood? Beautiful grain patterns and workmanship."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • one month ago • comments: 12
Posted a new Comment on hand turned noters:
"Jim, look up my page here, and see the video of Uncle Eddie that is on it."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • one month ago • comments: 12
Posted a new Comment on hand turned noters:
"That would work very well, Irene!  Re-purposing."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • one month ago • comments: 12
Posted a new Comment on hand turned noters:
"Jim, I'm 6'2" tall, so the dulcimer is a big one, for sure.  About 94" long.  World's largest?  Maybe.  I've contacted Guinness about it, with disappointing..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • one month ago • comments: 12
Posted a new Comment on hand turned noters:
"I picked up a couple of them things from Warren May in Berea several years ago.  He might have gotten them from June Apple."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • one month ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on @carol-daniels:
"Welcome, Carol!  We have members with a wide range of experience and knowledge when it comes to mountain dulcimers and DSOs (dulcimer-shaped objects).  And..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 15
Posted a new Comment on OLD STYLE Drone & Noter players:
""Ain't no notes on a delcimore, ye just PLAY it...""
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Maple and spruce Galax dulcimer:
"Thanks, lady and gentlemen!  This dulcimer made it safely to Galax, and is being put through its paces already."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Berea Traditional Dulcimer Gathering":
"That's a must-see for us, Glenda!  Our hardy little group visited Warren, who seemed happy to meet us. I've been stopping in his place since I was a..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Berea Traditional Dulcimer Gathering":
"Remember Boone Tavern's Kentucky Hot Brown!"
John C. Knopf

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John C. Knopf

On the Workbench


My latest creation is nearly finished.  Bird's eye maple throughout.
@John C. Knopf last year - Comments: 8
John C. Knopf

On the Workbench


My latest creation is nearly finished.  Bird's eye maple throughout.
@John C. Knopf last year - Comments: 0
John C. Knopf

All-Walnut Thomas Hourglass


Here is my latest dulcimer, finished just minutes ago.  Its name is...
@John C. Knopf 2 years ago - Comments: 10
John C. Knopf

New Chromatic Walnut Hourglass


Here's the latest from my shop.  My first chromatic (and last?).
@John C. Knopf 3 years ago - Comments: 4
John C. Knopf

First Singleton build


Here are some peeks at my "Uncle Will" Singleton replica now underway....
@John C. Knopf 3 years ago - Comments: 6
John C. Knopf

A problem with my special project


Hi all. I made a special cane for somebody, and I'm having trouble with...
@John C. Knopf 3 years ago - Comments: 15
John C. Knopf

Making a Davis kit dulcimer playable


Well, it seems a lady nearby has a Davis dulcimer she built from a kit...
@John C. Knopf 4 years ago - Comments: 14
John C. Knopf

What Does Your Spouse Think?


I've been wondering for some time what our luthier's lives are like at...
@John C. Knopf 4 years ago - Comments: 13
John C. Knopf

Here's a Delight!


I finished this Thomas hourglass dulcimer replica just this afternoon,...
@John C. Knopf 4 years ago - Comments: 11
John C. Knopf

"Middletown dulcimer" sneak preview!


This is what I'm working on now in my shop. If you look at Anne Grimes'...
@John C. Knopf 4 years ago - Comments: 16
John C. Knopf

I need some advice re: shellac drips


I'm hand-brushing shellac (premixed, from a can) onto my new walnut...
@John C. Knopf 4 years ago - Comments: 15
John C. Knopf

Electric Hybrid TMB


I just finished a hybrid Tennessee music box for one of our members...
@John C. Knopf 4 years ago - Comments: 16
John C. Knopf

"Heritage" is finished!


I just finished building my all-wormy-chestnut dulcimer, and have named...
@John C. Knopf 4 years ago - Comments: 10
John C. Knopf

My "Uncle Eddie" Tribute Dulcimer Is Finished!


Well, after a very long planning and building process, my super-sized...
@John C. Knopf 5 years ago - Comments: 35
John C. Knopf

Any wormy chestnut out there?


Somebody posted on here awhile back about possibly getting some wormy...
@John C. Knopf 5 years ago - Comments: 20
John C. Knopf

Cherry and Curly Maple Galax


Thought you folks would like to see the Galax dulcimer I just finished...
@John C. Knopf 5 years ago - Comments: 15
John C. Knopf

Stringing A TMB Correctly


I just finished this new Tennessee music box for one of themembers...
@John C. Knopf 5 years ago - Comments: 4
John C. Knopf

My "Noah's ark" dulcimer


Here are some photos of the "Noah's Ark" dulcimer I just finished. It's...
@John C. Knopf 6 years ago - Comments: 18

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John & "Uncle Eddie" 11/20/13

John & "Uncle Eddie" 11/20/13


@John C. Knopf
3 years ago - Comments: 8

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Richard and Denise Wilson Dulcimer on...

Posted: Wednesday October 10 2018, 9:24 PM
By: @John C. Knopf

"Glory" in all her glory

Posted: Saturday October 6 2018, 5:26 PM
By: @Dan

chatroom sidebar - adjusting the chat pane...

Posted: Monday October 1 2018, 10:36 PM
By: @John C. Knopf

Melton Galax just finished!

Posted: Sunday July 29 2018, 9:29 PM
By: @John C. Knopf

John Tignor dulcimer rework

Posted: Friday March 30 2018, 9:25 PM
By: @John C. Knopf

Just finished-- another Thomas!

Posted: Tuesday January 30 2018, 1:43 PM
By: @Bob

Dennis Dorogi

Posted: Friday May 19 2017, 6:33 AM
By: @Robin Thompson

Another cherry and maple solid-body electric

Posted: Monday November 7 2016, 6:15 PM
By: @hugssandi

Jeopardy! Contestant Likes The Dulcimer

Posted: Saturday September 17 2016, 1:25 PM
By: @hugssandi

Siegrist Dulcimer on ShopGoodwill

Posted: Saturday June 20 2015, 9:34 PM
By: @John C. Knopf

Your story about rescuing damaged dulcimers

Posted: Friday September 26 2014, 3:28 PM
By: @John Henry

Something Big Going On In Michigan...

Posted: Friday November 15 2013, 11:28 PM
By: @John C. Knopf

Comments

hugssandi
08/07/16 10:44:53PM @hugssandi:

Love your profile pic dulcimer~it's amazing!


Strumelia
11/22/15 11:26:08AM @strumelia:

John, please let me know whether you got my email reply.  Thanks!


Timothy P Teefey
06/05/15 07:48:18AM @timothy-p-teefey:

Justlooking at your photos,that's quitea collection of dulcimers you'vegot there!


Timothy P Teefey
06/05/15 07:44:38AM @timothy-p-teefey:

Thankyou for the kind words. Guess I'm kind of an old world kind of guy. :-)


Cynthia Wigington
01/30/15 05:00:24PM @cynthia-wigington:
and I thought I accepted it! Thanks.
Robin L. Sacks
08/26/14 05:04:03PM @robin-l-sacks:

Hey John, Robin here, I need your assistance if you would please sir...

I'm in the process of making a bass ducimer out of a gourd, I got the fret calculations from Stew-Mac, but for a three stringed instrument, what size strings shold I use? your recomendations willl be muchly appericeated.. I did write the ones suggested by he folks there at Stew-Mac, but now I caint find it

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Patty from Virginia
12/26/13 08:01:10PM @patty-from-virginia:

John, Yes, Mike kept it up on the site and I did see it. That was fantastic!!! Lisa had him to take it down. I asked Mike if there's any way he could put it up on Youtube and apparently he didn't have the capability to do that. I did see it and I think Uncle Eddie sounds great. I'm hoping to make a trip to Kentucky to see it. I've got to save my penniesGrin.gifThanks John!!!Smile.gif


ed st.jean
09/09/13 02:08:31PM @ed-stjean:

John, I see my Tenn. Music box pictured, now you need to show the world your newest Galax creation. She arrived this afternoon ,Packaging held up in perfect condition as if mailed from next door. WHAT A BEAUTY !!! the grain pattern doesn't show well on the picture it is Marvelous. the sound is more mature than I expected not the high tinny sound of new wood .I'm getting older and don't have time for the sound to mature so this is a pleasant surprise.The Sustain is good and 4 egual distant .090 strings give it that great ole timey traditional sound.I'm glad we used the Galax bottom it has just the right volume to not get lost in a 4 piece group.Overall I'm very pleased and excited with my new girlfriend. God bless you and know you will always be my first choice to go to for my concept custom dulcimer .ED St.Jean


ed st.jean
09/05/12 11:05:21PM @ed-stjean:

Peace is wonderful such a uniqe sound .I have an early Homer Ledford It has nowhere near the sweet soundthe Thomas Replica you made for me. thanks so very much for making these wonderful instruments and naming them.my new Peace is a gift fromGod made by a true man of God. Bless you Ed St.JeanGrin.gifGrin.gifGrin.gif


ed st.jean
08/27/12 05:27:41PM @ed-stjean:

IT'S HERE !!!!!Grin.gifGrin.gifALL I Can say is thank you .I haven't been home to see and play "PEACE" but I'm on my way ED