John C. Knopf

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Location: Westland, MI
Country: US

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John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 3 days ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Dulcimer 27 completed:
"Bob, once again you made a beautiful dulcimer.  Have you displayed any of them at art galleries or high-end gift shops?  They look like things I've seen at..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 3 days ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on My Dulcimer Builds:
"It's obviously an extra soundhole, finely tuned and placed in the optimal resonant area. Or it could be just a plain hole in the wood..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 4 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Will donate student dulcimer to needy beginner":
"That's great news, Richard!"
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 5 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Replacing the Nut on a Homer Ledford":
"Maybe try a heat gun/hair dryer to warm up the glue on the ends?  Sometimes that will soften the glue."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • one week ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on My Dulcimer Builds:
"Very nice, Noah!"
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Question about fret layout.":
"Ray, the scale starts at the third fret and goes up."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • one week ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Cherry and Black Walnut Mountain Dulcimer:
"Very nice, Bob.  You have a good touch on that tune.  So soothing and peaceful."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • one week ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Dulcimer vs Dulcimore:
"It would clear up much confusion if there was the adoption of the universal usage of the terms "dulcimer" and "dulcimore" to refer to the trapezoidal..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "New Body ":
"Looks sensational, Ken!   Can you make me a new body, too?  I'd like to downsize somewhat..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 weeks ago • comments: 12
Posted a new Comment on Hector the Hero on the Mini Jumbo Dulcimer I build:
"Wondrous music!  Love that dulcimer itself, too."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 weeks ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on Staples and Strings:
"Seems to sonically take me to India somehow.  Great tune, Dan!"
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Dulcimer just followed me home":
"That's great that you could pick up that dulcimer "for a song".  McSpadden/Dulcimer Shoppe makes a nice kit, and I've assembled several of them.  Mine came..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 weeks ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on My latest prototype build!:
"Now you can put a little bumper knob on the end of the head, and a curved handle on the tailblock, and you've got yerself a WALKIN' CANE!  Go stylin' down..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 weeks ago • comments: 1
Posted a new Comment on My new "Betty":
"I'm sorry to hear 'bout Old Betty's demise, Dan...  New Betty's a looker, though!"
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 weeks ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on My latest prototype build!:
"It's a.....it's a......a.....it's a......it's.....what is it?  It's right perty, tho."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Ugly Dulcimer - A Story":
"How 'bout 4 rosettes to take the place of those (?)-shaped soundholes, Ken?  They can cover a multitude of sins..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Melton Galax just finished!":
"Thank you one and all for your comments.   I'd forgotten how much work was involved in making one of these critters.  They may look sorta simple, but if you..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Melton Galax just finished!":
"Robin Thompson: I'm a professional mountain dulcimer tester-- you'd better send this my way so I can test this beauty!  haha  Oh YEAH?  That's what you..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Melton Galax just finished!":
"Here's the latest cherry, spruce and maple Melton Galax dulcimer from my shop.  Hope you like it!"
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Choose just ONE song for all eternity...":
"Lisa, that's an IMPOSSIBLE question for me to answer.  I love so many songs and hymns! "Next to the Word of God, MUSIC deserves the highest praise..."..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Mercer Museum Zither Replica":
"K & S Brand music-wire strips can be found at hobby shops, home centers and hardware stores.  I get my .039" steel music wire from my local hardware..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 4 weeks ago • comments: 14
Posted a new Comment on Cherokee Shuffle:
"Very jaunty and happy-sounding!  Thanks."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Mercer Museum Zither Replica":
"Huzzah, huzzah!"
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • one month ago • comments: 14
Posted a new Comment on Sow Hogfiddle:
"TASTY, TASTY!"
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • one month ago • comments: 13
Posted a new Comment on 1st Dulcimer Build:
"OK, Sheryl, time to fess up... Are you SURE that this is the first dulcimer that you've made, or is it really the FIFTY-first one you've made?   'Cause MY..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • one month ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on Making dulcimer end blocks :
"Ken is right -- slotted endblocks are a lot of trouble compared with flush-glued endblocks.  If you prepare the blocks well, and the sides fit together..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • one month ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on Mountain Dulcimer History:
"No, that looks like a one-off dulcimer to me.  It doesn't look familiar.  Is it fretted accurately, or can it be played?"
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Positive Thread...":
"Bob, I'd be greatly surprised if you don't sell those dulcimers.  They're works of art (and Bob)! Have fun and make some connections."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on And the Holy Ghost (Number 6 Simerman):
"Dan here's a good-un!  We've sung it at my church. Holy Ghost, With Light DivineWords by Andrew Reed, 1817 Music by Louis M. Gottschalk VERSE ONE: Holy..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "What Are You Working On?":
"That zitter-critter's lookin' right perty, Ken H.!   As fer ME, gotta get back to puttin' a cherry 'n' maple Galax together."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Help with a New Purchase and a thank you!:
"I got a little guy (25" long) with a 21-3/8" VSL.  It has zither pin tuners, though, so if you like to change tunings frequently, you'll need to consider..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Positive Thread...":
"I'm very happy to hear it!   I stopped arguing with table saws after one took a small chunk of meat out of my right thumb 40 years ago. "
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Little Mary:
"A wondrous tune, Bob.  You have a lucky little girl."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on A Black Walnut creation:
"You continue to amaze us, Bob.  Another wonderful creation."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 3 months ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Building a solid body electric bass dulcimer:
"Jerry, I don't know anything about Black Limba lumber, but as far as the scale goes, you can check out Woodcraft stores for a 40" stainless steel..."

Latest Group Discussions

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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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Roscoe Russell-Style Galax

Roscoe Russell-Style Galax


@John C. Knopf
2 years ago - Comments: 5
John & "Uncle Eddie" 11/20/13

John & "Uncle Eddie" 11/20/13


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

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Latest Forum Discussions

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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