John C. Knopf

Location:

Location: Westland, MI
Country: US

My Latest Followers:

chadritchie AndiBear MandaPanda Scott73 Mary Barnsdale Noah Cline Celtic Cowboy Ballad Gal tndulcimer simelmoe Laurel K Scott Kevin R. Lawrence Sheperd Repp GulfVet Salt Springs Slate Creek Dulcimers Dan Sheryl St. Clare Cat Brown Lexie R Oakley Cynthia Wigington Alicia Rexrode Don Kemper Chuck in CT jeffrey charles foster Bob Mark Runge Stewart McCormick Steven Berger Steve Battarbee James Phillips Lois Sprengnether Keel Cheryl Johnson Kevin Messenger Monterey Patty from Virginia Jeff Rick Kennedy Rob N Lackey David Bennett Richard Streib Deborah Hinz john p Dan Goad Bob Stephens Jack Ferguson Bill S Ken Longfield Banjimer

Stats

youtube videos: 1
images: 98

Latest Activity

  All
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 4 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Introduce Yourself!":
"Howdy, Steve!  A warm welcome to you here!  That's a beautiful dulcimer you have.  We'll try to help and encourage you in your activity.  Just let us know..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 days ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Need Some Input:
"Don, it all comes down to your personal preference.  Our friend Bobby Ratliff has made at least one dulcimer of 9 different native woods.  It looked and..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • one week ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Things to do with Prichard and his dulcimers:
"Ken's Prichard replica is beautiful, and seems very accurate to me.  He recently lent it to me for documentation purposes.  I was surprised to see how much..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "All-Maple Melton-Style Galax Dulcimore":
"¡Muchas gracias, amigo!¡Acabo de disfrutar de un delicioso chile relleno después de la iglesia!"
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "All-Maple Melton-Style Galax Dulcimore":
"A new maple Galax dulcimore, built for a lady in Vancouver, Washington."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 weeks ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on fret installation on older just intonation dulcimer:
"Bill, Dan's right.  It's fast and easy to do.   Just get some lengths of steel music wire from the hardware store (about .039" thickness), then take a pair..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 weeks ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on question on sound holes:
"Some of our folks consider the BACK of the dulcimer to be the actual soundboard!"
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 weeks ago • comments: 22
Posted a new Comment on Ok I have more Questions about better brands of dulcimers:
"STEEL strings, not nylon!  About .012" or so for the plain strings, about .022" wound for the bass drone.  Have fun!"
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 3 weeks ago • comments: 22
Posted a new Comment on Ok I have more Questions about better brands of dulcimers:
"The dulcimer you bought will blow you away.  I'm not kidding.  Richard made these incredible dulcimers, and his wife Denise did the incredible inlays.  I..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 3 weeks ago • comments: 22
Posted a new Comment on Ok I have more Questions about better brands of dulcimers:
"There is an excellent 1988 Richard and Denise Wilson dulcimer on eBay as I write, for an excellent price!  I know these makers reputation, and have played..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 3 weeks ago • comments: 22
Posted a new Comment on Ok I have more Questions about better brands of dulcimers:
"Don, you would do well to purchase a good-quality kit and put it together yourself.  Anybody who works with wood can do a great job on it, and have a..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Death of John Shaw, UK mountain dulcimer giant":
"I'm so surprised at this sad news!  I didn't really know John, but I corresponded with him when I built his electric dulcimer a few years ago.  He seemed to..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Identification dulcimer bought in Nebraska":
"Rob, I've seen lots of different kinds of dulcimers and dulcimores, but I've never seen one like yours!"
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • one month ago • comments: 14
Posted a new Comment on Bonaparte's Retreat:
"I entirely concur with the foregoing comments proffered by our distinguished comrades."
John C. Knopf
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Awarding the "giveaway dulcimore" in Berea!":
"Thanks, Robin!   There's one somewhere here in my stack of poplar with your name on it (maybe?)."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "New J. E. Thomas Cumberland dulcimore for sale!":
"This Thomas dulcimore has been sold."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "New J. E. Thomas Cumberland dulcimore for sale!":
"Rebecca asked what scale this dulcimore is fretted in.  It's in equal-temperament, not in mean-tone or just intonation."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • one month ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Awarding the "giveaway dulcimore" in Berea!":
"Each year we have the Berea Traditional Dulcimore Gathering, one of the founding members builds a dulcimore to be given away at the gathering.  Two years..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • one month ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "New J. E. Thomas Cumberland dulcimore for sale!":
"This is my latest poplar Thomas replica dulcimore, which was to be awarded as a prize at the Berea Traditional Dulcimore Gathering last weekend.  The..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • one month ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on 1873 Meadors:
"I like your new avatar photo, Dan!   And that "cool old 1873 piece" of Mr. Meadors that you're holding, which I also held at the Berea gathering!   HISTORY..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to ""The Story Of The Dulcimer" - First Edition for sale!":
"This book has been sold."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 16
Posted a new Comment on Bought a mountain dulcimer at an estate sale:
"This dulcimer doesn't look all that old to me, seeing it has guitar-style fretting.  The head is neatly carved with thin walls and looks delicate.  It..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Come Thou Fount...:
"Amanda, this is so beautiful!  We sing this hymn often in church."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "My mom’s teardrop dulcimer ":
"I have not seen such a dulcimer before.  It looks homemade, maybe of oak.  I'm not familiar with the "HRC" designation.  It's not TOO old, because the frets..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Making a dulcimer humidity resistant?":
"Nate, you could tape some silica-gel packets to a string, so she can pull them out of a soundhole when she gets it. I've used super-glue to glue in frets,..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on This is My Father's World:
"Wonderful, Amanda!  Bravo!  It sounds great in your capable hands."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "2021 Berea Traditional Dulcimore Gathering Details":
"And I'll be packing my illustrious J. E. Thomas replica Cumberland dulcimore, which will be won by an attendee!  Plus a few other things of possible interest..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on Ebenezer - Galax Dulcimer:
"Nicely done!"
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "What examples do you use to explain what a dulcimer is?":
""The mountaineer 'follers (follows) pickin' it' by means of a quill"."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "What examples do you use to explain what a dulcimer is?":
"The Spanish word for "dulcimer", according to the dictionary, is "dulcémele"."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 3 months ago • comments: 18
Posted a new Comment on Fret board attaching to sound board:
"Another way you could try is to drill a couple of small holes near the middle of the fretboard, and run roundhead screws through the fretboard into the top,..."

Latest Group Discussions

  All
John C. Knopf

Dulcimaster Number 5 Is Here


Here is my fifth (and last?) Dulcimaster electric dulcimer, which will...
@John C. Knopf 2 years ago - Comments: 11
John C. Knopf

Something Big Going On In Michigan...


There's something big going on in my workshop. It's been going on for...
@John C. Knopf 8 years ago - Comments: 38
John C. Knopf

Melton Galax just finished!


Here's the latest cherry, spruce and maple Melton Galax dulcimer from my...
@John C. Knopf 3 years ago - Comments: 10
John C. Knopf

Just finished-- another Thomas!


Just now completed another J. E. Thomas dulcimer in poplar for a...
@John C. Knopf 3 years ago - Comments: 11
John C. Knopf

Another cherry and maple solid-body electric


My newest Dulcimaster is solid cherry and hard maple, with...
@John C. Knopf 5 years ago - Comments: 3
John C. Knopf

"Glory" in all her glory


Now heading for Durango is "Glory", a Melton-style Galax dulcimer made...
@John C. Knopf 3 years ago - Comments: 10
John C. Knopf

Siegrist Dulcimer on ShopGoodwill


There's a Siegrist mechanical dulcimer being auctioned now!...
@John C. Knopf 6 years ago - Comments: 0
John C. Knopf

On the Workbench


My latest creation is nearly finished.  Bird's eye maple throughout.
@John C. Knopf 4 years ago - Comments: 8
John C. Knopf

On the Workbench


My latest creation is nearly finished.  Bird's eye maple throughout.
@John C. Knopf 4 years ago - Comments: 0
John C. Knopf

All-Walnut Thomas Hourglass


Here is my latest dulcimer, finished just minutes ago.  Its name is...
@John C. Knopf 5 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 6 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 6 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 6 years ago - Comments: 10
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 7 years ago - Comments: 12
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 7 years ago - Comments: 12
John C. Knopf

Here's a Delight!


I finished this Thomas hourglass dulcimer replica just this afternoon,...
@John C. Knopf 7 years ago - Comments: 10
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 7 years ago - Comments: 13
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 7 years ago - Comments: 14

Latest Audio

  All

Latest Videos

  All
John & "Uncle Eddie" 11/20/13

John & "Uncle Eddie" 11/20/13


@John C. Knopf
6 years ago - Comments: 7

Latest Photos

  All
John in shop 013.JPG
Sept Galax 2020 004.JPG
Sept Galax 2020 003.JPG
Sept Galax 2020 001.JPG
008.JPG
005.JPG
003.JPG
002.JPG
SamRussell 007.JPG
SamRussell 004.JPG
SamRussell 003.JPG
005.JPG
002.JPG
001.JPG
Wisdom TMB 015.JPG
Wisdom TMB 013.JPG
Wisdom TMB 012.JPG
Wisdom TMB 009.JPG

Latest Forum Discussions

  All

All-Maple Melton-Style Galax Dulcimore

Posted: Sunday July 11 2021, 2:28 PM
By: @John C. Knopf

Awarding the "giveaway dulcimore" in Berea!

Posted: Sunday June 13 2021, 9:12 PM
By: @Robin Thompson

New J. E. Thomas Cumberland dulcimore for...

Posted: Friday June 11 2021, 9:53 PM
By: @Ken Hulme

"The Story Of The Dulcimer" - First...

Posted: Wednesday June 9 2021, 10:26 AM
By: @John C. Knopf

This Tennessee Music Box is headed for...

Posted: Friday April 30 2021, 1:11 PM
By: @Strumelia

Texas-bound J. E. Thomas replica dulcimore

Posted: Saturday February 20 2021, 7:36 AM
By: @Strumelia

John Tignor dulcimer rework

Posted: Thursday December 10 2020, 10:22 PM
By: @Ken Longfield

All-walnut Thomas-style dulcimore

Posted: Thursday December 10 2020, 2:08 PM
By: @Nathina

A Samuel F. Russell dulcimore replica

Posted: Sunday July 26 2020, 10:15 AM
By: @Susie

"Generations": Will Singleton replica...

Posted: Friday March 27 2020, 10:31 AM
By: @dulcinina

Sneak peek at a walnut Thomas with Possum...

Posted: Sunday November 3 2019, 7:19 AM
By: @Susie

Do not adjust your set!

Posted: Sunday September 22 2019, 3:26 AM
By: @Steven Berger

Walnut Thomas with possum board

Posted: Tuesday September 10 2019, 1:18 PM
By: @Strumelia

"Angel" Will Singleton Replica

Posted: Wednesday May 22 2019, 10:21 PM
By: @IRENE

Tiny mahogany dulcimer thingy just made

Posted: Sunday March 24 2019, 3:39 PM
By: @Ken Longfield

Richard and Denise Wilson Dulcimer on...

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

Dennis Dorogi

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

Jeopardy! Contestant Likes The Dulcimer

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

Your story about rescuing damaged dulcimers

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

Comments

Robin Thompson
05/11/19 01:00:29PM @robin-thompson:

I'll keep my eye out for photos of the Singleton with a cherry heart! 


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.
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.gif Thanks John!!!Smile.gif