John C. Knopf

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Location: Westland, MI
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John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • one week ago • comments: 16
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,..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • one month ago • comments: 21
Posted a new Comment on What is a "luthier" ?:
"How about coining a new portmanteau word, guys and gals?  I suggest "Dulcimaker"!  It's descriptive, accommodates either "dulcimer" or "dulcimore", and is..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Indoor House Plants":
"My mom's Christmas cactus got mixed-up and started blooming at Easter!  Is that normal?  At least it was the other Christian holiday..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • one month ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on Saints:
"You got them saints all marching in formation, Brother Dan!  Great job."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • one month ago • comments: 25
Posted a new Comment on 19th Century Pritchard Dulcimer?:
"It sure looks like a real Prichard to me, Terry!  Even has age marks on it.  The uniquely-shaped heart soundholes say "genuine C. N. Prichard dulcimore" to..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on hollow soundboard. :
"I agree with my friend Ken. It might make a small difference in sound or volume, but most folks wouldn't be able to tell.  Nice work!"
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "How is the COVID-19 coronavirus affecting you?":
"Venni, that's sad.  May God help you heal from this devastating illness very soon.  "
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Courtney Rose Dulcimer:
"Looks like a kit-built dulcimer, as Ken said."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 15
Posted a new Comment on Hard Times Come Again No More :
"Such a moving song by Stephen Foster.  He certainly knew hard times, didn't he?  And so do we, over 150 years later.  But we still have hope for a brighter..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "This Tennessee Music Box is headed for Colorado":
"Eleven pounds, eleven ounces in the box.  Probably 8 or 9 pounds?  You can play it on your lap if you have a large lap."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "This Tennessee Music Box is headed for Colorado":
"Thank you, Lisa!  That's the effect I was trying to achieve.  I raced through the construction, only to be stymied at the end by the string attachment to the..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "This Tennessee Music Box is headed for Colorado":
"Robin Thompson: Doggone cool, John!  The new owner is in for lots of fun playing this beauty!   Thanks, Robin!  My customer must be a "patron of the..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "This Tennessee Music Box is headed for Colorado":
"Kusani: Being from Tennessee I, also, just had to made a Tennessee Music Box.    It was a fun project and have been asked to demo it on a few occasions...."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "This Tennessee Music Box is headed for Colorado":
"This is a just-completed, all-poplar, authentic Tennessee music box. Really heavily built, but it sounds great, nevertheless!  It has an amber shellac..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Help finding Keith Young dulcimer building booklet":
"Wendell, I have the same set of 2 DVDs that you have, but I don't recall ever getting a booklet with them."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Introduce Yourself!":
"Andi, your English is very good, and you write it well.  Welcome to our dulcimer site!   We have something for everybody here, whether you like to play the..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Soundhole reinforcement:
"Bill, I use a narrow, thin strip of the same wood, and glue it at an angle (not necessarily 90 degrees) under the top, where it won't show. You can go with..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Feedback on new instrument":
"Those tuners look like planetary ones-- the best."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Positive Thread...":
"Ken Longfield: John C. Knopf: It's great to hear this news, Ken!  Now we can both hike the Appalachian Trail from Canada to Georgia! (virtually). As long..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Positive Thread...":
"It's great to hear this news, Ken!  Now we can both hike the Appalachian Trail from Canada to Georgia! (virtually)."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Feedback on new instrument":
"Lisa, the late Bob Mize was a legendary, quality builder of mountain dulcimers.  There is no question about that. The number 1922 is probably the serial..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Researching a dulcimer I think it is a Bob Lazenby":
"Dewey, the wood looks like cherry to me.  It's an orangy color like cherry, and if it IS cherry, it'll slowly turn a beautiful rich red over the years."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 3 months ago • comments: 24
Posted a new Comment on Neck width:
"Here you go!  I've had these cases and they are EXCELLENT.  www.TKL.com  21184"
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 3 months ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on Hard Times Come Again No More:
"Very lovely rendition, sir!"
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 3 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Richard Troughear MD made during service in Vietnam":
"Thank you, ladies!"
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 3 months ago • comments: 25
Posted a new Comment on 19th Century Pritchard Dulcimer:
"That's a beautiful treasure, Susan!  You're fortunate to have it.  Thanks for sharing it with us."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 3 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Texas-bound J. E. Thomas replica dulcimore":
"Strumelia: Another beauty! Thank you, Ma'am!"
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 3 months ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Texas-bound J. E. Thomas replica dulcimore":
"Yessir, this Thomas dulcimore is bound for the Cold Star State!  Ah...Lone Star State, sorry. Poplar and walnut with an antique black finish.  Looks 100..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 3 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Positive Thread...":
"It's nice to know my 8-foot-tall Uncle Eddie hasn't been forgotten!  Though he has been "upstaged" somewhat by the 9-foot-tall Mawhee dulcimore built by my..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 3 months ago • comments: 19
Posted a new Comment on A question concerning extra frets on diatonic dulcimer:
"Jost, part of the charm in playing noter/drone style is the limitation imposed by a diatonic fretboard.  Chords, chromatic fretboards and alternative tunings..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 3 months ago • comments: 19
Posted a new Comment on A question concerning extra frets on diatonic dulcimer:
"Jost, you can think of each fret as a sort of nut, which shortens the effective vibrating length of the string.  Each fret is a hard ridge to bend the string..."

Latest Group Discussions

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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

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John & "Uncle Eddie" 11/20/13

John & "Uncle Eddie" 11/20/13


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

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Latest Forum Discussions

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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

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

Posted: Thursday December 24 2020, 8:34 AM
By: @John C. Knopf

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