John C. Knopf

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Location: Westland, MI
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John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Removing a fret":
"It helps to heat the fret with a soldering iron, if you're set on removing it.  Heat melts any glue that might have been used, and also gets the wood to "let..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 3 weeks ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Bugeilio'r Gwenith Gwyn:
"Beautiful tune, Robin.  Do you have a translation of the title?"
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 3 weeks ago • comments: 23
Posted a new Comment on POLL: How long ago did you start playing dulcimer?:
"I started as a fresh-faced lad of 16 or so, under the tutelage of Steve Cook by means of a cassette tape (Huh? What's THAT?) and Jean Ritchie's books.  Now,..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "What's in a NAME???":
"Kusani, just slap some black paint on it like Mr. Thomas did.  Paint covers a multitude of errors."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "What's in a NAME???":
"I've been using words from the Bible, usually the Psalms, as names for my new dulcimer builds.  It's getting more difficult to find words that can be names..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Hollow Fingeboards?":
"I run the fretboard blank through the table saw multiple times, then chisel out the strips that remain.  It's a little crude, but it works well enough, and..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • one month ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Just built a semi fretless banjo:
"Very nice!"
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "What do you use for end pins?":
"I have used the following items in the past:  Brass-plated roundhead nails, small steel brads, or copper desk pins from Folkcraft, and on my historical..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on The Old Country Church:
"Beautiful, Cindy!  Now you need to sing a few verses along with the tune! "
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Thomas completed":
"Kevin!  That's a stunner!   What would Uncle Ed say about that curly walnut?  He'd probably sell it for FOUR dollars instead of three!"
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on "Possum Board" - false bottom:
"Very nice!"
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 3 months ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on Student Dulcimers - Lots of them!!!!:
"Robin, this was an interesting set of circumstances, and you all came through brilliantly!  When you posted this, I wondered if any of the newbies would..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 3 months ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Y Deryn Bach - sound sample of new student dulcimer:
"Wonderful tone, Robin!  Congratulations on your big, successful building project. I may have to borrow your design sometime... "
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 3 months ago • comments: 21
Posted a new Comment on The Water Is Wide - a domo of my electric dulcimer:
"Very nice, Dan! Is the Boss GT-1 effects unit inside the dulcimer itself, or is it just plugged into it?"
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 3 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Dulcomore Dan or John Knopf sound clips":
"Richard, David Bennett has posted videos of himself playing his walnut Thomas replica on his page here ("Down in the Valley", "Holy Manna", "Send the Light")..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 3 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Drifting Thread...":
"Gail, please add my condolences and prayers to this long list of well-wishers.   I thank God for music.  It helps the soul express things that can't..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 3 months ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Dulcimer Beginnings...:
"You've done an excellent job, as far as I can see!  That walnut one is really pretty."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 3 months ago • comments: 5
Liked a photos by @irationsound:
Dulcimer Beginnings...
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 4 months ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Number 6-17:
"Looks like the one I just sent to Alabama--- minus the black paint! Poplar makes a light and very responsive dulcimer.  Good job, Dan."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 4 months ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Satisfied - public domain hymn played in noter & drone style:
"Very nice, Robin.  Grandfathers are special, and it hurts to lose one. We sang "It Is Well With My Soul" at my dad's funeral, and "Finally Home" was played..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 4 months ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Off to her new home:
"Bob, you do beautiful work!"
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 4 months ago • comments: 8
Liked a photos by @bob:
Off to her new home
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 4 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "seagull soundholes":
"Another possibility would be Richard and Denise Wilson of Manitou Beach, MI. They did a variety of soundhole shapes and inlay work, including seagulls."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 4 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Hollows in a dulcimer top and fretboard?":
"I've encountered many 1-1/2" wide dulcimer fretboards, and some 1-3/8" also.  The widest one I've seen was close to 2" (for 4 strings), and the narrowest..."

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John C. Knopf

On the Workbench


My latest creation is nearly finished.  Bird's eye maple throughout.
@John C. Knopf 10 months ago - Comments: 8
John C. Knopf

On the Workbench


My latest creation is nearly finished.  Bird's eye maple throughout.
@John C. Knopf 10 months 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 last year - Comments: 10
John C. Knopf

New Chromatic Walnut Hourglass


Here's the latest from my shop.  My first chromatic (and last?).
@John C. Knopf 2 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 2 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 2 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 3 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 3 years ago - Comments: 13
John C. Knopf

Here's a Delight!


I finished this Thomas hourglass dulcimer replica just this afternoon,...
@John C. Knopf 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 5 years ago - Comments: 18

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Roscoe Russell-Style Galax

Roscoe Russell-Style Galax


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

John & "Uncle Eddie" 11/20/13


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

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Latest Forum Discussions

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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