John C. Knopf

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John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • yesterday • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Tuners :
"I believe the 5-Star tuning pegs are made in the U. S. of A.  And they are excellent."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • yesterday • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Signature Virginian:
"Bobby, in the words of the eminent American philosopher Briscoe Darling: "That's a GOOD 'un!"   Love the rusty tailpiece."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • yesterday • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Favorite Bridge and Nut Material?:
"Nice job!  Cow bone is tricky and messy to work with and creates smelly, hazardous dust.  Make sure you wear a mask when you cut it.  Looks like the bone was..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 6 days ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Dulcimer Back:
""The Ostrich"?"
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to ""Generations": Will Singleton replica dulcimore":
"To answer the question, I really don't know if this will be at Berea.  If I sell it soon, it won't be, and if Berea doesn't happen, it might not be.  I plan..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • one week ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic ""Generations": Will Singleton replica dulcimore":
"Folks, here's something to get your mind off the (         ) today.  This is "Generations", it's name was taken from Psalm 90:1.  A poplar replica with ebony..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Dulcimer String Anchor Pins":
"You could check these out if you like.  I've used them with great success:..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • one week ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on German Electric Scheitholt:
"Very nice!  Not too much different from a dulcimer."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Dulcimer String Anchor Pins":
"You could easily hammer in 3 or 4 metal brads or brass-plated escutcheon pins between the slot and the present wooden peg.  You could just leave the wooden..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Sound hole areas:
"Bill, look up the "Making sound holes" discussion in the "Dulcimer Making" group here."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Introduce Yourself!":
"Thanks for your post, DoC!  Sorry things are gloomy across The Pond.  Things are somewhat gloomy here as well, what with the pesky COVID virus preparation..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • one month ago • comments: 18
Posted a new Comment on Dulcimer Builder’s Books and References :
"Ken asks some good questions to consider.  Over in Hindman, Doug Naselroad mentioned to me that zither pins were just the thing to use on student dulcimers...."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Take a guess on who made this dulcimer":
"That is definitely from Folkcraft Instruments, however I'm not sure if it was assembled at the factory, or if somebody just assembled a kit.  It would seem..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 15
Posted a new Comment on Berea Traditional Dulcimore Gathering -(KY):
"There are MANY interesting spots in and around Berea, especially if the visitor is an artsy-craftsy type of individual.  There's lots of historical stuff..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Making sound holes:
"I would either use a new back, or fill in the cut-out cross at a minimum.  Filling it in would be easier if you cut it bigger, to some standard shape such as..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 18
Posted a new Comment on Dulcimer Builder’s Books and References :
"If you want to learn how dulcimers/dulcimores were made 100 years ago in Kentucky, the School of Luthiery is your best bet, I think. There you not only see..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 18
Posted a new Comment on Dulcimer Builder’s Books and References :
"I have encountered very few books or articles that I haven't gotten something useful from.  I WILL say that some of the online projects seen on Youtube were..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 18
Posted a new Comment on Dulcimer Builder’s Books and References :
"Could you please clarify what you mean by your subject?"
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Can you help me ID this song?":
"It's a very lovely melody, but I haven't heard it before.  Maybe it's something from Turlough O'Carolan's pen?  Could be..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 22
Posted a new Comment on Source of Non-Fancy Noters in Different Hardwood Choices:
""Regarding the hardness, I think pretty much any wood can be used as a noter, but the hardwoods would hold up better over the long term, and harder is..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "My Husband Has Become Interested...":
"Angelina, there have been different ideas posted online regarding the same issue with guitars and their cases.  You might like to look some of them up? Some..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on Next Dulcimer Completed:
"It's a lovely dulcimer, friend!  I'm glad you could use reclaimed woods for it.  They're definitely DRY enough!"
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 12
Posted a new Comment on Air dried vs. kiln dried woods:
"Ken Longfield: Torrefication is not any easy process. I know some folks have tried roasting wood in their ovens, but there is more to the process than..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "My Husband Has Become Interested...":
"Richard Stolze was an employee at McSpadden/The Dulcimer Shoppe for many years.  It should be a high-quality dulcimer."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Poplar Tennessee music box:
"Irene, the TMBs I've seen all have four equidistant strings.  The handle on the side wasn't standard, nor were the full-width frets, or the 6-1/2 fret.  But..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 3 months ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on T-5:
"Looks like a winner, Ken!"
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 3 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Introduce Yourself!":
"Welcome to the group, Rain Dog!  This is a great resource for dulcimer new-bies.  Ask a lot of questions if you like.  One of us (at least) should be able to..."
John C. Knopf
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 3 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "":
"Phroedrick, you can look on eBay or Amazon for them, available in several wood species.  I've seen ebony, rosewood, maple and others.  Any local violin..."

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 last year - Comments: 11
John C. Knopf

"Glory" in all her glory


Now heading for Durango is "Glory", a Melton-style Galax dulcimer made...
@John C. Knopf 2 years ago - Comments: 10
John C. Knopf

Melton Galax just finished!


Here's the latest cherry, spruce and maple Melton Galax dulcimer from my...
@John C. Knopf 2 years ago - Comments: 11
John C. Knopf

Just finished-- another Thomas!


Just now completed another J. E. Thomas dulcimer in poplar for a...
@John C. Knopf 2 years ago - Comments: 11
John C. Knopf

On the Workbench


My latest creation is nearly finished.  Bird's eye maple throughout.
@John C. Knopf 3 years ago - Comments: 8
John C. Knopf

On the Workbench


My latest creation is nearly finished.  Bird's eye maple throughout.
@John C. Knopf 3 years ago - Comments: 0
John C. Knopf

Another cherry and maple solid-body electric


My newest Dulcimaster is solid cherry and hard maple, with...
@John C. Knopf 4 years ago - Comments: 3
John C. Knopf

All-Walnut Thomas Hourglass


Here is my latest dulcimer, finished just minutes ago.  Its name is...
@John C. Knopf 4 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 5 years ago - Comments: 4
John C. Knopf

Siegrist Dulcimer on ShopGoodwill


There's a Siegrist mechanical dulcimer being auctioned now!...
@John C. Knopf 5 years ago - Comments: 0
John C. Knopf

First Singleton build


Here are some peeks at my "Uncle Will" Singleton replica now underway....
@John C. Knopf 5 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 5 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 6 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 6 years ago - Comments: 13
John C. Knopf

Here's a Delight!


I finished this Thomas hourglass dulcimer replica just this afternoon,...
@John C. Knopf 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 years ago - Comments: 10

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John & "Uncle Eddie" 11/20/13

John & "Uncle Eddie" 11/20/13


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

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Latest Forum Discussions

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"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

chatroom sidebar - adjusting the chat pane...

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

John Tignor dulcimer rework

Posted: Friday March 30 2018, 9:25 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