John C. Knopf

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Location: Westland, MI
Country: US

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tndulcimer Lois Sprengnether Keel nick o'sullivan Jack Ferguson Glenda  Hubbard Bob Stephens John Shaw Noah Cline Celtic Cowboy Salt Springs Kevin R. Richard Streib simelmoe Banjimer Laurel K Scott Alicia Rexrode Stewart McCormick David Bennett Lawrence Sheperd Cat Brown Repp Steven Berger Mark Runge GulfVet Chuck in CT Jeff Rick Kennedy Cynthia Wigington jeffrey charles foster Deborah Hinz Cheryl Johnson Steve Battarbee Rob N Lackey Slate Creek Dulcimers Oliver Ogden Robin Thompson Mike Slone Dan Kevin Messenger Lexie R Oakley James Phillips john p Monterey Dan Goad Strumelia Jim Fawcett Don Kemper Ken Longfield Patty from Virginia

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John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 3 days ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Wood Identification Question:
"That looks pretty amazing, but I can't really tell what species it is.  Beautiful grain."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 4 days ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Wood Identification Question:
"I can't see it well enough to tell.  Can you post a larger photo, please?"
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 4 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Edd Presnell dulcimer":
"What a BEAUTY!"
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 4 days ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on (another) Berea Traditional Gathering Video - 2019:
"Thank you, Ann, for this beautiful video and photos of our exciting Berea weekend, and bonus material, too!  Now you know why I like the historic South!"
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Any Advice on the McSpadden Sweet Song Kit?":
"Yes, Dave, I've made several of this very kit over the years.  They are very easy to put together if you take your time and follow directions.  The resulting..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • one week ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Kerfing:
"Some do, some don't.  With some designs you need the reinforcement of kerfing for soundbox strength or for extra gluing surface.  Oftentimes you can get..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 weeks ago • comments: 11
Posted a new Comment on Dulcimer makers with longer VSLs:
"Your typical, garden-variety, small town luthier will usually build to a customer's specifications.   We're not constrained by the same economic forces in..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 weeks ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Curly Maple and Black Walnut Teardrop:
"That's a very tasty teardrop, buddy!  Beautiful design and execution."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 3 weeks ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on Luthier's Handbook--tap tuning for dulcimers?:
"Lucky you, Ken!"
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 3 weeks ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Palette wood:
"FWIW, the correct spelling is Pallet."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 3 weeks ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Palette wood:
"But keep your metal detector handy!  No use dulling your cutting tools with hidden nails or screws..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 3 weeks ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Roscoe Russell Galax dulcimer:
"Rachael, the design of this particular dulcimer calls for a hollowed fretboard with 2 holes in it as shown.  This is a reproduction of the historic dulcimers..."
John C. Knopf
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 3 weeks ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Little Lynzie Ann (Cumberland Travel Hogfiddle):
"Such a beautiful ringing tone!  Good job, Bobby and Dan!"
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 3 weeks ago • comments: 22
Posted a new Comment on Berea Traditional Dulcimer Gathering:
"Good going, David!"
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 4 weeks ago • comments: 22
Posted a new Comment on Berea Traditional Dulcimer Gathering:
"Dulcimore Dan Cox is 4, Richard Streib is 7, John Knopf (yours truly) is 22, Bobby Ratliff is 19, David Bennett is 8, Ken Hulme is 17, Steven Berger is 16,..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 4 weeks ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Berea Traditional Dulcimer Gathering:
"It's fer BUILDIN', Kevin, not fer GUZZLIN'!  Ye mix it up with Shlack flakes to make shellac."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 4 weeks ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Cindy’s Pics:
"Well, now we know what you look like, Cindy!  Welcome aboard this wonderful site.  Just "put in your 2 cents" now and then, and have fun!"
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 4 weeks ago • comments: 14
Posted a new Comment on Mule tracks up and down the fretboard:
"Go, Bobby, go!  Wonderful lilting little tune!"
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to ""Angel" Will Singleton Replica":
"You really did seem to enjoy yourself, Irene!  What a hoot!  We had an intensive 3-day dulcimer learning gig.  I won't forget how my legs complained over all..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to ""Angel" Will Singleton Replica":
"Yes, here is a photo of the original in Lexington, Kentucky.  The folksinger John Jacob Niles altered the fret pattern, but I used the normal diatonic..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic ""Angel" Will Singleton Replica":
"Here's a new Uncle Will Singleton dulcimer replica I built for a player in Toronto.  Its name is "Angel", taken from Psalm 34:7.  Singleton was the local..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • one month ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Tiny Mahogany Dulcimer:
"It is theoretically playable, if your fingers are very small.  My fingers are very big, so I can just play a couple of notes at the left end.  It sounds..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • one month ago • comments: 49
Posted a new Comment on Berea Traditional Dulcimer Gathering 2019.:
"That's quite an intriguing dulcimer.  Ralph Lee Smith put it on the cover of one of his dulcimer songbooks.  I call it the "air-conditioned dulcimer" or the..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • one month ago • comments: 49
Posted a new Comment on Berea Traditional Dulcimer Gathering 2019.:
"It was FABULOUS!  FABULOUS!  Mark your calendars for next year! You'll have so much fun, and learn so much, for so cheap, you won't be able to stand it!..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • one month ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on 2nd Dulcimer Build:
"  It started with 70's era McSpadden and Folkcraft kits... If when you have 'free' time you chose to be building rather than playing, are you addicted?..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • one month ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on 2nd Dulcimer Build:
"Sheryl, this is a perfectly wonderful dulcimer.  So beautiful!  Great job!"
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • one month ago • comments: 11
Posted a new Comment on Prichard #25:
"Robin Thompson: What a beauty!   All you fellas (off the top of my head, I can't think of any female luthiers making reproductions) who are making..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • one month ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Prichard #25:
"This is a wonderful dulcimer, Kevin!  Beautiful."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 11
Posted a new Comment on Emmas Waltz E-Dulcimer 5-String:
"Wunderbar. Martin!"
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Preferred String Tension":
"Greg, You remember that Jean Ritchie used to play in the key of C a lot of the time? Me too."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Happy Easter!:
"Thank you, Mark, for that wonderful rendition.  This is such a moving song when sung by a trio at Easter.  I once heard a man and his 2 daughters sing this,..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 16
Posted a new Comment on Is Re-Fretting Possible Without Damage?:
"Heating the fret with a 30-watt soldering pencil for a few seconds will help to loosen it from the slot."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 12
Posted a new Comment on Need some advise on nut and bridge height :
"I can help here.  The thickness of a U.S. nickel is 1.95 mm, and the U.S. dime is 1.35 mm. (Thanks to Google for the info)."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Curly Burr Oak:
"That there's a right perty slab o' wood, friend!  Just itchin' to be sawed-up and built with!"

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 5 months ago - 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 9 months 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 11 months ago - Comments: 11
John C. Knopf

Just finished-- another Thomas!


Just now completed another J. E. Thomas dulcimer in poplar for a pastor...
@John C. Knopf last year - Comments: 11
John C. Knopf

On the Workbench


My latest creation is nearly finished.  Bird's eye maple throughout.
@John C. Knopf 2 years ago - Comments: 8
John C. Knopf

On the Workbench


My latest creation is nearly finished.  Bird's eye maple throughout.
@John C. Knopf 2 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 3 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 3 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 4 years ago - Comments: 4
John C. Knopf

Siegrist Dulcimer on ShopGoodwill


There's a Siegrist mechanical dulcimer being auctioned now!...
@John C. Knopf 4 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 4 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 4 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 5 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 5 years ago - Comments: 13
John C. Knopf

Here's a Delight!


I finished this Thomas hourglass dulcimer replica just this afternoon,...
@John C. Knopf 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 years ago - Comments: 10

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John & "Uncle Eddie" 11/20/13

John & "Uncle Eddie" 11/20/13


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

Latest Photos

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Latest Forum Discussions

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"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.gifThanks John!!!Smile.gif