John C. Knopf

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Location: Westland, MI
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John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 days 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 days ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Hard Times Come Again No More:
"Very lovely rendition, sir!"
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Richard Troughear MD made during service in Vietnam":
"Thank you, ladies!"
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 5 days ago • comments: 15
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 • 6 days 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 • 6 days 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 • one week 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 • one week ago • comments: 15
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 • one week ago • comments: 15
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..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Positive Thread...":
"HOORAY!  Our Ken L. is back!"
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on An unusual wood:
"That is STUNNING, Bill!  So beautiful in the light."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "How to get adhesive residue off a fretboard?":
"My go-to adhesive remover is (cigarette) lighter fluid, such as Zippo.  If the finish is a hard one such as lacquer, enamel or metal, lighter fluid usually..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 3 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Number 1 21:
"It looks sufficiently old, Dr. Dan!  Beautiful carving and staining work. Sounds great, too!"
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 3 weeks ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Possum Perfume (Keane):
"So nice, Dan!  You've got another winner!"
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • one month ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Southwind (Trad. Ireland) - Mountain Dulcimer:
"Comme c'est beau, mon ami! (No, I really don't speak French!)"
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • one month ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Walking In The Air - Dulcimer Cover:
"Sam Edelston: Beautiful arrangement, well played, and I really like what you did with the reverb. And the Dulcimaster sounds good, too. You know..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Jon Pickow's last performance":
"THIS, THIS is the way the dulcimore was meant to be played.  Soft accompaniment to the solo singing voice. Not even playing the same notes, but harmonizing..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Double-bottom Cherry Mountain Dulcimer:
"Another gorgeous dulcimer makes its debut!  Fine work, my friend!  Stunning."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Cardinal dulcimer:
"Very pretty,Molly!"
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on The Amazing Grace:
"Fantastic, Dan!  But why "The" Amazing Grace?"
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Silly Bill:
"Wondrous playing, Kevin!"
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Fret Markers":
"Bob, what you need to do is make the dot really big, and engrave "Don't blame the builder" on it!"
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Sad News -- RIP Ralph Lee Smith":
"We all knew this day was coming, but we didn't know WHEN.  It's still very sad for us who knew Ralph, and sad for the dulcimer world at large.  He left a..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Just ordered a bunch of new strings...:
"Lisa, I don't believe I've ever HAD to replace strings on a piano.  My former girlfriend is a real piano tuner/technician, and even went to school near..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on a piece aired in Jean's memory the day after her death:
"Robin, she was just as sweet and humble as she appears.  I see those qualities a lot in dulcimer players.  Must have something to do with the nature of the..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on a piece aired in Jean's memory the day after her death:
"Thank you so much for this, Robin!"
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 1
Posted a new Comment on Sans Day Carol (Now the Holly Bears a Berry):
"Very nice, Mark!  Thank you!"
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "A Very Merry Christmas to all my New Friends":
"And a very merry Christmas to you, Lisa!  Thank you for your service to all of us."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to ""The Story Of The Dulcimer" - First Edition for sale!":
"This book is still available!  If you'd like it, let me know.  You don't come across this one very often out there."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 14
Posted a new Comment on What is a "luthier" ?:
"There are a few of us who build dulcimers and dulcimores of all kinds, including the old-fashioned historic ones, who have been inducted into a largely..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on Latest project:
"Very nice, Ken!  Those fiddle edges are so tricky to make. I had to do that operation to my cherry Amburgey myself, but I hated to do it!"
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic ""The Story Of The Dulcimer" - First Edition for sale!":
"Ladies and gentlemen, I have come across a very special book, and am willing to sell it to some fortunate individual.I refer to an original, rare 1986 first..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Angels From the Realms of Glory:
"WOW, Kevin!"
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Joy to the World:
"Wonderful!  Beautiful!  Thank you, Kevin!  (We need this now)."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 3 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "John Tignor dulcimer rework":
"Thanks, Ken! I remember seeing John's dulcimers at a shopping mall and being blown away by the depth, the width, and the wasp-waist on those critters!  I..."

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John C. Knopf

Checkerboard Tennessee Music Box



@John C. Knopf 10 months ago - Comments: 7
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
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Latest Forum Discussions

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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

Updated website for Knopf Dulcimers

Posted: Thursday October 8 2020, 7:02 AM
By: @Ken Hulme

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