John C. Knopf

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Location: Westland, MI
Country: US

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Mary Barnsdale Ballad Gal Bill S 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

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John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 21 hours ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Dulcimer #2:
"Beautiful work!  I was unaware that The Dulcimer Shoppe used bookmatched walnut for the backs in their kits.  That's usually pretty expensive to do.  It..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 5 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Tailpiece help please":
"James, That looks like a mandolin tailpiece to me.  If so, the pointed decorative end should lift up to reveal the string ends.  In other words, there..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • one week ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Burnsville Holly Leaf:
"Nice one, Ken!"
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • one week ago • comments: 13
Posted a new Comment on What do you want in a box dulcimer?:
"Lisa, I try to sell any box dulcimer in my shop!  So far I've limited myself to historic reproductions of old Tennessee music boxes (sometimes known as..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • one week ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Air dried vs. kiln dried woods:
"Just make sure the moisture content is about 6% - 8%, and that it's relatively free of defects.  Cut the wood close to the final thickness desired, then let..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • one week ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Air dried vs. kiln dried woods:
"Air-dried takes longer...  No, seriously, I use both kinds for my building and haven't had problems with either one."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • one week ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Appflutes Dulcimers:
"Stunning, Jack!  Nice wood combinations."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Dulcimer Queries":
"Howie Mitchell's "floating bridge" design has been largely discredited.  This design tends to allow the bridge end of the fretboard to bow up.  Some folks..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 3 weeks ago
@john-c-knopf is now following @ken-longfield
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • one month ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Basswood as a tone wood?:
"Yep, basswood is really soft and easy to dent.  It's a favorite wood for carvers. Very lightweight, too.  If you don't mind the fragility of the surface,..."
John C. Knopf
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Old 6 string dulcimer":
"I would guess that it's an assembled church dulcimer kit from Hughes Dulcimer Company out of Denver.  These were made of luan plywood ("Philippine..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Old 6 string dulcimer":
"That seems unusual for a dulcimer.  Usually if a dulcimer has six strings, they are arranged in 3 pairs on the fretboard.  Each string pair (or "course")..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Bone nut and saddle":
"If I were you, I'd start with a prepared bone blank from any of a number of online sources, such as eBay, C.B.Gitty, and the like.  The dust that is..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Newby ":
"Welcome, Steve!  This is THE PLACE to ask questions about dulcimer history, and design and building of the same. I'll try to help you, along with many..."
John C. Knopf
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • one month ago • comments: 16
Posted a new Comment on Maintenance on Five Star planetary pegs:
"Robin, you will love the new 5-Stars.  I've put them on a couple of Galaxes so far, and they are so smooth-turning and cool-looking.  And if you can get them..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 11
Posted a new Comment on Courting Dulcimore 9 19:
"One 1/2-fretted, one 3/4 fretted, huh, Dan?"
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on Epinette des Vosges:
"Wunderbar, Martin!"
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Staple frets?:
"Looks good!"
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 9
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 • 2 months ago • comments: 9
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 • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Edd Presnell dulcimer":
"What a BEAUTY!"
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 15
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 • 2 months 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 • 2 months 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 months 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 months ago • comments: 10
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 months 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 months ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Palette wood:
"FWIW, the correct spelling is Pallet."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 3 months 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 months 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 months 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 months ago • comments: 22
Posted a new Comment on Berea Traditional Dulcimer Gathering:
"Good going, David!"

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 7 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 11 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 last year - 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