John C. Knopf

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Location: Westland, MI
Country: US

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John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 4 days 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!"
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 4 days ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on Double-bottomed dulcimer question:
"Bob, I hope those bulky feet don't deaden your sound too much.  We'll see."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 6 days ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Black Walnut Dulcimer:
"It's a little like sending away your children, isn't it?  Beautiful work, my friend."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • one week ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Unwanted Extra Fret:
"Take this tip for what it's worth: Heat it with a 30-watt pencil soldering iron for a few seconds, then gently push up one end of it with a sharp tool...."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Introduce Yourself!":
"A good job on a beautiful dulcimer!  Here's to many more!"
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • one week ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Need some advise on planetary tuners.:
"You could look at what C.B.Gitty offers.  They have good quality parts at low prices.  I use their sealed guitar tuners and have not had any problems with..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 weeks ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on A Teardrop for South Carolina:
"Very nice, Bob! When do you have time to sleep?"
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 weeks ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Other instruments (East Tennessee Cittern):
"That tailpiece looks familiar--- maybe off of a door frame, perhaps?  Good work!"
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "looking for a new trad instrument":
"Steven Berger: Wow, Dan! That 24 carat gold and diamond dulcimer is just what I'm in the market for! The shipping charge alone would kill the deal..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "looking for a new trad instrument":
"And I (John Knopf) have a black walnut J. E. Thomas hourglass dulcimer with hand-carved pegs and homemade strings. Upside-down heart soundholes and staple..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Number 4 19 Wormy Poplar:
"You could nickname her "Freckles" if you wanted to... Such a beauty, Dan.  I'm proud of you."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 3 weeks ago • comments: 16
Posted a new Comment on Nylon strung Dulcimer prototype . Basse Danse:
"Very nice and peaceful.  The sound reminds me of Andres Segovia!"
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 3 weeks ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on Double-bottomed dulcimer question:
"Bob: Me thinks I have gotten myself into a bit more than I had thought... Oh, yes...  maybe change your mind while you still can!"
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 3 weeks ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on Double-bottomed dulcimer question:
"Ken has a great method.  I'll do that sometimes, or do it the other way.  It should work either way.  Either way, I get some wide masking tape and tightly..."
John C. Knopf
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 4 weeks ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Dulcimer and Case, ready to go home :
"Absolutely, stunningly beautiful, Bob, all the way around!"
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Tiny mahogany dulcimer thingy just made":
"Here is the outworking of some brainstorming I've had recently.  You know how an idea gets in your head and won't go away peacefully? Well, this lil' guy is..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Slight bow in back of dulcimer.":
"So, full steam ahead!  Congratulations on building your first dulcimer.  You'll get lots of ideas for future ones now."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Slight bow in back of dulcimer.":
"Joolsy, You could try sanding the back flat if the bow is minor, or you could glue 3 feet on the back like they did in the old days."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • one month ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Men of Harlech (a sound test):
"Lovely.  "
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on "Roasted" soft curly maple for dulcimers?:
"I have not tried it, nor do I know what it is, but I know I've never tried it... What is it?"
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Hummel - strumelia:
"That's an incredibly beautiful instrument, Lisa!  Ben does a great job building."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Anyone heard of "Music Crafts" of California dulcimers?":
"All I found was this old listing on Reverb:https://reverb.com/item/6939411-music-crafts-mountain-music-dulcimer-4 string-vintage It probably looks like..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 12
Posted a new Comment on Is Re-Fretting Possible Without Damage?:
"When I install frets on a completed dulcimer, sometimes instead of hammering onto the fretboard and soundbox (creating a blast of air in my face from the..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Trip to the lumber yard:
"Great finds!  Congratulations! I love going down to UrbanWoods in Ann Arbor, where they do the same thing.  Several locally-owned sawmills cut down..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "To hollow or not to hollow that is the question?":
"Hollowing the fretboard saves weight and adds more cubic inches of soundbox, and usually yields a little more sound. All things being equal, it's a good..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Dulcimer Build Workshops:
"The only ones I've heard of are those offered at the John C. Campbell School of Folk Music (in Brasstown, NC), the ones John Huron (of Bristol, TN) offered..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on "Long Tom" poplar hourglass dulcimer:
"Nope-- same size as yours, David!  And much more playable."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on "Long Tom" poplar hourglass dulcimer:
"Kevin, I spaced the strings that way in order to have the melody string go over the center of the frets rather than close to the edge, to make playing..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Questions about buying a dulcimer.:
"Hi, Gwen!  Welcome to the world of the dulcimer. To answer your questions: 1. The shape of the dulcimer is personal preference.  A wider body would..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on My Own Favorite:
"Beauteous as always, Bob!  Too pretty to play!"
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on @riksgewijs:
"You seem to be doing fine already with your posts.  Best wishes for your playing and learning!"
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Buying in Europe":
"I agree with Ken.  Robin Clark should be able to help you, friend."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Tiny brass dulcimer.":
"The shape reminds me of the Black Mountain hourglass dulcimer-- wide and a little shortened.  Pretty!  "
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 18
Posted a new Comment on Things Were Going Okay.... Then This!!!:
"Jimmy, please re-read this: Dan: The sides have a slight tension to them causing the sides to try to spring in, drawing the bottom up on the ends. When you..."

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 3 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 7 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 9 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

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Latest Forum Discussions

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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

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