John C. Knopf

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Location: Westland, MI
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John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "New cherry Jethro Amburgey replica for sale":
"Thanks Richard, Lisa and Robin!  BTW, I noticed that my camera likes to distort things somewhat!  But the head IS tilted a little to the right.  Oh, well..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 4 days ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "New cherry Jethro Amburgey replica for sale":
"Here is a solid cherry dulcimore I built in the Jethro Amburgey pattern.  The main difference is there are no fiddle edges. But there are also no cracks in..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 6 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "String Sources, gauges, types":
"Art, you can use loop-end strings on anything.  Ball-end strings are hard to use on some dulcimers, but you could always break the ball out with heavy..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 weeks ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on T - 6:
"Very nice, Ken."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 weeks ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Nathan Hicks Dulcimer almost finished:
"Thanks very much, Steve!"
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 3 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Leveling a Fretboard:
"I agree with what Ken said.  Sounds like a good plan, though some pretty wood is wasted."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "String Sources, gauges, types":
"You could shop at www.juststrings.com for some great prices and quantities!"
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • one month ago • comments: 26
Posted a new Comment on OLD STYLE Drone & Noter players:
"Can we see some pix, Bill?  Congratulations on the successful completion of your project!   The sound difference is pretty exciting, isn't it?"
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Geoff Black:
"I just finished an all-cherry Amburgey reproduction, though it has no fiddle edges, thanks to a miscalculation during the building process!"
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Geoff Black:
"Nice, Geoff!  Is it walnut or cherry?"
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Solid Body Bass Dulcimer:
"That's a beautiful instrument.  The craftsmanship is wonderful.  Great job!"
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Wanted: Vintage McSpadden Dulcimer":
"Nathina, I believe that horseshoe symbol was actually a stylized "M", for McSpadden.   It was rounded at the sides like a horseshoe, though.  I've never..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Healthy Living- healthy eating, exercise, weight loss, veggie gardening, etc.":
"Yum-O!  Tomatillo sauce is the spice of life, as they say!"
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 12
Posted a new Comment on Fret Placement on Chromatic Dulcimer?:
"Yes, definitely use the metric scale, as you can measure with greater accuracy - faster - with it."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Installing Whittner fine tune pegs in a 1973 McSpadden":
"Ken, "Perfection pegs" are made by Knilling.   That's their brand name.  And "Pegheds" are made by an different company.  As are Wittner "Fine-Tunes", I..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Signature Virginian #3 for sale":
"Woo-hoo!  That critter is wonderful looking!"
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on My First Cardboard Dulcimer Build:
"Congratulations on your creativity and resourcefulness, Nate!  It doesn't take first-quality exotic woods or expert joinery to craft a decent-sounding..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 3 months ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Who makes the widest fretboards? 1.5" or wider?!:
"Welcome, Gail!  I hope you'll enjoy this informative website. The Galax dulcimers that I've seen (and build myself) have fretboards that are 1-1/2" wide for..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 3 months ago • comments: 11
Posted a new Comment on Just Finished No. 1:
"Greg, that is one stunning dulcimer!   Especially for a first build.  My first scratch-built dulcimer looked pretty pathetic!  I'm glad you went ahead and..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 3 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Who's dulcimer kit?":
"That scroll design is unique in my experience.  Looks as if a large hole was bored in the scroll, and a rounded-off plug of wood was glued into it."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 3 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "What's the exact difference between a dulcimore and dulcimer":
"Hear, hear!  Bravo, Dan!"
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 3 months ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Building Dulcimers Cheap:
"Nate, sometimes wood pallets are made of nice pieces of wood, but you'd need to carefully pick and choose, then disassemble them if you find something..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 3 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Joy of Sharing Dulcimer":
"Friends, I have the solution you crave for tuning multiple dulcimers for children:  Use zither pins for tuners, and give tuning wrenches only to the..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 3 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Can you ID this dulcimer?":
"There's not a lot to go on here, Bridge.  Doesn't instantly remind me of any particular maker.  Dulcimer-building is all about putting one's own unique style..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 3 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "fingerstyle playing on a budget":
"Cardboard dulcimers can sound SURPRISINGLY GOOD!   I know I'm shooting myself in the foot when I say that, being a builder of dulcimers, but it's true."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 3 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Introduce Yourself!":
"Howdy, Steve!  A warm welcome to you here!  That's a beautiful dulcimer you have.  We'll try to help and encourage you in your activity.  Just let us know..."

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 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
6 years ago - Comments: 7

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Latest Forum Discussions

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New cherry Jethro Amburgey replica for sale

Posted: Sunday October 17 2021, 2:28 PM
By: @John C. Knopf

All-Maple Melton-Style Galax Dulcimore

Posted: Sunday July 11 2021, 2:28 PM
By: @John C. Knopf

Awarding the "giveaway dulcimore" in Berea!

Posted: Sunday June 13 2021, 9:12 PM
By: @Robin Thompson

This Tennessee Music Box is headed for...

Posted: Friday April 30 2021, 1:11 PM
By: @Strumelia

Texas-bound J. E. Thomas replica dulcimore

Posted: Saturday February 20 2021, 7:36 AM
By: @Strumelia

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

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