John C. Knopf

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Location: Westland, MI
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John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 5 days ago • comments: 8
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 • 5 days 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 • one week 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 • one week 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 • one week 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 • one week 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 • one week 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 weeks 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 weeks 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 weeks 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 weeks 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 weeks 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..."
John C. Knopf
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 weeks ago • comments: 15
Posted a new Comment on Icelandic Langspil:
"What a fascinating instrument, and there's such an antique look to the wood.  The etchings are cool."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 weeks ago • comments: 18
Posted a new Comment on Things Were Going Okay.... Then This!!!:
"Whenever I glue sides of an hourglass dulcimer to the back, then remove the mold from the inside, the assembly always warps to a greater or lesser degree...."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "No Strum hollow ":
"It seems to me that the strum hollow was "invented" by either Charles Prichard in Huntington, WV or by Ed Thomas in Bath, KY, long after dulcimers were being..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 3 weeks ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Butternut and Osage Shoat Hogfiddle:
"Wow!  That Osage Orange wood is really bright!  I've never used it for building but have a small chunk intended for pen turning.  An intriguing wood."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 3 weeks ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Jinny 1-19 open D:
"FABULOUS, Dan!"
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Shipping in the cold":
"Matt, I mention the following to my customers who buy one of my dulcimers in the wintertime: I tell them to bring the box into their house, but NOT TO OPEN..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 3 weeks ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on Curly Maple Suppliers?:
"Bob, if you have a Woodcraft store near you, they might have both of these, but they'll probably be 3/4"-1" thick and expensive."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 3 weeks ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on Bridget Cruise (3rd Air):
"So peaceful!"
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 3 weeks ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Courting Dulcimer pick-up placement:
"I would buy 2 transducer pickups from C. B. Gitty and install them under the bridges.  They have a good selection of pre-wired pickups for crazy cheap..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 3 weeks ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on "PEELER CREEK" on Dulcimer:
"Beautifully played!"
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 3 weeks ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on A Little Teardrop :
"What a sweet little thang!  Gorgeous wood."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 4 weeks ago • comments: 11
Posted a new Comment on Dulcimaster Number 5 Is Here:
"Bob: John, does this instrument have a solid body like an electric guitar, or a hollow one? (I am guessing solid)  The tuning head resembles a Bass..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 4 weeks ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Does Anyone Have A Good Source For Mountain Dulcimer VSL?:
"John C. Knopf: Go to stewmac.com, and get to the free "fret scale calculator" page.  Type in your desired VSL, enter inches or millimeters, number of..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 4 weeks ago • comments: 11
Posted a new Comment on Dulcimaster Number 5 Is Here:
"Bob: Very funkdellic! You amaze me John! Likewise, my friend!  I'm going back to acoustic after this. Much easier."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 4 weeks ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Does Anyone Have A Good Source For Mountain Dulcimer VSL?:
"Go to stewmac.com, and get to the free "fret scale calculator" page.  Type in your desired VSL, enter inches or millimeters, number of frets and Dulcimer...."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 4 weeks ago • comments: 11
Posted a new Comment on Dulcimaster Number 5 Is Here:
"Thanks, everyone!"
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Partial Frets":
"With much patience and care  --  far more than I have."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 4 weeks ago • comments: 11
Posted a new Comment on Dulcimaster Number 5 Is Here:
"Thank you, Ken!  It sounds fine.  I'm always gratified to discover that the circuitry I wire up actually works in the end. Believe it or not, I started..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 4 weeks ago • comments: 11
Created a new Group discussion "Dulcimaster Number 5 Is Here":
"Here is my fifth (and last?) Dulcimaster electric dulcimer, which will be sent to England soon.  It has just 3 strings and a narrower fretboard than usual...."
Dulcimer Making
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Top/Back Thickness and Sustain?":
"My usual top and bottom thickness is about 1/8", but I try to go thinner than that if I can.  As you might have read on this site, or elsewhere, you can get..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • one month ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on How Do You Sign Your MD?:
"Jimmy, they're nothing tricky.  I just use Microsoft Word for them.  AR Julian typeface, text centered in a box.  Probably any word processing program would..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • one month ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on How Do You Sign Your MD?:
"Here's a sample of the labels I print on my computer:  "

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 4 weeks 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 5 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 7 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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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.
Robin L. Sacks
08/26/14 05:04:03PM @robin-l-sacks:

Hey John, Robin here, I need your assistance if you would please sir...

I'm in the process of making a bass ducimer out of a gourd, I got the fret calculations from Stew-Mac, but for a three stringed instrument, what size strings shold I use? your recomendations willl be muchly appericeated.. I did write the ones suggested by he folks there at Stew-Mac, but now I caint find it

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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