John C. Knopf

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Location: Westland, MI
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John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 20 hours ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Rob in 84 PA:
"Looks like a lot of fun!"
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 20 hours ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on My Electric Dulcimers:
"Glorious craftsmanship, design and sound!  Your dulcimers have got it all, Jack."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • one week ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Appflutes Dulcimers:
"Absolutely beautiful, Jack!  Your work is outstanding."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Positive Thread...":
"Ken, I too have been through Moriarity, NM.  The things I remember are the locally-famous Mexican restaurant, El Comedor de Anayas, and that incredible neon..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 weeks ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on What is it?:
"Wunderbar, Bruder Dan!"
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Richard and Denise Wilson Dulcimer on ShopGoodwill.Com":
"The Wilsons are somewhat legendary in Michigan, having built dulcimers and exhibited them at festivals.  As I understand it, Richard built the dulcimers and..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Richard and Denise Wilson Dulcimer on ShopGoodwill.Com":
"There is also a McSpadden "Sweet Song" dulcimer kit listed on the site."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Richard and Denise Wilson Dulcimer on ShopGoodwill.Com":
"I just found this listed on shopgoodwill.com!  A very pretty, high-quality dulcimer with beautiful heart and flying geese soundholes.  Flying geese inlay on..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 weeks ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Dulcimer 33:
"Looks good enough to eat, Bob!  Yum, yum!"
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 weeks ago • comments: 23
Posted a new Comment on Bocs Cân Idris – A new traditional instrument!:
"It sounds fantastic, Robin.  You've done a fine job in adapting traditional design features in a new application.  You could coat it with a lot of dust and..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 weeks ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Non-toxic Finishes for dulcimers?:
"Haley, shellac is a traditional wood finish that dries fast and yields a nice surface over prepared raw wood.  It can also be used as a sealer or base coat..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Small Octave dulcimer plans or measurements":
"Thanks, Dave! It's not too intimidating (at least for me and Ken H.) to come up with some simple measurements for a small dulcimer, then put it together...."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "New chatroom sidebar":
"Thanks, Kevin!"
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "New chatroom sidebar":
"How can I close the new Chatroom sidebar that started showing up on my display?  Can it be minimized or turned off?"
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Small Octave dulcimer plans or measurements":
"And another design, using zither pin tuners.  This one measures 6-3/8" wide x 25" long x 3" deep (with tuning pegs).  It has a 540mm (21-5/16") VSL.  A good..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Small Octave dulcimer plans or measurements":
"Here's one I made, using photos from Robin Clark's previous posts."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Capritaurus Dulcimer listed on Goodwill auction":
"Looks like somebody's gonna get a great deal tomorrow!"
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "":
"Yes, Don, a Keith Young dulcimer is valuable and collectible.  Keith is no longer with us, but he did excellent work.  I expect he used lacquer on his..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 4 weeks ago • comments: 11
Posted a new Comment on Sweet Hour of Prayer:
"Cindy, this is just beautiful and so peaceful.  This song is a reminder to us that we can always pray to our Father in heaven.  The rushing water adds..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Commissioned Build Going to Richmond, VA":
"Stunning work, Kusani.  There'll be a happy dulcimist somewhere in Richmond soon!"
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to ""Glory" in all her glory":
"Then, Lisa, you'll love the one I working on now!  Another Melton Galax dulcimer, but this time all maple except for a spruce top.  A real blondie all the..."
John C. Knopf
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • one month ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic ""Glory" in all her glory":
"Now heading for Durango is "Glory", a Melton-style Galax dulcimer made of cherry."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • one month ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Installing new tuners:
"If you don't intend to re-sell the dulcimer, then it should be fine to drill out the holes and install new tuners.  If you DO change the tuners, it may..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • one month ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Traditional Loop Ends:
"Nice video, Dan.  "
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 11
Posted a new Comment on Suggestions for fixing a fretboard:
"A thin (1/16"-1/8") veneer of hard wood can be glued over the fretboard and you could start over with cutting slots. Check to see if the thickness of the..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Dulcimer nut and bridge:
"Haley, I cut-and-pasted the following from this site.  It should help you. The Nickel & Dime Action Height.  Slide a dime just to the left of the 1st..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Dulcimer nut and bridge:
"Haley, The bridge should be slightly higher than the nut, unless you cut the slots for the strings deeper at the nut than the bridge.   You need to..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "need a case for a 43" mountain dulcimer":
"I also thought of gun cases.  They're durable and long, and might work very well.  The only possible problem might be taking them onto aircraft.  After all,..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 12
Posted a new Comment on Question about making dulcimer soundboard :
"Hi, Haley.  Not knowing the size or shape of the dulcimer you're making, I can say this: You'll need soundboard braces if the top is less than 1/8" or so..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Mercer Museum Zither Replica":
"Ditto!  Congrats on your first staple-fretting job!"
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on What is it?:
"Indeed.  I'd say about 100 years, give or take.  "
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Dulcimer info, made in Gatlinburg, TN":
"John, that would be Bill Davis of Davis Dulcimers, who was actively building in the 1960s and 1970s.  That is his trademark "violin" design, which was also..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Dulcimer 27 completed:
"Bob, once again you made a beautiful dulcimer.  Have you displayed any of them at art galleries or high-end gift shops?  They look like things I've seen at..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on My Dulcimer Builds:
"It's obviously an extra soundhole, finely tuned and placed in the optimal resonant area. Or it could be just a plain hole in the wood..."

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John C. Knopf

On the Workbench


My latest creation is nearly finished.  Bird's eye maple throughout.
@John C. Knopf last year - Comments: 8
John C. Knopf

On the Workbench


My latest creation is nearly finished.  Bird's eye maple throughout.
@John C. Knopf last year - Comments: 0
John C. Knopf

All-Walnut Thomas Hourglass


Here is my latest dulcimer, finished just minutes ago.  Its name is...
@John C. Knopf 2 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 4 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 4 years ago - Comments: 13
John C. Knopf

Here's a Delight!


I finished this Thomas hourglass dulcimer replica just this afternoon,...
@John C. Knopf 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 years ago - Comments: 10
John C. Knopf

My "Uncle Eddie" Tribute Dulcimer Is Finished!


Well, after a very long planning and building process, my super-sized...
@John C. Knopf 5 years ago - Comments: 35
John C. Knopf

Any wormy chestnut out there?


Somebody posted on here awhile back about possibly getting some wormy...
@John C. Knopf 5 years ago - Comments: 20
John C. Knopf

Cherry and Curly Maple Galax


Thought you folks would like to see the Galax dulcimer I just finished...
@John C. Knopf 5 years ago - Comments: 15
John C. Knopf

Stringing A TMB Correctly


I just finished this new Tennessee music box for one of themembers...
@John C. Knopf 5 years ago - Comments: 4
John C. Knopf

My "Noah's ark" dulcimer


Here are some photos of the "Noah's Ark" dulcimer I just finished. It's...
@John C. Knopf 6 years ago - Comments: 18

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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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Richard and Denise Wilson Dulcimer on...

Posted: Wednesday October 10 2018, 9:24 PM
By: @John C. Knopf

"Glory" in all her glory

Posted: Saturday October 6 2018, 5:26 PM
By: @Dan

New chatroom sidebar

Posted: Monday October 1 2018, 10:36 PM
By: @John C. Knopf

Melton Galax just finished!

Posted: Sunday July 29 2018, 9:29 PM
By: @John C. Knopf

John Tignor dulcimer rework

Posted: Friday March 30 2018, 9:25 PM
By: @John C. Knopf

Just finished-- another Thomas!

Posted: Tuesday January 30 2018, 1:43 PM
By: @Bob

Dennis Dorogi

Posted: Friday May 19 2017, 6:33 AM
By: @Robin Thompson

Another cherry and maple solid-body electric

Posted: Monday November 7 2016, 6:15 PM
By: @hugssandi

Jeopardy! Contestant Likes The Dulcimer

Posted: Saturday September 17 2016, 1:25 PM
By: @hugssandi

Siegrist Dulcimer on ShopGoodwill

Posted: Saturday June 20 2015, 9:34 PM
By: @John C. Knopf

Your story about rescuing damaged dulcimers

Posted: Friday September 26 2014, 3:28 PM
By: @John Henry

Something Big Going On In Michigan...

Posted: Friday November 15 2013, 11:28 PM
By: @John C. Knopf

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


ed st.jean
09/09/13 02:08:31PM @ed-stjean:

John, I see my Tenn. Music box pictured, now you need to show the world your newest Galax creation. She arrived this afternoon ,Packaging held up in perfect condition as if mailed from next door. WHAT A BEAUTY !!! the grain pattern doesn't show well on the picture it is Marvelous. the sound is more mature than I expected not the high tinny sound of new wood .I'm getting older and don't have time for the sound to mature so this is a pleasant surprise.The Sustain is good and 4 egual distant .090 strings give it that great ole timey traditional sound.I'm glad we used the Galax bottom it has just the right volume to not get lost in a 4 piece group.Overall I'm very pleased and excited with my new girlfriend. God bless you and know you will always be my first choice to go to for my concept custom dulcimer .ED St.Jean


ed st.jean
09/05/12 11:05:21PM @ed-stjean:

Peace is wonderful such a uniqe sound .I have an early Homer Ledford It has nowhere near the sweet soundthe Thomas Replica you made for me. thanks so very much for making these wonderful instruments and naming them.my new Peace is a gift fromGod made by a true man of God. Bless you Ed St.JeanGrin.gifGrin.gifGrin.gif


ed st.jean
08/27/12 05:27:41PM @ed-stjean:

IT'S HERE !!!!!Grin.gifGrin.gifALL I Can say is thank you .I haven't been home to see and play "PEACE" but I'm on my way ED