John C. Knopf

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Location: Westland, MI
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John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 6 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Please tell me your very favorite love song...":
""The Cheeseburger Song" by Mr. Lunt (Love Songs with Mr. Lunt).  Gotta be a VeggieTales fan..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • one week ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Which Ralph Lee Smith book?:
"Check out abebooks.com from time to time.  They might have one or both of these as used books, at reduced costs. I have both editions of both books, and..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on How thick are a nickel and a dime? Action height question.:
"Connor, a U.S. nickel is 1.95 mm thick.  A U.S. dime is 1.35 mm thick.  Hope this helps!"
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 weeks ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Teardrop Dulcimer plans with shorter VSL:
"Yes.  Nobody said that the VSL must extend the full length of the fretboard.  In fact, several old dulcimers I've seen have a short VSL on a long fretboard...."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 3 weeks ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Checkerboard Tennessee Music Box:
"Indeed it is yours, sir!"
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 3 weeks ago • comments: 7
Created a new Group discussion "Checkerboard Tennessee Music Box":
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 3 weeks ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on What kind of wood:
"Here's a photo of my red oak teardrop.   "
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 3 weeks ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on What kind of wood:
"I used red oak to make a dulcimer ten years ago, as an experiment.  I had never heard of an oak dulcimer, so I tried it out.  The wood tended to split easily..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Thomas reproductions (Messenger/Knopf/other?)":
"Hi, Magictime!  This is John Knopf.  You asked if the bouts on my Thomas dulcimores are the same width, and they are NOT.       My cheap camera distorts..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 3 weeks ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on A trip to the new Mountain Home:
"Very nice, Bob!  Say "Hey" to Goober and Andy for me..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Is the strumhollow redundant?":
"My belief is that strum hollows are not necessary.  I think many new builders (in the 60's and 70's) followed the Kentucky tradition of Ed Thomas.  They saw..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • one month ago • comments: 11
Posted a new Comment on The Abomination:
"You can name it something like "Susan Boyle".  Remember her?"
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • one month ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on the "door dulcimer" ?!?!?!?:
"It's an idea from Howie Mitchell's famous book:  "The Mountain Dulcimer: How To Make And Play It...After A Fashion"."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • one month ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Fret Placement on Chromatic Dulcimer?:
"Does anyone remember the old-school method of taking a sheet of butcher paper, drawing a vertical line with a known fret scale, then drawing a horizontal..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • one month ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Fret Placement on Chromatic Dulcimer?:
"I usually use the online Stewart-McDonald fret calculator which is free to use.  Just go to stewmac.com, then to Free Information at the bottom of the..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • one month ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Old Folkcraft kit:
"I've used small brads several times, also T50 staples (temporarily) to attach the fretboard to the top pieces as the glue dries.   Whatever you need to do..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Whatever happened to singing? ":
"All this discussion reminds me of a dear sweet older gentleman who attended my church for many years.  He did not have a singing voice at all, but he sang..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "FUNNY songs you sing & play on your dulcimer":
""I'm My Own Grandpa" gets everybody cogitatin' and laughin', too!"
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Tuners :
"I believe the 5-Star tuning pegs are made in the U. S. of A.  And they are excellent."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 12
Posted a new Comment on Signature Virginian:
"Bobby, in the words of the eminent American philosopher Briscoe Darling: "That's a GOOD 'un!"   Love the rusty tailpiece."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 23
Posted a new Comment on Favorite Bridge and Nut Material?:
"Nice job!  Cow bone is tricky and messy to work with and creates smelly, hazardous dust.  Make sure you wear a mask when you cut it.  Looks like the bone was..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Dulcimer Back:
""The Ostrich"?"
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to ""Generations": Will Singleton replica dulcimore":
"To answer the question, I really don't know if this will be at Berea.  If I sell it soon, it won't be, and if Berea doesn't happen, it might not be.  I plan..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic ""Generations": Will Singleton replica dulcimore":
"Folks, here's something to get your mind off the (         ) today.  This is "Generations", it's name was taken from Psalm 90:1.  A poplar replica with ebony..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Dulcimer String Anchor Pins":
"You could check these out if you like.  I've used them with great success:..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on German Electric Scheitholt:
"Very nice!  Not too much different from a dulcimer."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Dulcimer String Anchor Pins":
"You could easily hammer in 3 or 4 metal brads or brass-plated escutcheon pins between the slot and the present wooden peg.  You could just leave the wooden..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Sound hole areas:
"Bill, look up the "Making sound holes" discussion in the "Dulcimer Making" group here."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Introduce Yourself!":
"Thanks for your post, DoC!  Sorry things are gloomy across The Pond.  Things are somewhat gloomy here as well, what with the pesky COVID virus preparation..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 3 months ago • comments: 18
Posted a new Comment on Dulcimer Builder’s Books and References :
"Ken asks some good questions to consider.  Over in Hindman, Doug Naselroad mentioned to me that zither pins were just the thing to use on student dulcimers...."

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 last year - 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 2 years 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 2 years ago - Comments: 11
John C. Knopf

Just finished-- another Thomas!


Just now completed another J. E. Thomas dulcimer in poplar for a...
@John C. Knopf 2 years ago - Comments: 11
John C. Knopf

On the Workbench


My latest creation is nearly finished.  Bird's eye maple throughout.
@John C. Knopf 3 years ago - Comments: 8
John C. Knopf

On the Workbench


My latest creation is nearly finished.  Bird's eye maple throughout.
@John C. Knopf 3 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 4 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 4 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 5 years ago - Comments: 4
John C. Knopf

Siegrist Dulcimer on ShopGoodwill


There's a Siegrist mechanical dulcimer being auctioned now!...
@John C. Knopf 5 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 5 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 5 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 6 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 6 years ago - Comments: 13
John C. Knopf

Here's a Delight!


I finished this Thomas hourglass dulcimer replica just this afternoon,...
@John C. Knopf 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 years ago - Comments: 16

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John & "Uncle Eddie" 11/20/13

John & "Uncle Eddie" 11/20/13


@John C. Knopf
5 years ago - Comments: 8

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Latest Forum Discussions

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"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

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.gif Thanks John!!!Smile.gif