John C. Knopf

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Location: Westland, MI
Country: US

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John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • yesterday • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on A new Tennessee music box that looks OLD...:
"Thanks, Irene! The new owner is impressed by the big sound from such an "unorthodox" instrument.  The top and bottom are nearly 3/8" thick, and the sides..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • yesterday • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on A new Tennessee music box that looks OLD...:
"Robin, you would need to either 1) play the music box, or 2) play checkers.  I don't know if it's possible to do both at the same time.  Dropped checkers..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 3 days ago • comments: 12
Posted a new Comment on Your favourite or preferred shape to build / play:
"Cheap cardboard student dulcimers make a SURPRISINGLY WONDERFUL sound.  I almost couldn't believe it when I heard one for the first time."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 3 days ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Tips for using loop end strings on a build?:
"Square-cut nails or the aforementioned dowel, which was usually referred to as a tailpin.  Some dulcimer builders used screws instead. You can buy a 1/4"..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 4 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Moving to Southern Virginia":
"Bob, I've been thinking in that direction myself, lately.   Looks like a wonderful area of the country, with nice folks who actually know what a dulcimer is!"
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 6 days ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Humbucker stye pickup...?:
"FYI, CBGitty sells 3-pole and 4-pole humbuckers now on their website.  But like Ken says, they wouldn't be necessary. Unless you're trying to make a..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 6 days ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Humbucker stye pickup...?:
"I have installed humbuckers on an electric dulcimer I built years ago.  They were standard guitar pickups with 2 sets of 6 pole pieces on each one.  The..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Anyone heard of "B.F.M. Music" stick dulcimer?":
"Do you have any photos to help us?  "
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 weeks ago • comments: 12
Posted a new Comment on Your favourite or preferred shape to build / play:
"Well, Tatts, I prefer to build simpler shapes, as they're less trouble to get the overall shape right.  The easiest would be the Tennessee music box, because..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 weeks ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on A new Tennessee music box that looks OLD...:
"Dan: Your tin work looks great! Thanks, Dan!"
John C. Knopf
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Do not adjust your set!":
"See something a little different here?  I've noticed that when I play the scale, I get "od-it-al-los-af-im-er-od..."  Oh-- everything's BACKWARDS.  This is a..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "What In The World Is This?":
"Looks almost like a DSO to me."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • one month ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on 1976 Hamer:
"Apparently he was/is fond of acorns and oaks.... was he possibly a squirrel?  If so, he makes a dang pretty dulcimer if I do say so meself!"
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • one month ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on A new Scheitholt:
"Glorious work, Bob."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Removing a fretboard":
"Ken's right-- I'll sometimes use a Harbor Freight Tools heat gun to soften some Titebond glue enough to reposition something.  It works quite well."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Walnut Thomas with possum board":
"UPDATE:  He just received it a couple hours ago, and he loves it!  Sentiments to brighten a poor luthier's heart!"
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Removing a fretboard":
"Molly, I can't see what you're dealing with, but in most cases you should be able to surface the topside of the fretboard level, then either refinish it and..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Walnut Thomas with possum board":
"Thank you all for the comments.  The new owner should have it in a couple of days now."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • one month ago • comments: 11
Posted a new Comment on Tuning peg knobs:
"You're a braver man than I am, Ken!"
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Walnut Thomas with possum board":
"Just completed, another walnut Thomas dulcimore with a matching possum board."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 19
Posted a new Comment on Questions about buying a dulcimer.:
"That depends on how you will be playing the dulcimer.  If you play in a modern style, it might be useful.  I've never used (or liked) the 1-1/2 fret."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Looking for help with a Hughes kit:
"You may want to use these materials to make a dulcimer of your own design, since you don't have the original instructions.  No doubt you could improve on..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Dulcimer #2:
"Beautiful work!  I was unaware that The Dulcimer Shoppe used bookmatched walnut for the backs in their kits.  That's usually pretty expensive to do.  It..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Tailpiece help please":
"James, That looks like a mandolin tailpiece to me.  If so, the pointed decorative end should lift up to reveal the string ends.  In other words, there..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Burnsville Holly Leaf:
"Nice one, Ken!"
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 13
Posted a new Comment on What do you want in a box dulcimer?:
"Lisa, I try to sell any box dulcimer in my shop!  So far I've limited myself to historic reproductions of old Tennessee music boxes (sometimes known as..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Air dried vs. kiln dried woods:
"Just make sure the moisture content is about 6% - 8%, and that it's relatively free of defects.  Cut the wood close to the final thickness desired, then let..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Air dried vs. kiln dried woods:
"Air-dried takes longer...  No, seriously, I use both kinds for my building and haven't had problems with either one."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Appflutes Dulcimers:
"Stunning, Jack!  Nice wood combinations."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Dulcimer Queries":
"Howie Mitchell's "floating bridge" design has been largely discredited.  This design tends to allow the bridge end of the fretboard to bow up.  Some folks..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 3 months ago
@john-c-knopf is now following @ken-longfield
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 3 months ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Basswood as a tone wood?:
"Yep, basswood is really soft and easy to dent.  It's a favorite wood for carvers. Very lightweight, too.  If you don't mind the fragility of the surface,..."

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 9 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 last year - 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 last year - Comments: 11
John C. Knopf

Just finished-- another Thomas!


Just now completed another J. E. Thomas dulcimer in poplar for a...
@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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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