John C. Knopf

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Location: Westland, MI
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John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 9 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Introduce Yourself!":
"Beth, have you contacted Robin Clark there in Wales?  He's quite the knowledgeable dulcimist."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 5 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Geoffrey R. Johnson Dulcimer? ":
"I have not heard of Mr Johnson, but I would go by the VSL (distance between the inside of nut and inside of bridge) to make a determination, at least to..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "If you could have just one dulcimer...":
"It's t'other way around, Ken!  VA at the top, KY at the bottom.  That Ed Thomas sure is a beauty!"
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 weeks ago • comments: 20
Posted a new Comment on History of Women Players:
"I for one knew a female trombone player in high school.  Her name was (and presumably still is) Joanne, and she could play that thing!  We both played the..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 3 weeks ago • comments: 11
Posted a new Comment on Favorite Dulcimer books and/or good books for beginners?:
"That book is a favorite of mine!  Such interesting stories about folks worldwide who enjoy building and playing dulcimers."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Crack in the soundboard, by the sound hole":
"Marg, as a builder I am aware of such things.  If I make a dulcimer with intricate soundholes, I'll glue some tiny wood pieces under overhangs, at right..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 4 weeks ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Dulcimers I have built:
"Very nice work, Alan!  You've built some beautiful instruments. BTW, has it been a quiet week in Lake Wobegon, Minnesota?"
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • one month ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on @lynn-peachey:
"Lynn, owning four dulcimers is.... a GOOD START!  My dulcimer-building buddies and I could load your house up with them, if you so chose.  We call that..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "New Cherry Galax Dulcimer":
"Thankee kindly, friends!  The new owner is one of our members here.  Hope she loves it!"
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • one month ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "New Cherry Galax Dulcimer":
"This is a new Galax dulcimer I finished yesterday.  It's mostly cherry, with a spruce top and mahogany "inner back".  It's made like Raymond Melton of..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Vintage dulcimer information sought ":
"That would work out to just about $95 in the US!  Talk about CHEAP!  You got a great value there, Art!  And an interesting piece of musical folk art.  I'm..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Birdseye Maple":
"Here are 2 photos.  Not very good quality, but you can see what I mean."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Birdseye Maple":
"I once made an hourglass dulcimer completely out of birdseye maple.  It looked wonderful, was somewhat heavy, had an OK tone.  The wood behaved like plain..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on Finger Board Replacement:
"Removing and successfully replacing a dulcimer fretboard can be very tricky.  There are several items that have to be "just right" or you will still have..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "general instrument question":
"Ah, the search for the elusive "perfect instrument"!  It probably does not exist (just as the perfect spouse does not exist), but luthiers like me try to..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "1970 M12R Signed by L. Mcspadden":
"I agree with the others.  I think about the $400-$500 range or so.  You can try, of course.  It's a wonderful instrument!"
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Vintage dulcimer information sought ":
"Art, that looks like a nice one.  Not sure of the bridge-bar either, but it may be an adjustable bridge, with the "real" bridge there just to set the height..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Reasons NOT To Get a Chromatic":
"Let me help you with that, Ma'am!  The misty dulcimore past is calling out to you..."

Latest Group Discussions

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John C. Knopf

Spruce and Mahogany Galax Dulcimore


I just completed this Melton-style Galax dulcimore/dulcimer.  The...
@John C. Knopf 2 years ago - Comments: 5
John C. Knopf

A "Little Guy" dulcimer


Here's a prototype of my "Little Guy" dulcimer, with a 22" VSL and DAA...
@John C. Knopf 2 years ago - Comments: 2
John C. Knopf

Dulcimaster Number 5 Is Here


Here is my fifth (and last?) Dulcimaster electric dulcimer, which will...
@John C. Knopf 5 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 11 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 6 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 6 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 8 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 6 years ago - Comments: 10
John C. Knopf

Siegrist Dulcimer on ShopGoodwill


There's a Siegrist mechanical dulcimer being auctioned now!...
@John C. Knopf 9 years ago - Comments: 0
John C. Knopf

On the Workbench


My latest creation is nearly finished.  Bird's eye maple throughout.
@John C. Knopf 7 years ago - Comments: 8
John C. Knopf

On the Workbench


My latest creation is nearly finished.  Bird's eye maple throughout.
@John C. Knopf 7 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 8 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 10 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 10 years ago - Comments: 12
John C. Knopf

Here's a Delight!


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

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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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New Cherry Galax Dulcimer

Posted: Friday March 8 2024, 7:24 PM
By: @John C. Knopf

McSpadden Sweet Song dulcimer with custom...

Posted: Thursday November 9 2023, 8:20 AM
By: @John C. Knopf

Poplar J. E. Thomas replica dulcimer for...

Posted: Wednesday September 6 2023, 5:51 PM
By: @Jill Geary

New Thomas-style dulcimer with milk-paint...

Posted: Sunday May 14 2023, 8:47 AM
By: @Ken Hulme

A Samuel F. Russell dulcimore replica

Posted: Tuesday June 14 2022, 9:03 AM
By: @Steven Berger

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

"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!


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