Ken Hulme

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Location: Fort Myers, FL
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A retired Technical Writer, I live aboard a 26 ft sailboat (called ManCave)  in Fort Myers, Florida.  I'm a working Personal Chef and writer (these days) of historical fiction and general non-fiction.  

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Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Choose just ONE song for all eternity...":
"Ohhhh… that's TOUGH!! After much consideration.....   Leonard Cohen's Suzanne a.k.a Suzanne Takes You Down"
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Mercer Museum Zither Replica":
"Dan mentions a music wire manufacturer in his vid, but I didn't write it down.  IIRC they're in TN or KY.  The wire comes in a range of gauges.  Once I got..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Mercer Museum Zither Replica":
"I've installed frets on a couple hundred dulcimers over the years.   Conventional "mushroom" fret-wire frets that is.  Full width sawn slot that the tang of..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Do you name your dulcimers?":
"The one I'm playing,  the other one, the black one, the one Bobby made, the one Til made, the Gross replica..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 5 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Frets on noter/drone dulcimer ":
"No.  Same frets ("mushroom head" frets or wire staples), same fret spacing.  However, N&D players usually prefer no "plus" frets (1+, 6+, 13+).  Mushroom..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Aromatic Cedar Dulcimer":
"Good job, and a good cause!   "
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • one week ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on Making dulcimer end blocks :
"I use a $8 wooden furniture clamp I picked up at Harbor Freight.  Use the two screws to adjust the angle of the jaws to match the angle of the end block.  "
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to " E. Dale Eckard/Smoky Ridge dulcimer?":
"Well, 3 minuts with Google tells me that he lives in Claremont, NC, apparently does not have a website or blog, and sells through Ebay and a couple of NC..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Mercer Museum Zither Replica":
"So here's the carcass glued up but not finished out.  The top is trimmed to shape, sound holes cut and I'm ready to install frets. Second pic is the..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • one week ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on Making dulcimer end blocks :
"You're right, of course, Bobby.  But when you live on a boat like I do most of the time, there's less space for a tablesaw than a bandsaw!!     I try to..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • one week ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on Making dulcimer end blocks :
"With modern glues like Titebond, there is no real advantage to one design over the other.  I tend to use the un-slotted endblocks as cutting the slots..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Somewhere over the rainbow":
"Mike -- good to know someone has tab available; lots of people seem to want to learn the song.  "
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Somewhere over the rainbow":
"Probably no tabs, as the song is still under copyright protection.  You'll probably have to work out such a specific version for yourself.  "
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 2 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Tempo:
"You've only been plying 5 Days??!!  "Painfully slow" is normal for that amount of time, unless you've spent decades playing other fretted instruments...."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Techniques for accidentals":
"Handling Accidentals 1.  Skip them entirely with sustain of the previous note occupying the measure.  Or play either the note before, or the note after, for..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 2 weeks ago • comments: 11
Posted a new Comment on Do you have a way to stand up and play?:
"Robert makes it LOOK easy to play like that, but he's got 50 years experience.  That's not as easy as it looks -- been there, tried that."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Only seeing the original post in a discussion, not the replies..?":
"That post by Lois is indeed in a Group discussion, not a general public discussion.  The Group is called Beginner Players, and the thread is about I, IV and..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Maple/Spruce Custom McSpadden":
"Monica -- you don't get notifications of posts on threads you start here...  You just have to check back very regularly."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 3 weeks ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Relative bridge location to Tailpiece block:
"Maple is my least favorite dulcimer top/back wood too.  One the first I built was Oregon Bigleaf Maple that gave me fits for several years.  Taught me a lot..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Mercer Museum Zither Replica":
"Both the bowed and fretted zithers appear to have been made by a schoolteacher and well-known 'fractur' artist named Jacob Gross, sometime around the end of..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Mercer Museum Zither Replica":
"So... awhile back I was looking at pix of 'transitional' dulcimers' on the Internet -- instruments half way between the ancestral no-fretboard Pennsylvania..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 3 weeks ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Relative bridge location to Tailpiece block:
"Yeah -- I would not "de-couple" the fretboard from the top... that would, I think, make it quieter.  As Robert sez, bridge on the tailblock is not a volume..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Looking for Info on Laurel Mountain Dulcimers":
"I see her birthday is today she's turned 65.  I also see, on her Facebook page, that she lists herself as "former owner of Laurel Mountain Instruments.  My..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 3 weeks ago • comments: 18
Posted a new Comment on DAD to DAA:
"L...oooooooo...sssssss….en! That's why we usually write DAd, not DAD.  The little d is to remind you that it is an octave higher in pitch than the bass..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 4 weeks ago • comments: 64
Posted a new Comment on Beginner players:
"Barre chords  are  where  all  the  strings  are  pressed  at the  same  fret, often  with  the  side  of  a single  finger  "
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "What Are You Working On?":
"Thanx Ken.  Hopefully the final result will impress the museum and keep old Jacob from turning over in his grave!  I will bring it to Berea.  I'll fly..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "What Are You Working On?":
"I have just started gluing up a museum replica zither from the Mercer Museum.  I saw photos of the instrument and fell in love.  Thanks to Ken Longfield I..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 4 weeks ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Help with a New Purchase and a thank you!:
"You're gonna get a zillion "I love dulcimer X" responses on a question like this! The only time you have to worry about so called 'smaller hands' and the..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Wanted - a second-hand McSpadden mountain dulcimer":
"Nigel's right, Ariane.  I hadn't realized you were in Germany.  A weekend in England and buying a dulcimer from Robin Clark or Geoff Black would probably be..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Wanted - a second-hand McSpadden mountain dulcimer":
"well, there's an M12 for sale on Ebay right now with case -- $350 plus $30 shipping.  And one set up for lefties for $389."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Do you play any popular songs on your dulcimer?":
"I have a whole set that I call Top Of The Pops --  1650 !!"
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • one month ago • comments: 9
Posted a new YouTube video:
Jabberwocky Viking Style on Anglo-Saxon Lyre
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • one month ago • comments: 12
Posted a new Comment on Cherub Violin Pick-up (about $10) useful for Dulcimer:
"@Fordferguson -- Robin pretty much answered your questions in his original post about this pickup.  Pre-amp is better but it may work without, directly into..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Wood thickness for box dulcimer?":
"Sent you a PM..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Wood thickness for box dulcimer?":
"Will  post  addresses  in  a  PM later   (on tablet up a mountain  right  now). Sound difference  muted a tiny  bit  with  thicker wood  on smaller  box...."

Latest Group Discussions

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Ken Hulme

Home-Made Peg Shaper


I have only built a couple instruments with wooden pegs because getting...
@Ken Hulme 2 months ago - Comments: 0
Ken Hulme

New Wood Seller with Gorgeous Wood


Early this month, I received a blind e-mail from a pre-cut wood seller...
@Ken Hulme 10 months ago - Comments: 2
Ken Hulme

Size of Music Wire?


What number of "music wire" are you buying to make strings the...
@Ken Hulme 3 years ago - Comments: 5
Ken Hulme

Sherrie's Broken Dulcimer


On the Care & Maintenance Wall, Sherrie H wrote: I purchased a...
@Ken Hulme 3 years ago - Comments: 17
Ken Hulme

Tribute Album Announcement


Got this from the Compass Records website. To be released in...
@Ken Hulme 4 years ago - Comments: 7
Ken Hulme

Effects of Fretboard Arches


Anyone interested in the effects of various kinds and sizes of arches...
@Ken Hulme 5 years ago - Comments: 1
Ken Hulme

Beginner Instrument?


byRoger Goode Hi all.. I am starting the methodical process of...
@Ken Hulme 5 years ago - Comments: 10
Ken Hulme

O, I'm A Good Old Rebel


...well, not me personally, although I do live in The South. This tune...
@Ken Hulme 5 years ago - Comments: 10
Ken Hulme

Recycled Dresser Drawer


Here's a "scrap" dulcimer I built when I lived on Kwajalein Atoll from...
@Ken Hulme 7 years ago - Comments: 3
Ken Hulme

$25 Box Dulcimer For First Time Builders


Here's a link to an article written by Dave-M from Phoenix, AZ several...
@Ken Hulme 7 years ago - Comments: 31
Ken Hulme

Achieving that Olde Tyme Sounde


So you're looking for that traditional "high silvery" sound. Your...
@Ken Hulme 7 years ago - Comments: 23
Ken Hulme

Reverse Tunings - theory


Someone please explain - in words of one syllable - how it is possible...
@Ken Hulme 8 years ago - Comments: 26

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Hindman Exiles Playing Together

Hindman Exiles Playing Together


@Ken Hulme
4 months ago - Comments: 7
RosintheBeau

RosintheBeau


@Ken Hulme
7 years ago - Comments: 12
BanksoftheBann

BanksoftheBann


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7 years ago - Comments: 12

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Latest Forum Discussions

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Mercer Museum Zither Replica

Posted: Saturday July 21 2018, 11:08 PM
By: @IRENE

Berea Traditional Dulcimer Gathering

Posted: Thursday March 22 2018, 5:13 PM
By: @Robin Thompson

Hindman in Exile Gathering

Posted: Wednesday March 14 2018, 5:04 PM
By: @Ken Hulme

Oberflacht Lyre Finished

Posted: Thursday January 18 2018, 12:37 PM
By: @IRENE

Private Noter & Drone Workshop Experiences...

Posted: Monday January 8 2018, 4:16 PM
By: @Ken Hulme

Capo? False Nuts?

Posted: Tuesday November 28 2017, 8:55 AM
By: @Ken Hulme

Dulcimer Players News 1975-2012 Searchable...

Posted: Saturday November 11 2017, 7:09 AM
By: @Rob N Lackey

Oberflacht Lyre started

Posted: Thursday October 26 2017, 3:39 PM
By: @Ken Hulme

Recognize this?

Posted: Saturday August 12 2017, 9:21 AM
By: @Ken Hulme

Happy Anniversary!!

Posted: Saturday July 8 2017, 9:25 AM
By: @Ken Longfield

Stand-Up Stands

Posted: Thursday March 16 2017, 8:51 AM
By: @Ken Hulme

Visit With Kusani

Posted: Monday January 16 2017, 9:42 PM
By: @Ken Hulme

Thanksgiving Menu

Posted: Wednesday December 7 2016, 10:28 AM
By: @hugssandi

Rabel & Gusli

Posted: Thursday August 11 2016, 2:50 PM
By: @Strumelia

Dr. Ralph Stanley Passes

Posted: Friday June 24 2016, 12:25 PM
By: @Dusty Turtle

First Build in Years....

Posted: Wednesday April 13 2016, 10:24 PM
By: @Stan Pope

Grace Notes

Posted: Friday March 4 2016, 4:54 AM
By: @Dusty Turtle

Latest JI Calculator?

Posted: Monday January 4 2016, 7:38 AM
By: @john p

Seeing a group's new discussions? (SOLVED)

Posted: Saturday October 24 2015, 8:55 AM
By: @Strumelia

I Just Got A Dulcimer, Now What?

Posted: Wednesday August 19 2015, 10:05 PM
By: @Ken Hulme

New Noters Coming

Posted: Wednesday August 19 2015, 9:44 AM
By: @Ken Hulme

Get Noterized

Posted: Thursday June 25 2015, 10:56 AM
By: @Ken Hulme

Florida Old Time Music Championship

Posted: Thursday June 18 2015, 8:15 PM
By: @Don Moores

Reading DA AD Tab

Posted: Sunday September 28 2014, 5:53 PM
By: @Steve Smith

American Folk Song Collection

Posted: Wednesday September 24 2014, 10:46 PM
By: @Ken Longfield

Rebec

Posted: Sunday June 22 2014, 12:38 AM
By: @Eileen

Dulcimer Challenge

Posted: Thursday February 6 2014, 5:58 PM
By: @John Henry

Get Noterized Blog Post

Posted: Wednesday September 25 2013, 9:51 PM
By: @Ken Hulme

Great Lyric/Chord Find

Posted: Saturday April 20 2013, 8:33 PM
By: @john p

This Little Piggy (Sow model by Bobby...

Posted: Tuesday April 9 2013, 12:55 AM
By: @Strumelia

Comments

Jim Phillips
06/01/18 10:21:53PM @jim-at-gcreek:

Ken,

i have used quite a bit of sassafras for soundboards.  Wood is available here in Ohio.  Sassafras also resembles chestnut.  Most of sassafras wood I have used has a slight olive hue when finished.  Usually I combine sassafras soundboard with a walnut body.  This combination has been very popular.

 

JimP


Jim Phillips
06/01/18 09:40:35PM @jim-at-gcreek:

Ken,

i do not have any Catalpa.

i do have several nice pieces of "Wenge" (Africa) that are cut to proper

size for dulcimer fretboard overlays.  Provides a slicker surface for fingering

and material's hardness reduces pick marking.  (Kind of a replacement for ebony).  I can provide size of these overlay blanks, if anyone is interested.

JimP


marg
09/08/17 10:42:40PM @marg:

Worry about you & all of Fla. Could you move your boat & go to Ala or someplace? Be safe & let us know how you are.

 


marg
09/07/17 07:39:57PM @marg:

Do you have plans for yourself & your boat? Let us know how you are & how you make out after the hurricane comes through


marg
09/05/17 12:31:11AM @marg:

Not knowing where this next hurricane is going, along the coast or right up the middle - do be safe & let us know how you make out if it comes your way.


marg
06/28/17 06:27:05PM @marg:

Well ' I just start adding '3' to my DAd tabs' & some songs worked out better than others. Mostly I ran into trouble when trying to figure the middle string, even with it already an A - I started thinking maybe I should just keep it as is & pick it. 

Do you think something like this could be a discussion some of the members could used - learning how to tab from/to DAd to/from DAA & the other way around?


marg
06/28/17 12:38:23PM @marg:

ken,

Since I have the Carrell dulcimer tuned to DAA but most of my tabs are in DAdd, what is the best site to find many DAA tabs or should I just start adding '3' to my DAd tabs? I get a little confused (trying to update) when a DAd tab has some #'s on the middle string.

thanks


hugssandi
05/11/17 09:45:31AM @hugssandi:

YOUR PICTURES ARE AMAZING!  They make me 1.) Hungry, 2.) Want to live a FULL day, and 3.)  Visit Florida!!!!!


Laurel K Scott
03/01/17 02:02:39PM @laurel-k-scott:

Thank you, Ken --  I already know it's currently strung left handed because of the position of the bass string. What I *meant* to ask was whether the wrapping on the tuning pegs looks correct in that photo.

My inclination would be to wrap the strings in either ascending or descending order from left to right, but as you can tell, I have no knowledge of stringed instruments! This dulcimer came to me with the bass string (which is currently on the bottom rather than the top) strung on the lowest peg, the middle string strung on the highest peg and the end melody string (this is only a 3-stringer) wrapped on the middle peg. All are wrapped overhand rather than underhand.


Sheryl St. Clare
04/19/16 12:03:19PM @sheryl-st-clare:

Hi Ken, 

Your document I Just Got A Dulcimer, Now What??? -- A Beginner’s Guide -- by Ken Hulme shows a John Stockard adjustable dulcimer stand. I searched for it on the "Interweb" eyeroll but can't find it anywhere. 

 

I had a class with Joe Collins Saturday. He used one, and I really liked the setup better than the laptop desk I currently play my dulcimer on, which allows me to play while standing. 

 

Can you point me in a direction where I might find this stand?

 

Thanks,

Sheryl


Sheryl St. Clare
01/25/16 06:47:33PM @sheryl-st-clare:

Ken, I recently picked up a BD built by Ken Bloom. I have restrung it, and I am trying to tune it. I recall you had a link to a piano tune site, but can't find the discussion. Please let me know what that site was. 

Sheryl St. Clare

 


Salt Springs
01/17/16 09:28:26AM @salt-springs:

Mancave fared OK during last nights nasty weather, I presume?


Annie Deeley
09/29/15 08:35:49PM @annie-deeley:

Hi again, Ken. Thanks again, I just realized that the string guages you listed did say the G's would be 15's. The penny finally dropped, duh. Found some 15's in a drawer, just haven't worked up the courage t switch 'em yet...

I am a writer, too, but a poet.


marg
08/01/15 04:50:33PM @marg:

Seems attached files don't get posted with the comments. The image was just the site you sent for the banjo pegs, just checking that these are the ones I need to order. Non of the guitar stores carry anything like banjo pegs or buttons.

marg.


marg
08/01/15 04:45:40PM @marg:

Ken,

       Since you have gotten some knobs before, many years ago  -  are we sure these are the right ones to fit the red dulcimer I have?    I  would need 4 to replace all now, should I also have 4 as a back up? Elderly also makes banjo tuner buttons, are they the same or just go with the ones you sent the site for?

 

Thanks for your help, see photos

marg.

ps: Thinking, I should just go with your site, just tell me they seem right or the ones you would order. I can not delete the attached file of the one from elderly. Is there a way to delete files once they're attached? No worries.

 


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Ken Longfield
06/10/15 08:51:38PM @ken-longfield:

Hi Ken. Retirement is treating me well. How about you. You working on another book? I enjoyed the first one. I'm working on rebuilding my workshop after a water leak back in March. Haven't had much time with all the yard work and some work at our daughter's house.


Cecilia Schermaul
05/31/15 10:47:06PM @cecilia-schermaul:

Hello to you Ken, Celia here... After the remarks on my dulcimer last year I put it away until I could see a Luthier. The Luthier lowered the frets and told me everything was fine. Started back on the dulcimer around Oct. 2014.

I am back at beginner lessons and improving all the time but, a long way to go. One song I love to play is Carolina Waltz. Thank you for the encourgement.

All the Best to you and yours, Celia S.Grin.gif


Strumelia
02/25/15 10:11:28PM @strumelia:

Ken i posted the answer to your blog image problem, but you'll need to 'approve' it before it appears.


Cindy Stammich
10/06/14 04:31:32PM @cindy-stammich:
I like the plan Ken!Let's see if I can stick to it!
Geoff Black
03/31/14 09:28:19AM @geoff-black:

Hi Ken

If you're coming over to Sussex in June, you must look us all up (or have I misinterpreted your recent post?). The vintage dulcimer players club (is it the instruments or players which are vintage?) would welcome you as a temporary member!.

Geoff