Ken Hulme

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Location: Fort Myers, FL
Country: US

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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 • 29 seconds ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Jam chord progressions ":
"I'll bet those are the same chord progressions that guitar players use when playing accompaniment rather than melody. Knowing those progressions would..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 16 hours ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on any tips on making a replacement bridge :
"Jimmy -- You could, I suppose.  "
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 2 days ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on any tips on making a replacement bridge :
"Jimmy -- Those StewMac bone bridges aren't nearly large enough for a Hughes kit.  Those kits have a 3/4" tall fretboard that does not run full length.  The..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 3 days ago • comments: 15
Posted a new Comment on Strings - brands and gauges?:
"Msmouce -- if you read down one post from your last one, you'll see that I explained to @Pondoro how to adjust the action height to the "Nickel & Dime". "
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 3 days ago • comments: 15
Posted a new Comment on Strings - brands and gauges?:
"Set a dime alongside the first fret.  The strings should just touch the dime.  Sand the bottom off of the nut until they do.  Balance a nickel on top of the..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 4 days ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on any tips on making a replacement bridge :
"A good hard wood -- like maple -- is better than a soft wood like pine.  Oak is OK so is walnut.  "
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 4 days ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Hughes kits:
"As John said -- cheap plywood. All the Hughes kits were made from the same materials.  Back in the day I built several of those kits.  I would not say they..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 4 days ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on any tips on making a replacement bridge :
"All you need is a scrap of wood about 1/4" thick x 2" long x tall enough.  The wood has to be arranged so that the line of the grain goes across the..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 4 days ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Vsl vs hand size:
"I'm not a chord player -- but I did sleep in a Motel 6 once....! The Strother's Chord Wizard is pretty simple and comprehensive and will show you several..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 5 days ago • comments: 44
Posted a new Comment on Let’s Discuss Volume :
"… our secret, Dusty!"
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 5 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "My First String Change....Whew!!":
"Until you get a capo, you can use a short strip of blue painter's tape to hold the loop in place while you change a string.  Probably best not to remove ALL..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 6 days ago • comments: 44
Posted a new Comment on Let’s Discuss Volume :
"  Hi.  My name is Ken...and I'm a dulcimer pervert...  Once a year; just once, I play a dulcimer that has a 6+ fret.... Still playin' Noter & Drone..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • one week ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Where can I buy a quill?:
"You want Turkey, Goose, or Swan wing primary feathers.  Goose/Swan I often find around ponds.  You don't care about the vane parts, just the shaft..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • one week ago • comments: 44
Posted a new Comment on Let’s Discuss Volume :
"Yeah, yeah!!!  That's my only dulcimer with a 6+ fret.  It was made by my mentor builder friend Til Holloway, out in Prescott, AZ, who has since passed away,..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • one week ago • comments: 44
Posted a new Comment on Let’s Discuss Volume :
"Jimmy - I put the dulcimer across the wooden bars.  There are 4 rubber 'gaskets' -- one on each side of the two straps.  I spread two of those gaskets out..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • one week ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Strum all strings all the time, or...?:
"For me it depends on the tune.  Some tunes can 'take' all the strings all the time.  Others I add all the strings or selective amount of strings at different..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Zither pins":
"I re-tune my zither pin dulcimers and other instruments all the time.  As long as you don't pull/push the exposed part of the pin to the side (bending the..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • one week ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Viewing Attached photos problem... again?":
"Just noticed yesterday and today... if I click on an Attached photo it won't Open.  If I Save or Save As to my desktop it downloads, but when you Open you..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Narrow waisted hourglass shape":
"Personally I'd regret not getting the Keith Young instrument.  I was considering having him build me on of his Virginia traditional dulcimer, when he up and..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Narrow waisted hourglass shape":
"If you have very sensitive acoustic recording gear like an oscilliscope, I believe that you can see the difference between an hourglass (especially a..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • one week ago • comments: 12
Posted a new Comment on Is there an open tunings guide?:
"Most dulcimers are tuned to the key of C or D, you may be able to go up to E but F of G will probably break the bass string.  As mentioned below string..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • one week ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Vsl vs hand size:
"Knowing the VSL of your dulcimer, and giving it to us when you ask questions, is important.  What you need to do is get a chord chart and practice fretting..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • one week ago • comments: 15
Posted a new Comment on Strings - brands and gauges?:
"I buy my loop end strings in bulk from www.justsstrings.com.  Their Bulk strings come in a sleeve of 12 for $3.62 the pack.  I use pretty much the same..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Inexpensive short dulcimer":
"Lisa --   Like many things dulcimer, it depends... on what you consider "short" and "inexpensive".  Personally I would not touch a First Act dulcimer.  We'd..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Newbie questions - noter size, string gauges, Berea tunings":
"Irene -- sounds like your friend got a great dulcimer, and maybe not such good advice from her local club.  You should encourage her to set the dulcimer back..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Newbie questions - noter size, string gauges, Berea tunings":
"Pondoro -- As Ken Longfield said, you can play noter & drone in any tuning with any dulcimer.  But the vast majority of tunes out there in Dulcimer Land..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Introduce Yourself!":
"Strings are strings -- as long as the gauge is right."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Introduce Yourself!":
"Lisa -- secret to not breaking strings when tuning is to always tune a "singing" string.  Hold the tuner knob you think is the right one.  Pluck the string..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Introduce Yourself!":
"Hi Lisa;  Welcome to the wacky world of dulcimers.  I think you're going to fit right in!  A Cardboard dulcimer is a good, inexpensive place to start -- the..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 2 weeks ago • comments: 23
Posted a new Comment on Scallop Fretboard Sound effects:
"No negatives -- except the extra work involved"
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 2 weeks ago • comments: 23
Posted a new Comment on Scallop Fretboard Sound effects:
"Dulcimer folks need to stop calling anything the soundboard!  The top plays a role in keeping large sparrows from using the dulcimer as a nesting box!..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 2 weeks ago • comments: 11
Posted a new Comment on Tennessee Music Box Plans?:
"There are no plans. That Article HAS all the dimensions you need to build a TMB, Jimmy.  Everything you need to know is there.    You need 3/8" thick..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Sad News":
"Sad.  So young..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 2 weeks ago • comments: 23
Posted a new Comment on Scallop Fretboard Sound effects:
"It's been a llllloooooonnnnnngggggg day!   Spruce on the bottom vs top.... hmmm.  Personally, especially if the walnut is prettier, I'd put it on the top..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 2 weeks ago • comments: 34
Posted a new Comment on Buying my first instrument..:
"Happy New Dulcimer Year, Mark.  I hope you've copied that article I gave you the link to.  Now get busy reading so you'll know more of what's what when your..."

Latest Group Discussions

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Ken Hulme

New Body


Here's a new body I made for a student's cardboard dulcimer.  Butternut...
@Ken Hulme 5 months ago - Comments: 7
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Mercer Museum Zither Replica


So... awhile back I was looking at pix of 'transitional' dulcimers' on...
@Ken Hulme 7 months ago - Comments: 49
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Home-Made Peg Shaper


I have only built a couple instruments with wooden pegs because getting...
@Ken Hulme 7 months ago - Comments: 4
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Berea Traditional Dulcimer Gathering


You've read about our adventures in the posts here called Hindman in...
@Ken Hulme 10 months ago - Comments: 14
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Hindman in Exile Gathering


  We were NOT about to let the cancellation of the Hindman Homecoming...
@Ken Hulme 10 months ago - Comments: 7
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Private Noter & Drone Workshop Experiences Available


Tired of the snow and cold?  Want some quality time with another noter...
@Ken Hulme last year - Comments: 3
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New Wood Seller with Gorgeous Wood


Early this month, I received a blind e-mail from a pre-cut wood seller...
@Ken Hulme 2 years ago - Comments: 2
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First Build in Years....


Awhile back I got the urge to build a dulcimer -- first time in years....
@Ken Hulme 3 years ago - Comments: 13
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Latest JI Calculator?


(repost because I got silly and hit the wrong button.  Got your...
@Ken Hulme 4 years ago - Comments: 22
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Size of Music Wire?


What number of "music wire" are you buying to make strings the...
@Ken Hulme 4 years ago - Comments: 5
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Sherrie's Broken Dulcimer


On the Care & Maintenance Wall, Sherrie H wrote: I purchased a...
@Ken Hulme 4 years ago - Comments: 17
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Tribute Album Announcement


Got this from the Compass Records website. To be released in...
@Ken Hulme 5 years ago - Comments: 7
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Effects of Fretboard Arches


Anyone interested in the effects of various kinds and sizes of arches...
@Ken Hulme 6 years ago - Comments: 1
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Beginner Instrument?


byRoger Goode Hi all.. I am starting the methodical process of...
@Ken Hulme 6 years ago - Comments: 10
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O, I'm A Good Old Rebel


...well, not me personally, although I do live in The South. This tune...
@Ken Hulme 6 years ago - Comments: 11
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Recycled Dresser Drawer


Here's a "scrap" dulcimer I built when I lived on Kwajalein Atoll from...
@Ken Hulme 8 years ago - Comments: 3
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$25 Box Dulcimer For First Time Builders


Here's a link to an article written by Dave-M from Phoenix, AZ several...
@Ken Hulme 8 years ago - Comments: 31
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Get Noterized! (article)


For those who might be interested I've posted my Noter & Drone...
@Ken Hulme 8 years ago - Comments: 0
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Achieving that Olde Tyme Sounde


So you're looking for that traditional "high silvery" sound. Your...
@Ken Hulme 8 years ago - Comments: 23
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Reverse Tunings - theory


Someone please explain - in words of one syllable - how it is possible...
@Ken Hulme 9 years ago - Comments: 26

Latest Audio

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Fretted Zither Sample -- Amazing Grace

Fretted Zither Sample --...


@Ken Hulme
5 months ago - Comments: 3

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Hindman Exiles Playing Together

Hindman Exiles Playing Together


@Ken Hulme
10 months ago - Comments: 7
RosintheBeau

RosintheBeau


@Ken Hulme
8 years ago - Comments: 12
BanksoftheBann

BanksoftheBann


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8 years ago - Comments: 12

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Latest Forum Discussions

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Viewing Attached photos problem... again?

Posted: Tuesday January 8 2019, 8:15 PM
By: @Dusty Turtle

Happy Christmas To All

Posted: Thursday December 27 2018, 12:10 PM
By: @tssfulk

Glitch with Graphics

Posted: Thursday December 6 2018, 8:00 PM
By: @Strumelia

Dulcimer Players News 1975-2012 Searchable...

Posted: Sunday December 2 2018, 6:25 PM
By: @Ken Hulme

Oberflacht Lyre Finished

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

Capo? False Nuts?

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

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

Grace Notes

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

I Just Got A Dulcimer, Now What? (Article)

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! (article)

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

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

Beginner? Intermediate? Expert?

Posted: Thursday March 21 2013, 10:01 PM
By: @Kristi Keller

He's baaaackkk!

Posted: Friday October 19 2012, 1:08 PM
By: @john p

Hughes Mountain Dulcimers

Posted: Tuesday May 29 2012, 4:58 PM
By: @Randall McKinnon

Howie Mitchell Dulcimer Building Book and...

Posted: Friday April 13 2012, 1:52 PM
By: @Ken Hulme

Dorian Mode

Posted: Saturday March 24 2012, 8:35 PM
By: @Paul Certo

Comments

Ken Longfield
09/03/18 06:22:24PM @ken-longfield:

Ken, I received this message today and replied with a general comment about Berea College probably being ADA compliant.

09/03/18 05:31:24PM @Sbarnett524:

Would this event and housing be ADA accessible as per wheelchair use?

I also mentioned that some field trips might not be. Do you know anymore?

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."


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!