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 • 4 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "New Knopf Dulcimers website!":
"Bravo, John!   Love the new website!  Love my Thomas replica too!"
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Something to watch":
"Yes... Donate one month, then cancel it..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Something to watch":
"Sorry I misled you guys about that WOUB program availability.  I couldn't get it either, in spite of the fact it showed on my Passport.  I had our local WGCU..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Something to watch":
"The Ritchie video called Mountain Born is different from the one on the series Ramblin'"
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Question about the 6 1/2 fret":
"I have a friend who built a fretboard so that the Nut was 4 notes below the normal Open notes of DAA.  "
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Something to watch":
"If you have PBS Passport, the entire Ramblin series is available there.  Jean's episode is Season 1 episode 104.   I'll be watching it later tonight...."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Question about the 6 1/2 fret":
"Not sure about staple 6+ and 1+ frets but there certainly were some unusual fret patterns used by some builders, certainly!  For example fret patterns to..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Introduce Yourself!":
"G -- GDG  Good on a short VSL dulcimer"
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Does soundbox tension affect volume and tone":
"That slot at the tail end of the fretboard was, IIRC, a Howie Mitchell "thing".  Not sure it ever worked as advertised.  "
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Does soundbox tension affect volume and tone":
"I think if you had half of the string tension pulling up and half the string tension pushing down, the result is not increased tension but rather a..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Introduce Yourself!":
"Hi Beth!  Where are you in Yorks?  I have e-friends in Hawes and that part of the Dales as well as elsewhere in the UK.  My partner is from Brighton..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Does soundbox tension affect volume and tone":
"Matt/Nate -- that 15 degree break angle is very close to the commonly-used-in-dulcimer-builds 12 degree break angle of strings from the nut to the tuners,..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Geoffrey R. Johnson Dulcimer? ":
"John's given you a good start.  You can also plug the VSL into the Strothers String Gauge Calculator along with the desired open note to determine reasonable..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "What's the exact difference between a dulcimore and dulcimer":
""Duckslammer, IIRC comes from a Tom & Missy Strothers ancedote about someone mis-hearing "dulcimer"."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Bodhran (Irish Drum)":
"Mountain Mahogany does not grow east of Colorado.  It has a Janka hardness of about 3200 -- roughly the same as the Ebonies.  Makes great noters, nuts &..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "If you could have just one dulcimer...":
"Thanx John,  Fixed it.  y new eye isn't quite up to par yet... another few days before the swelling goes down.  "
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "If you could have just one dulcimer...":
"Hi @jazzc...  Had cataract surgery yesterday so i couldn't take any pix until today... Here are my two favorite Traditional dulcemores:   Uncle Ed Thomas..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "If you could have just one dulcimer...":
"Either my Uncle Ed Thomas traditional dulcemore replica by John Knopf; or my  traditional Virginia style Hogfiddle by Bobby Ratliff,  Both with staple frets..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "What's the exact difference between a dulcimore and dulcimer":
"Dusty's right.  In English there were no standardized way to spell anything until some years after the Oxford English Dictionary was completely published..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "What's the exact difference between a dulcimore and dulcimer":
"Three years ago this was asked by @shannonmilan  "Do you mean to say they also differ on their tuning?"    "They"  being dulcemores and dulcimers.Yes and..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Can anyone out there help me with a tuner question?":
"Those tuners should have a tiny screw in the end of each knob, which adjust how 'firmly' they stay in tune.  Start with a 1/4 turn tighter and see how that..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 2 months ago • comments: 11
Posted a new Comment on Favorite Dulcimer books and/or good books for beginners?:
"The Appalachian Dulcimer Book by Michael Murphy The Dulcimer Book by Jean RitchieCatalogue of Pre-Revival Appalachian Dulcimers by L. Allen SmithIn Search of..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Are two melody strings louder than one?":
"Whether tuned perfectly together or slightly apart in pitch, doubled strings should not be louder than one.  The sound waves mesh together perfectly (or..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Crack in the soundboard, by the sound hole":
"I suggest "superglue" -- the thin, slow-set kind, not the 10 second stuff.   Leave the painter's tape on the underside to support the crack but remove the..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 2 months ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on Reading Tab in Chord/Melody playing:
"Remember that the quiet space between the notes is as important as the notes themselves."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 2 months ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on Reading Tab in Chord/Melody playing:
"As mentioned, and like most everything in Dulcimerworld, there is no 'best' or 'only' way to do things.  There is just what works for you.  Joe obviously..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "A W Jeffreys Jr.":
"@shannonmilan -- you do realize that this conversation is over four years old, don't you?"
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Clemmer Peg head":
"@shannonmilan -- you do realize this conversation is over two years old, don't you."

Latest Group Discussions

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Ken Hulme

Free Wood


Builders within driving distance of Fort Myers, FL -- We're having a...
@Ken Hulme last year - Comments: 0
Ken Hulme

Museum Replica Bowed Zither


The original was made by Jacob Gross, a school teacher, fracture artist,...
@Ken Hulme 2 years ago - Comments: 5
Ken Hulme

Museum Replica Bowed Zither


Back in 1865 or so, a fractur artist, schoolteacher, woodworker named...
@Ken Hulme 2 years ago - Comments: 7
Ken Hulme

Sawn-Frame Dulcemore


Somewhere here awhile back, we had a discussion about making dulcimers...
@Ken Hulme 4 years ago - Comments: 9
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Another "Not A Dulcimer" Build


In collaboration with a Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland  professor of...
@Ken Hulme 4 years ago - Comments: 6
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Unison and Bagpipe Tunings


You may find these two tunings more useful for your "no 6+ fret"...
@Ken Hulme 5 years ago - Comments: 5
Ken Hulme

NC Holly Leaf Pattern circa 1860s


Here's my almost finished latest build.  This is based on the...
@Ken Hulme 5 years ago - Comments: 9
Ken Hulme

Berea Traditional Dulcimer Gathering!! 2019


A great time was had by all at the first annual Berea Traditional...
@Ken Hulme 5 years ago - Comments: 10
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Hindman in Exile Gathering


  We were NOT about to let the cancellation of the Hindman Homecoming...
@Ken Hulme 6 years ago - Comments: 7
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Get Noterized! (article)


For those who might be interested I've posted my Noter & Drone...
@Ken Hulme 13 years ago - Comments: 0
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Berea Traditional Dulcimer Gathering


You've read about our adventures in the posts here called Hindman in...
@Ken Hulme 6 years ago - Comments: 14
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New Body


Here's a new body I made for a student's cardboard dulcimer.  Butternut...
@Ken Hulme 6 years ago - Comments: 7
Ken Hulme

Mercer Museum Zither Replica


So... awhile back I was looking at pix of 'transitional' dulcimers' on...
@Ken Hulme 6 years ago - Comments: 48
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Latest JI Calculator?


(repost because I got silly and hit the wrong button.  Got your response...
@Ken Hulme 9 years ago - Comments: 22
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First Build in Years....


Awhile back I got the urge to build a dulcimer -- first time in years....
@Ken Hulme 8 years ago - Comments: 13
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Home-Made Peg Shaper


I have only built a couple instruments with wooden pegs because...
@Ken Hulme 6 years ago - Comments: 4
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 7 years ago - Comments: 2
Ken Hulme

Size of Music Wire?


What number of "music wire" are you buying to make strings the...
@Ken Hulme 9 years ago - Comments: 5
Ken Hulme

Sherrie's Broken Dulcimer


On the Care & Maintenance Wall, Sherrie H wrote: I purchased a...
@Ken Hulme 9 years ago - Comments: 8
Ken Hulme

Tribute Album Announcement


Got this from the Compass Records website. To be released in September:...
@Ken Hulme 10 years ago - Comments: 6

Latest Audio

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Old Joe Clark

Old Joe Clark


@Ken Hulme
5 years ago - Comments: 3
Lay the Bent To The Bonnie Broom

Lay the Bent To The Bonnie Broom


@Ken Hulme
5 years ago - Comments: 2
Fretted Zither Sample -- Amazing Grace

Fretted Zither Sample --...


@Ken Hulme
6 years ago - Comments: 3

Latest Videos

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Hindman Exiles Playing Together

Hindman Exiles Playing Together


@Ken Hulme
6 years ago - Comments: 11
RosintheBeau

RosintheBeau


@Ken Hulme
13 years ago - Comments: 12
BanksoftheBann

BanksoftheBann


@Ken Hulme
13 years ago - Comments: 13

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Latest Forum Discussions

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Archive of original Everything Dulcimer??

Posted: Wednesday March 1 2023, 9:31 AM
By: @Strumelia

Tom Strothers Passes

Posted: Thursday February 16 2023, 2:39 PM
By: @Strumelia

Howie Mitchell Dulcimer Building Book and...

Posted: Tuesday November 29 2022, 4:56 PM
By: @Ken Hulme

Holiday

Posted: Sunday October 9 2022, 9:03 AM
By: @Robin Thompson

Tull66

Posted: Tuesday June 7 2022, 5:47 AM
By: @jost

Sam Rizzetta Has Passed

Posted: Monday November 1 2021, 9:18 AM
By: @Susie

2021 Berea Traditional Dulcimore Gathering...

Posted: Tuesday May 18 2021, 3:04 PM
By: @Ken Longfield

Hughes Mountain Dulcimers

Posted: Monday July 27 2020, 10:38 PM
By: @Ken Hulme

Berea 2020 Traditional Gathering...

Posted: Thursday January 16 2020, 4:44 PM
By: @Robin Thompson

Rebec

Posted: Saturday December 21 2019, 12:31 PM
By: @Hobbyhorse

Group Contents Re-ordered???

Posted: Sunday October 27 2019, 7:08 PM
By: @Strumelia

McSpadden --- wax

Posted: Thursday September 19 2019, 1:44 PM
By: @Ken Hulme

Great Lyric/Chord Find

Posted: Monday August 5 2019, 6:20 PM
By: @Lois Sprengnether Keel

Visit With Kusani

Posted: Saturday May 25 2019, 9:23 PM
By: @hugssandi

Berea Gathering Attendees

Posted: Thursday May 23 2019, 6:23 PM
By: @Ken Longfield

Berea Traditional Dulcimer Gathering Update

Posted: Tuesday April 16 2019, 6:47 AM
By: @Dan

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

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: Monday April 27 2015, 11:03 AM
By: @Ken Hulme

Comments

Lois Sprengnether Keel
02/23/19 11:33:45AM @lois-sprengnether-keel:

Ken, somehow I don't think of using an "@" when replying, but my two comments were especially for you. 

In case you don't drift back to the "spooky, mournful, lonesome" discussion, I said:

     WOW!  I just went to YouTube and caught Nic Jones's fingerstyle guitar version.  Oh Ken, that's one heck of a rockin' Child's ballad.  I know for a fact they plan to bring the theme of Child's Ballads back next year and I was dreading a real downer of an evening.  The librarian in me will research the heck out of this song, but I'd thank ye kindly for any arrangement, or whatever you might be willing to send my way.  I know I could probably manage it on guitar, but I'd love to do it on the dulcimer.

     Bit of a postscript here.  I had heard of the title "Little Musgrave", but that's about it.  This is one wicked little song.  Yes, it ends as unhappily as Child Ballads have a nasty tendency to do (are there any happy ones?), but the action is far from slow and I think our Strumelia would agree this one ought to hold the audience's interest.  I'll prowl the verses to get it as lean as possible. 

Since I wrote that I've prowled a bit and have a melody and think Nic Jones kept the verse "as lean as possible."  I know it also became the probably better known "Matty Groves", but I won't have time to get too detailed in my intro since the song is so long.  I would be very interested in whatever you may care to share about "Little Musgrave."  If it's easier, right now I'm hoping to attend the Berea event (subject to change if work conflicts).


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.


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!