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 • 4 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Commissioned Build Going to Richmond, VA":
"Beautiful bookmatching and wood choices, Kusani.  Having played a couple of yours I just KNOW that has a great sound as well.  "
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Looking for a Blue Lion dulcimer":
"They're hard to find in part because Blue Lion is not major manufacturing assembly line.  Also they are exceptional instruments for chord-melody players, and..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Comprehensive List of Dulcimer Festivals":
"I've never seen a comprehensive Festival list; not even on ED 'back in the day'.  "
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "complete list of possible DAd chords?":
"A complete list of chords is called a Chord Chart.  Go to the Strother's Chord Wizard, plug in the chord you want to play, and it will show you where to..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Sound Hole Placement":
"Dulci-Clan -- Once again you're getting lost in nearly meaningless details, and over-complicating things.  Overall shape (hourglass, teardrop, elliptical,..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 4 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Looking for a Blue Lion dulcimer":
"Thanks Ken -- musta had a Senior Moment -- George Pickow was of course Jean Ritchie's husband, and Jon is their son."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 4 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Sound Hole Placement":
"They're around, you've just not learned to suss them out yet.  Check acoustic music shops.  Check out this guy:  He'll probably be able to help find..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 4 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to ""Glory" in all her glory":
"Great job as always, John!"
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 4 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Looking for a Blue Lion dulcimer":
"" I'm probably being way too picky when I can't even play yet."  I wasn't going to mention that, but since you brought it up..." There are hundreds, if not..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 4 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Sound Hole Placement":
"Dulci-clan -- where are you that dulcimers and "not common"? We may know people nearby who are very knowledgeable and willing to help beginners.   Here's a..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 5 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Sound Hole Placement":
"Are you looking to buy or build?  If you're looking to buy, do so based on what the dulcimer sounds like, not so much what it looks like.  Buy from a..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 5 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Sound Hole Placement":
"There's a real complicated formula for the area of  sound holes, but 3-4 quarters worth is a good amount for the average dulcimer.  Bigger instruments can go..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Positive Thread...":
"Good job, Bob!  "
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Looking for a Blue Lion dulcimer":
"A Jean Ritchie Model made by Blue Lion is NOT the same as the dulcimer made by Jean and her husband John Pickow and family, which is what Blondie has posted...."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 3 weeks ago • comments: 11
Posted a new Comment on Suggestions for fixing a fretboard:
"Since the tuning head slot is too wide, you could start over, or apply thin strips of wood inside or outside to give enough thickness for the screws to..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Hammered Dulcimer Hammers":
"A good "ballpark" length is something between 20 - 22 centimeters.  You alter the mass of the hammer by altering the thickness and width of the handles,..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 3 weeks ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Dulcimer nut and bridge:
"I find that using a small triangular file gives me really good control over string notch depth.  It does not need to be much more than the diameter of the..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 3 weeks ago • comments: 3
https://fotmd.com/ken-hulme/uploaded_audio/1014/fretted-zither-sample-amazing-grace
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Mercer Museum Zither Replica":
"Sound Bite Time! Several people asked to hear what the instrument sounds like, so here's a short sound clip.  The W.I.D.E string spacing makes it a..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 3 weeks ago • comments: 3
https://fotmd.com/ken-hulme/uploaded_audio/1014/fretted-zither-sample-amazing-grace
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 3 weeks ago • comments: 3
Created a new Audio File:
Fretted Zither Sample -- Amazing Grace
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 3 weeks ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Further ado about 2 v 1 melody string(s):
"If the Clemmer (not Clammer) dulcimer didn't "sound right" then you should call Mike and talk it over with him.  Adding a second melody string of the..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Information about a Change of policy at McSpadden":
"It's not even the bridge, Dusty; I don't believe they really intonate for one tuning over the other.  It might be the string set, if anything.  Personally I..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "just vs. equal temperament ":
"Beautiful playing, as always, Robin.  Best darn fencepost I've heard in decades!!  Sure wish we could get you over here for a time...  You're certainly..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 4 weeks ago • comments: 12
Posted a new Comment on Question about making dulcimer soundboard :
"A LOT of us make hollowed out fretboards.  Big difference in sound -- no.  There is some difference in sound, but you'd need audio measuring instruments to..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "need a case for a 43" mountain dulcimer":
"Other than Dusty's suggestion, just get a half sheet of 1/4" ply and some foam, make one.  "
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 4 weeks ago • comments: 12
Posted a new Comment on Question about making dulcimer soundboard :
"If you're making a really wide body -- say more than 7" -- then I might put small cross brace at the widest spot on each bout.  You already will have a..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Additional frets playing traditionally?":
"Ultimately it's your dulcimer, your choice.  I wouldn't have an extra fret if you paid me.  I re-tune 1 string rather than messing up my fretboard"
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Additional frets playing traditionally?":
"Traditional players don't want anything other than the classic diatonic fret layout -- no extra frets at all.  We also play not just in DAA but re-tune to..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Mercer Museum Zither Replica":
"Irene -- I just sent the photos and measurements -- 3 emails total."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 4 weeks ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Out of tune bass string:
"You say it "sounds sharp" but is it the note or your ear?  Is the sharpness on only the bass string, or are the other strings sharp at the 7th fret as well?"
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Mercer Museum Zither Replica":
"Irene -- send me a message with your email address; I'll send what I have that way.  I had a metal shop flatten the zither pin tops to be like the originals..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Mercer Museum Zither Replica":
"Staples are .043" music wire.  Actually only the melody string is fret-able the middle drone lies just outside the frets.  History?  Jacob Gross was a 19th..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "just vs. equal temperament ":
"Disposition shouldn't be too difficult as long as you explain that a JI dulcimer is perfect for solo work, but not for playing with other instruments.  "
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Mercer Museum Zither Replica":
"Well, at LONG last the replica is finished.  All in all, I'm pretty happy with the result.The staining took a lot of work, I had to sand off the first..."

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 4 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 last year - 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

Latest Audio

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Fretted Zither Sample -- Amazing Grace

Fretted Zither Sample --...


@Ken Hulme
3 weeks ago - Comments: 3

Latest Videos

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Hindman Exiles Playing Together

Hindman Exiles Playing Together


@Ken Hulme
7 months ago - Comments: 7
RosintheBeau

RosintheBeau


@Ken Hulme
7 years ago - Comments: 12
BanksoftheBann

BanksoftheBann


@Ken Hulme
7 years ago - Comments: 12

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Latest Forum Discussions

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Mercer Museum Zither Replica

Posted: Tuesday September 4 2018, 9:22 PM
By: @Kusani

New Body

Posted: Wednesday August 8 2018, 9:20 PM
By: @Ken Longfield

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

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!