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 • 9 hours ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Basswood as a tone wood?:
"The concept of "tone woods" and dulcimers is not the same as it is with guitars. Guitars have this HUGE vibrating top which makes most of the sound...."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "What's fer dinner?":
"Great job, Lisa!  That's a good gluten-free option!!  Nice photo."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Whistlepig Hogfiddle for sale":
"That, folks, is one heck of a dulcimer -- and one heck of a deal!  And you get a free teeny tiny imperfection inside the tailpiece hole!"
Ken Hulme
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 4 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Old 6 string dulcimer":
"I agree with the others -- a Hughes Church Dulcimer kit.  The second dulcimer I built 40 years ago.  Replacing the Nut & Bridge should be..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 5 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Has the Everything Dulcimer "Facebook" page closed?":
"I raised a "stink" on the page this afternoon, when I noticed that it wasn't set to Private or even Closed.  Instead it was set to Secret!!!!  Now 30 or more..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 6 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Old 6 string dulcimer":
"Photos!!  As John sez, 6-stringers are usually 3 couplets rather than 6 equidistant.  Is there a maker's label inside?    I wonder if it's an old six-string..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 6 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Hacked":
"Well, since you now own the boat, Dusty, it's time to get the hull scraped clean of barnacles by a diver below, renew the insurance, and pay the monthly slip..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 6 days ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Hacked":
"...sometime this morning.   If anyone got an email from "me" asking them to buy anything, I DIDN'T SEND IT!  Passwords have been changed, hopefully that will..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 6 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Newby ":
"Steve there is a Group here specifically for asking/answering dulcimer building questions.  Go to the Groups button above and find the Dulcimer Building..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "FUNNY songs you sing & play on your dulcimer":
"Boy, this is a 'blast from the past'!!!  "
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Changing String Sets":
"Nuts may or may not float, but bridges often do.  Almost always it's better to change one string at a time, than take them all off.  Less chance of..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "It's a what?":
"IIRC tuning instruments like that is a matter of how long the twangy bits are... each has a set screw sort of arrangement and can be slid in/out a tiny bit..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Need info re AR Kern dulcimers ":
"@Gstringer -- Notice how Robin's Kern has the smaller bout at the tuning end of things where yours is the reverse.  Makes no difference, and it is unique;..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "It's a what?":
"Irene -- can you not click on the words Array mbira in Ballad Gal original post?  It's a link..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Need info re AR Kern dulcimers ":
"The image in your Avatar is still the standard FOTMD dulcimer... However, I went to your page, and the dulcimer is there.  Not being able to zoom in and..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "It's a what?":
"Yup -- Arry is the brand -- the maker company.  I've made a couple of small kalimbas, but that 5 octave marimbula is really fabulous!"
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 2 weeks ago • comments: 2
Ken's Florida
Lois 1 Lois 2 Cdbd Frame Oberflacht 84 Lyre
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Blue Lion IW Style 1 Red Cedar & Walnut question":
"If you're going to spend that much $$$ of a dulcimer, play it before you buy it!"
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Introduce Yourself!":
"Welcome Lisa @fiddle!   Well, we can certainly help you with dulcimer related things, but not many here play violin that I know of.  Fiddle and dulcimer do..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Thumb Surgery Anyone?":
"I fully agree that surgery should be the last of the last possible considerations, and that you should try a variety of other healing modalities for quite..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 3 weeks ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Homemade recording project - tunes played with a noter:
"How Great, Robin!!  "
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Instruction books for DAA Noter playing":
"There's my Get Noterized booklet/article available here -- look in the Old Style Noter & Drone Players Group for a link."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Song of the Sea Anne and Ed Damm Dulcimer Tuner Question":
"Hi Susan -- yes -- post pictures, please.  A good close up of the whole tuning head and nut would be just right...  That way we can be certain to get our..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "My Home in the Hills - Looking for tab":
"Drop Jim a note; he may have tab.  He's active on ED and other Facebook dulcimer pages."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 3 weeks ago • comments: 74
Posted a new Comment on Beginner players:
"Increase your DAd fun -- learn to make your own dulcimers!"
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 4 weeks ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Staple frets?:
"HOW did you set those frets?  By ear?  Using a conventional mean tone fret spacing calculator?  Just intonation calculator?"
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Has the Everything Dulcimer "Facebook" page closed?":
"Facebook pages are subject to privatization/going public.  Facebook itself has arbitrarily changed some Group pages without notice, and is taking their own..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Introduce Yourself!":
"Welcome Marcel!  Sound like you're off to a good start with the dulcimer!  It is, of course, the American cousin of the Dutch Hommel/Hommeltje, and can be..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • one month ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Wood Identification Question:
"Doesn't particularly look like poplar, but would need a *real* closeup of the grain to tell.  If you can gouge it with a fingernail, it's probably poplar;..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • one month ago • comments: 15
Posted a new Comment on (another) Berea Traditional Gathering Video - 2019:
"Great video of our Gathering!  We're glad you had a good time, and hope you'll come back for more next year!"
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • one month ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Wood Identification Question:
"Yep -- need a larger picture to see the grain and surface texture..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "What's fer dinner?":
"Right now I'm cooking up about 15 pounds of green jackfruit (individual jackfruit get to 100 lbs) with the intent of making a BIG batch of BB Pulled..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Repurposing bamboo things for noters ":
"You'd be surprised where you'll find bamboo -- along streams, in weather protected areas, botanic gardens (ask permission).  It's all over the place down..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Repurposing bamboo things for noters ":
"Great idea, but those bamboo crochet hooks may be too small of diameter to make a good noter.  Worth the try anyway.   Where do you live with no bamboo?..."

Latest Group Discussions

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Ken Hulme

Berea Traditional Dulcimer Gathering!! 2019


A great time was had by all at the first annual Berea Traditional...
@Ken Hulme 2 months ago - Comments: 10
Ken Hulme

New Body


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

Mercer Museum Zither Replica


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


I have only built a couple instruments with wooden pegs because getting...
@Ken Hulme last year - Comments: 4
Ken Hulme

Berea Traditional Dulcimer Gathering


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


  We were NOT about to let the cancellation of the Hindman Homecoming...
@Ken Hulme last year - Comments: 7
Ken Hulme

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
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 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
Ken Hulme

Sherrie's Broken Dulcimer


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

Tribute Album Announcement


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

Effects of Fretboard Arches


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

Beginner Instrument?


byRoger Goode Hi all.. I am starting the methodical process of...
@Ken Hulme 6 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 6 years ago - Comments: 11
Ken Hulme

Recycled Dresser Drawer


Here's a "scrap" dulcimer I built when I lived on Kwajalein Atoll from...
@Ken Hulme 8 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 8 years ago - Comments: 31
Ken Hulme

Get Noterized! (article)


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

Achieving that Olde Tyme Sounde


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

Latest Audio

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Fretted Zither Sample -- Amazing Grace

Fretted Zither Sample --...


@Ken Hulme
11 months ago - Comments: 3

Latest Videos

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Hindman Exiles Playing Together

Hindman Exiles Playing Together


@Ken Hulme
last year - Comments: 11
RosintheBeau

RosintheBeau


@Ken Hulme
8 years ago - Comments: 12
BanksoftheBann

BanksoftheBann


@Ken Hulme
8 years ago - Comments: 12

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Latest Forum Discussions

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Hacked

Posted: Tuesday July 16 2019, 7:00 AM
By: @Ken Hulme

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

Happy Christmas To All

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

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

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

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, 7:49 AM
By: @Ken Hulme

Howie Mitchell Dulcimer Building Book and...

Posted: Friday April 13 2012, 1:52 PM
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.


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.