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 • an hour ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Help Selecting from Available Mtn. Dulcimer Hourglass Plans":
"Pick up a plan or two and use the bits you like from each.  You're not going to muck up the sound -- that's really hard to do.  You can always go to our..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 15 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Help Selecting from Available Mtn. Dulcimer Hourglass Plans":
"Hi Dumor3D -- the online images of the plans are probably deliberately poor quality to prevent someone using them without paying. Honduran Rosewood makes a..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Phrygian Tunings ":
"Here's my article on dulcimer Modes and Modal tunings.  It has all the Modes, their traditional tuning, and the key of D equivalents.I think your inquiry..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Need Chords For D-A-C Tuning!":
"There are any number of good chord charts on the Internet (not that I use them, but they are there).  Admittedly, most of the chord charts are only for DAd..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 4 days ago • comments: 15
Posted a new Comment on Traditional Friction Tuners :
"If and when I need to fix slipping pegs, I use Peg Dope; never water.  I "push and twist' the peg tight, and tune just a few cents higher than what I want..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Dulcimer Strings":
"Jimmy -- dulcimer volume is related to the interior volume of the instrument (cubic inches under the hood), square inches of sound hole, and how much the..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Dulcimer Strings":
"Dulcinina -- Unless we have the same VSL, my strings won't necessarily be your strings.  Also I rarely anymore tune DAA or DAd; I tune to Bagpipe C -- that..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Dulcimer Strings":
"Strings are strings are strings.  Brand has virtually nothing to do with things.  You choose string gauges according to the VSL of your dulcimer and what..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • one week ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on How to Improve the Sound or your Drones:
"Lois -- you probably get the occasional 'sour' note from doubled melody strings because the noter isn't pressing both strings down equally and you can't feel..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • one week ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on How to Improve the Sound or your Drones:
"Robin, this is great information that needs to be spread far and wide for N&D players.  Do you mind if I spread it other places in the 'Netiverse  that..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Pick Holder":
"When I click on your Attached photo and Open it, the pic shows up plenty large."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Advice on beginner’s dulcimer":
"Certainly looks good for a starter instrument. As mentioned, the tuners are easily tightened to keep the tuning pegs from slipping. Tighten them 1/8 turn,..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Waiter’s tray stand":
""Best" is what works for you.  There are a number of stands, as Dusty mentions.  I found a waiter's tray table works 'best' for me.  There are several height..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Keith Young Dulcimer":
"Personally I would not put any glue on the nut or bridge.  String pressure alone will hold them in place.  I would not have taken all the strings of at once..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "just vs. equal temperament ":
"Homer also did not use equal temperament either -- for the most part.  Some of his scales were very experimental though.  The thing you can say is that..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "just vs. equal temperament ":
"Warren uses just intonation.  "Kentucky Scale" is marketing hype."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Keith Young Dulcimer":
"Strings are dependent on the Vibrating String Length (nut to bridge distance) and the open tuning you want for the strings -- DAA, DAd, CGG, etc. You can..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Introduce Yourself!":
"Welcome Pondoro!   I've been playing old time American and Anglo-Scottish folk tunes on the dulcimer for forty years (one of these days I'll get it right!)..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Berea Traditional Dulcimer Gathering":
"I sure do!  That was Good Eats!  The Spoonbread was good too; not quite a pudding not quite cornbread.  Came back to Florida and replicated both recipes too!  "
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Berea Traditional Dulcimer Gathering":
"Council of the Southern Mountains, as a non-profit,  folded in 1989; I assume the bookstore went then as well.. We look forward to having you join us."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Buying a used McSpadden questions":
"'way back in the day, laminate or plywood was the 'carbon fiber' of the time -- amazing stuff it didn't have grain in the normal sense, it was strong and..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 3 weeks ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on optimum wood thickness:
"Like Jon, I start with 1/8" 'planks'.  Some get thinned to maybe 1/10".  Usually tho I stay at 1/8" and use minimal cross-bracing.  Depends somewhat on..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Berea Traditional Dulcimer Gathering":
"Looking forward to meeting you!"
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Berea Traditional Dulcimer Gathering":
"You're in Janis!    Over the next couple months we'll be finalizing details of what we will offer.  Suffice it to say that the Gathering will feature a lot..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 4 weeks ago • comments: 12
Posted a new Comment on hand turned noters:
"Ah!  Decoratively turned noter.  A hand-turned one would be done without a lathe.  I make 'hand-turned" noters -- my hands, a hardwood pen blank, and my belt..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Clamps for building":
"At one point I got a box of 50, 6" 1/4-20 bolts.  Fastenal and Grainger are two good sources for longer bolts and they have distribution centers they can..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "New books":
"Google her.  The lady has a quite extensive international performance reputation -- over 20 years.  Not all fabulous dulcimer players are part of the..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "String gauge tolerance(s)":
"Too many variables to say definitively.  New strings, a week old, six months old, more?   Never tuned above C or regularly tuned up and down?  Never been..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Clamps for building":
"The clamp Dan describes is called a spool or spindle clamp.  I make mine from 3/4" pine and use a 1-1/2 Hole Saw to cut the disks out and drill the center..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Need help, strings cutting in to tail":
"Not much without permanent alterations.  A leather strip will help.  A thin bent metal or hard plastic plate tucked under the strings would last longer...."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Wind Instruments????":
"Hi Irene.  I have several Mirlitons -- one almost identical to the one Peter is playing, made by the same Austrian builder. Very spendy…   I've also started..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • one month ago • comments: 24
Posted a new Comment on Bocs Cân Idris – A new traditional instrument!:
"What a great project Robin!  Magnificent.  Well done, you.  And that recording!  Simple and sweet.  Best rendition of the 1823 classic Home Sweet Home I've..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Wind Instruments????":
"I play a bit of pennywhistle, but mostly Mirliton.  The Mirliton or Onion flute isn't really a wind instrument, it's a membranophone -- an ancestral kazoo..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Introduce Yourself!":
"Welcome Atilwi!  Glad you found us.  You're in for a fabulous experience!  Always ask questions -- we're here to help.  There are no stupid or inappropriate..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "A W Jeffreys Jr.":
"At that price, David, I think you should start collecting!"

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 5 months ago - Comments: 1
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
2 months ago - Comments: 3

Latest Videos

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Hindman Exiles Playing Together

Hindman Exiles Playing Together


@Ken Hulme
8 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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Berea Traditional Dulcimer Gathering

Posted: Thursday October 25 2018, 9:39 PM
By: @John C. Knopf

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

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

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

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!