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 • 9 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Compensated Bridges?":
"Bob -- just make one bridge -- and cut it twice..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 23 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Compensated Bridges?":
"Bob -- you're building monthly dulcimers... Why not try making one with three separate bridges, each one sort of like a chess rook (castle)."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "June Apple Dulcimer tone/sound":
"Yes -- there are McSpads that are 3" deep.  There are several models of McSpadden. Some as shallow as 1.5", commonly at about 2" deep.  At least some of the..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Compensated Bridges?":
"Dusty -- I've not seen individual string bridges on a mountain dulcimer, although they would certainly be do-able.  Maybe I have one or two more dulcimers..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "June Apple Dulcimer tone/sound":
"  It is a known dulcimer maxim that the larger the interior volume of the instrument, the more bass/baritone/guitar-like the sound; conversely a dulcimer of..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Dave Lynch/Harpmaker in hospital":
"Good to hear everything is finally getting worked out."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 4 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Dulcimer repair question, slight separation .":
"I've looked at those pictures a couple times, and frankly I can't see any "slight separation" between the fretboard (not neck -- dulcimers do not have a..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 5 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Compensated Bridges?":
"AS Lisa-golladay says, a bridge can only be compensated for one tuning.  And that 's fine if you're glued into DAd, but not so good for others who would have..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 5 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Compensated Bridges?":
"The Dulcimer remains a Folk Instrument, not a Concert instrument.  The dulcimer and its European ancestors were never compensated.   Very few people can hear..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 5 days ago • comments: 19
Posted a new Comment on DAA and/or DAD:
"Like Robin, I've come to appreciate the Bagpipe or Octave tunings:  Ddd, Ccc, Eee, etc. for their versatility.  I spent more than 30 years playing DAA, but..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 5 days ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Do you have a way to stand up and play?:
"I use a "waitress tray" table for standup play like the one pictured.  Don't have a photo handy of me playing at mine, but works really well.  I got one..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 5 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Fretboard Crack!! ":
"That's a crack in the headstock, not the fretboard.  They are two separate pieces. So there should be no danger of the crack spreading into the actual..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Suggested Strings for MD":
"Not too light.... a bit light.  But since you're playing bare finger chording and bare finger strumming, and are just getting started, the slightly reduced..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • one week ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Dulcimer Players News 1975-2012 Searchable On-line Archive":
"David Bennet posted this on ED the other day.  The archive was on-line somewhere else a few years ago, and disappeared.  Now it's on..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Suggested Strings for MD":
"Go to www.strothers.com and enter your VSL -- the distance between nut and bridge.  Then enter the basic tuning that you are using -- DAA or DAd (not DAD or..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • one week ago • comments: 19
Posted a new Comment on DAA and/or DAD:
"If you re not going to play chords, it isn't a matter of "learning to play" DAA and DAd or DAC or DAG.  It's a matter of learning which songs require the..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Does anyone recognize this maker?":
"My bad description -- it is a deep grooved circle in the scroll end of the head.  Easy to make with a router and some router-experience. No maker's label..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 2 weeks ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Nettie Hicks Presnell:
"Great!  Thanks for that, David."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Does anyone recognize this maker?":
"To me those scrolls aren't particularly distinctive.  I've seen a lot of builders make that sort of 'grooved scroll'."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "New Player - Do sound holes significantly affect sound?":
"It's not square inches of sound hole per X amount of surface area... the equation uses the volume of the instrument, not the surface area, so the shape of..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "New Player - Do sound holes significantly affect sound?":
"The shape of the soundhole(s) is irrelevant.  It's the square area of holes that matters.  Too little soundhole area and the instrument is muted.  Too much..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Banjammer plans":
"I've never seen plans for a banjo-dulcimer.  I did much like Skip -- made a fairy wide body but otherwise normal dulcimer with a hole cut in the top and a..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "etiquette with dulcimers ":
"Time frame for return?  I'd say two weeks.  That gives a buyer plenty of time to decide whether you "like" an instrument or not, and determine that the..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 3 weeks ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on Where to start?:
"I started with my fingers -- for about a day.  When they were really sore the next day I started with the noter, and haven't hardly put one down since!  I do..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 3 weeks ago • comments: 13
Posted a new Comment on Cedar Creek Dulcimers in Branson :
"  we know all about that..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Oberflacht Lyre started":
"So here's my technique for hollowing the body plank.  I set the drill press to leave 1/8" below the tip of the spike.  Then I use a chisel to remove the webs..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 3 weeks ago • comments: 18
Posted a new Comment on Playing ionian tuning in keys other than D:
"Great explanation Lisa-G!!!  "
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 3 weeks ago • comments: 13
Posted a new Comment on Cedar Creek Dulcimers in Branson :
"Don -- Just so you know, a dulcimer with that  VSL (23-3/8") can be tuned to any of the standard tunings,  depending on what strings you put on it.  The..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 3 weeks ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on Where to start?:
"MAke sure to contact Robin Clark up in Snowdonia, Wales.  He's done workshops with, I believe, Nonesuch, and operates Bird Rock Dulcimers --..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "What's fer dinner?":
"We lost a freezer full of goodness thanks to hurricane Irma -- 40+ quarts of mango was heartbreaking...  Slowly building things back up.  I made real chili..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "What's in a NAME???":
"Not names, really, just identifiers -- "the Uncle Ed",  "the Hogfiddle", "the Walking Stick" etc."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Just For Fun - sayings regarding the dulcimer or music":
"Jean Ritchie is supposed to have said something to the effect that  "...if it's got extra frets, somehow it's not a dulcimer anymore..."  But I can't find..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 4 weeks ago • comments: 13
Posted a new Comment on Cedar Creek Dulcimers in Branson :
"Well, I couldn't find any "Walnut Classic Petite" dulcimer on their site.  Walnut Classic, yes, "petite" no.  I've seen and played a couple of their..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "What Are You Working On?":
"Get a fancy wooden rosette to decorate that hole and you're on your way!"
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Oberflacht Lyre started":
"That Cologne lyre is mine.    It's about 8" wide x 22" long and tapers from 1-1/8" thick at the bottom to 5/8" thick at the tuners. It's hollowed out all..."

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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 months ago - Comments: 2
Ken Hulme

Size of Music Wire?


What number of "music wire" are you buying to make strings the...
@Ken Hulme 2 years ago - Comments: 5
Ken Hulme

Sherrie's Broken Dulcimer


On the Care & Maintenance Wall, Sherrie H wrote: I purchased a...
@Ken Hulme 2 years ago - Comments: 17
Ken Hulme

Tribute Album Announcement


Got this from the Compass Records website. To be released in...
@Ken Hulme 3 years ago - Comments: 7
Ken Hulme

Effects of Fretboard Arches


Anyone interested in the effects of various kinds and sizes of arches...
@Ken Hulme 4 years ago - Comments: 1
Ken Hulme

Beginner Instrument?


byRoger Goode Hi all.. I am starting the methodical process of...
@Ken Hulme 4 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 4 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 6 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 6 years ago - Comments: 31
Ken Hulme

Achieving that Olde Tyme Sounde


So you're looking for that traditional "high silvery" sound. Your...
@Ken Hulme 6 years ago - Comments: 23
Ken Hulme

Reverse Tunings - theory


Someone please explain - in words of one syllable - how it is possible...
@Ken Hulme 7 years ago - Comments: 26

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Latest Forum Discussions

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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

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

Tuner Displaying Octave?

Posted: Thursday March 22 2012, 12:01 PM
By: @Sam

Comments

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.


Bee Lick Farm
12/23/16 11:30:20PM @bee-lick-farm:

Indeed. Ken... see my private message in your INBOX too please, thanks.

Well, you know, because like I was approved and stuff.

Oh wait... I didn't send anything to yer inbox...

I guess yer just OK and stuff.

So like, thanks for approving me and stuff.

And if ya get a chance... this winter... do a dijon mustard, beer batter snook filet cut like a steak from the filet... and the next day leftovers on a bun sammich. And lemme know if ya approve of that. Because like man, aint much better that that, eh? Can't even tell ya fish tales 'bout how many times I've skinned me out a soapfish, racing mullet, and beer batter, dijon-ed his ass into some bodacious breakfast sammich goodness and stuff. Toast a cubano bun and treat it much as a hot-pressed with some dilly-ishiousness, and some good balsamic. But no need to hot or press. Just make snook goodness on a bun. Mustard. dill, warm, good. m'k.

Cause like, damn that sounds good.


Strumelia
09/09/16 12:48:20PM @strumelia:

Hi Ken, please see my private message in your INBOX.  Thanks


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!
Geoff Black
03/31/14 09:28:19AM @geoff-black:

Hi Ken

If you're coming over to Sussex in June, you must look us all up (or have I misinterpreted your recent post?). The vintage dulcimer players club (is it the instruments or players which are vintage?) would welcome you as a temporary member!.

Geoff