Ken Longfield

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Location: Reedsville, PA
Country: US

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I am retired and live in the Appalachian Mountains of Pennsylvania. I built my first mountain dulcimer in 1974.  I continue to build mountain dulcimers, hammered dulcimers and do repair work on them as well as guitars and banjos. I enjoy old time music, bluegrass, and folk music from before and after the folk scare of the 1950s and 1960s.

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Ken Longfield
 
@ken-longfield • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Thomas completed":
"Very nice work, Kevin. And I agree, beautiful wood. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
 
@ken-longfield • 3 days ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @michelle-ramsey:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Michelle. It's good to have you aboard. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
 
@ken-longfield • 4 days ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @dulcichick:
"Welcome to FOTMD, DulciChick. It's good to have you aboard. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
 
@ken-longfield • 4 days ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on @boykin:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Boykin. It's good to have you aboard. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
 
@ken-longfield • 4 days ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @maylee:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Maylee. It's good to have you aboard. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
 
@ken-longfield • 4 days ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @treorai:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Treorai. It's good to have another Pennsylvanian on board. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
 
@ken-longfield • 5 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Friends effected by Hurricane Harvey":
"Welcome back, Dan. It's good to have you on board again. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
 
@ken-longfield • 5 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Ukulele construction":
"Caleb, I do not use a heating blanket for bending the uke sides. It was just too much for me to invest in for this project. I steam the sides and then place..."
Ken Longfield
 
@ken-longfield • 6 days ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Ukulele construction":
"Work on my 00 size guitar is stalled as my friend who is helping me with it is renovating his home. The renovation is taking most of his time, so we do not..."
Ken Longfield
 
@ken-longfield • one week ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on @botany-bill:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Botany Bill. It's good to have you aboard. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
 
@ken-longfield • one week ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on @kcookie:
"Welcome to FOTMD, KCookie. It's good to have you aboard. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
 
@ken-longfield • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Florida friends":
"Bing Futch reported that he and Jae made it through the storm with no major damage. Mostly just some water behind the house and lots of branches down. He's..."
Ken Longfield
 
@ken-longfield • one week ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on @cacofonix:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Cacofonix. It's good to have you aboard. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
 
@ken-longfield • one week ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @adrian-e:
"Welcome to FOTMD, AdrianE. It's good to have you aboard. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
 
@ken-longfield • one week ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @clix4513:
"Welcome to FOTMD, clix4513. It's good to have you aboard. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
 
@ken-longfield • one week ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @featherbrenda:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Feather.Brenda. It's good to have you aboard. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
 
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @hummybird:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Hummybird. It's good to have you aboard. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
 
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @patsyannie77:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Patsyanne. It's good to have you aboard. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
 
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @ron-stewart:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Ron. It's good to have you aboard. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
 
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on @celticlibero:
"Welcome to FOTMD Celticlibero. It's good to have you aboard. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
 
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @shyann-sheppard:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Shyann. It's good to have you aboard. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
 
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 11
Posted a new Comment on @ryan-carrell:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Ryan. It's good to have you aboard. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
 
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @jeanlee:
"Welcome to FOTMD Jeanlee. It's good to have you aboard. Ken   "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
 
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on @leobarton:
"Welcome to FOTMD Leobarton. It's good to have you aboard. Ken   "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
 
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @megant:
"Welcome to FOTMD MeganT. It's good to have you aboard. Ken   "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
 
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on @captn-ron:
"Welcome to FOTMD Capt'n Ron. It's good to have you aboard. Ken   "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
 
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on @turbogirl86:
"Welcome to FOTMD Turbogirl86. It's good to have you aboard. Ken   "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
 
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @dulcikev:
"Welcome to FOTMD DulciKev. It's good to have you aboard. Ken   "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
 
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Lucky find, needs some work, 6 string Edd Presnell":
"George, that is a very nice find. If you can close the crack by squeezing the sides, a little CA glue in the crack and clamp across the body should do the..."
Ken Longfield
 
@ken-longfield • 4 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @brenda-mangan:
"Welcome to FOTMD Brenda. It's good to have you aboard. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
 
@ken-longfield • 4 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @deborah-hamouris:
"Welcome to FOTMD Deborah. It's good to have you aboard. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
 
@ken-longfield • 4 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @joe-emmett:
"Welcome to FOTMD Joe. It's good to have you aboard. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
 
@ken-longfield • 4 weeks ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on @dwilliamsstudio:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Dwilliamsstudio. It's good to have you aboard. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
 
@ken-longfield • 4 weeks ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on @proex1:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Proex1. It's good to have you aboard. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
 
@ken-longfield • 4 weeks ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on @suelou:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Suelou. It's good to have you aboard. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""

Latest Group Discussions

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Ken Longfield

The Story of the Dulcimer, Second Edition


This is just a notice that it is available for pre-ordering on Amazon.
@Ken Longfield 2 years ago - Comments: 14
Ken Longfield

PA German Zitter


As I understand it, Jean Ritchie saw a PA German Zitter in the...
@Ken Longfield 2 years ago - Comments: 0
Ken Longfield

Old-time West Virginia bands


County Sales currently has these two CDs on sale for $7.00 each if...
@Ken Longfield 2 years ago - Comments: 1
Ken Longfield

Wartz Tab Book Corrections


In the Wartz tab book for the DAA "Leaning On The Everlasting Arms,"...
@Ken Longfield 3 years ago - Comments: 2
Ken Longfield

My First Prichard


It is not quite finished, but I thought I would share a photo of my...
@Ken Longfield 3 years ago - Comments: 15
Ken Longfield

J. E. Thomas Dulcimer #1465 played by Joe Collins


Here is a link to a video of Joe Collins playing my James E. "Uncle Ed"...
@Ken Longfield 3 years ago - Comments: 1
Ken Longfield

String tension calculations


Over at the Banjo Hangout I saw a posting for a string tension...
@Ken Longfield 3 years ago - Comments: 7

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Latest Forum Discussions

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Ukulele construction

Posted: Thursday September 14 2017, 9:42 AM
By: @Ken Longfield

A New "Old" Project

Posted: Friday March 10 2017, 4:09 PM
By: @Ken Longfield

PA German Zitter

Posted: Tuesday March 7 2017, 8:55 PM
By: @Ken Longfield

Hindman, Kentucky

Posted: Saturday November 26 2016, 9:14 PM
By: @John C. Knopf

Stanley Hicks article

Posted: Thursday July 7 2016, 12:08 PM
By: @Lexie R Oakley

Wood Choice - Food For Thought

Posted: Sunday February 14 2016, 3:13 PM
By: @James Swayne

Wayfaring Strangers

Posted: Thursday February 4 2016, 1:05 PM
By: @Ron Larson2

Clifford Glenn

Posted: Sunday July 26 2015, 10:17 AM
By: @Ken Longfield

For Old Time Music Fans

Posted: Friday April 3 2015, 1:07 PM
By: @Ken Longfield

Folk Music Resources

Posted: Wednesday February 11 2015, 1:18 PM
By: @Ken Longfield

A photo for Patty from Virginia

Posted: Thursday January 15 2015, 8:28 PM
By: @Patty from Virginia

The Dulcimer in Eastern Kentucky Videos

Posted: Thursday December 11 2014, 5:41 AM
By: @Rob N Lackey

2014 National Mountain Dulcimer Champions

Posted: Sunday September 21 2014, 7:35 AM
By: @John Keane

Repairing a Diamond Dulcimer

Posted: Sunday August 31 2014, 2:00 PM
By: @Ken Longfield

Just For Fun - sayings regarding the...

Posted: Saturday March 15 2014, 9:33 PM
By: @Cindy Stammich

Not a Mountain Dulcimer

Posted: Sunday March 10 2013, 3:57 PM
By: @James Phillips

Encyclopedia of Appalachia

Posted: Friday October 19 2012, 10:17 PM
By: @Ken Longfield

Comments

Maylee
09/15/17 09:02:34PM @maylee:

Thanks for the warm welcome. Look forward to getting to know you.


meadowLark
09/15/17 07:27:32PM @meadowlark:

Hey there Ken!  Thanks for welcoming me aboard.  Sorry I didn't respond back yet.  I just noticed folks sent me hellos back in July.  You're right about West Lafayette having a dulcimer group.  They meet every week in the park now.  Also have a great teacher here. Looks like you've been playing and building dulcimers for many many years.  Love that I joined the group here.  You're all wonderful folks and I've learned loads from discussions going on.  Take care!


Botany Bill
09/12/17 08:18:14PM @botany-bill:

Hi Ken and Ben,

Greetings from Scotland, and thank you for the welcome. There are very few mountain dulcimers in Scotland - but who knows, I might have started something!


Brenda Mangan
08/25/17 10:13:51PM @brenda-mangan:

Thank you for the welcome, Ken.


D Noble
08/21/17 10:27:56PM @d-noble:

Thanks Ken!


Wandafull1
08/21/17 10:17:38AM @wandafull1:

Thank you, Ken.  I love meeting new people and sharing our knowledge.


PapaSims
08/10/17 04:30:45PM @papasims:

Thanks, luv it already


dforrest
08/05/17 06:55:08PM @dforrest:

Thank you. Looking back, I see that the last time I played the dulcimer was about 15 years ago. I have a lot of catching up to do.


Ezdusit
08/04/17 11:00:42AM @ezdusit:

Thanks, Ken, for the words of welcome.


Bapsie
07/22/17 06:01:10PM @bapsie:

Thank you, Ken. I'm excited and apprehensive about my very recent dulcimer purchase! Can't wait for it to begin singing to me!


infinity327
07/19/17 01:40:17PM @infinity327:

Thanks very much for your kind welcome ~


cmoonbow
07/11/17 10:30:21PM @cmoonbow:

Thanks Ken.


pennlott
07/08/17 09:29:30AM @pennlott:

Thank you, Ken, for the warm welcome. It is wonderful to meet you. Lucky you, living in the mountains.


sweetbriar
06/29/17 03:39:33PM @sweetbriar:

Nice to meet you Ken, thank you for the welcome!


Chuck on dulcimer
06/23/17 09:25:43PM @chuck-on-dulcimer:

Thanks Ken. I am in Pittsburgh. Where in PA are you located?

 


Joyoussinger
06/20/17 12:48:18PM @joyoussinger:

Thank you so much, Ken! I'm so happy to have found this site!


HEWalker
06/18/17 04:39:55PM @hewalker:

Thank you for the welcome-so glad to be here!


steve c.
05/28/17 03:25:24PM @steve-c:

Thanks for accepting me into this group.  I had been away from the dulcimer world for a lot of years, so it's good to be back!


vicki
05/25/17 10:39:24AM @vicki:

Thank you. I'm glad to have found this site. 


FretFull
05/07/17 06:14:40PM @fretfull:

Thank you, Ken,

I'm a buddy of Cindy, who told me about you -

when & where does your group get together?

I'm in Shade Gap.