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 • 3 days ago • comments: 336
Posted a new Comment on @ken-longfield:
"All I can say about Ron Ewing is that he is an excellent builder who makes fine dulcimers. You won't be disappointed with his work. As for the wood choices,..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 4 days ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @pattycake:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Pattycake. It is good to have you aboard. I look forward to your participation in these discussions. Let us know if you have any..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 4 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "An Interesting News Story from West Virginia":
"You're welcome, Richard. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 4 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "An Interesting News Story from West Virginia":
"You're welcome, Robin.I like finding these dulcimer related articles in my Google News Feed. I enjoyed it too. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 4 days ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "An Interesting News Story from West Virginia":
"Here is an new story some of you might find interesting:..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 4 days ago • comments: 3
Liked a group discussions item created by @robin-thompson: Jon Pickow & Joellen Lapidus on Killy Kranky
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 5 days ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Amp suggestions for a first-timer?:
"Thanks for sharing about the Ibanez Troubaduor. I looked at the T1511 which appears to be latest version of this amp. I agree with Dusty that Ibanez is a..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 5 days ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Amp suggestions for a first-timer?:
"That's right, Dusty, mine is still sitting right where I use it. Besides, it would cost you more to travel to my home to steal it than it would cost you to..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 5 days ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @zitherandyon:
"Welcome to FOTMD, ZitherAndYon. It is good to have you aboard. I look forward to your participation in these discussions. Let us know if you have any..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 5 days ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Amp suggestions for a first-timer?:
"It is difficult to compare the amps you are considering. They offer different features. The Roland has the ability to plug in to AC thus not requiring..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • one week ago • comments: 11
Posted a new Comment on Hindman Dulcimer Homecoming:
"Robin, if you are ever in that position again, feel free to give me a phone call. Seven-0ne-Seven, 250, Six-Six-Nine-Six. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • one week ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on @ccyahwehslady:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Ccyahwehslady. It is good to have you aboard. I look forward to your participation in these discussions. Let us know if you have any..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • one week ago • comments: 11
Posted a new Comment on Hindman Dulcimer Homecoming:
"Robin, it is fairly easy to use Zoom. On the screen that opens after you click on your invitation, you can download the Zoom app to your computer. Once you..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "How Many Dulcimers Do You Own? ":
"Yes, Susie, I've had more at one time. They come and go. It's the ebb and flow of dulcimer ownership. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • one week ago • comments: 11
Posted a new Comment on Hindman Dulcimer Homecoming:
"Here is a news report on Hindman 2021:..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • one week ago • comments: 21
Posted a new Comment on What is a "luthier" ?:
"It could be confused for anyone who makes sweets, e.g., a confectioner or candy maker. I'm still contemplating its use, so I'm non-committal at this point...."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • one week ago • comments: 13
Posted a new Comment on Hindman Dulcimer Gathering 2021 -online:
"Dusty, I was able to view Don's first workshop and part of Lorinda's. I also listened to Ron's presentation and the concert. I agree with your last..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 13
Posted a new Comment on Testing Lacquer v Polyurethane:
"I purchased my last bottle of Tru-oil at Wal-Mart in the sports department, but there wasn't any there the last time I checked. Some hardware stores carry..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "How Many Dulcimers Do You Own? ":
"At the moment I only have 15: the first one I made which is based on a plan by Joseph Wallo, rosewood and spruce; a teardrop from Scott Antes plans, rosewood..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 21
Posted a new Comment on What is a "luthier" ?:
"I've never considered myself a luthier. I have said that I am a dulcimer maker or builder. I belong to the Association of Stringed Instrument Artisans even..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on @bernadette:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Bernadette. It is good to have you aboard. I look forward to your participation in these discussions. Let us know if you have any..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @koto17:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Koto17. It is good to have you aboard. I look forward to your participation in these discussions. Let us know if you have any questions...."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @bljones226:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Bljones226. It is good to another Pennsylvanian aboard. I look forward to your participation in these discussions. Let us know if you have..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Bonnie Carol":
"You're welcome, Dusty. And it will be a great loss for the dulcimer community. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Bonnie Carol":
"You're welcome, Susie. I thought it was. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Bonnie Carol":
"I thought some folks would enjoy this article:..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Things to do with Prichard and his dulcimers":
"What we don't know for sure is whether they worked together in building dulcimers. Was John one of the builders of The American Dulcimer or did they work..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on @phyllis:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Phyllis. It is good to have you aboard. I look forward to your participation in these discussions. Let us know if you have any questions...."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @lori-pahls:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Lori. It is good to have you aboard. I look forward to your participation in these discussions. Let us know if you have any questions...."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @ellen-weaver:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Ellen. It is good to have you aboard. I look forward to your participation in these discussions. Let us know if you have any questions...."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 25
Posted a new Comment on 19th Century Pritchard Dulcimer?:
"Terry, I think you are close on the number of known Prichard dulcimers. I am trying to develop a list of those instruments and your numbers match mine. I..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "music and the pleasure center of the brain":
"Thanks for sharing that article, Dusty. I found it informative and interesting. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Show us your sound holes!":
"What Rojo said and elegant. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 25
Posted a new Comment on 19th Century Pritchard Dulcimer?:
"Susan-Ann, the hearts are holes in the top of the dulcimer. I use a Forstner bit to make the rounded parts of the heart and a Xactol saw blade mounted in a..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "How is the COVID-19 coronavirus affecting you?":
"For a long time our grocery stores would not allow us to bring our own bags in to the store. I think that restriction has ease now, although the last two..."

Latest Group Discussions

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Ken Longfield

Latest project - Prichard


I started to build a C.N. Prichard reproduction, but made a mistake...
@Ken Longfield 4 months ago - Comments: 9
Ken Longfield

Making wood tuning pegs


For those of us who make wood tuning pegs, what finish do you put on...
@Ken Longfield 7 months ago - Comments: 3
Ken Longfield

Current build


Here are some photos as I near the completion of this project. The...
@Ken Longfield last year - Comments: 15
Ken Longfield

Tuning peg knobs


I have a customer who is having the tuning pegs replaced on two of his...
@Ken Longfield 2 years ago - Comments: 23
Ken Longfield

Wood Choice - Food For Thought


I came across this experiment for classical guitars and found it...
@Ken Longfield 5 years ago - Comments: 13
Ken Longfield

The Ugly Dulcimer - A Story


Somewhere and at sometime someone decided to build a mountain dulcimer...
@Ken Longfield 3 years ago - Comments: 8
Ken Longfield

Repairing a Diamond Dulcimer


While this is not a build, we do not have a specific area to show...
@Ken Longfield 7 years ago - Comments: 17
Ken Longfield

PA German Zitter


Here are some photos of PA German zitter reproduction I'm making. There...
@Ken Longfield 4 years ago - Comments: 17
Ken Longfield

Not a Mountain Dulcimer


A few folks here at FOTMD know that I was working on a hammered...
@Ken Longfield 8 years ago - Comments: 9
Ken Longfield

A New "Old" Project


Back maybe 20 to 25 years ago, my sister was wandering through a yard...
@Ken Longfield 4 years ago - Comments: 2
Ken Longfield

Stanley Hicks article


Although not dulcimer specific, Stanley Hicks played a significant...
@Ken Longfield 5 years ago - Comments: 8
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 6 years ago - Comments: 14
Ken Longfield

PA German Zitter


As I understand it, Jean Ritchie saw a PA German Zitter in the...
@Ken Longfield 6 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 6 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 7 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 7 years ago - Comments: 14
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...
@Ken Longfield 7 years ago - Comments: 6
Ken Longfield

String tension calculations


Over at the Banjo Hangout I saw a posting for a string tension...
@Ken Longfield 7 years ago - Comments: 5

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Landis Valley Zitter

Landis Valley Zitter


@Ken Longfield
3 years ago - Comments: 17

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Latest Forum Discussions

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An Interesting News Story from West Virginia

Posted: Thursday April 15 2021, 8:15 PM
By: @Ken Longfield

Bonnie Carol

Posted: Saturday April 3 2021, 6:54 PM
By: @Ken Longfield

Newspaper Article

Posted: Saturday March 13 2021, 10:38 AM
By: @Robin Thompson

Jon Pickow's last performance

Posted: Saturday January 23 2021, 10:07 PM
By: @Ken Hulme

Sad News -- RIP Ralph Lee Smith

Posted: Thursday December 31 2020, 3:05 PM
By: @Robin Thompson

Dr. George Orthey, Mountain dulcimer and...

Posted: Thursday November 26 2020, 12:07 PM
By: @Robin Thompson

Anyone bidding"

Posted: Thursday September 17 2020, 5:49 AM
By: @Susie

The New ED

Posted: Sunday April 19 2020, 10:50 AM
By: @Ken Longfield

Guitar project

Posted: Tuesday January 28 2020, 9:13 PM
By: @Susie

Just For Fun - sayings regarding the...

Posted: Monday April 8 2019, 5:54 PM
By: @Strumelia

Sad News

Posted: Tuesday January 15 2019, 8:16 PM
By: @jeffrey charles foster

Capritaurus Dulcimer - Oh My!

Posted: Thursday November 22 2018, 7:56 AM
By: @Robin Thompson

Hindman Dulcimer Homecoming

Posted: Monday February 26 2018, 12:56 PM
By: @Jan Potts

Ukulele construction

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

Hindman, Kentucky

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

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

Encyclopedia of Appalachia

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

Comments

Ken Longfield
04/16/21 07:44:28PM @ken-longfield:

All I can say about Ron Ewing is that he is an excellent builder who makes fine dulcimers. You won't be disappointed with his work. As for the wood choices, they will make a fine instrument. Both will give a warmer sound than, say, walnut, cherry, or spruce.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."


JDH54
04/16/21 05:27:50PM @jdh54:

Ken:  thank you for the prior comment on the older McSpadden M12-S


Looking at commissioning Ron Ewing to build a 4-string hourglass. Western red cedar top and mahogany back and sides.




Any comments on this luthier and/or wood choices?




Appreciate!



Pattycake
04/15/21 09:10:45PM @pattycake:

Thanks for the warm welcome Ken.  So much to learn and just don't know where to begin, but looking forward to this new adventure. 


Benjamin W Barr Jr
04/14/21 10:54:49PM @benjamin-w-barr-jr:

Hi Ken, I just saw the message you sent in February about the time I was traveling down to Florida and then driving back to Maine.  I went by 81.  Stopped by a place in West Virginia that I am hoping to come back to later this year.  So much was closed due to COVID.

Ben


patrick gietzen
03/24/21 08:32:32PM @patrick-gietzen:

thank you glad to be here


JDH54
03/24/21 10:54:04AM @jdh54:

Hello Ken:  I am a brand new member and Jim Fawcett suggested I contact you regrding a 2001 McSpadden M12-S that I'm considering.

I contacted McSpadden and they gave me the following specs:

The M12 series dulcimers used a laminate back with solid wood otherwise.  You are correct that this dulcimer is made of walnut except for the top which is spruce.

The overall length of this dulcimer is 36 inches.  The width at the upper bout is 5 ¾ inches, the lower bout is 7.  The VSL is 28 ½.  The depth of the body is 1 ¾ and the fretboard stands 1 inch above that.

It looks in great shape from pics (see attached photo) but it's about 5 hours away.  I'm somewhat concerned that it has a laminated walnut back and it appears that it has 20 frets (including what looks like "0", 6-1/2 and 13-1/2 frets).  Any comments on laminated back and fretting or other comments would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks, John


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learning to play
03/18/21 12:17:07PM @learning-to-play:

Thank you for your warm welcome.


Strumelia
03/18/21 11:41:00AM @strumelia:

Ken, thank you SO much for your thoughtful donation to keep FOTMD running!

Strumelia  inlove


Guitarpeggio
03/06/21 03:21:03PM @guitarpeggio:

Thanks for the welcome, Ken!  I look forward to the music and the community in the day us ahead!


Susan Ann
02/19/21 03:44:26PM @susan-ann:

Hello Ken!  Sorry I didn't respond to your message earlier.  I'm still getting used to navigating around this forum.  I have pictures I can send you and would love to be on your list of people who have older dulcimers.  How should I send the pictures to you?  Privately or on the forum?  I am certainly not a computer wiz! LOL!  


EastCoastMountaineer
02/17/21 06:19:08PM @eastcoastmountaineer:

Thanks for the welcome, Ken!


Catwheezle
02/17/21 02:59:24PM @catwheezle:

Thank you for your welcome I have only just worked out how the board works!


Fumble Fingers
02/16/21 11:55:29AM @fumble-fingers:

Thank you, Ken, for the warm welcome. I'm looking forward to participating in this group; I have a lot to learn and it seems there are a lot of people who know a lot! The dulcimer may be called a "simple instrument," but once one gets into different tunings, modes, additions of frets, and styles of playing, it goes beyond "simple" very quickly. I really look forward to progressing and enjoying playing.

I notice you post a lot of very helpful knowledge and suggestions. Thanks; I'm sure you're going to be a real help to me. Hope to advance to the place where I can "give back" to other new players! Thanks again.

Fumble Fingers (aka Mary)


MandaPanda
02/13/21 08:24:06AM @mandapanda:

Thanks for the warm welcome! sun


Catwheezle
02/11/21 08:06:59AM @catwheezle:

Hi thanks Ken I have send you a private message to see if you still have the Walnut Valley brochure I saw you mention to someone else about 3 years ago, and if you would be able to email me it please. I have just bought a vintage Walnut valley Smokey River series model, just waiting for its arrival.

I'm new to dulcimer but I do play guitar and sing so looking forward to a different instrument.


Spam1977
02/08/21 08:20:54AM @spam1977:

Thank you, Ken. Good to meet you! Todd


LetItGoLifestyle
01/26/21 11:45:42AM @letitgolifestyle:

Thanks, Ken.  We've reached out to several of the dulcimer makers of the ones we have in the estate sale and we've found that the dulcimer community, in general, is very friendly and helpful.


tommyers87
01/16/21 01:33:17AM @tommyers87:

Thanks Ken, glad to be here.  


wave
01/07/21 10:46:31PM @wave:

Thank you, Ken. It's nice to be here. I'm looking forward to all of the great information and friendly exchanges.


Doug Naselroad
12/09/20 10:03:06AM @doug-naselroad:

Thanks!  Looking forward to it!