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 • 18 hours ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on @michael-janes:
"Welcome to FOTMD Michael. It is good to have you aboard. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 days ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on @pete2049:
"Welcome to FOTMD Pete2049. It's good to have you aboard. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 days ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @4estdweller:
"Welcome to FOTMD 4estdweller. It's good to have you aboard. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 5 days ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @bmarshall1891:
"Welcome to FOTMD BMARSHALL1891. It's good to have you aboard. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 5 days ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on @leliaph:
"Welcome to FOTMD LeliaPH. It's good to have you aboard. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 5 days ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @peppy:
"Welcome to FOTMD Peppy. It's good to have you aboard. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 5 days ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @booglefloop:
"Welcome to FOTMD Booglefloop. It's good to have you aboard. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 5 days ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @jane-griffith-ward:
"Welcome to FOTMD Jane. It's good to have you aboard. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 6 days ago • comments: 6
Liked a photos item created by @bob-stephens:
Stephens Lutherie mountain dulcimer
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 6 days ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @dulcidom:
"Welcome to FOTMD Dulcidom. 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 "Clamps for building":
"If I were home, I would post a photo of my clamp rack which only shows the large clamps. The smaller ones are stored in boxes under one of my work benches...."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • one week ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on @klcrump:
"Welcome to FOTMD Klcrump. It's good to have you aboard. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • one week ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on @acharman:
"Welcome to FOTMD Acharman. It's good to have you aboard. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • one week ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on @tshults:
"Welcome to FOTMD Tshults 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 "Clamps for building":
""You can never have too many clamps." I made a bunch of clamps like those Dan made. I also used some regular wood working clamps. I have some deep throat..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • one week ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on @kozaturf:
"Welcome to FOTMD Kozaturf. It's good to have you aboard. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • one week ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on @maltess:
"Welcome to FOTMD MaltEss. It's good to have you aboard. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • one week ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on @atilwi:
"Welcome to FOTMD Atilwi. 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 "A W Jeffreys Jr.":
"That's a nice looking Jeffreys. At this point in my life I'm only collecting photographs of instruments. I like the dulcimers that Jeffreys made. Ken "The..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Positive Thread...":
"John and Ken, it is still there and under new ownership. We didn't get it to try it on the way out, but will try to stop on our way back east. Ken "The..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Positive Thread...":
"Dusty, we are staying on Route 66 tonight in Moriarty, NM. Richard showed us the radiused fret board. It has a 10 inch radius. Should be a nice feature for..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Positive Thread...":
"Betty and I had a very nice visit with Richard Ash at Folkcraft instruments yesterday morning. Richard took time to show us through the Folkcraft facility,..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on @cj-smith:
"Welcome to FOTMD CJ. 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 @cherylleigh100:
"Welcome to FOTMD Cherylleigh100. 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 @hooahmedic:
"Welcome to FOTMD Hooahmedic. It's good to have you aboard. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Looking for album":
"Was it perhaps this one?   Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Comprehensive List of Dulcimer Festivals":
"I agree with Stephen that it would be good to see a list of all dulcimer festivals in a given year. I thing, however, that it is an impossible task. We..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on @diane-r:
"Diane, I see that you live in Ohio. Depending on where you live in Ohio there might be someone near you to help you. Gary Sager comes to mind. David Lynch..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @fortytwo:
"Welcome to FOTMD 42. 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 "Guitar Strings?":
"It sounds like the tension on the bass string is greater than the tension on the other three strings. Once you remove all four string you should be able to..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "":
"I dug through my file on Keith Young, but found nothing about the finish he used on his instruments. My suspicion is lacquer, but I am not 100% certain. Here..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Guitar Strings?":
"Plain steel 0.020 string should be available in a local music store. As Kusani said, "opinions vary." I use squeakless wound strings for chord/melody..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on @nanners:
"Welcome to FOTMD Nanners. 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 "Guitar Strings?":
"Given that VSL I would try .010s on the melody strings, .014 on the middle, and a .020 for the bass. You could go up just a little if these are still floppy...."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on @sburketopdog:
"I know how hard it is to find a mountain dulcimer when there are none available locally. I have several dulcimers made by folks other than myself. My every..."

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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 3 years ago - Comments: 14
Ken Longfield

PA German Zitter


As I understand it, Jean Ritchie saw a PA German Zitter in the...
@Ken Longfield 3 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 3 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 4 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 4 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 4 years ago - Comments: 1
Ken Longfield

String tension calculations


Over at the Banjo Hangout I saw a posting for a string tension...
@Ken Longfield 4 years ago - Comments: 7

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Landis Valley Zitter

Landis Valley Zitter


@Ken Longfield
8 months ago - Comments: 15

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Latest Forum Discussions

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The Ugly Dulcimer - A Story

Posted: Monday September 3 2018, 7:34 PM
By: @Richard Streib

Hindman Dulcimer Homecoming

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

Just For Fun - sayings regarding the...

Posted: Wednesday October 25 2017, 10:52 AM
By: @Val Hughes

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

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

acharman
10/15/18 11:08:21PM @acharman:

Hi Ken,

Thanks for the welcome. I am sure I will find lots of things to inspire me.

Cheers, Andrew


cherylleigh100
10/06/18 09:48:50PM @cherylleigh100:

Thank you for the warm welcome!


tallytune
09/29/18 09:18:41AM @tallytune:

Hi Ken,

Thanks so much for the welcome. I am actually doing a workshop with Aubrey Atwater in a couple of weeks to get me started, I am super excited!


SBurketopdog
09/27/18 01:00:45PM @sburketopdog:

Thank you, Ken.  I am still researching the purchase of a mountain dulcimer.  There aren't many resources in the Omaha/Council Bluffs area, so I'm researching on line.


Diane R
09/26/18 08:53:31PM @diane-r:

Thank you Ken...really appreciate it!  :)


Ryan78
09/22/18 08:16:43PM @ryan78:

Thanks a ton! It'll take me some time to learn how to use and navigate this forum (the layout is different than i'm used to) so forgive any mistakes. I'm excited about a dulcimer community and learning more from experienced players.


Dulci Clan
09/20/18 07:20:46PM @dulci-clan:

Thank you for the warm welcome. Happy to be here.


lori99
09/19/18 02:29:12PM @lori99:

Thank you, Ken!  Happy that I found this community!

 


Paddle Whisp
09/12/18 10:02:53PM @paddle-whisp:

Thank  you!


steveocc
09/12/18 05:01:55PM @steveocc:

Thank you Ken. Glad to be here.


Debbie H
09/11/18 12:12:06PM @debbie-h:

Thanks a lot!    Debbie


Belinda Link
08/28/18 03:47:13PM @belinda:

Thank you!!!


zaulden
08/28/18 01:20:24PM @zaulden:

Thank you!


Judith
08/28/18 11:21:45AM @judith:

Thanks Ken - good to be here


Matthew Lord
08/21/18 01:44:21AM @matthew-lord:

Thank you Ken.


4mopar
08/20/18 12:07:56PM @4mopar:

Thank you 


Simple Life
08/11/18 03:26:22PM @simple-life:

Thanks for the welcome, Ken.  Nice to be here.


Noah Cline
08/11/18 02:56:49AM @noah-cline:

Thanks for the welcome!


John C
08/06/18 09:18:15AM @john-c:

Thank you Ken.


hstulips
08/02/18 03:46:48PM @hstulips:

I camped on the mountains of Virginia on my way home to Canadas from Dulcimer University in NC. I pulled out my dulcimer and played to the mountains. It was an enchanting moment to be playing in the hills where this instrument originated!