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 • 9 hours ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on @davery:
"Welcome to FOTMD,Davery It is good to have you aboard. I look forward to your participation in these discussions. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Early CapriTaurus Dulcimer ":
"You have a nice instrument. Enjoy your dulcimer. I think it is a real treasure. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 days ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on @mc2:
"Welcome to FOTMD, MC2 It is good to have you aboard. I look forward to your participation in these discussions. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 days ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on @bert-berry:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Bert It is good to have you aboard. I look forward to your participation in these discussions. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 4 days ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @poisonivy4979:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Poisonivy4979 It is good to have you aboard. I look forward to your participation in these discussions. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 4 days ago • comments: 11
Posted a new Comment on Next Build - Not quite a dulcimer:
"Wow, it really looks good. You did a fine job of constructing the langeleik.  Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 5 days ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @paulpossinger:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Paul It is good to have you aboard. I look forward to your participation in these discussions. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 5 days ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Replacing a nut and floating bridge:
"Maddie, a bass dulcimer is tuned an octave lower than a standard dulcimer. The melody string on a bass dulcimer is the same note as the bass string on a..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 6 days ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on @john-desaulniers-jr:
"Welcome to FOTMD, John. It is good to have you aboard. I look forward to your participation in these discussions. I am saddened by your father's death, but..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 6 days ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @delano:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Delano. It is good to have you aboard. I look forward to your participation in these discussions. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • one week ago • comments: 28
Posted a new Comment on How old is the sheitholt?:
"The Story of the Hummel is an excellent resource for those interested in the ancestors and cousins of the mountain dulcimer. Contacting Ulrich through his..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • one week ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @ghcstr:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Ghcstr. It is good to have you aboard. I look forward to your participation in these discussions. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • one week ago • comments: 28
Posted a new Comment on How old is the sheitholt?:
"Thanks for the information Mark. I think we have to place the blame on Henry Mercer for the use of scheitholt. He used Praetorius' work figure out what he..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • one week ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on Wayfaring Stranger:
"Very nice Kevin. Thanks for sharing this. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • one week ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on Wayfaring Stranger:
"Very nice Kevin. Thanks for sharing this. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • one week ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @stephenericberry:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Stephenericberry. It is good to have you aboard. I look forward to your participation in these discussions. Ken "The dulcimer sings a..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • one week ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @mary-l:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Mary L. It is good to have you aboard. I look forward to your participation in these discussions. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
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Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Dulcimer repair question":
"When I replace my strings do they include the chenille wrap on the loop ends that looks like fly fishing wrap? No, if you buy dulcimer string sets. I am..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • one week ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on @jmocco:
"Joan, in my experience the UPS Store tends to over pack and over charge. The most difficult part is finding an appropriate box for the dulcimer. Once if..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @emilioweber:
"Welcome to FOTMD, EmillioWeber. It is good to have you aboard. I look forward to your participation in these discussions. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @lrozett:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Lrozett. It is good to have you aboard. I look forward to your participation in these discussions. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @debrasg:
"Welcome to FOTMD, DebraSG. It is good to have you aboard. I look forward to your participation in these discussions. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on @kevin63:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Kevin63. It is good to have you aboard. I look forward to your participation in these discussions. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on guitars built from a lynching tree:
"Thanks for sharing the link and story, Lisa. I found his attitude toward wood very interesting as well as the whole story behind the guitars. The story of..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on @jmocco:
"Joan, Well, I spent some time today checking used dulcimer prices. Before giving my opinion, let me share some of my thinking. Used instruments are usually..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @annamaria:
"Welcome to FOTMD, AnnaMaria. It is good to have you aboard. I look forward to your participation in these discussions. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Dulcimer repair question":
"It looks like string tension has pulled the pins toward the saddle. One reason this could happen is the pins are too short to take the pressure of a..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Dulcimer repair question":
"Mike, without a photo to see exactly what is going on with the dulcimers, I'm giving advice blindly.You could pull out all the string anchors and fill the..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on @jmocco:
"Hello, Joan. I knew Walt Martin. He was quite a character. It would help to know which model Sunhearth you have. The crack will hurt the value a little as..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Wide World of MD Variety, Ch 4: Sound Holes! Pg A:
"This is a nice collection of sound holes Leo. With the use of laser cutting, the variety of sound holes is now endless. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on @wanttolearn:
"Welcome to FOTMD, WantToLearn. It is good to have you aboard. I look forward to your participation in these discussions. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on @mibirdsong:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Mibirdsong. It is good to have you aboard. I look forward to your participation in these discussions. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on @jmocco:
"Welcome to FOTMD, JMocco. It is good to have you aboard. I look forward to your participation in these discussions. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""

Latest Group Discussions

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Ken Longfield

Making wood tuning pegs


For those of us who make wood tuning pegs, what finish do you put on...
@Ken Longfield 4 weeks ago - Comments: 2
Ken Longfield

Current build


Here are some photos as I near the completion of this project. The...
@Ken Longfield 10 months ago - Comments: 15
Ken Longfield

Tuning peg knobs


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

Wood Choice - Food For Thought


I came across this experiment for classical guitars and found it...
@Ken Longfield 4 years ago - Comments: 13
Ken Longfield

The Ugly Dulcimer - A Story


Somewhere and at sometime someone decided to build a mountain dulcimer...
@Ken Longfield 2 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 6 years ago - Comments: 17
Ken Longfield

PA German Zitter


Here are some photos of PA German zitter reproduction I'm making. There...
@Ken Longfield 3 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 7 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 3 years ago - Comments: 2
Ken Longfield

Stanley Hicks article


Although not dulcimer specific, Stanley Hicks played a significant...
@Ken Longfield 4 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 5 years ago - Comments: 14
Ken Longfield

PA German Zitter


As I understand it, Jean Ritchie saw a PA German Zitter in the...
@Ken Longfield 5 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 5 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 6 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 6 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 6 years ago - Comments: 6
Ken Longfield

String tension calculations


Over at the Banjo Hangout I saw a posting for a string tension...
@Ken Longfield 6 years ago - Comments: 5

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@Ken Longfield
2 years ago - Comments: 17

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Latest Forum Discussions

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Anyone bidding"

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

Dr. George Orthey, Mountain dulcimer and...

Posted: Thursday August 20 2020, 8:08 PM
By: @Bob

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

John Desaulniers Jr
10/14/20 11:11:52AM @john-desaulniers-jr:

Thanks much.


JMocco
10/09/20 01:20:52PM @jmocco:

Ken,

That's great information. I appreciate your time and effort. I am leaning towards selling it to you. I like that you knew WM and that the history is important to you. Where this instrument goes does matter to me more than just the money. Also, I detest having to communicate with people I don't feel comfortable with. You are obviously a very respectable sort of a guy. I'm sure you'll have fun with that comment.

(I have a few oddball things I've been recently trying to sell on OfferUp and am so fed up with people not responding that I think I'll just take everything to GoodWill or gift on Freecycle.org.)

I need to do some due diligence on shipping details and costs to PA from South Florida. Without a music case, I'll need to be extra careful. There is a UPS store near me that may be a help. Any experience you have with shipping dulcimers is appreciated.

Kind regards,

Joan Mocco


JMocco
10/07/20 12:19:35PM @jmocco:

Ken,

Thank you for your information. It's very interesting that you knew Walt Martin. I've attached photos to help you assess the value of this instrument. Thank you in advance.

Joan


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JMocco
10/06/20 02:10:44PM @jmocco:

Thanks for the welcome to your group -- if only for a while. I am a guitar player, but dabbled a little with a dulcimer purchased years ago. I'm looking for a little guidance from this group on what they think the value is. I would like to sell it as it is currently sad to be sitting in my closet. 

It is a Sunhearth Dulcimer, #582, 1/12/81 by Luthier W. Martin. I have read that he only made 1,000 of these in his career. I purchased it in Bucks County, PA in the very early 80's when I lived in Central NJ. It is in good condition, but has a crack in the back of about 6+ inches that runs vertical. Doesn't seem to have hurt its sound.

I live in South Florida now -- in the general Fort Lauderdale area. I would love to sell it locally, but with advice on shipping I'd be willing to do that also.

Thanks in advance to the community.

Joan


SunlightShadow
09/28/20 09:30:57PM @sunlightshadow:

Thanks for the welcome Ken! Happy to be here. 


JerryL
09/26/20 05:38:17PM @jerryl:

Thanks Ken.  I have played the MD off and on since 2005.  Now I have time to invest more time and want to become a better player.

Look forward to learning from the group here.

Jerry


Scott M
09/20/20 01:01:26PM @scott-m:

Thank you!!


Bob L
09/12/20 04:24:27PM @bob-l:

Thanks for the welcome.  Stay well.


ELDANS
09/06/20 12:05:11PM @eldans:

Thanks for the welcome Ken!


WayneSmith
09/05/20 07:39:21PM @waynesmith:

Thanks for the welcome Ken, I look forward to participating in the discussions.


Shelley1
08/15/20 12:16:27PM @shelley1:

Thank you! Between COVID and retirement, I have plenty of time to play and look around here. Looking forward to getting to meet people.


Jamneb
08/11/20 09:15:42AM @jamneb:

Thanks Ken, I used to haunt these pages years ago, Covid has finally given me the time to learn the instrument I brought back in 2013!


Wendell G
08/01/20 12:17:16PM @wendell-g:

Thank you, Ken. I appreciate the kind welcome!


richardmck
07/04/20 03:12:08PM @richardmck:

Thanks Ken! Very happy to be here.


floralin
06/20/20 09:21:04AM @floralin:

Thanks for the welcome, Ken!


MaryN
06/08/20 10:58:38PM @maryn:

I have a Blue Lion that is phenomenal to play so knowing Janita is a geologist also is pretty cool.


Papageno
06/07/20 07:25:59PM @papageno:

HI Ken,

Thanks for the welcome.

Best,

Roger


Pamela
05/28/20 09:37:06AM @pamela:

Thanks for the warm welcome, Ken!


Corryvreckan
05/26/20 04:41:50AM @corryvreckan:

Hi Ken, thanks for fixing the typo although there was no need! I'm currently on furlough from work so I have plenty of time to practice. I take advantage every day - the biggest problem is holding myself back so that I learn the basics thoroughly before I go trying more complicated things. So far so good....

Best regards,

Pete


Corryvreckan
05/25/20 06:43:57AM @corryvreckan:

Thank you Ken, I'm looking forward to learning more and hopefully sharing more as I learn. Just so you know, Corryvreckan (with a 'k') is a whirlpool off the isle of Mull in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland. Mull is the home of my clan, hence the choice of name :).

Pete