Ken Longfield

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Location: Reedsville, PA
Country: US

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Micki RobMachin seaswmr AppalachiaSky Moon Dancer MelSabol Mary_Adelee Chaplain Peter SJMawhee87 Kris Paul 1 dronehound Homer Ross mac bhodaich Kenneth Woolley III dreadnought28 Dulcimerlady JDH54 AndiBear Susan Ann MandaPanda NancyH Dulcianne Quigley John Desaulniers Jr Wendell G dchenaul syoung Big Bubba chiselerinwood Wally Venable KnobbyNotes Blackhawk13 Emjay Noah Cline hstulips haydee025 Ballad Gal Exukaden Ariane sbarnett524 Debbie Kopp Simpkins Sue MacKenzie - ADK Friends sweetbriar jcurtis55 steve c. Tennessee Jed Billy T Lucky Dave Mary MacGowan

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youtube videos: 1
images: 77
events: 4
Groups: 1
audio tracks: 1

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 • 7 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Dulcimer by JR":
"Here is a link to info on Dulcimers by JR. Once you reach the site, scroll down to June 7...."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 11 hours ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on @katie-s:
"Welcome to FOTMD Katie S. It's good to have you aboard. Have fun exploring this site. I look forward to your participation in these discussions. Let us know..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Hindman Boys (and Gal)":
"I agree with Robin. Can't wait to see the show. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 days ago • comments: 1
Posted a new Comment on Instrument Collection:
"Wow, a reel-to-reel recorder. You don't see too many of those around anymore. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Question about the 6 1/2 fret":
"Jerry Posner:  My question is ... when did the 6 1/2 fret become popular?   I started building dulcimers in 1974; 50 years ago. At that time none one plans..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 days ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on @bdurham:
"Welcome to FOTMD Bdurham. It's good to have you aboard. Are you a player or a listener? What do you like most about the mountain dulcimer? Have fun exploring..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 days ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on @claudine-nickens:
"Welcome to FOTMD Claudine. It's good to have you aboard. Have fun exploring this site. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 4 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Something to watch":
"Yes, Richard, it's a little late for me too. Worship starts at 9 a.m., so I might get 5 or 6 hours sleep if I'm lucky. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 4 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Something to watch":
"We are members of WPSU, a PBS Station in Clearfield, PA associated with Penn State University. Not all PBS stations follow the same schedule, nor do they..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 4 days ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Something to watch":
"I received a notice today that WOUB, a PBS TV station) will broadcast a program about Jean Ritchie on Saturday, April 20, at 11 p.m. EDT. It looks like it..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 4 days ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on @cgries:
"Welcome to FOTMD Cgries. It's good to have you aboard. I hope you receive a response to your request for German folksong tabs. We don't have a specific area..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 5 days ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on @comixchik:
"Welcome to FOTMD Comixchik. This is a wonderful place to connect with mountain dulcimer people. It's good to have you aboard. Let us know if you need any..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 5 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Does soundbox tension affect volume and tone":
"Dwain, Don Kawalek is also a vendor at Pocono this year. Although not known as a dulcimer builder he has been making guitars, banjos, and mandolins for many..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 6 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Does soundbox tension affect volume and tone":
"I am signed up for Dwain's workshop. The nice thing about the Pocono festival is that you can sign up for individual workshops rather than for the entire..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Does soundbox tension affect volume and tone":
"John Petry: Having set up many violins & cellos etc over the years....You may want to explore using a sound post. Not really a "dulcimer" thing, but..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Does soundbox tension affect volume and tone":
"Nate, when I built my first dulcimer the end of the fret board was cantilevered. That was the what the plans I was using called for. The plans were designed..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • one week ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @mdwannabe:
"Welcome to FOTMD MDwannabe. It's good to have you aboard. Let us know if we can help you along on your dulcimer journey. Have fun exploring this site. Ken..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • one week ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on @calikat:
"Welcome to FOTMD Calikat. It's good to have you aboard. It was very generous of your friend to give you a dulcimer. Have fun exploring this site. If you have..."
Ken Longfield
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @suze:
"Welcome to FOTMD Suze. I'm in Kentucky right now at the Hindman Dulcimer Homecoming. It's good to have you aboard. I look forward to your participation here...."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 14
Posted a new Comment on Hindman Dulcimer Homecoming 2024:
"Dusty, what I don't see live will be archived on YouTube for future viewing. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 14
Posted a new Comment on Hindman Dulcimer Homecoming 2024:
"I expect to be there tomorrow morning. See you then Dan. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "What's the exact difference between a dulcimore and dulcimer":
"Thanks, Wally, I misunderstood you. I have Chet Hines' book and quite a few others books like it. I'm sad that I never met Patty Looman but I do have a few..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @micki:
"Welcome to FOTMD Micki. It's good to have you aboard. This is a great place to be as you begin your dulcimer journey. Have fun exploring the site. If you..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "What's the exact difference between a dulcimore and dulcimer":
"Dan, my comment about Thomas calling them dulcimers comes from a conversation I had with Mike Sloane. Also, both Ralph Lee Smith and Jean Ritchie refer to..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @tjoachimarts:
"Welcome to FOTMD Tjoachimarts. This is certainly the place to feed your obsession. Have fun exploring the site. Let us know if you have any questions. I look..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @steve-venebales:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Steve. It's good to have you aboard. I'm always amazed when folks outside of the USA adopt our Appalachian (mountain) dulcimer. I look..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Bodhran (Irish Drum)":
"Wally Venable: "Mountain Mahogany" is virtually unknown to those of us living east of the Rockies.   I've never heard of it living in Pennsylvania. I see..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @shawna:
"Welcome to FOTMD Shawna. This is a great place to be as you start your dulcimer journey. You will find lots of helpful advice here. If you have any..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @rdmarble:
"Welcome to FOTMD Rdmarble. It's good to have you aboard. I'm happy to hear that you've come back to playing your dulcimer. Have fun exploring this site. I..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 6
Liked a music item created by @jim-dickens: A song for Easter
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 1
Liked a youtube item created by @gordon-hardy: If We Never Meet Again This Side Of Heaven
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 3
Liked a youtube item created by @gregg-schneeman: International Appalachian Dulcimer Day
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "International Appalachian Dulcimer Day":
"From observing and listening to the IADD posts on Facebook, I say that the movement to celebrate our beloved instrument is gaining ground.  Thank you to all..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 20
Posted a new Comment on History of Women Players:
"Dusty Turtle: @Randy-Adams, if it'll make you feel more masculine, just pour some bourbon, light a cigar, and play "The Devil and the Farmer's Wife."..."

Latest Group Discussions

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Ken Longfield

Another Tabledit question


Yesterday I updated my Tabledit for Mac to version 3.03 a4a. I can no...
@Ken Longfield 11 months ago - Comments: 10
Ken Longfield

T - 6


This is my sixth teardrop dulcimer. The shape comes from plans by Scott...
@Ken Longfield 3 years ago - Comments: 12
Ken Longfield

Latest project - Prichard


I started to build a C.N. Prichard reproduction, but made a mistake...
@Ken Longfield 4 years 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 4 years ago - Comments: 3
Ken Longfield

Current build


Here are some photos as I near the completion of this project. The...
@Ken Longfield 4 years 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 5 years ago - Comments: 23
Ken Longfield

Wood Choice - Food For Thought


I came across this experiment for classical guitars and found it...
@Ken Longfield 8 years ago - Comments: 13
Ken Longfield

The Ugly Dulcimer - A Story


Somewhere and at sometime someone decided to build a mountain dulcimer...
@Ken Longfield 6 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 10 years ago - Comments: 17
Ken Longfield

PA German Zitter


Here are some photos of PA German zitter reproduction I'm making. There...
@Ken Longfield 7 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 11 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 7 years ago - Comments: 2
Ken Longfield

Stanley Hicks article


Although not dulcimer specific, Stanley Hicks played a significant...
@Ken Longfield 8 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 9 years ago - Comments: 14
Ken Longfield

PA German Zitter


As I understand it, Jean Ritchie saw a PA German Zitter in the...
@Ken Longfield 9 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 9 years ago - Comments: 1
Ken Longfield

Wartz Tab Book Corrections


In the Wartz tab book for the DAA "Leaning On The Everlasting Arms," the...
@Ken Longfield 10 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 10 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 Ed"...
@Ken Longfield 10 years ago - Comments: 6
Ken Longfield

String tension calculations


Over at the Banjo Hangout I saw a posting for a string tension...
@Ken Longfield 10 years ago - Comments: 5

Latest Audio

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Oh Lord, What A Morning

Oh Lord, What A Morning


@Ken Longfield
8 months ago - Comments: 7

Latest Videos

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Landis Valley Zitter

Landis Valley Zitter


@Ken Longfield
6 years ago - Comments: 19

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Latest Forum Discussions

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Something to watch

Posted: Friday April 19 2024, 11:42 AM
By: @Robin Thompson

Robert N. Lackey, rest in peace

Posted: Wednesday March 6 2024, 11:45 AM
By: @Dusty Turtle

Folklife in Ohio

Posted: Monday March 4 2024, 2:48 PM
By: @Robin Thompson

Just For Fun - sayings regarding the...

Posted: Thursday February 22 2024, 3:55 AM
By: @shanonmilan

Dulcimer Players News demise

Posted: Tuesday July 18 2023, 12:45 PM
By: @Robin Thompson

Everythingdulcimer.com

Posted: Sunday July 16 2023, 1:58 PM
By: @Strumelia

Gary Sager

Posted: Thursday March 23 2023, 9:43 AM
By: @Robin Thompson

John Crocker

Posted: Thursday March 9 2023, 5:02 PM
By: @Ken Longfield

Mike Clemmer

Posted: Friday December 17 2021, 9:41 AM
By: @Skip

Don Pedi honored

Posted: Thursday September 16 2021, 6:11 AM
By: @Susie

Joni Mitchell and Mountain Dulcimers

Posted: Thursday August 26 2021, 8:38 PM
By: @Dusty Turtle

Zoom group invitation

Posted: Sunday May 23 2021, 6:24 PM
By: @Ken Longfield

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

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, 8:56 AM
By: @Ken Longfield

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

Comments

Comixchik
04/15/24 07:53:45AM @comixchik:

Thank you for the welcome.

I am a dulcimer beginner, but have played other instruments.


Ringo
03/17/24 05:36:04PM @ringo:

I am a stick dulcimer player and was directed to this site because it had a stick dulcimer group. I also like the dulcimer music and tabs that can help me. I would image some dulcimer players also play stick dulcimer.  Just looking to expand my knowledge. Should be able to here.

Thanks


Ringo
03/17/24 02:00:33PM @ringo:

Thank you I really love the stick dulcimer but haven't found much info. A little one here though!


Alan from PA
03/16/24 01:43:18PM @alan-from-pa:

The Mt dulcimer is the "pipes" of Appalachia 


Woodsmoke
03/09/24 09:25:27PM @woodsmoke:

Thank you sir - I appreciate it!


Lynn Peachey
03/06/24 10:13:21PM @lynn-peachey:

Thank you Ken. You have been my teacher and friend for many years. My life has been blessed by adding a dulcimer to it, and all the new friends it gave me. 


jeffb957
03/03/24 07:06:00PM @jeffb957:

I'll do that. Thank you..


jeffb957
03/03/24 04:19:11PM @jeffb957:

Well, that's kind of a bummer. I'm a roll off dumpster man, so I generally work from 5:00 AM till 6 PM Monday through Friday. For any north Alabama locals, I work for the guys with the yellow dumpsters 😁

I'm off work recovering from surgery for the next 5 weeks, so maybe I'll be able to hit one once I'm fit for public view 😅  Once I'm back to work, I'll be unable to make it. 

Thanks for the info anyway. 


Tracy Hiller
02/27/24 11:03:32AM @tracy-hiller:

Thanks for the welcome.  I have been meeting with a local person weekly and have been to 2 jam sessions.  So far it is going well.  I think it helps that I have been a musician almost my whole life between playing trombone, ringing handbells and singing.

I purchased a never used Enos Yaeger dulcimer.  I have discovered that I will need to have a 6.5 fret installed, but other than that it is a beautiful sounding instrument.


seaswmr
02/17/24 11:38:40AM @may-zeller:

Thank you!  I am glad I found this site.  Looking forward to learning more.  


ZedKloud
01/30/24 07:50:42PM @zedkloud:

Thank you for the welcome.  Honestly, I came across this dulcimer in an estate sale and could not resist picking it up.  This dulcimer needs a home with someone who will really appreciate her and I figured who better than this group.  I will post pictures and everything soon.  Thank you again!


EmAnGu
01/27/24 02:59:16PM @emangu:

Thank you, glad to be here.  I've already learned a lot here.  I found my way here while searching for how to tune my AW Jeffreys dulcimer with slipping wooden pegs.  Found several possible solutions, and hope to learn more.


Strumelia
01/12/24 09:47:53PM @strumelia:

Glad to hear you got at least 'half' of your two eyeballs fixed up nicely at this point Ken!
Wishing you good luck ahead for the other one in a few weeks!  what


Ken Longfield
01/12/24 05:38:00PM @ken-longfield:

Well, you got that right, John. I'm often closing one eye so I can see close up and the other to see far away. Only 44 more days of doing that. Haha.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."


John Petry
01/12/24 04:35:52PM @john-petry:

I know I'm new to the "friends"....but I think I'll just call ya "winky"....


John Petry
01/12/24 01:58:51AM @john-petry:

Just noticed you had a "procedure" or two these last few weeks....Thinking of the tune "I can see clearly now...." Hope all went well


beckyM
01/09/24 03:31:27PM @beckym:

Thank you so much


john thorp
01/04/24 11:58:04AM @john-thorp:

Thank you Ken. Robin's link led me right to what I was looking for. I am going to like this site. Thanks again.


jerrytro
11/04/23 12:45:47PM @jerrytro:

DAD, similar in some respects to "Boat's Disease", the feeling that after you get a boat, even if it's just a canoe, you'll need to get another, bigger better one?  I hear you and it would actually be great to become accomplished enough that I can "justify" additional instruments.  But for perspective, I've known people to spend more in one night at a bar or casino than the cost of even a very high end dulcimer so I think I'll be OK.


Mowog
10/20/23 01:52:52PM @mowog:

Thank you, Ken.

David