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: 2
Posted a new Comment on @billb:
"Welcome to FOTMD BillB. 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 • 9 hours ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on @maizie:
"Welcome to FOTMD Maizie. It is good to have you aboard. I look forward to your participation in these discussions. In May of 2021 we will hold the second..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 4 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Carved headstock and end piece.Maker?":
"I may have to adjust my guess of the age of this instrument as it has no 6 1/2 fret that I can see. If someone were going for a traditional dulcimore, I..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 4 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Carved headstock and end piece.Maker?":
"I have no idea who made that dulcimer. I doubt that the peg head and tailpiece are carved. It looks like a simple cut with a band saw. From the look of the..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 5 days ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @dulcimermaid:
"Welcome to FOTMD Dulcimermaid. 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 • one week ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @steve-denvir:
"Welcome to FOTMD Steve. It is good to have you aboard. I look forward to your participation in these discussions. As a guitar builder you should have no..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • one week ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @mother-of-hound:
"Welcome to FOTMD Mother of Hound. 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 @pamela:
"Welcome to FOTMD Pamela. 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: 0
Posted a response to "Herdim picks":
"Dictum, the company in Germany who makes the Herdim picks, says that they began making them in the 1960s for guitar players and developed by Gunther Dick...."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The EverythingDulcimer website has returned. Whooopie!!!":
"Here is a link to the issue of DPN in which my article on Everything Dulcimer appears. It is on page 33...."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • one week ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on @corryvreckan:
"Pete, thank you for the information about your choice of name here. I went back and corrected my typo. It should be correct now. Ken "The dulcimer sings a..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • one week ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on @corryvreckan:
"Welcome to FOTMD Corryvreckan. 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 • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The EverythingDulcimer website has returned. Whooopie!!!":
"I thought I had posted a response to Lisa's request for the exact year ED started. It was 2002. Bruce began running some tests as he built the website..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on tru-oil:
"Sheryl, yes, I had good results using Tru-oil on the fret boards. It provides a good, hard, durable finish. Remember, this stuff is designed to be used on..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on @schmidtrock:
"Welcome to FOTMD Schmidtrock. 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: 9
Posted a new Comment on @victorianpam:
"Welcome to FOTMD Victorianpam. 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: 9
Posted a new Comment on tru-oil:
"I've used Tru-oil on guitar necks and dulcimer fret boards, but not on the body of the dulcimer. There is no particular reason for that other than I like to..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on @dchenaul:
"Welcome to FOTMD Dchenaul. 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 Runaway Freight Train:
"Very nice Ron. Thanks for sharing. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 17
Posted a new Comment on hollow fret board:
"You did a good job hollowing out the fret board. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on American Chestnut Demo:
"Very nice Jack. I like the sound of the chestnut dulcimer. I imagine the wood will darken with age. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on @907woman:
"Welcome to FOTMD 907Woman. 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 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The EverythingDulcimer website has returned. Whooopie!!!":
"I did read your post about Jason, but did not realize that Steve and Dan had a played a role in ED. I know Ron Zuckerman did quite a bit of work with the ED..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The EverythingDulcimer website has returned. Whooopie!!!":
"I agree with Ken Hulme as I joined ED just after he did. Bruce called me and we did some testing of ED together. I don't remember any Jason involved in the..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The EverythingDulcimer website has returned. Whooopie!!!":
"I continue to check in to ED every day and make comments there when appropriate. I also tell people to check it out. It is important to have as many..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The EverythingDulcimer website has returned. Whooopie!!!":
"Indeed, it is not the old ED site. I was a moderator on that site and know the frustrations Bruce Ford experienced keeping it a safe place to discuss all..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on @dulcimerbob:
"Welcome to FOTMD Dulcimerbob. 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 • 3 weeks ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on @curt:
"Welcome to FOTMD CURT. 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 weeks ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on @coop:
"Welcome to FOTMD Coop. 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 weeks ago • comments: 17
Posted a new Comment on hollow fret board:
"That's wide for a 3 string fret board. 1 3/8 or 1 1/2 is more than adequate. I usually make the walls of the fret board 1/8 to 3/16 inch thick. I would make..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on Do I need that fourth string?:
"I don't care for the double melody string. It makes it difficult to do things like hammer-ons and pull-offs. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 17
Posted a new Comment on hollow fret board:
"I think so. For one, it reduces the weight of the instrument. It think it also makes the top more responsive. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on @syoung:
"Welcome to FOTMD Syoung. 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 weeks ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on @randy:
"Welcome to FOTMD Randy. 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 weeks ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on @connorc:
"Welcome to FOTMD ConnorC. 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

Current build


Here are some photos as I near the completion of this project. The...
@Ken Longfield 5 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 9 months ago - Comments: 23
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

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

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

Stanley Hicks article


Although not dulcimer specific, Stanley Hicks played a significant...
@Ken Longfield 4 years ago - Comments: 8
Ken Longfield

Wood Choice - Food For Thought


I came across this experiment for classical guitars and found it...
@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: 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...
@Ken Longfield 6 years ago - Comments: 6
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

String tension calculations


Over at the Banjo Hangout I saw a posting for a string tension...
@Ken Longfield 6 years ago - Comments: 7
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

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@Ken Longfield
2 years ago - Comments: 17

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Latest Forum Discussions

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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

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


907Woman
05/17/20 01:47:43PM @907woman:

Thanks Ken for the welcome!   Best regards, Colleen


Coop
05/16/20 10:42:25AM @coop:

Thanks Ken for the warm welcome! So much to learn, warm regards. Coop


syoung
05/12/20 10:37:59PM @syoung:

Thank you so much!  I love the dulcimer and it reminds me of summers spent in the ozarks listening to my grandfather play it when I was young!  Im excited to be a member of this group!

Steven


Becky park
05/11/20 04:20:29PM @becky-park:

Thanks for the welcome-So true -The dulcimer has a sweet sound of its own!


ConnorC
05/11/20 10:58:12AM @connorc:

Thank you for the welcome. I am sure I'll be in the discussions as soon as I have an idea what I'm talking about. I have to lower the action on this cheap dulcimer first, then I can get down to some serious learning! (It's in my profile pic and is all I could afford - hehe)


Ann
04/20/20 09:55:15PM @ann:

Thank you.

Ann


sonnyandbecky
04/20/20 09:51:33PM @sonnyandbecky:

TY.  Rebecca


KimmieWilson
04/04/20 11:21:34AM @kimmiewilson:

Thanks so much for the 'add'.  So excited to have a place to share with my fellow dulcimer lovers.


Hunterdude
03/31/20 10:11:33PM @hunterdude:

Many thanks for the warm welcome!


robert winslow
03/30/20 09:02:51PM @robert-winslow:

Thanks for the welcome. Not sure if I know enough to comment, but will enjoy learning. Be safe.

 


dockildare
03/18/20 07:02:55AM @dockildare:

Cheers Ken.  I'm wanting to electrify the dulcimer so ordered a L R Baggs bridge with pickup.  The nut I reckon I can easily sort as you say.  DoC


dockildare
03/18/20 06:59:24AM @dockildare:

Many thanks Ken 


Judy S.
03/10/20 11:55:15PM @judy-s:

Thank you, Ken.

 


DulcimerDonna
02/10/20 05:31:51PM @dulcimerdonna:

Thank you!


pekwalker
01/30/20 01:59:41PM @pekwalker:

Thanks for allowing me to join. I hope to learn a lot


Sheltie Lover
01/25/20 01:57:36PM @sheltie-lover:

I hope I'm posting in the right place.  Have to get used to the site.  Thanks for the welcome.  Folkcraft is a nice place.  My husband and I have visited a couple of times.  Small little shop in a tiny little town.  Beautiful dulcimers to see and hear!


Jacques
01/15/20 10:38:59AM @jacques:

Thanks for your kind welcome Ken, I'm looking forward to joining discussion groups and asking lots of questions about this wonderful instrument I' just bought.