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 • 2 hours ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on @lynnb:
"Welcome to FOTMD LynnB. It is good to have you aboard. Ken  "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 hours ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on @mountainweaver:
"Welcome to FOTMD Mountainweaver. It is good to have you aboard. Ken  "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 7 hours ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on "Es ist ein Ros entsprungen" - a German Christmas Song:
"Very nice, Ariane. Thank you for sharing this lovely hymn. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 20 hours ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on @dulciwild:
"Welcome to FOTMD Dulciwild. It is good to have you aboard. Ken  "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 20 hours ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on @sherwood:
"Welcome to FOTMD Sherwood. It is good to have you aboard. Ken  "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 21 hours ago • comments: 12
Posted a new Comment on Best resources to learn noter/drone:
"Lisa, thanks for fixing the link and reminding us to check the ones we post. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 21 hours ago • comments: 12
Posted a new Comment on Best resources to learn noter/drone:
"You care correct. I tried to post the link earlier but received an error message. We will have to wait and see if the site comes back up. As to resources,..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 23 hours ago • comments: 12
Posted a new Comment on Best resources to learn noter/drone:
"Hoodoo, your link above did not work for me. Folks can try this one: http://www.mountainmademusic.com/1997.asp I think it might be because of the..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 days ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on @stephen:
"Welcome to FOTMD Stephen. It is good to have you aboard. Ken  "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 days ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on @cricketg:
"Welcome to FOTMD Cricketg. It is good to have you aboard. Ken  "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 days ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on @frecky:
"Welcome to FOTMD Frecky. It is good to have you aboard. Ken  "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "About to start my first kit, any advice?":
"KenH already told you what I would tell you. Have fun putting it together. The kit makes a very nice dulcimer. Take your time. Don't hurry your work. And if..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 days ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @johnw:
"Welcome to FOTMD JohnW. It is good to have you aboard. Ken  "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 days ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @string-hopper:
"Welcome to FOTMD StringHopper. It is good to have you aboard. Ken  "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 days ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @twogunbob:
"Welcome to FOTMD TwoGunBob. It is good to have you aboard. Ken  "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 days ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @ralph-davidson:
"Welcome to FOTMD Ralph. It is good to have you aboard. Ken  "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 days ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Two Zitters in Lititz Moravian Collection :
"Banjimer: Ken, if you do visit the museum, perhaps there is further information available that could lead to the identification of the instrument's maker...."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 4 days ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Two Zitters in Lititz Moravian Collection :
"Thanks for sharing this Greg. It looks like a visit to Lititz is in my future. I can't wait to see them and perhaps handle them. Ken "The dulcimer sings a..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 5 days ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on @julies59:
"Welcome to FOTMD Julies59. It is 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 @hoodoo:
"Welcome to FOTMD Hoodoo. It is 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 "The Dulcimer":
"Biblical scholars tell us that "dulcimer" is a mis-translation. The New Revised Standard Version of the Bible contains this list: "horn, pipe, lyre, trigon,..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • one week ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @krc:
"Welcome to FOTMD KRC. It is good to have you aboard. Ken   "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • one week ago • comments: 12
Posted a new Comment on Jacob Meadors 1873 Feb 15:
"Dan, that is a nice find. Is the date carved on the back or is it painted on? I was unclear from the Catalogue whether the information is carved in to the..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "McSpadden Questions":
"A basic rule of thumb is "if you are comfortable, your instrument will be comfortable." I find that my mountain dulcimers are not as sensitive to humidity as..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @harry-thomas:
"Welcome to FOTMD Harry Thomas. It is 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 @padma:
"Welcome to FOTMD Padma. It is good to have you aboard. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 6
Liked a youtube item created by @james-phillips:
Good King Wenceslas, key of C
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @juliesrose:
"Welcome to FOTMD Juliesrose. It is 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 @vinettab:
"Welcome to FOTMD Vinettab. It is 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 @patb:
"Welcome to FOTMD Pat. It is good to have another Pennsylvanian aboard. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @carolynw:
"Welcome to FOTMD Carolyn. It is 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 @jim-furry:
"Welcome to FOTMD Jim. It is good to have you aboard. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on @annec:
"Welcome to FOTMD AnneC. It is good to have you aboard. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on @ptsgp:
"Ptsgp, you will find that dulcimer people are friendly and helpful. You will find answers to many questions about the mountain dulcimer here; some you..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on @ptsgp:
"Welcome to FOTMD Ptsgp. It is good to have you aboard. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""

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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
10 months ago - Comments: 15

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Latest Forum Discussions

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Capritaurus Dulcimer - Oh My!

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

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: @MacAodha

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

Juliesrose
12/02/18 11:12:28PM @juliesrose:

Thank you, Ken. It's good to be here.


ptsgp
11/30/18 01:44:08AM @ptsgp:

Thanks for the warm welcome, Ken. This seems like a really wonderful group of people!


Don Woodard
11/27/18 08:55:38PM @don-woodard:

Thank you 


KnobbyNotes
11/26/18 11:19:35AM @knobbynotes:

Hi Ken, Thanks for the Welcome. I'm sure I will enjoy being here !

Knobby


Alecp
11/19/18 02:58:58PM @alecp:

Thanks for the welcome Ken. Never got to West Virginia but know Annapolis, Maryland quite well!


Blackhawk13
11/09/18 01:57:27PM @blackhawk13:

Thank you! It's amazing to find such a uniquely talented community here. The dulcimer in your profile pic is beautiful. I look forward to listening to your videos


Peeteey
10/28/18 06:01:20AM @peeteey:

Hi Ken, thanks for the welcome! sun


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!