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 • 11 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "violin uke":
"Here is a photo of the tuning wrench which came with my ukelin. I imagine a similar one was supplied with the violin uke. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 12 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "violin uke":
"I think most autoharp tuning pins today are 13/64 ths of an inch by 1.5 inches long. I have a ukelin and can check the tuning wrench that came with it to see..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • yesterday • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on @bottlekey:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Bottlekey. I see that you are already participating here. That's great. I responded to you post. I hope it was helpful. I look forward to..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "violin uke":
"Are you referring to the instrument made by the Marx Company? It bears a strong resemblance to another of their instruments called a ukelin. The plain..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "RIP Happy Traum":
"Happy along with his brother, Artie, was a great innovator in providing instruction to folk musicians. I think many of us from that era of folk music..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "John (Jolm?) Dubroff dulcimer":
"Thanks for this information, Fiona. That's one of the few issues of DPN that I don't have. It was interesting reading. I sure do miss the Whole Earth..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 4 days ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on @danielkick:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Daniel. You've come to the right place to connect with people who have an interest in the mountain dulcimer. Have fun exploring this site...."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 5 days ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Morning of life.:
"That's a nice tune, well played. Thanks for sharing it. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 5 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Something Old with a new surprise":
"Thank you everyone for your comments. It is still a work in progress as it is an old case and continues to need some work. I do a little repair and..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 5 days ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on @lisat:
"Welcome to FOTMD, LisaT. It's good to have you aboard. I guess you've found another dulcimer. Best wishes on your dulcimer journey. This is a great place to..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 5 days ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on @gen:
"Yes, that way a typo. Happens a lot when I'm using my laptop on my lap.  The information from Howard doesn't change my estimate. This dulcimer does not have..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 5 days ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on @avenlumi:
"Welcome to FOTMD Avenlumi. It's good to have you aboard. This is a great place to learn about mountain dulcimers. If you have any specific questions, just..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 5 days ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on @gen:
"It is difficult to tell from the photo, but it looks like the dulcimer is made of walnut as you suspect. The "S" denotes a spruce top. The number 1000..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • one week ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on @todd-metcalf:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Todd. It's good to have you aboard. This is a wonderful community of mountain dulcimer enthusiasts. Let us know if you have any questions..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • one week ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on Suggestions please for buying a first dulcimer:
"The two major builders of mountain dulcimers, Folkcraft and McSpadden, have starting prices of $995 (Folkcraft) and $525 (McSpadden). Those prices make it..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • one week ago • comments: 0
Liked a youtube item created by @nate: Frying Pan Dulcimer (old video)
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • one week ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Wild Mountain Thyme 3 cans and a Walnut 1x2 (reupload):
"Thanks for sharing that video again Nate. It is indeed a good sounding critter. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • one week ago • comments: 27
Posted a new Comment on Box Dulcimers:
"Very nice build Wally. Have fun playing it. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • one week ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on @billwake:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Billwake.  I look forward to your participation in these discussions. Have fun exploring this site. It is good to have you aboard. Ken "The..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • one week ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on A life in Dulcimers:
"Looks good Dusty. I wish I could do something like that, but we have very little wall space for making up a display. I've thought of hanging some of my..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Something Old with a new surprise":
"Here is a little project I've been working on. It's not completely finished yet, but enough of it done for me to share it. The sound board is poplar. The..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @jim:
"Welcome to FOTMD, JIm. You've found a great place to connect with other mountain dulcimer enthusiasts. Have fun exploring this site. I look forward to..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 16
Posted a new Comment on @simond:
"I concur on the advice regarding Roosebecks. If your current dulcimer is still serving you well, waiting until you return to the UK is probably the best..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Hanging some dulcimers as a wall display":
"I went back through all my photos of dulcimer displays but could not find any displayed as you want to do it. They were either hung vertically or laid out..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Local Luthier Recommendations:
"I'm not familiar with dulcimer repair people in the Morgantown area, but I can recommend Wally Venable as someone who can help you. He will know if you need..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 16
Posted a new Comment on @simond:
"Welcome back to FOTMD, Simond. Glad to have you here again. I look forward to seeing you participate in these discussions.  Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on @lostslough:
"Welcome to FOTMD, LostSlough. It's good to have you aboard. As you correctly observed this is an affirming community of mountain dulcimer enthusiasts. I'm..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Pelargir:
"I think this would fit nicely in a Tolkien-themed album. It is very much like a journey through unknown lands. Beautifully done! Ken "The dulcimer sings a..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Tab or info about a song Deireadn Fomhair":
"I think his use of pull-offs adds to the delight of this tune. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Music Therapy Books:
"I volunteered for 28 years as a hospice chaplain and can attest to the value of music for music in hospice care. Although much of the emphasis is on the..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Travel Dulcimer string angle issues":
"Since I'm coming into this discussion rather late, all of my suggestions except one have been offered. If you go to the trouble of angling the end block..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 7
Liked a youtube item created by @dusty: The Strawberry Blossom
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Cherry Jethro Amburgey-style dulcimore":
"Well, John, it is an exquisite instrument, but coming out of your workshop that's what I expect. You do beautiful work. Thanks for sharing it here. Ken "The..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Mutual acknowledgement":
"Ever since I encountered my first live dulcimer person back in the summer of 1970 I've had mostly positive experiences with dulcimer people. There have been..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on @mackelroy:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Mackelroy. This is the place to learn about the mountain dulcimer. If you don't find what you are looking for, just ask. If we don't know..."

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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 last year - 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

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Oh Lord, What A Morning

Oh Lord, What A Morning


@Ken Longfield
11 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 Old with a new surprise

Posted: Thursday July 18 2024, 8:42 AM
By: @Ken Longfield

Folklife in Ohio

Posted: Wednesday July 17 2024, 11:07 AM
By: @cairney

Pete Seeger

Posted: Sunday June 2 2024, 6:17 PM
By: @Jim Yates

Dulcimer Players News demise

Posted: Saturday May 4 2024, 7:52 PM
By: @Ken Longfield

Something to watch

Posted: Wednesday April 24 2024, 9:42 AM
By: @Ken Longfield

Robert N. Lackey, rest in peace

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

Just For Fun - sayings regarding the...

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

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

Comments

Gen
07/17/24 04:47:26PM @gen:

I received this email today from Howard Rugg and perhaps it can shed some light on our conversation:

'Hello Genevieve

D100S is Solid mahogany sides and back with a spruce top.  About the value, I am unable to help and don't know who can.  Try Google

 Howard"

What do you think? See photos too. I hope they are clear enough.  Thanks again, Gen


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Gen
07/17/24 04:25:55PM @gen:

Thank you for responding so quickly! The dulcimer model no. is D100S not 1000...probably just a typo. I doubt it, but would that have made any difference in your answer?


idle strummer
06/27/24 02:58:26AM @idle-strummer:

Thank you Ken.

As a 76 year old complete starter I shall sit quietly in the background gaining knowledge but I do have a lot of questions.


GailR
06/23/24 05:45:52PM @gailr:

Thanks


DulciPlayer
06/18/24 09:52:26PM @dulciplayer:

Thank you, Ken!


jerrytro
06/15/24 12:55:44PM @jerrytro:

Yes, aware of how McSpadden has all of their craftsmen sign.  Still, it was great to meet Richard when I was there.  I believe he’s in his early 80’s and still working his craft.  And I do have a few of the Folkcraft ancestors:  a Capri-Taurus by Howard Rugg, a Rugg & Jackel Folkroots, and I also have a David Marks older teardrop walnut Folkcraft.  Those two makers, McSpadden and Folkcraft, make great instruments.  Of course there are other nice makers as well.  I’ve never heard a Blue Lion but understand they are very nice.  Or a Warren May. I do have a new Ron Gibson hourglass, which I would recommend to anyone.  Thanks for all the comments.


jerrytro
06/14/24 11:41:01PM @jerrytro:

Aside from the fact that I've gotten some very nice instruments (and at pretty good prices too!), I've really enjoyed researching the history of these various dulcimer makers.  I play them all, sometimes each one every day.  Going to Mt. View to meet the folks at the Dulcimer Shoppe was great fun.  The new one I bought there was signed by Mr. Richard Stolz.  Richard also signed the McSpadden I initially bought dated 2000.  I got to meet him and he said that he'd been there since 1975 or 76.  We took a Facebook photo together.  The McSpadden I have on order - I asked that Richard sign that one too.  Since I have all the Folkcraft "ancestors" maybe I'll get a new Folkcraft later this year.  


ottertail
06/06/24 09:02:58PM @ottertail:

Thanks for the welcome.


iwbiek
06/02/24 02:26:22PM @iwbiek:

Hey, Ken, I appreciate that. Yeah, I've been a few places over the years. I just posted my question in the forums. Thanks.


misaacka
05/30/24 10:57:41AM @misaacka:

Thanks for the warm welcome, Ken!  


Helen
05/13/24 10:22:28PM @helen:

Between $300-$700 would be my budget.  I'm not experienced enough to retool an inferior instrument so I'm okay with paying as long as I know for sure I'll be getting a quality product and supporting the builder.  Thank you for any insights you can provide!


Helen
05/13/24 09:23:18PM @helen:

Thank you so much!  I'm interested in any suggestions for a good luthier - I'm looking for a well made beginner dulcimer.  Thank you for any suggestions!


Strings Attached
05/04/24 03:35:26PM @strings-attached:

Thanks!  The other members of the band share a general mike but they're all better musicians than me! At this stage in my career, I don't really want to be miked but I would like to be able to hear myself play. I do have a stand, which I think helps the sound. Someone had mentioned wearing a type of ear bud that would help me to hear myself, so I will investigate; meanwhile, I am off to play!


pa1911a1
04/25/24 03:48:52PM @pa1911a1:

Thank you for the welcome to the group. The Mercer Museum is one of my favorite places to visit since it is only a few blocks from where I live. 


Strings Attached
04/25/24 07:46:32AM @strings-attached:

Thank you!


ianhr
04/22/24 11:34:26AM @ianhr:

Thank you!


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