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 • yesterday • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on @studentofrhythm:
"Welcome to FOTMD, StudentofRhythm. It is good to have you aboard. I look forward to your participation in these discussions. Let us know if we can help you..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 6 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Final Hearts of the Dulcimer Podcast Episode":
"Patricia and Wayne, I am sorry to see the Hearts of the Dulcimer podcast ending. I have enjoyed listening to them. Thank you for all your work in producing..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • one week ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @frank-grimm:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Frank. It is good to have you aboard. I look forward to your participation in these discussions. Let us know if we can help you in any way..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • one week ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @macdonald001:
"Welcome to FOTMD, MacDonald001. It is good to have you aboard. I look forward to your participation in these discussions. Let us know if we can help you in..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Positive Thread...":
"Happy Thanksgiving. Among my many blessings is all my dulcimer friends here. at FOTMD and TTAD. Enjoy the day everyone. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • one week ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @davisjames:
"Welcome to FOTMD, DavidJames. It is good to have you aboard. I look forward to your participation in these discussions. Let us know if we can help you in..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Trying to identify this dulcimer.":
"I'm traveling over the next ten days, so I am away from my files. I'm working from memory here, but his looks like a kit that was offered in the late 1970s...."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on @ron-curry:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Ron. It is good to have you aboard. I look forward to your participation in these discussions. Let us know if we can help you in any way..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on PERSIMMON lumber:
"What a wonderful gift! Enjoy. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @kristina-lindsay-madriz:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Kristina. It is good to have you aboard. I look forward to your participation in these discussions. Let us know if we can help you in any..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on @sagebum:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Sagebum. It is good to have you aboard. I look forward to your participation in these discussions. Let us know if we can help you in any..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on South Wind:
"Very nice Dan. I like that arrangement. Thanks for sharing. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @dorisma:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Doris. It is good to have you aboard. I look forward to your participation in these discussions. Let us know if we can help you in any way..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on To vault or not to vault.:
"Usually under a fretboard that is hollowed out the top of the dulcimer under it is cut away. On an arched fretboard the top is left intact. That the only..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Two issues with a handmade dulcimer from 1969:
"Thanks Roy. That looks pretty typical of staple frets. Do you get buzzing went you hold down the melody string? That is, does the string hit the next staple..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @lendaddy:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Lendaddy. It is good to have you aboard. I look forward to your participation in these discussions. Let us know if we can help you in any..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on @royb:
"Roy, my daughter lives in Wallingford and I will be at her home next Monday. If you would like we can set up a time for me to look at your dulcimer and..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on @royb:
"Welcome to FOTMD, RoyB. It is good to have you aboard. I look forward to your participation in these discussions. Let us know if we can help you in any way..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Two issues with a handmade dulcimer from 1969:
"There are any number of other fixes for the pegs slipping. If you are near a violin dealer or repair person you could have them look at it. It is hard to..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Terry Hennessy":
"Terry Hennessy died yesterday, November 13, 2021, at his home. He was the builder who made Richard Farina’s dulcimer. He will be missed by family and..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 20
Posted a new Comment on Need some helpful advice on fret markers:
"You're welcome Don. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 1
Liked a music item created by @tukanu: Cripple Creek
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 20
Posted a new Comment on Need some helpful advice on fret markers:
"Like John, I wonder why you need them. I use two different methods. Early on for loop end strings I used #2 brass round head wood screws. Lately I've used..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @tilmen:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Tilmen. It is good to have you aboard. I look forward to your participation in these discussions. Let us know if we can help you in any..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on @rhondap:
"Rhonda, Leo Kretzner who is the composer of Bold Orion on the Rise is a member here. I'm sure he will be happy to know that it is one of your favorite..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on @rhondap:
"Welcome to FOTMD, RhondaP. It is good to have you aboard. I look forward to your participation in these discussions. Let us know if we can help you in any..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @georgeszlemp:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Georgeszlemp. It is good to have you aboard. I look forward to your participation in these discussions. Let us know if we can help you in..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 4 weeks ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on @don:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Don. It is good to have you aboard. Every time I get my banjo out to play I think of you. Glad to hear that you are retired now. Have you..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 4 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @songbirdc:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Songbirdc. It is good to have you aboard. I look forward to your participation in these discussions. Let us know if we can help you in any..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 4 weeks ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on @papaphred55:
"Welcome to FOTMD, PapaPhred55. It is good to have you aboard. I look forward to your participation in these discussions. Let us know if we can help you in..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 4 weeks ago • comments: 20
Posted a new Comment on Need some helpful advice.:
"Nice looking dulcimers Don. If I'm around next July I may see you in Lancaster. Ken"The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 4 weeks ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on New Dulcimer:
"You can play noter style on any dulcimer. I'm not sure what you consider a "proper" drone style MD, but I'm guessing it is one with staples ( frets) under..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 4 weeks ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on @strumandwhistle:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Strumandwhistle. It is good to have you aboard. I look forward to your participation in these discussions. Let us know if we can help you..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 4 weeks ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on @cat:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Cat. It is good to have you aboard. I look forward to your participation in these discussions. Let us know if we can help you in any way..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • one month ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on @lauren46:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Lauren46. It is good to have you aboard. I look forward to your participation in these discussions. Let us know if we can help you in any..."

Latest Group Discussions

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Ken Longfield

T - 6


This is my sixth teardrop dulcimer. The shape comes from plans by Scott...
@Ken Longfield 2 months ago - Comments: 9
Ken Longfield

Latest project - Prichard


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

Current build


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

Tuning peg knobs


I have a customer who is having the tuning pegs replaced on two of his...
@Ken Longfield 2 years ago - Comments: 23
Ken Longfield

Wood Choice - Food For Thought


I came across this experiment for classical guitars and found it...
@Ken Longfield 5 years ago - Comments: 13
Ken Longfield

The Ugly Dulcimer - A Story


Somewhere and at sometime someone decided to build a mountain dulcimer...
@Ken Longfield 3 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 7 years ago - Comments: 17
Ken Longfield

PA German Zitter


Here are some photos of PA German zitter reproduction I'm making. There...
@Ken Longfield 4 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 8 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 4 years ago - Comments: 2
Ken Longfield

Stanley Hicks article


Although not dulcimer specific, Stanley Hicks played a significant...
@Ken Longfield 5 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 6 years ago - Comments: 14
Ken Longfield

PA German Zitter


As I understand it, Jean Ritchie saw a PA German Zitter in the...
@Ken Longfield 6 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 6 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 7 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 7 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 7 years ago - Comments: 6
Ken Longfield

String tension calculations


Over at the Banjo Hangout I saw a posting for a string tension...
@Ken Longfield 7 years ago - Comments: 5

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Landis Valley Zitter

Landis Valley Zitter


@Ken Longfield
3 years ago - Comments: 17

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Latest Forum Discussions

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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

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

Frank Grimm
11/28/21 05:12:43PM @frank-grimm:

Thank you Ken. I am looking forward to being a member of FOTMD and participating in the discussions. I am a beginner so it is quite interesting.        Frank


Ron Curry
11/23/21 08:12:00PM @ron-curry:

Thanks for the warm welcome!


Ken Longfield
10/29/21 08:24:46AM @ken-longfield:

I had one of those beasts in my shop for repair. The owner's brother broke the peg head off when they were teenagers. Thirty some years later he decided to have it fixed. I re-attached the peg head and he has been playing it ever since (about 7 or 8 years now). He bought a very nice shotgun case to keep it in.

You could have made it a 3 string by removing one string from each pair.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."


CarylP
10/29/21 12:03:16AM @carylp:

Not only is the Diamond dulcimer long, all the strings are doubled.  I don't know what I was thinking when I purchased it.  It is a beautifully finished instrument and I do enjoy the rich bright sound.  That is what sold me on it, but I truly didn't know what I was doing when I bought it.   Hopefully with conversations with folks like you and a few lessons and festivals, I should learn some things.  Because of the doubled strings, the callouses on my left hand are coming right along.


CarylP
10/28/21 04:29:24PM @carylp:

Thank you, Ken.  I just dusted off my 1976 Lucky Diamond dulcimer and am having fun.  It's been hanging on the wall for a long time and I was surprised when I took it down that it was almost in tune.  The tuners are wooden pegs and my arthritic hands can't handle them. My husband has to turn the pegs and push them in.  So I am in the market for a more modern one with geared tuners that I can handle and more frets. 

I had to put away my banjos which I have been playing for years because of--well--arthritis everywhere.  But after multiple surgeries and joint replacements, I am back to music again.  I have found the dulcimer  easier to fret because of the angle of the fretboard.  

I look forward to some good posts and conversations.

Caryl


Suilven
10/25/21 09:24:54PM @suilven:

Thanks for the warm welcome, Ken.  I'm taking up the MD later in life and am just now awaiting delivery of my first instrument.  Having played drums and percussion for a long time now, rhythm and timing is not an issue for me, but learning melodic theory is quite new to me (although I've played a bit of guitar and piano), so that's where I'm putting my attention while I await the dulcimer's arrival.  Looking forward to learning from you folks.


Melody1
10/08/21 07:39:42PM @melody1:

Thank you, Ken.


Melody1
10/08/21 11:21:53AM @melody1:

Thank you!  I look forward to being a part of this group.

Melody1


AH62
10/02/21 03:11:27AM @ah62:

Thanks very much for the welcome, Ken.

My name is Russ and I live on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. 

This is a brand new path for me. I am 59 years old and have dabbled with guitar (rather unsuccessfully) in years gone by. Then a few years ago I saw a youtube video of a fellow playing a lovely tune on an instrument that I later found out was called a Mountain Dulcimer ( "I'll Fly Away" ). Since then I watched a lot more videos of dulcimers being played and people talking about them and how to play them and I started to feel the hooks get into me. People looked so peacefull all the time when they played and I found that very alluring, so decided I should get one for myself and try it out. Time went by, life was very busy and I never did get around to getting one over the years Then, a couple of weeks ago I happened to be idly looking online at a local misic store's web site as they were having a sale and I saw that they had a used dulcimer so I went and bought it. The instrument is a Green River Dulcimer from Ashville, N.C., built (according to the internal label) by "Paul Griffiths" in Oct 1983. It appears to be in great shape (except the tuning peg screws were loose and the pegs needs a little librication, plus the middle string was missing). I'll re-string it and get it fixed up  and hope to begin learning how it all works soon. An interesting but very sad back story that I learend from the internet: The fellow who owned Green River Dulcimers, a Mr. Bill Walker from Elkhorn, Kentucky, began making dulcimers (both mountain and hammered) in the early 70's. He moved to Asheville, N .C. in the late 70s where he also opened the Early Music Shop in Biltmore Village. In 1992 at the age of 49, he was murdered in his house by an intruder. His children ultimately decided not to continue the business. I think this makes this instrument a lot more special for me and I am proud to own it. Honestly, I don't even know how to hold it properly yet, but am very much looking forward to learning from people, both on this forum and elsewhere. Thank you for having me!

- Russ


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Sheila Mosley
09/20/21 05:35:26PM @sheila-mosley:

Thank you Ken, it's lovey to be able to join this group - many thanks to those who keep it going, Sheila


Davey A
09/20/21 11:08:24AM @davey-a:

Thanks for the welcome Ken. I’ve already gotten so much from FOTMD, and appreciate the work you and others have put into making it so interesting.


RG
09/13/21 11:08:03PM @rg:

Thanks for the welcome, Ken.  I'm glad to be here, and I'm sure I'll be taking you up on your generous offer of help!


majorpas
09/08/21 01:49:39PM @majorpas:

Hi, Ken, 

Thank you very much for being first to say hello and welcoming me to the community. I am looking forward to getting to know you all better. I am waiting on my Dulcimer to be delivered and having a hard time waiting. 

Is there a good starter book for a person who doesn't read music? Or any suggestions you have would be welcomed.

Again thanks 

Phil Smith Lt Col Ret.  PA, RN


Dulcimerlady
09/07/21 12:20:20PM @dulcimerlady:

Hi, Ken. Yes, attended all Shen U Dulcimer Workshops. So sad when they stopped. And just when I retired. You changed strings on my McSpadden once. Miss Maddie and Ralph so much. I hope to revive Shenandoah Strummers, our 1st dulcimer group that Maddie and Ellen Morgan started in 2006, in honor of Maddie. Looking forward to being a member of FOTMD and learning from all of you. Harmony, Danna 🎶☮☯️


Davey A
08/29/21 09:10:35PM @davey-a:

Thank you Ken!


flossy
08/09/21 01:07:08AM @flossy:

Thank you, Ken. I am excited to be a part of such a positive and supportive group.


gail-a
08/06/21 10:57:20AM @gail-a:

Thank you very much, Ken! Looking forward to getting to know everyone!


paula
08/04/21 01:11:33PM @paula:

Hi Ken,

Thanks for the warm welcome. t took a little for me to figure out how to upload photos. There's no apparent label. It seems a little unusual in terms of having a standing bridge more like a violin or cello (or banjo). I'll post something in the gourmand see if anyone recognizes it. If memory serves, I bought it at a pawn chop probably thirty years ago or so.


Nell Mae
08/02/21 01:17:06AM @nell-mae:

Thank you for the warm and gracious welcome, Ken. I'm really looking forward to meeting the folks here and can hardly wait to dig deep into some of the discussions. sun


sarahFoxton
07/21/21 04:17:04AM @sarahfoxton:

Thanks for the welcome Ken. I have just purchased my dulcimer and am excited to start learning...any tips for a beginner?