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: 6
Posted a new Comment on @dennisg:
"Welcome to FOTMD, DennisG. It is good to have you aboard. My grandfather was born in Yorkshire; Pately Bridge. I've never been there, but my sister has...."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • yesterday • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on @klkd:
"Welcome to FOTMD, KLKD. It is good to have you aboard. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 4 days ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on @skybird:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Skybird. It is good to have you aboard. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 4 days ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on @bee-keeper:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Bee Keeper. It is good to have you aboard. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 4 days ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on @pooch:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Pooch. It is good to have you aboard. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 4 days ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on @foundryrat:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Foundry Rat. It is good to have you aboard. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 4 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Kennedy Barn String Band":
"Congratulations, Rob! A well deserved honor. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 5 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "A Word of Thanks and Recommendation ":
"Like Rob, I also know two of those gentlemen and wouldn't mind meeting the third. Kevin, you have picked wonderful craftsmen to build your dulcimers. Enjoy..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 6 days ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on @billhenry:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Bill. It's good to have you aboard. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • one week ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on @dolly-slugger:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Dolly. It's good to have you aboard. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • one week ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on @tjcox5:
"Welcome to FOTMD, TJcox5. It's good to have you aboard. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • one week ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @scott-harris:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Scott. It's 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 @shenesan:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Shenesan. It's 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 @james-kemp:
"Welcome to FOTMD, James. It's 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 Two ready for finishing:
"Very nice, Bob. Keep up the good work. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on @blobby:
"Welcome to FOTMD Blobbyl. It's good to have you aboard. I trust you will enjoy this site. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on Walnut Thomas dulcimer "Peace":
"Exquisite, John. Another great job! Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on @celtic-cowboy:
"Welcome to FOTMD Celtic Cowboyl. It's good to have you aboard. I trust you will enjoy this site. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on @ballad-gal:
"Welcome to FOTMD Ballad Gall. It's good to have you aboard. I trust you will enjoy this site. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 34
Posted a new Comment on Berea Traditional Dulcimer Gathering -(KY):
"Thanks, Dan. You're the man! Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 34
Posted a new Comment on Berea Traditional Dulcimer Gathering -(KY):
"Lisa, thanks for your input. I found it helpful. I updated the original post to reflect some of your comments and eliminate some things with which I was..."
Ken Longfield
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on @japowell:
"Welcome to FOTMD JAPowell. It's good to have you aboard. I trust you will enjoy this site. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 34
Posted a new Comment on Berea Traditional Dulcimer Gathering -(KY):
"I understand the confusion regarding traditional dulcimers. I say any dulcimer a participant brings with him/her is welcome. At our first informal gather I..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on @jennifer-d:
"Welcome to FOTMD Jennifer D. It's good to have you aboard. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on @scout:
"Welcome to FOTMD Scout. It's good to have you aboard. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Positive Thread...":
"I had a great week with Norm Williams. He led two workshops on Saturday afternoon, presented a concert on Saturday, and provided special music for our..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on @ron-zuckerman:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Ron. It's good to have you on board. I've been living in both worlds (ED and FOTMD) for many years. I hope enjoy exploring and using this..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on @curly314:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Curly314. It's good to have you on board. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on @michael:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Michael. It's good to have you on board. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "4 equidistant strings/McCarty tulip dulcimer":
"I didn't check this, but I seem to recall on the Stew-Mac calculator it automatically calculates the position for the 6 1/2 fret but designates it the 7th..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on @ac22:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Ac22. It's good to have you aboard. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on @kc11:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Kc11. It's good to have you aboard. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on @sharon:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Sharon. It's good to have you aboard. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on @runningbecky:
"Welcome to FOTMD, RunningBecky. It's good to have you aboard. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""

Latest Group Discussions

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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
3 months ago - Comments: 15

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Latest Forum Discussions

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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: @Val Hughes

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

KLKD
05/24/18 08:05:36PM @klkd:

Thank you! Glad to be here!


James Kemp
05/13/18 04:51:49PM @james-kemp:

Thank you very much. Having a great time on the site & learning much! I appreciate your greeting


kc11
05/03/18 05:34:43PM @kc11:

Thanks for the welcome! Glad to be here. 


Bridge
04/29/18 07:22:44AM @bridge:

Thank you for the welcome. I'm just getting started, coming from a guitar playing background. I seem to be on a quest for simplicity since I have gone from 6- and 12-string guitar, to ukulele, to tenor guitar, to dulcimer! I recently bought an old 4-string equidistant cedar dulcimer shaped like a tulip or a lyre which I plan to post pictures of. I bought a used dulcimer from a well known luthier and finally returned it because the middle string always fretted sharp. I just found a McSpadden M12-W from 1991 locally for $250, and I am thoroughly pleased with it. A lady now in her late 70's bought it at their store in Arkansas with the chipboard case, and it ended up sitting in her closet for 27 years. I measured the strings with a micrometer, and they appear to be the original strings, since the owners manual says the factory strings were 12-12-12-23. It is absolutely pristine. I moved a couple of the end pegs to allow installing a strap attachment. Again thanks for the nice welcome!


Dr Duke
03/28/18 06:17:28AM @dr-duke:

Thanks Ken!


Dr Duke
03/27/18 09:15:27PM @dr-duke:

Happy to be on board!


notsothoreau
03/25/18 02:58:27PM @notsothoreau:

Thank you for the welcome!


Jack
03/21/18 10:48:39AM @jack:

Hi Ken, thanks for the welcome.


dulciann
03/13/18 09:23:14PM @dulciann:
Thank you.
Richard Streib
02/14/18 10:08:51AM @richard-streib:

Ken

Will you follow me--I'd like to send a private message

Thanks

Richard


Ariane
02/09/18 03:42:01AM @ariane:

Good morning Ken, thank you very much for your warm welcome. It is the first time for me to be a member in a site community. It will take some time to find out how everything works.


sbarnett524
02/02/18 03:58:11PM @sbarnett524:

Thank you so much for the welcome!


nigelbleddfa
01/22/18 07:18:10AM @nigelbleddfa:

Thanks for the welcome, Ken. Very early days for me but I am enjoying it and feel more optimistic than I tried in vain to learn the autoharp.


Sierron
01/19/18 05:53:26PM @sierron:

Thanks Ken! I'm looking forward to exploring the groups. Looks like you have a very cool workshop.


S Robins
01/04/18 11:58:13AM @s-robins:

Thank you Ken, it does sing sweet.


eric
01/03/18 11:10:45PM @eric:

Thanks. 


carynj
12/30/17 05:06:12PM @carynj:

Thank you. I love my dulcimer and the music. I am looking for some 17th century English music transcribed for DAD tuning. Does anyone have an idea where to look?


bonger
12/30/17 03:18:49PM @bonger:

Thank You Ken


fishface
11/22/17 07:37:57PM @fishface:

Thank you Ken, its nice to be able to ask questions.


RealScot
11/18/17 09:35:13AM @realscot:

Thank you, Ken.