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: 4
Posted a new Comment on @rojo:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Rojo. It is good to have another Pennsylvanian aboard. I look forward to your participation in these discussions. Ken "The dulcimer sings..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 days ago • comments: 14
Posted a new Comment on A life in Dulcimers:
"My son avoided my dulcimers for years, but not my guitars. While in college he decided to venture in to the mountain dulcimer world. I bought him a..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 days ago • comments: 14
Liked a photos item created by @dusty-turtle: Pure Joy
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Jon Pickow's last performance":
"Robin and Dusty, you're welcome. I was unclear as to whether this video is a clip from a larger video which PBS Craft in America filmed. I do hope there is..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Jon Pickow's last performance":
"Here is a video of Jon Pickow, one of Jean Richie's and George Pickow's sons, made by PBS a few days before he died. PBS Craft in America has given us..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Drifting Thread...":
"Thank you dulcinate. I have already asked about it, but they told me the hospital's physical therapy is closed down due to the pandemic. They tell me I will..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Drifting Thread...":
"Thank you Jan, Skip, and AngelinaCat. I don't think I'll need a lift chair. I guess I'll find out about getting out a chair while at the hospital. Ken "The..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Drifting Thread...":
"Thank you folkfan. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 4 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Drifting Thread...":
"Thank you Bob. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 4 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Drifting Thread...":
"Thank you Lisa. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 4 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Drifting Thread...":
"Thanks Robin. That is interesting. They mentioned not lifting anything over 10 pounds for 6 to 8 weeks and I am certainly over that weight. I'll see what..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 4 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Drifting Thread...":
"Thank you, Dusty and Robin. One of the PAs told me that I am one of the youngest patients in the line for surgery which, at 74, made me feel good. I don't..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 4 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Drifting Thread...":
"I spent about 5 1/2 hours at our regional medical center today. The purpose was to meet with the head of cardiac surgery and undergo pre-surgical tests. On..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 4 days ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on @roger-briand:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Roger Briand. It is good to have you aboard. I look forward to your participation in these discussions. What help do you need? Just ask...."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 4 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Dolly on mountain dulcimer":
"I don't think it is the same instrument. This one looks more like a decorated McSpadden to me. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 6 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Anyone with Deering dulcimer info?":
"Let me answer your question, but first help you with some terminology. What you are asking is "does the 'depth' of the sides not the 'thickness' influence..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • one week ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on @jmb62008:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Jmb62008. 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: 7
Posted a new Comment on portion of an interview about ballads:
"Thanks, Robin."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • one week ago • comments: 7
Liked a group discussions item created by @robin-thompson: portion of an interview about ballads
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • one week ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @fishdoc:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Fishdoc. 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: 4
Posted a new Comment on @vic:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Vic. It is good to have another Pennsylvanian aboard. I look forward to your participation in these discussions. Ken "The dulcimer sings a..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • one week ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on @mj-wimmer:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Mj Wimmer. 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 "Hungarian Citera played with a noter":
"Dave, I hadn't considered ash, but that is certainly a possibility. Thank for sharing all those photos. We supported a Hungarian refuge family years ago and..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • one week ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on @tommyers87:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Tommyers87. It is good to have you aboard. I look forward to your participation in these discussions. Ask your questions. We enjoying..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • one week ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on @william-bird:
"Welcome to FOTMD, William Bird. It is good to have another Pennsylvanian  aboard. I look forward to your participation in these discussions. Ken "The..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Hungarian Citera played with a noter":
"David, can you tell what type of wood is used the construction of you citera? It looks like some of it might be birch or maple. BTW, thanks for sharing the..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Hungarian Citera played with a noter":
"It is interesting to see the underside fo the citera. The board with the holes in it reminds me of one of my zitters that has a board with two holes in it,..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • one week ago • comments: 0
Liked a forum discussions item created by @robin-thompson: Hungarian Citera played with a noter
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • one week ago • comments: 0
Liked a group discussions item created by @robin-thompson: a song Jean wrote for her boys for bedtime
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @christine:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Christine. 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 • 2 weeks ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on @nateprentice:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Nateprentice. It is good to have another Pennsylvanian  aboard. I look forward to your participation in these discussions. Ken "The..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 2
Liked a group discussions item created by @robin-thompson: Jean & friends making music in a house in Galway IRELAND
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Swedish origins of the dulcimer?:
"Ah, no problem Dusty.   Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Swedish origins of the dulcimer?:
"Dusty, I didn't know that Hogfiddle is you blog. Sorry. I thought it was Peter Ellertsen's. I am not convinced that the mountain dulcimer was a creation..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on Number 18 20 Wedding Dulcimore:
"Thanks Dan. It's working now. That dulcimore is too beautiful to not be seen. Great work as usual. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""

Latest Group Discussions

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Ken Longfield

Latest project - Prichard


I started to build a C.N. Prichard reproduction, but made a mistake...
@Ken Longfield one month 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 months ago - 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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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

tommyers87
01/16/21 01:33:17AM @tommyers87:

Thanks Ken, glad to be here.  


wave
01/07/21 10:46:31PM @wave:

Thank you, Ken. It's nice to be here. I'm looking forward to all of the great information and friendly exchanges.


Doug Naselroad
12/09/20 10:03:06AM @doug-naselroad:

Thanks!  Looking forward to it!


Ken Longfield
12/08/20 10:30:52AM @ken-longfield:

I am not familiar with the sawmill. I don't have or use one. Gary Sager of Prussia Valley has a sawmill although I don't know what kind. He is a member here. Perhaps he could help.

 

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a new song."


foxnsox13
12/08/20 10:25:24AM @foxnsox13:

Hi Ken. Can you help me with my HD36 sawmill?


SamIam
12/07/20 01:29:31PM @samiam:

Thanks all. Looking forward to the journey


jost
12/02/20 01:52:50PM @jost:

Thanks for the welcome!


Mick McLaughlin
11/11/20 06:02:21AM @mick-mclaughlin:

Thanks for the welcome. 

Regards

Mick


salsarev
11/05/20 01:30:58PM @salsarev:

Thanks, Ken! I look forward to participating, also.

Best,

David


Geeps
11/04/20 09:18:24PM @geeps:

Hi Ken, I remember you from ED, or at least I think I do. You were registered as KWL?  I am going by "Geeps" now because that is what my grand daughter calls me. I used my regular name on ED, Mark Olp.


Christoffer
10/25/20 04:53:23PM @christoffer:

Thank you for the kind welcome, Ken. Glad to be here.


John Desaulniers Jr
10/14/20 11:11:52AM @john-desaulniers-jr:

Thanks much.


JMocco
10/09/20 01:20:52PM @jmocco:

Ken,

That's great information. I appreciate your time and effort. I am leaning towards selling it to you. I like that you knew WM and that the history is important to you. Where this instrument goes does matter to me more than just the money. Also, I detest having to communicate with people I don't feel comfortable with. You are obviously a very respectable sort of a guy. I'm sure you'll have fun with that comment.

(I have a few oddball things I've been recently trying to sell on OfferUp and am so fed up with people not responding that I think I'll just take everything to GoodWill or gift on Freecycle.org.)

I need to do some due diligence on shipping details and costs to PA from South Florida. Without a music case, I'll need to be extra careful. There is a UPS store near me that may be a help. Any experience you have with shipping dulcimers is appreciated.

Kind regards,

Joan Mocco


JMocco
10/07/20 12:19:35PM @jmocco:

Ken,

Thank you for your information. It's very interesting that you knew Walt Martin. I've attached photos to help you assess the value of this instrument. Thank you in advance.

Joan


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JMocco
10/06/20 02:10:44PM @jmocco:

Thanks for the welcome to your group -- if only for a while. I am a guitar player, but dabbled a little with a dulcimer purchased years ago. I'm looking for a little guidance from this group on what they think the value is. I would like to sell it as it is currently sad to be sitting in my closet. 

It is a Sunhearth Dulcimer, #582, 1/12/81 by Luthier W. Martin. I have read that he only made 1,000 of these in his career. I purchased it in Bucks County, PA in the very early 80's when I lived in Central NJ. It is in good condition, but has a crack in the back of about 6+ inches that runs vertical. Doesn't seem to have hurt its sound.

I live in South Florida now -- in the general Fort Lauderdale area. I would love to sell it locally, but with advice on shipping I'd be willing to do that also.

Thanks in advance to the community.

Joan


SunlightShadow
09/28/20 09:30:57PM @sunlightshadow:

Thanks for the welcome Ken! Happy to be here. 


JerryL
09/26/20 05:38:17PM @jerryl:

Thanks Ken.  I have played the MD off and on since 2005.  Now I have time to invest more time and want to become a better player.

Look forward to learning from the group here.

Jerry


Scott M
09/20/20 01:01:26PM @scott-m:

Thank you!!


Bob L
09/12/20 04:24:27PM @bob-l:

Thanks for the welcome.  Stay well.


ELDANS
09/06/20 12:05:11PM @eldans:

Thanks for the welcome Ken!