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: 5
Posted a new Comment on Hard Times Come Again No More:
"That's a really good sound from a very nice dulcimer. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 15 hours ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on "Student Model" :
"Looks good Bob. I like that it is three strings; good for a beginner. You have a nicely shaped peg head which give the dulcimer a certain elegance. The dark..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 16 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Recording multiple tracks?":
"Before I moved to Mac, I used a program from SouceForge called Audacity. It is a free download. I found it easy to use. If you do not have an audio interface..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 23 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Advice on old dulcimer":
"Sorry I missed that you mentioned the 28" VSL. KenH's suggestion for strings is good. A 6.5 fret can be added if you don't have one and really want one. Ken..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 days ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @sandbar17:
"Welcome to FOTMD Sandbar17. It's 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 "Advice on old dulcimer":
"Hi Janis. Here a few things to look for: no separation of joints, a flat fret board, and length between the nut and bridge (VSL). Tuning pegs can be replaced..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Rebuilds":
"I repair and refurbish dulcimers. I have done everything from replacing peg heads to repairing cracks. I have made new nuts and bridges. I have replaced..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 days ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @ubulele:
"Welcome to FOTMD Ukulele. It's good to have you aboard. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 days ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @tehachapied:
"Welcome to FOTMD Tehachapied. It's good to have you aboard. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 days ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @leftysteel:
"Welcome to FOTMD Leftysteel. It's good to have you aboard. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 days ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @gregojano:
"Welcome to FOTMD Gregojano. It's 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 @4mopar:
"Welcome to FOTMD 4mopar. 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 @noah-cline:
"Welcome to FOTMD Noah. It's 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 "Question about fret layout.":
"I see from my friends here you have received all the help you need on this issue. Enjoy your dulcimer. Have fun playing it. Anymore questions, don't hesitate..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • one week ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on @ray-d:
"Welcome to FOTMD Ray. It's 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 "New Body ":
"Nice. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • one week ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Dulcimer vs Dulcimore:
"Thanks David. I've seen that letter before. To paraphrase and borrow from The Bard, "A dulcimore by any other name would sing as sweetly." Ken "The..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • one week ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Newly Build Mini Jumbo Dulcimer:
"Looks good Wayne and I'm sure it sounds good as well. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • one week ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @simple-life:
"Welcome to FOTMD Simple Life. 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 @cheryl:
"Welcome to FOTMD Cheryl. It's 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 @leonm:
"Welcome to FOTMD, LeonM. It's good to have you aboard. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Dulcimer just followed me home":
"Enjoy your Sweet Song dulcimer. Like John, I've assembled a few of them. They are a nice dulcimer. I do like the walnut ones. Ken "The dulcimer sings a..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @john-c:
"Welcome to FOTMD JohnC. It's' good to have you aboard. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on @hstulips:
"Glad you took the opportunity to do that. I've spent many hours playing dulcimer in the hills of Virginia and West Virginia. Now I play in the hills of..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @cathy-mcguire:
"Welcome to FOTMD Cathy. It's' good to have you aboard."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 174
Posted a new Comment on @ken-longfield:
"Alan Thompson:     Ken please ignore my last post I had not joined the history group at the time and so was not up with the discussions on the pages. I am..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @go-dulcimer:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Go Dulcimer. It's 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 @twe3:
"Welcome to FOTMD, TWE3. It's 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 @c-fred11:
"Welcome to FOTMD, C Fred 11. It's good to have you aboard. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on @hstulips:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Hstulips. It's good to have you aboard. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "1930s Kentucky Dulcimer Recordings Free Online":
"Lots of good stuff there. Hope my ears don't wear out with all that listening. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on @windance:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Windance. 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 @jeffersonfan:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Jeffersonfan. 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 Ugly Dulcimer - A Story":
"Thank you for the comments. John and Ken I considered those options but didn't like either having the rosette with some of the top wood being seen through it..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Straight sided dulcimer?":
"Thanks for the link. I agree with Ken. 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
6 months ago - Comments: 15

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Latest Forum Discussions

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The Ugly Dulcimer - A Story

Posted: Tuesday July 31 2018, 5:21 AM
By: @Sheryl St. Clare

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

Simple Life
08/11/18 03:26:22PM @simple-life:

Thanks for the welcome, Ken.  Nice to be here.


Noah Cline
08/11/18 02:56:49AM @noah-cline:

Thanks for the welcome!


John C
08/06/18 09:18:15AM @john-c:

Thank you Ken.


hstulips
08/02/18 03:46:48PM @hstulips:

I camped on the mountains of Virginia on my way home to Canadas from Dulcimer University in NC. I pulled out my dulcimer and played to the mountains. It was an enchanting moment to be playing in the hills where this instrument originated! 


Ken Longfield
08/02/18 12:20:32PM @ken-longfield:

Alan Thompson:

 

 


Ken please ignore my last post I had not joined the history group at the time and so was not up with the discussions on the pages. I am sorry to have troubled you.

 

 

Alan, no trouble at all. I remember seeing Brian's dulcimer at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. I am never bothered by folks who repeat information or ask a question that has been answered many times. I just assume that they are not familiar with the discussions and are new to either the dulcimer or its history. There are many rock groups that have used the dulcimer in their mix. I trust you will continue to explore and enjoy FOTMD.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."


Alan Thompson
08/02/18 05:09:39AM @alan-thompson:

 

Ken please ignore my last post I had not joined the history group at the time and so was not up with the discussions on the pages. I am sorry to have troubled you.

 


Alan Thompson
08/01/18 08:57:22AM @alan-thompson:

 

Hi Ken I've just been having a look around the site and notice in the History group that you set up there is a reference to Brian Jones on stage with a MD and a couple of photos that was posted by Wout Blommers but he seems to have not been active on the site for awhile.
Now it just so happens that I did a google search for Rolling Stones Lady Jane the other day and it returned a video of the same being performed on the Ed Sullivan show thought you just might be interested as I had not seen it before. I would have posted this up as an addition to Wout's post but have no idea how to go about it.

 

 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XirG-qwMCMc

 


richardinmn
07/28/18 09:35:40PM @richardinmn:

Thank you, Ken. I'm looking forward to this journey.


Eric Barker
07/28/18 05:21:46PM @eric-barker:

Thank you! This looks like a great site!


Ralphie'sPal
07/19/18 08:02:46PM @ralphiespal:

Thanks! Seems like a nice bunch of folks.


Craig
07/18/18 11:34:20PM @craig:

Thanks for the welcome!


Peggy Pillow
07/12/18 04:40:27PM @peggy-pillow:

Thank you! :)


haydee025
06/30/18 09:43:28PM @haydee025:

Thank you for the welcome! I’ll see you in Berea, KY at the event!


PatG
06/27/18 06:10:20AM @patg:

Thanks so much for the welcome


JonH
06/13/18 10:26:13PM @jonh:

Thanks for welcoming me. The world of dulcimers seems to be a enjoyable place!


pcommerf
06/05/18 10:55:38PM @pcommerf:

Many thanks for the warm welcome!


haleymuse
06/01/18 09:27:54AM @haleymuse:

Thank you! I'm very excited to join Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer!


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.