Ken Longfield

Location:

Location: Reedsville, PA
Country: US

My Latest Followers:

chiselerinwood Parker Buckley Lucky Dave KnobbyNotes Blackhawk13 Ballad Gal Glenda  Hubbard jcurtis55 Emjay Bob sbarnett524 Noah Cline Karen Gillespie hstulips Geckostar97 haydee025 jeffrey charles foster dulcinina Ariane Exukaden Norm Williams Richard Streib David Bennett Joseph Besse sweetbriar FretFull giddykitty TLKelly Linda Boies Tennessee Jed Kevin R. Billy T Kevin Burns Mary MacGowan PonderThis hugssandi Cat Brown melanieangela Brian G. Repp GulfVet Stewart McCormick sleepingangel jeanne white Will Cindy Stammich John W. McKinstry Sheryl St. Clare Jimmy Sample Robert Worth

Stats

youtube videos: 1
images: 66
events: 1
Groups: 1

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.

Latest Activity

  All
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • yesterday • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @lestate:
"Welcome to FOTMD Les. It is good to have you aboard. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 4 days ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on (another) Berea Traditional Gathering Video - 2019:
"Ann, thank you for sharing this video. It was good to see the participants and everyone seemed to be attentive and enjoying themselves. As the absent..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 5 days ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @mgmetro:
"Welcome to FOTMD Mgmetro. It is 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 @tbone:
"Welcome to FOTMD TBone. It is 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 @jcm:
"Welcome to FOTMD JCM. It is good to have you aboard. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 6 days ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on First build completed:
"Looks good. A great start as a builder. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • one week ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on @george-b:
"Welcome to FOTMD George. It is 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 @jan-larkin:
"Welcome to FOTMD Jan. It is 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 @ohuff:
"Welcome to FOTMD Ohuff. It is 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 @robert-bush:
"Welcome to FOTMD Robert. It is 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 @mountain-gal:
"Welcome to FOTMD Mountain Gal. It is 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 @gstringer:
"Welcome to FOTMD Gstringer. It is 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 @dave3831:
"Welcome to FOTMD Dave. It is 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 "Introduce Yourself!":
"Thanks for the link to your website Riksgewijs. That is a very nice lyre. I enjoyed seeing how you made it. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @dr-jim:
"Welcome to FOTMD Dr. Jim. It is good to have you aboard. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song." "
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Curly Maple and Black Walnut Teardrop:
"Very nice Bob. The finish looks really good and I like the bands on the fret board and tailpiece. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 18
Posted a new Comment on How many frets are really useful?:
"I think the most I've ever put on a dulcimer was 18 frets. I'm not sure how I arrived at that number. Lately I've been making instruments without the..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Eppinette, Scheitholt, and Kantle player "Orange Kantele"":
"Thanks for the update Greg. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on @retomas:
"Welcome to FOTMD Retomas. It is good to have you aboard. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on @marko:
"Welcome to FOTMD Marko. It is 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 @melnepa:
"Welcome to FOTMD Melnepa. It is good to another Pennsylvanian aboard. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on @gentlestrings:
"Welcome to FOTMD Gentlestrings. It is 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 @eaglenest61:
"Welcome to FOTMD Eaglenest61. It is good to have you aboard. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on Luthier's Handbook--tap tuning for dulcimers?:
"I find that tap tuning is useless for mountain dulcimers at least as far as tops are concerned. The reason for this is that dulcimer tops have that..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on @gail:
"Welcome to FOTMD Gail. It is good to have you aboard. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on @tautwire:
"Welcome to FOTMD Tautwire. It is good to have you aboard. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on @madeline-macneil:
"Welcome to FOTMD Maddie. It is good to have you here. I look forward to your participation. I trust all is well with you. I think of you often. Last year we..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @rhayes:
"Welcome to FOTMD Rhayes. It is 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 @monty-c:
"Welcome to FOTMD Monty C. It is good to have you aboard. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @jacksonrl:
"Welcome to FOTMD Jacksonrl. It is good to have you aboard. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @ilenef:
"Welcome to FOTMD Ilenef. It is good to have you aboard. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @jblue:
"Welcome to FOTMD jblue. It is good to have you aboard. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on @the-scots-lassie:
"Welcome to FOTMD The Scots Lassie. It is 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 @stacib:
"Welcome to FOTMD StaciB. It is 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 @bfreeman:
"Welcome to FOTMD Bfreeman. It is good to have you aboard. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""

Latest Group Discussions

  All
Ken Longfield

The Ugly Dulcimer - A Story


Somewhere and at sometime someone decided to build a mountain dulcimer...
@Ken Longfield 11 months ago - Comments: 8
Ken Longfield

A New "Old" Project


Back maybe 20 to 25 years ago, my sister was wandering through a yard...
@Ken Longfield 2 years ago - Comments: 2
Ken Longfield

PA German Zitter


Here are some photos of PA German zitter reproduction I'm making. There...
@Ken Longfield 2 years ago - Comments: 17
Ken Longfield

Stanley Hicks article


Although not dulcimer specific, Stanley Hicks played a significant role...
@Ken Longfield 3 years ago - Comments: 8
Ken Longfield

Wood Choice - Food For Thought


I came across this experiment for classical guitars and found it...
@Ken Longfield 3 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 4 years ago - Comments: 14
Ken Longfield

PA German Zitter


As I understand it, Jean Ritchie saw a PA German Zitter in the...
@Ken Longfield 4 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 4 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 5 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 5 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 5 years ago - Comments: 1
Ken Longfield

Repairing a Diamond Dulcimer


While this is not a build, we do not have a specific area to show...
@Ken Longfield 5 years ago - Comments: 17
Ken Longfield

String tension calculations


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

Not a Mountain Dulcimer


A few folks here at FOTMD know that I was working on a hammered...
@Ken Longfield 6 years ago - Comments: 9

Latest Audio

  All

Latest Videos

  All
Landis Valley Zitter

Landis Valley Zitter


@Ken Longfield
last year - Comments: 15

Latest Photos

  All
IMG_2847.jpeg
IMG_2756.jpg
IMG_2733.jpg
IMG_2506.jpg
IMG_2510.jpg
IMG_2511.jpg
IMG_2516.jpg
IMG_2233.jpg
IMG_2243.jpg
IMG_3535.jpg
IMG_3549.jpg
IMG_3530.jpg
IMG_3531.jpg
IMG_3532.jpg
IMG_3533.jpg
IMG_3534.jpg
IMG_1826.jpg
IMG_1827.jpg

Latest Forum Discussions

  All

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

retomas
06/17/19 05:39:15PM @retomas:

Thank you for the welcome!

 


ohuff
06/14/19 12:09:04AM @ohuff:

Thank you for the warm welcome! Olivia


Dr. Jim
06/11/19 03:31:39PM @dr-jim:

Thanks for the welcome!


Eaglenest61
06/04/19 09:45:23PM @eaglenest61:

Thank you my friend.


monty c
05/31/19 09:03:20PM @monty-c:

Thank you. :)


the scots lassie
05/30/19 10:03:26AM @the-scots-lassie:

Thank you


Becky
05/28/19 09:49:16AM @becky:

Thank you Ken!


Fatcat
05/22/19 01:07:31AM @fatcat:

Thanks for the warm welcome!


Sue Wemett
05/04/19 07:56:21PM @sue-wemett:

Thanks Ken.  It's not a big deal.  It was time I redid my page anyhow.  Glad to be here.  


Sue Wemett
05/04/19 11:45:10AM @sue-wemett:

.... again.  I didn't realize I deleted my account (?) or maybe I haven't been here in so long it was deleted.  I did quit playing for a while so maybe I did.  One in my group believes I've been playing since 2011, 8 years.  Thanks for the (re-)welcome.  Nice to see you. 


Mattg33
04/27/19 08:05:04PM @mattg33:

Thank you! I look forward to learning more about the dulcimer! 


carolstanfill
04/26/19 10:33:38PM @carolstanfill:

Thank you, I agree


Unga
04/19/19 12:10:39AM @unga:

Thank you....not so sweet for me I’m afraid...but working through all the beginner blogs from Strumelia!  


Janet Dillon
04/03/19 09:41:14PM @janet-dillon:

Thank you 


mountain wawlwcat
04/02/19 08:51:42PM @mountain-wawlcat:

Thanks Ken!


Debbie Kopp Simpkins
03/29/19 10:28:05AM @debbie-kopp-simpkins:

Thanks Ken


Chrys90
03/28/19 09:34:19PM @chrys90:

Thank you for the welcome! It's good to be here.


adriennec
03/28/19 06:28:22AM @adriennec:

Thank you! I'm very happy to be here.


katiemac225
03/26/19 07:33:59PM @katiemac225:

Thanks, Ken!   🤗


Rusty
03/15/19 05:14:21PM @rusty:

Thank you, Ken. I appreciate it; it's nice to be here!