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.

Latest Activity

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Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 18 hours ago • comments: 11
Posted a new Comment on Building the Celtic Strum:
"Very nice. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 days ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on @sjgascho:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Sjgascho . 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 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Have not been on in awhile":
"Very nice Don. Have fun playing it. Welcome back. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Don Pedi honored":
"Many of us know Don Pedi and his career as a dulcimer musician with an interest in the North Carolina dulcimer community. I came across this article today:..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 4 days ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on @tnmike:
"Welcome to FOTMD, TNmike . 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 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Fret Markers?":
"I don't use fret markers. As Dusty said, "The diatonic fretboard IS your fret marker." I have never put them on any of the dulcimers I've built either...."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 5 days ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on @mi-hammer:
"On another note (no pun intended), I suggest that you look at this website as well since your are interested in noter style playing..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 5 days ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on @mi-hammer:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Mi_hammer . 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 • 6 days ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @calvin-swiers:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Calvin . 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 • one week ago • comments: 0
Liked a youtube item created by @mark-gilston: Björnes Schottis
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Student searching for her next Dulcimer (ended)":
"I'm glad to hear that she found her next dulcimer. I am sure she will enjoy it. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • one week ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @deborah-gwirtz:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Deborah . 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 • one week ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @stiilbird:
"Welcome to FOTMD, STiiILBiRD . 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: 4
Posted a new Comment on @rg:
"Welcome to FOTMD, RG . 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: 0
Posted a response to "Can you tell me about Curt Mangan FusionMatched strings?":
"I would take Dusty, Susies, and Strumelia's advice. To play in DAd, you should have a larger middle string like Strumelia suggests. You can easily call or..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • one week ago • comments: 24
Posted a new Comment on Things to do with Prichard and his dulcimers:
"Thanks, Steve. I am ore inclined to think it is the lighting. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • one week ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on End Joints:
"Matt, thanks for sharing this video. It is very interesting. As I am in the middle of gluing up a couple of instruments, I'll pay more attention to the..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • one week ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @dave-schroeder:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Dave . 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 @lorilee:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Lorilee . 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 • one week ago • comments: 24
Posted a new Comment on Things to do with Prichard and his dulcimers:
"That peg head certainly looks like it could be a Prichard. I don't know if it is the lighting or something else but the peg head looks to be a lighter color..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • one week ago • comments: 24
Posted a new Comment on Things to do with Prichard and his dulcimers:
"It looks like I missed some posts while I was away camping in northern PA in mid-August. Steve, I'm glad that you are sharing the history of the mountain..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Student searching for her next Dulcimer (ended)":
"Karen, have you checked with the House of Musical Traditions in Takoma Park to see if they have any suitable used dulcimers for sale? You might also check..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • one week ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on @majorpas:
"Hi, Phil, Thank you for your service to our country. If you plan on playing in DAd, a good place to begin is with First Lessons in DAD from MelBay..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @rockytop98:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Rockytop98 . 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: 5
Posted a new Comment on @majorpas:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Majorpas . 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: 5
Posted a new Comment on Solid Body Bass Dulcimer:
"Really nice looking instrument. I like that peghead. Thanks for sharing your project. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on @dulcimerlady:
"Danna, it was unfortunate that the university could not accommodate the dulcimer workshops. It drove Jo nuts trying to figure out how to meet the university..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on @dulcimerlady:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Dulcimerlady. 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: 5
Posted a new Comment on @marianne-d:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Marianne D. 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: 3
Liked a photos item created by @geoff-black: Jethro Amburgey 3 string 1957 #356 KY
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Ways to play in other keys":
"Probably the simplest way to play in G is to drop the middle string from A to G. Another easy way, which you say you don't want to do, is to capo at the 3rd..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 13
Posted a new Comment on What brand of strings do you use?:
"Just for informational purpose:..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 13
Posted a new Comment on What brand of strings do you use?:
"Barb, I use Folkcraft on my Folkcraft because I'm a Folkcraft dealer and buy the sets in bulk quantities. I always carry a few sets with me in case I need..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on Just ordered a bunch of new strings...:
"Thanks, Dusty, for mentioning the wound strings. I was going to mention them, but forgot.  You noted the difference between and nickel and bronze wound..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on Just ordered a bunch of new strings...:
"Differences in steel strings are based on the alloys used in the steel. Frankly, my ears are not sensitive enough to distinguish a significant difference in..."

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 9 months 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 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

Latest Audio

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My Home's Across the Blue Ridge Mountains

My Home's Across the Blue...


@Ken Longfield
5 months ago - Comments: 3

Latest Videos

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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

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?


paintedtrillium
07/20/21 01:02:46PM @paintedtrillium:

Hi, Ken!  Thanks for taking time to welcome me.  I look forward to chatting more here too. 


Becky park
06/29/21 05:54:47PM @becky-park:

Jumped on board again!Was going to see what I have missed!!Always enjoy FOMD!!Thanks for your welcome back!!


DeanT
05/05/21 04:29:32PM @deant:

Thanks for the welcome Ken. Looking forward to some informative discussions.


Ken Longfield
05/04/21 05:24:55PM @ken-longfield:

I would send Strumelia a message and ask.


dewy
05/04/21 01:35:25PM @dewy:

I was surprised to see that my profile was no longer existing here I wish I can find out if I could find some of my old photos and videos


Ken Longfield
04/23/21 10:00:11AM @ken-longfield:

All the newer music you mentioned is covered by copyright laws which makes their use and distribution expensive for dulcimer people. To make a tab of, let's say, a Simon and Garfunkel song you need permission from the owner of the copyright; either the composer/lyricist or publisher or both. Once you obtain permission, you will be required to pay a royalty on the use of the song; e.g., ten cents for each copy distributed. There are some folks who have followed this route and published tab for newer songs. There was someone who did a Johnny Cash songbook for dulcimer. Tull Glazner offers some newer music. They are out there, but they are not free. Asking for help in finding tab for a particular song is a regular occurrence on dulcimer websites. Let folks know what songs your are interested in, and see if any of them know where to find what you want.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."


woodchuck
04/22/21 11:36:11PM @woodchuck:

I like a lot of the older songs, but having trouble finding tab for some newer music. 50, 60,& 70 popular and Christian. Any help would be appreciated.


Ken Longfield
04/16/21 07:44:28PM @ken-longfield:

All I can say about Ron Ewing is that he is an excellent builder who makes fine dulcimers. You won't be disappointed with his work. As for the wood choices, they will make a fine instrument. Both will give a warmer sound than, say, walnut, cherry, or spruce.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."


JDH54
04/16/21 05:27:50PM @jdh54:

Ken:  thank you for the prior comment on the older McSpadden M12-S


Looking at commissioning Ron Ewing to build a 4-string hourglass. Western red cedar top and mahogany back and sides.




Any comments on this luthier and/or wood choices?




Appreciate!



Pattycake
04/15/21 09:10:45PM @pattycake:

Thanks for the warm welcome Ken.  So much to learn and just don't know where to begin, but looking forward to this new adventure. 


Benjamin W Barr Jr
04/14/21 10:54:49PM @benjamin-w-barr-jr:

Hi Ken, I just saw the message you sent in February about the time I was traveling down to Florida and then driving back to Maine.  I went by 81.  Stopped by a place in West Virginia that I am hoping to come back to later this year.  So much was closed due to COVID.

Ben