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: 5
Posted a new Comment on @realscot:
"Welcome to FOTMD, RealScot. It's 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 @susan-west:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Susan. It's good to have you aboard again. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 4 days ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on @toucan-sam:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Toucan Sam. It's 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 "Dave Lynch/Harpmaker in hospital":
"Thank you for the update, Keigh.  Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 6 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Fretboard Crack!! ":
"I would put some super glue in the crack and use a clamp to see if the crack closes up and glues together. Actually I'd try the clamp first and if the wood..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • one week ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on @kim:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Kim. 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 @ckmiv:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Ckmiv. 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 @windhavn:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Windhavn. 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 @katydids:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Katydids. 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 @ben-antonio:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Ben. 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 @1whislepigdulcimers:
"Welcome back to FOTMD, 1whistlepigdulcimers. It's good to have you aboard again. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on @bigfoot21075:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Bigfoot. 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 @peggiel:
"Welcome to FOTMD, PeggieL. 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 @scottdt1:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Scottydt1. 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 @skotty:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Skotty. 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 @ginshouse13:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Gina. 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 @ed-bohanan:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Ed. 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 @lamarsteiner:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Lamarsteiner. 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 @ann-andrews:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Ann. It's 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 @selah:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Selah. 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 @mansker:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Mansker. 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 @stryder517:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Stryder517. 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 @slycarey:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Slycarey. 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 @david-spicer:
"Welcome to FOTMD, David. It's 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 @marengo-bob:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Bob. 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 @mlbinca:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Mlbinca. 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 @kiwismom95:
" Welcome to FOTMD, Kiwismom. 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 @digital-gee:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Digital Gee. 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 "Removing a fret":
"Removing a fret is not as easy as it sounds. You need to be very careful. Frets have tangs which hold them in place and when the frets are pulled the tangs..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @billj:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Billj. It's good to have you aboard. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on @pollster:
"What's up, Strumelia? Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @musicmaker1212:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Musicmaker1212. It's good to have you aboard. Best wishes for a successful project. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on @dmitriy-golubev:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Dmitriy. It's good to have you aboard. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 4 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @sherry-schiro:
"Welcome to FOTMD Sherry. It's good to have you aboard. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 4 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @keatyp:
"Welcome to FOTMD Keatyyp. It's good to have you aboard. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""

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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 2 years ago - Comments: 14
Ken Longfield

PA German Zitter


As I understand it, Jean Ritchie saw a PA German Zitter in the...
@Ken Longfield 2 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 2 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 3 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 3 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 3 years ago - Comments: 1
Ken Longfield

String tension calculations


Over at the Banjo Hangout I saw a posting for a string tension...
@Ken Longfield 3 years ago - Comments: 7

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Latest Forum Discussions

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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

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

Thank you, Ken. 


Windhavn
11/11/17 05:06:26PM @windhavn:

Ken- Thanks for the welcome to this amazing group.

Currently I'm taking baby steps on my cigar box Dulcimer I purchased in September. More recently I found a cheap $25 teardrop Dulcimer for sale at a thrift store. Surprisingly it sounds pretty decent. No 6 1/2 fret, so I kept looking. Took the plunge and bought a McSpadden hourglass Dulcimer off E-bay. It is being shipped to a friend who is a luthier in Nevada and I will be flying down from Alaska in a month to pick it up. Pretty Excited.


Selah
11/07/17 10:32:32PM @selah:

Thank you, Ken! Such a wonderful site... and folks like you just make it even better! Thank you! ~ Selah


merlinharp
10/15/17 06:15:57PM @merlinharp:

Thank you!  I am excited to be here!


Boco
10/08/17 11:21:55PM @boco:

Thank you all for the warm welcome. I am looking forward to learning my new instrument and glad I found a forum that is related.

 


dan-layne
10/07/17 09:59:55AM @dan-layne:

Thanks Ken. Glad to be here.


cacofonix
10/07/17 06:13:35AM @cacofonix:

Greetings from Southend-on-sea in the Uk

Having only just discovered messages from FOTMD in my spam, this is the first time I have logged in so apologies for not replying sooner to your welcome message which is appreciated.  

I'm waiting for my instrument (a Sweetwoods Student) to arrive so, right now, my MD activities are restricted to watching You Tube videos and reading up.

Looking forward to getting involved here.

 

Eric


jcalkin
10/03/17 08:26:27AM @jcalkin:

Thanks, Ken. Yes, dulcimers are wonderful.


DavidPNC
10/02/17 10:16:46PM @davidpnc:

thanks Ken.  I'm glad to have found the site.


Jean S
09/29/17 05:46:50PM @jean-s:

Thank you! 


Maylee
09/15/17 09:02:34PM @maylee:

Thanks for the warm welcome. Look forward to getting to know you.


meadowLark
09/15/17 07:27:32PM @meadowlark:

Hey there Ken!  Thanks for welcoming me aboard.  Sorry I didn't respond back yet.  I just noticed folks sent me hellos back in July.  You're right about West Lafayette having a dulcimer group.  They meet every week in the park now.  Also have a great teacher here. Looks like you've been playing and building dulcimers for many many years.  Love that I joined the group here.  You're all wonderful folks and I've learned loads from discussions going on.  Take care!


Botany Bill
09/12/17 08:18:14PM @botany-bill:

Hi Ken and Ben,

Greetings from Scotland, and thank you for the welcome. There are very few mountain dulcimers in Scotland - but who knows, I might have started something!


Brenda Mangan
08/25/17 10:13:51PM @brenda-mangan:

Thank you for the welcome, Ken.


D Noble
08/21/17 10:27:56PM @d-noble:

Thanks Ken!


Wandafull1
08/21/17 10:17:38AM @wandafull1:

Thank you, Ken.  I love meeting new people and sharing our knowledge.


PapaSims
08/10/17 04:30:45PM @papasims:

Thanks, luv it already


dforrest
08/05/17 06:55:08PM @dforrest:

Thank you. Looking back, I see that the last time I played the dulcimer was about 15 years ago. I have a lot of catching up to do.


Ezdusit
08/04/17 11:00:42AM @ezdusit:

Thanks, Ken, for the words of welcome.


Bapsie
07/22/17 06:01:10PM @bapsie:

Thank you, Ken. I'm excited and apprehensive about my very recent dulcimer purchase! Can't wait for it to begin singing to me!