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 • an hour ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @chris-jones:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Chris. It's good to have you aboard. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 days ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on @nigelbleddfa:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Nigel. It's good to have you aboard. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 days ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on @kmhtzmn:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Kmhtzmm. It's good to have you aboard. Ken "The dulcimer sings a new song."  "
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 4 days ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on @ribsmoker:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Ribsmoker. It's good to have you aboard. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 4 days ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Icelandic Langspil:
"Lisa, I don't own or play one, but I am eager to learn about your's when you get it. I've never been very good at bowing which is one of the reasons I quit..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 5 days ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on @sierron:
"Welcome to FOTMD,Sierron. It's good to have you on board. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 5 days ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on @wiseraven2000:
"Welcome to back to FOTMD, Wiseraven2000. It's good to have you on board again. Glad you survived the fire. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 5 days ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on @barb-f:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Barb. It's good to have you on board. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 6 days ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on @debbie-kopp-simpkins:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Debbie. It's good to have you on board. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 6 days ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on @eric-tucker:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Eric. It's good to have you on board. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 6 days ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on @paulaw:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Paulaw. It's good to have you on board. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 6 days ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on @alexandria:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Alexandria. It's good to have you on board. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 6 days ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on @caroline:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Caroline. It's good to have you on board. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Oberflacht Lyre Finished":
"Nice work, Ken. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 2
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Hindman Dulcimer Homecoming":
"You're welcome, Robin. I remember you being there. This will be my fourth. Haven't missed one yet. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Hindman Dulcimer Homecoming":
"Thanks. Lisa. I found a few minutes to sit, so I worked on it.  Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Hindman Dulcimer Homecoming":
"I created an event notice for the Homecoming. Once Lisa approves it, it will appear in the Events listings. I supplied the date, place, and link to the..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 2
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 2
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Hindman Dulcimer Homecoming":
"That's a good question John. My guess is that none of the organizers are members here. If I had time I would do it, but I'm really busy tomorrow and heading..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on @jshoes:
"Welcome to FOTMD, shoes. It's good to have you aboard. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on @bbowden:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Bbowden. 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 "What Are You Working On?":
"Well, we just received a new playlist for 2018 at our club meeting last night. There are 16 songs on the list. We've played some of them before, but there..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Hindman Dulcimer Homecoming":
"Richard, as fas I know, the workshop offerings have not been posted yet. I know a couple of people made the suggestion to Lorinda Jones that she offer such a..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "What is this?":
"Yes, that is a bobbin. A spool of thread would have been put on that and then then run through the loom. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on @brian-mcc:
"Welcome to FOTMD Brian. 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 @brimborion:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Brimborion. 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 "Drone playing in DAD?":
"How many are a lot, Don? I play some tunes in DAd with a noter, but I usually choose ones that don't require me to fret the middle string. I'm not very good..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on @s-robins:
"Welcome to FOTMD, S Robins. 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 @clare:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Clare. 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 @eric:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Eric. 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 @wheaties:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Wheaties. 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 @carynj:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Carynj. It's good to have you aboard. Let us know if we can help you along in dulcimer journey. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on @bonger:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Bonger. It's good to have you aboard. Let us know if we can help you along in dulcimer journey. 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 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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Latest Forum Discussions

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Hindman Dulcimer Homecoming

Posted: Thursday January 11 2018, 9:07 PM
By: @Ken Longfield

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

nigelbleddfa
01/22/18 07:18:10AM @nigelbleddfa:

Thanks for the welcome, Ken. Very early days for me but I am enjoying it and feel more optimistic than I tried in vain to learn the autoharp.


Sierron
01/19/18 05:53:26PM @sierron:

Thanks Ken! I'm looking forward to exploring the groups. Looks like you have a very cool workshop.


S Robins
01/04/18 11:58:13AM @s-robins:

Thank you Ken, it does sing sweet.


eric
01/03/18 11:10:45PM @eric:

Thanks. 


carynj
12/30/17 05:06:12PM @carynj:

Thank you. I love my dulcimer and the music. I am looking for some 17th century English music transcribed for DAD tuning. Does anyone have an idea where to look?


bonger
12/30/17 03:18:49PM @bonger:

Thank You Ken


fishface
11/22/17 07:37:57PM @fishface:

Thank you Ken, its nice to be able to ask questions.


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!