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 • 2 days ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on @jone:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Jone. It is alway good to have another Pennsylvanian on board. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 days ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @pat-kirby:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Pat. It is good to have you aboard.  Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 4 days ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Video of new dulcimore Dulcimer Dan made for me.:
"Thanks for sharing all of this David. Dan made you a very nice Dulcimore. You did a fine job of playing it. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 4 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "New Harmony Dulcimer":
"Enjoy your new dulcimer. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 5 days ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on @wally-venable:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Wally Venable. It is good to have you aboard. Look for West Virginia players under Groups and join that group. Ken "The dulcimer sings a..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 5 days ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @maude:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Maude. It is good to have you aboard. As to your question, it does take two hands to play the dulcimer. I can't see how you would be able..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 5 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "How do I tune this, or change the setup?":
"Glad my suggestion worked out. Enjoy your new to you dulcimer. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 5 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Positive Thread...":
"Thanks, Dusty. I never tire of Boil 'Em Cabbage. It is a fun and easy tune. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 5 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "How do I tune this, or change the setup?":
"Is the lower string also tuned to D an octave lower than the others? That is certainly a valid dulcimer tuning. It looks like you can easily add a groove in..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 6 days ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @kgrant67:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Kgrant67. Hands, It is good to have you aboard. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 6 days ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @andrew56:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Andrew56. Hands, 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 "Your Three Favorite Songs":
"Three that have some meaning for me: There's A Meeting Here Tonight sung by the Limeliters Jimmy Newman written and sung by Tom Paxton Paradise written..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • one week ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on @caus-hands:
"Welcome to FOTMD, CaUS Hands, 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 @pavel:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Pavel. 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 @kddurbin:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Kddurbin. It is good to have you aboard. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • one week ago • comments: 20
Posted a new Comment on Three Ravens on Langspil:
"Lisa, thanks for sharing Three Ravens. I thought you did well. I appreciate you comment on playing with expression. Right on! And your comment on being..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 17
Posted a new Comment on Strumelia:
"That's interesting, Lisa. Does the piece comprising the side of the peg head wrap all the way around in one piece. When I carved a rosette like that to put..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @sphillips:
"Welcome to FOTMD, SPhillips. It is 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 @bluechalk:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Bluechalk. It is 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 @gwens:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Gwen. It is 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 "Tiny brass dulcimer.":
"It also could have been half of a pair of earrings. I remember seeing a pair like that a dulcimer festival a few years ago. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Buying in Europe":
"You might check this website: http://www.dulcimers.co.uk. Robin Clark is a member here. He sells several different brands of dulcimers including McSpadden...."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 15
Posted a new Comment on Icelandic Langspil:
"Very nice, Lisa. You did a good job with the bowing. Beautiful sound. Thanks for sharing. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @csbwsb:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Csbwsb. It is 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 @glen-horn:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Glen. It is 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 @remo:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Remo. It is 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 "Oddball double fretboard dulcimer":
"Interesting, very interesting. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Blackbird ":
"Guitar Tab Universe uses an "after the fact" type of copyright situation. The site places the responsibility of the copyright owner to notify it that a..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on "Long Tom" poplar hourglass dulcimer:
"Good looking dulcimer, John. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 15
Posted a new Comment on Icelandic Langspil:
"I can't wait to hear something played on it. Nice looking instrument. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 13
Posted a new Comment on Tune 097b:
"Another good tune Randy. Thanks for sharing. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "No Strum hollow ":
"My guess is that the strum hollow was invented by someone who did not like to hear the clicking sound of the pick against the fret board. Could have been..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Playing dulcimer with a ukelele":
"When I first saw the title of this discussion, I was going to suggest using a pick instead, but now that I understand the topic of this discussion, I won't..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @gwynnann-simpson:
"Welcome to FOTMD, GwynnAnn. It is 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 "Luthiers - Cedar Creek?":
"I agree with Greg's comments. I know some folks who have Cedar Creek dulcimers. I think they are a good quality dulcimer. There probably have not been as..."

Latest Group Discussions

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Ken Longfield

The Ugly Dulcimer - A Story


Somewhere and at sometime someone decided to build a mountain dulcimer...
@Ken Longfield 7 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

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Landis Valley Zitter


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Latest Forum Discussions

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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

Just For Fun - sayings regarding the...

Posted: Wednesday October 25 2017, 10:52 AM
By: @MacAodha

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

GLEN HORN
02/12/19 06:05:33AM @glen-horn:

Thanks Ken. I'm enjoying the site.


Appalachian Mountain Lady
02/02/19 07:20:51AM @appalachian-mountain-lady:

Thanks so much.  And yes, the dulcimer does sing a sweet song.  I'm hoping it will eventually when I play it!  LOL!


outsider80
02/01/19 08:07:11PM @outsider80:

Thanks. I'm looking forward to learning!


Msmouce
01/11/19 06:05:36PM @msmouce:

Thank you, Ken. It's nice to be here! nod


Melanie
01/05/19 11:56:07AM @melanie:

Thank you! 


Karalee
01/02/19 07:23:20AM @karalee:

Thank you, Ken.


Nancy Downie
12/28/18 11:28:49AM @nancy-d:

Thank you!  Looks like you are a builder?


northbendbob
12/27/18 02:41:43PM @northbendbob:

 Thanks Ken.    Looking forward to learning to play this beautiful sweet instrument.


clwydianrange
12/26/18 01:16:22PM @clwydianrange:

Thank you Ken


Mo
12/25/18 07:18:49PM @mo:

Thanks, happy to be here!


akl1049
12/19/18 10:45:58AM @akl1049:

Hope you stopped long enough to take I some sites on your drive thru 


Juliesrose
12/02/18 11:12:28PM @juliesrose:

Thank you, Ken. It's good to be here.


ptsgp
11/30/18 01:44:08AM @ptsgp:

Thanks for the warm welcome, Ken. This seems like a really wonderful group of people!


Don Woodard
11/27/18 08:55:38PM @don-woodard:

Thank you 


KnobbyNotes
11/26/18 11:19:35AM @knobbynotes:

Hi Ken, Thanks for the Welcome. I'm sure I will enjoy being here !

Knobby


Alecp
11/19/18 02:58:58PM @alecp:

Thanks for the welcome Ken. Never got to West Virginia but know Annapolis, Maryland quite well!


Blackhawk13
11/09/18 01:57:27PM @blackhawk13:

Thank you! It's amazing to find such a uniquely talented community here. The dulcimer in your profile pic is beautiful. I look forward to listening to your videos


Peeteey
10/28/18 06:01:20AM @peeteey:

Hi Ken, thanks for the welcome! sun


acharman
10/15/18 11:08:21PM @acharman:

Hi Ken,

Thanks for the welcome. I am sure I will find lots of things to inspire me.

Cheers, Andrew


cherylleigh100
10/06/18 09:48:50PM @cherylleigh100:

Thank you for the warm welcome!