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 • 11 hours ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on @joan-moore:
"Welcome to FOTMD Joan. It is good to have you aboard. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 11 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Best Fix?":
"I, too, like your second option. Another, although I think it might require more work, would be to rout out a new channel for the saddle. It looks like you..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 days ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on @joyce-craner:
"Welcome to FOTMD Joyce. It is 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 @bigskywild:
"Welcome to FOTMD Bigskywild. It is 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 @gerda:
"Welcome to FOTMD Gerda. 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 @ksman61:
"Welcome to FOTMD Ksman61. 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 @waynebergman:
"Welcome to FOTMD Wayne. 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 @pattyfromor:
"Welcome to FOTMD Pattyfromor. 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 @oldmdpicker:
"Welcome to FOTMD Oldmdpicker. It is good to have you aboard. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • one week ago • comments: 11
Posted a new Comment on Tuning peg knobs:
"Here are three photos of the progress. I have only had a brief time to work on these as we are getting ready to head out to the West coast and have had..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 11
Posted a new Comment on Tuning peg knobs:
"Salt-Springs, I did not consider a dowel rod. That is a good suggestion, but I have so much walnut scrap lumber around the shop, I thought this would be a..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Placement for Piezo Pickup:
"It would be helpful to know what type of pickup you plan to use. An under saddle pickup goes under all the strings. If you use something like an Dean..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @patricia-peacock:
"Welcome to FOTMD Patricia Peacock. It is good to have you aboard. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 11
Posted a new Comment on Tuning peg knobs:
"Thanks for the encouragement everyone. Here is the latest update. I started on the knobs, broke two as I was shaping them and didn't like how the other four..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "How do I post in the Photos section of my page?":
"Victoria, I am not sure what you were seeing when you tried to upload a photo. If you are on your page under your name and you click on the Photo box you see..."
Ken Longfield
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on @victoria:
"Welcome to FOTMD Victoria. 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 @phil-cooke:
"Welcome to FOTMD Phil. 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 @jose-luis:
"Welcome to FOTMD Jose Luis. It is good to have you aboard. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 11
Created a new Group discussion "Tuning peg knobs":
"I have a customer who is having the tuning pegs replaced on two of his dulcimers. He wants planetary peg and I am using the ones sold by McSpadden. He..."
Dulcimer Making
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on @tatts:
"Welcome to FOTMD Tatts. It is good to have you aboard. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 10
Liked a photos item created by @bob: Brian's Dulcimer
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @sparrowbirdy:
"Welcome to FOTMD Sparrowbirdy. It is 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 "Play Music On The Porch Day 2019":
"Thank you Ballad Gal. Here is a link in case you or anyone else is interested: Norulak Screen Printing Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on @jim-pipkin:
"Welcome to FOTMD Jim. 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 @redwolf:
"Welcome to FOTMD Redwolf. 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 @helena:
"Welcome to FOTMD Helena. It is 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 "Play Music On The Porch Day 2019":
"Lisa, the pick is a new collar stay. It was never in a shirt. A local store had boxes of them for $3 for about 30 stays and collar extenders. The noter is..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 10
Liked a youtube item created by @ariane: Lang, lang ist's her
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Play Music On The Porch Day 2019":
"Here is my Play Music on the Porch Day Photo. I have one with me playing guitar as well. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song."  "
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Dulcimer Maker ID":
"That's wonderful. What a great find. Enjoy. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @susan-bigelow:
"Welcome to FOTMD Susan. 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 @prairiegypsy:
"Welcome to FOTMD Prairiegypsy. It is good to have you board. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on @marlene-powell:
"Welcome to FOTMD Marlene. It is 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 "Dulcimer Maker ID":
"Chet wrote a book on dulcimer building and provided the pattern that is the shape of that dulcimer. It is possible it was made by someone using Chet's book...."

Latest Group Discussions

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Ken Longfield

Tuning peg knobs


I have a customer who is having the tuning pegs replaced on two of his...
@Ken Longfield 2 weeks ago - Comments: 11
Ken Longfield

The Ugly Dulcimer - A Story


Somewhere and at sometime someone decided to build a mountain dulcimer...
@Ken Longfield last year - 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: 6
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


@Ken Longfield
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Latest Forum Discussions

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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

Redwolf
09/01/19 10:56:45AM @redwolf:

Thank you for the welcome!


gil.appalpick
08/31/19 02:20:40PM @gilappalpick:

Thanks Ken. Nice to hear from you. Best wishes.


whateversusan
08/31/19 12:12:49AM @susan-bigelow:

Thank you, Ken! I'm very glad to have found this place.


Marlene Powell
08/29/19 08:16:13PM @marlene-powell:

Thanks Ken,  I'm really excited to start learning.  I, too, love the song: How Can I Keep From Singing.  I have a beautiful version by Eva Cassidy that I play frequently.  I would be overjoyed to learn to play it on the dulcimer.  


daman2610
08/28/19 07:19:58AM @daman2610:

Thanks Ken. 


John R Hensley Sr
08/23/19 12:33:54PM @john-r-hensley-sr:

Thanks for the welcome! Am really looking forward to this group. Am a beginner dulcimer player and have a lor to learn.


Ferrator
08/15/19 12:52:23PM @ferrator:

Thank you Ken! Still looking about. I have a lot of time with my dulcimer, but that is 20+ years past now :(

FOTMD looks like the perfect place for me! I am loving it so far! :)


SuzeStrums
08/14/19 09:07:55PM @suzestrums:

Thanks so much for the welcome!


JulieAnn
08/10/19 11:36:31AM @julieann:

Thank you Ken for the welcome... so far I'm loving this site... Dulcimer friends are the best... Have a wonderful day.... Happy Strumming


Ken Longfield
08/08/19 10:18:14AM @ken-longfield:

Yes, I have a copy of the CD, if I can locate it among my CDs. If you would like it, I'll make a copy and send it to you.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."


Robin Thompson
08/07/19 10:10:53PM @robin-thompson:

Ken, do you have a copy of the Everything Dulcimer cd project?  I'm trying to recall such a venture yet it may have been done before I joined in '05.  Did you participate?  


LD
08/06/19 09:19:02AM @ld:

Thank you Ken!  I will be exploring...and learning...and looking forward to getting to know the fine folks!  

Thanks again for the warm greeting!  LD


Will Adams
08/01/19 09:21:18PM @will-adams:

Thank you for the welcome, Ken!


AAbboud
07/26/19 06:45:47PM @aabboud:

Hi, Ken,

Thank you for the welcome. Learning to play a new instrument without formal instruction can be intimidating. Communities like this one help a lot and that's because of people like you.

All the best,

Anastasia


Beverly R
07/26/19 09:11:07AM @beverly-r:

Thanks Ken!  I'm so glad to have found this group.


Ken Longfield
07/21/19 09:01:19PM @ken-longfield:

Jim, I live in Reedsville in Mifflin County. My wife is originally from Huntingdon and we get over that way occasionally to visit with our niece and my wife's sister. If you ever want to get together to talk dulcimers or play, let me know.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."


Jim Lee
07/21/19 07:52:23PM @jim-lee:

Ken - thank you for the thumbs-up from a fellow central Pennsylvanian


sarah_17545
07/16/19 12:05:47PM @sarah-17545:

Thank you so much! Glad to have found ya'll!

 


Ken Longfield
07/08/19 09:06:00PM @ken-longfield:

Silverstrings, there are several places to ask about instruments. Under Forums there is a discussion on Instruments. There is a group for Beginners, one for Chord Style Playing, and another for Fingerstlye players where folks who own Blue Lion dulcimers may hang out. Having directed you to those places, I can say that I have a Blue Lion dulcimer and really like it. It is a quality instrument. They keep their value over the years and are highly prized. As you may know they currently are not accepting new orders due to some health problems. When those are resolved they intend to be back taking orders.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."


Silverstrings
07/08/19 08:34:17PM @silverstrings:

Thanks Ken, Hey, where would be a good group within the FOTMD to ask about a Style I Walnut Blue Lion Dulcimer?