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 • 3 days ago • comments: 12
Posted a new Comment on The Rockin' LIVESTREAM thread- for all members!:
"Nice selection, Rob. I enjoyed your concert. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 6 days ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @kimmiewilson:
"Welcome to FOTMD KimmieWilson. It is good to have you aboard. I look forward to your participation in these discussions. Ken   "The dulcimer sings a..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • one week ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Tuners :
"You're welcome, Irene. Bob can sell them to you and try them out before sending them to you. From what I hear his prices are the best around. Ken "The..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • one week ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Tuners :
"Hi, Irene. You might have a hard time finding geared tuners that are not made in Asia. My guess is that most are made in that area of the world. If you..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • one week ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on @simmo:
"Welcome to FOTMD Simmo. It is good to have you aboard. I look forward to your participation in these discussions. Ken   "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • one week ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on @mazzamuse:
"Welcome to FOTMD MazzaMuse. It is good to have you aboard. I look forward to your participation in these discussions. Ken   "The dulcimer sings a sweet..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • one week ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on @hunterdude:
"Welcome to FOTMD Hunterdude. It is good to have you aboard. I look forward to your participation in these discussions. Ken   "The dulcimer sings a sweet..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Mountain Dulcimer vs. Swedish Hummel:
"Tssfulk, thank you for sharing and comparing your instruments. I also have a Warren May dulcimer which is all walnut. I haven't played it recently. I think..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on A bit of humor for builders & Aussies:
"Looks like an ostrich to me as well. I only know emus from the TV commercials. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on @tom-g:
"Welcome to FOTMD tpgugliotta. It is good to have you aboard. I look forward to your participation in these discussions. Ken   "The dulcimer sings a sweet..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on @roberta:
"Welcome to FOTMD Roberta. It is good to another Pennsylvanian aboard. I look forward to your participation in these discussions. Ken   "The dulcimer..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on @vulcan57:
"Welcome to FOTMD Vulcan57. It is good to have you aboard. I look forward to your participation in these discussions. Ken   "The dulcimer sings a sweet..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on @julie-b:
"Welcome to FOTMD Julie B. It is good to have you aboard. I look forward to your participation in these discussions. Ken   "The dulcimer sings a sweet..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 4
Liked a vimeo item created by @tssfulk: “Där Tjänade en Jungfru” Hummel
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @sue-vozar:
"Welcome to FOTMD Sue. It is good to have you aboard. I look forward to your participation in these discussions. Ken   "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on @robert-winslow:
"Welcome to FOTMD Robert. It is good to have you aboard. I look forward to your participation in these discussions. Ken   "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on A Livestream Test:
"Sorry I couldn't tune in while you were "live" Rob. I enjoyed the recorded "live" view. Thanks for doing this. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on German Electric Scheitholt:
"Dein Spiel ist sehr gut. Wundervoller Klang. Did you build the instrument? I am confused by the useof the term "scheitholt." I can understand using "Hummel"..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Dulcimer String Anchor Pins":
"I'm not a big fan of the single wooden peg as a string anchor. I think wrapping all the strings around it looks ugly. Just my opinion. I use brass coated..."
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Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on @martha-woodstock:
"Welcome to FOTMD Martha. It is good to have you aboard. I look forward to your participation in these discussions. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Rest in peace, Maddie MacNeil":
"I first met Maddie when both of us worked in Shenandoah National Park. I can't remember if we first met in 1971 or 1973.  Occasionally my wife and I would..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on @anneg:
"Welcome to FOTMD AnneG. It is good to have you aboard. I look forward to your participation in these discussions. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on @dtester:
"Welcome to FOTMD DTester. It is good to have you aboard. I look forward to your participation in these discussions. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on @tvprice:
"Welcome to FOTMD TVPrice. It is good to have you aboard. I look forward to your participation in these discussions. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on @dockildare:
"I you ordered a replacement nut and bridge from McSpadden you should have no problem changing them out. You may need to adjust the height, but that is a..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on @neil:
"Neil, I am sorry for taking so long to get back to regarding the peg head on my latest teardrop dulcimer. The plan for the peg head came from an old..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "How is the COVID-19 coronavirus affecting you?":
"I, too, live in a rural area. All our dulcimer activities are cancelled because the nursing homes where we usually play are not allowing visitors. Also, a..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 4 weeks ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on @danoneufer:
"Welcome to FOTMD Dan. It is good to have another Pennsylvanian aboard. I look forward to your participation in these discussions. Ken "The dulcimer sings..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 4 weeks ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on @kaleykenzie:
"Welcome to FOTMD Kaleykenzie. It is good to have you aboard. I look forward to your participation in these discussions. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 4 weeks ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on @dean:
"Welcome to FOTMD Dean. It is good to have you aboard. I look forward to your participation in these discussions. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • one month ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on @judy-s:
"Welcome to FOTMD judy S. It is good to have you aboard. I look forward to your participation in these discussions. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • one month ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on @dockildare:
"Welcome to FOTMD Dockildare. It is good to have you aboard. I look forward to your participation in these discussions. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • one month ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on @don-b:
"Welcome to FOTMD Don B. It is good to have you aboard. I look forward to your participation in these discussions. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""

Latest Group Discussions

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Ken Longfield

Current build


Here are some photos as I near the completion of this project. The...
@Ken Longfield 3 months ago - Comments: 15
Ken Longfield

Tuning peg knobs


I have a customer who is having the tuning pegs replaced on two of his...
@Ken Longfield 7 months ago - Comments: 23
Ken Longfield

The Ugly Dulcimer - A Story


Somewhere and at sometime someone decided to build a mountain dulcimer...
@Ken Longfield 2 years 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 3 years ago - Comments: 2
Ken Longfield

PA German Zitter


Here are some photos of PA German zitter reproduction I'm making. There...
@Ken Longfield 3 years ago - Comments: 17
Ken Longfield

Stanley Hicks article


Although not dulcimer specific, Stanley Hicks played a significant...
@Ken Longfield 4 years ago - Comments: 8
Ken Longfield

Wood Choice - Food For Thought


I came across this experiment for classical guitars and found it...
@Ken Longfield 4 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 5 years ago - Comments: 14
Ken Longfield

PA German Zitter


As I understand it, Jean Ritchie saw a PA German Zitter in the...
@Ken Longfield 5 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 5 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 6 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 6 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...
@Ken Longfield 6 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 6 years ago - Comments: 17
Ken Longfield

String tension calculations


Over at the Banjo Hangout I saw a posting for a string tension...
@Ken Longfield 6 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 7 years ago - Comments: 9

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Landis Valley Zitter


@Ken Longfield
2 years ago - Comments: 17

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Latest Forum Discussions

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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

KimmieWilson
04/04/20 11:21:34AM @kimmiewilson:

Thanks so much for the 'add'.  So excited to have a place to share with my fellow dulcimer lovers.


Hunterdude
03/31/20 10:11:33PM @hunterdude:

Many thanks for the warm welcome!


robert winslow
03/30/20 09:02:51PM @robert-winslow:

Thanks for the welcome. Not sure if I know enough to comment, but will enjoy learning. Be safe.

 


dockildare
03/18/20 07:02:55AM @dockildare:

Cheers Ken.  I'm wanting to electrify the dulcimer so ordered a L R Baggs bridge with pickup.  The nut I reckon I can easily sort as you say.  DoC


dockildare
03/18/20 06:59:24AM @dockildare:

Many thanks Ken 


Judy S.
03/10/20 11:55:15PM @judy-s:

Thank you, Ken.

 


DulcimerDonna
02/10/20 05:31:51PM @dulcimerdonna:

Thank you!


pekwalker
01/30/20 01:59:41PM @pekwalker:

Thanks for allowing me to join. I hope to learn a lot


Sheltie Lover
01/25/20 01:57:36PM @sheltie-lover:

I hope I'm posting in the right place.  Have to get used to the site.  Thanks for the welcome.  Folkcraft is a nice place.  My husband and I have visited a couple of times.  Small little shop in a tiny little town.  Beautiful dulcimers to see and hear!


Jacques
01/15/20 10:38:59AM @jacques:

Thanks for your kind welcome Ken, I'm looking forward to joining discussion groups and asking lots of questions about this wonderful instrument I' just bought.


ADKzookeeper
01/13/20 11:37:06AM @adkzookeeper:

Thank you for the warm welcome. 


Geezer
01/12/20 05:06:54PM @geezer:

Thanks


Digitalshrub
01/02/20 12:14:03PM @digitalshrub:

Thanks so much for the warm welcome!


Rusty G
12/31/19 05:19:33PM @rusty-g:

Thank you!


Recovering Baptist
12/19/19 05:40:20PM @recovering-baptist:

Thank you for the welcome


RobinNC
11/25/19 09:38:32AM @robinnc:

Thanks for your welcome. I'm looking forward to all the knowledge I can gain from the community.


Dave54
11/11/19 11:12:50AM @dave54:

And how sweet it is, thanks for the welcome


Harmony51
11/10/19 08:24:28AM @harmony51:

Thank you for your Welcome.  I look forward in learning from this group. and meeting more of you all. 


slowpicker1950
11/10/19 07:12:22AM @slowpicker1950:

thank you for the welcome.


Diane Mayfield
11/10/19 02:07:42AM @diane-mayfield:

Thank you, Ken!  Looking forward to more sweet music!