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 • 5 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Purpose of DAA tuning":
"In DAA you have three notes below the starting note of the scale. In DAd you have to grab those notes on the middle string. Although no one know who..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 10 hours ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on @kathydulcimerfl:
"Welcome to FOTMD Kathy. It is good to have you aboard. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 10 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "tuning my guitar into a three string dulcimer":
"I forgot to answer your other questions. I am not sure to which of Mel Bays books your are referring to in you question. Some of the Mel Bay books offer both..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 10 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "tuning my guitar into a three string dulcimer":
"As I think was mentioned before you started this thread, you will not have a doubled melody string unless you want to rework the nut and bridge on your..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 16 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Sears and Roebuck dulcimers ":
"Not being a good archivist, I did not write down the years of these three pages from the Sears catalog. The other attachment is a similar dulcimers marketed..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 days ago • comments: 17
Posted a new Comment on Hymn and Worship Song Players:
"Here is a link. You need to scroll down to the tune. http://www.sjamusic.org/dulcimerbinder3advanced.pdf Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song."  "
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 days ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @smoke-sam:
"Welcome to FOTMD Smoke Sam. It is good to have you aboard. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 days ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @rond:
"Welcome to FOTMD RonD. It is good to have you aboard. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 days ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @diane-mayfield:
"Welcome to FOTMD Diane. It is good to have you aboard. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 days ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @harmony51:
"Welcome to FOTMD Harmony51. It is good to have you aboard. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 days ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @slowpicker1950:
"Welcome to FOTMD Slowpicker1950. It is good to have you aboard. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 days ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @rbbadger:
"Welcome to FOTMD Rbbadger. It is good to have you aboard. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Positive Thread...":
"Thanks for the clarification, Susie. I really must have been in a fog! Dusty, thanks for sharing your story. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 4 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Positive Thread...":
"Susie, that was a serendipitous encounter. I'm glad it helped you. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 4 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Positive Thread...":
"Aubrey and Elwood always do a good job in presenting their music. I'm glad you and Mark were able to attend their show. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 4 days ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Rob N Lackey:
"Nice photo. Where was it taken? You look like you are taking playing seriously."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • one week ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @old-man-lad:
"Welcome to FOTMD Old Man Lad. 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 @uker:
"Welcome to FOTMD Uker. This is a good place to sell a dulcimer. I am sad that you do not want to play it. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • one week ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @dave54:
"Welcome to FOTMD Dave54. It is good to have you aboard. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • one week ago • comments: 4
Liked a youtube item created by @janene-millen: Rosewood Casket
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Sneak peek at a walnut Thomas with Possum Board":
"Very nice John. Happy Birthday again. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • one week ago • comments: 21
Posted a new Comment on Tuning peg knobs:
"Thank you all. One thing I didn't mention was fitting the buttons to the shaft of the tuning pegs. The shaft is 3/16th inch in diameter with a flat surface..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • one week ago • comments: 3
Liked a youtube item created by @ethan-chastain: O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • one week ago • comments: 21
Posted a new Comment on Tuning peg knobs:
"I finally finished the putting the planetary tuners on the Green River and McSpadden dulcimers. Here are photos of the finally installation. Ken The..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "A litle confused on string gauges ":
"You can also order the proper set of strings from The Dulcimer Shoppe, home of McSpadden dulcimers. For your T34 you will need loop end strings. I think the..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on New Purpleheart dulcimer made by Ron Ewing!:
"Looks good, but I wouldn't expect anything less from Ron. You have a fine instrument there. Enjoy. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 12
Posted a new Comment on @rick-mcnelly:
"Nothing wrong with plywood. I made a couple of dulcimers out of marine grade mahogany plywood which sounded pretty good. As long as the plywood itself is..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 12
Posted a new Comment on @rick-mcnelly:
"Welcome to FOTMD Rick. It is good to have you aboard. If you have any questions about the dulcimer, just ask. We make up some pretty good answers...."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @fredman:
"Welcome to FOTMD Fredman. 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 @danijay:
"Welcome to FOTMD Danijay. It is good to have you aboard. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 2
Liked a youtube item created by @granto: The Old Rugged Cross - Grant Olson
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Liked a forum discussions item created by @robin-thompson: Hog-Eyed Man playing Green River
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on @msmussel:
"Welcome to FOTMD Msmssel. It is good to have you aboard. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 21
Posted a new Comment on Tuning peg knobs:
"Tell me about it Bob! I broke a few buttons trying to drill out he hole for the shaft and screw. I did a good bit of filing and sanding on them. I am..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 21
Posted a new Comment on Tuning peg knobs:
"Sorry, Irene. You lose the bet. I made the round part using a plug cutter. I cut apart the buttons (knobs) using a bandsaw. If I'm satisfied with the finish..."

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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 months ago - Comments: 21
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...
@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...
@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

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!


milkweed_pod
10/06/19 06:25:09PM @jackie:

Thanks for the welcome and event info. I hope to make it to Wartz 'n All this month. It sounds like fun.


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.