Ken Longfield

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Location: Reedsville, PA
Country: US

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images: 73
events: 2
Groups: 1

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 • 4 days ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on @422src:
"Welcome to FOTMD, 422src. It is good to have you aboard. I look forward to your participation in these discussions. Let us know if you have any questions...."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • one week ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @ptroyano:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Ptroyano. It is good to have you aboard. I look forward to your participation in these discussions. Let us know if you have any..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Liked a forum discussions item created by @john-c-knopf: Awarding the "giveaway dulcimore" in Berea!
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on 1873 Meadors:
"The Meadors dulcimer was fun to see and hold. I enjoy learning the history of these instruments and sharing that knowledge with others. It was a pleasure to..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on @erika:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Erika. It is good to have you aboard. I look forward to your participation in these discussions. Let us know if you have any questions...."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on “M’s” new dulcimer:
"That's a very nice looking dulcimer. I'm sure it sounds just as good as it looks. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 16
Posted a new Comment on Bought a mountain dulcimer at an estate sale:
"Thanks for the larger photos. Follow Ken's advice. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 16
Posted a new Comment on Bought a mountain dulcimer at an estate sale:
"Looking at the dulcimer, it may have been assembled using hide glue. I'm only guessing at the age, but to me it looks like it was assembled before aliphatic..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @bpiccuk2:
"Welcome to FOTMD, BpiccuK2. It is good to have you aboard. I look forward to your participation in these discussions. Let us know if you have any..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on @nanapeg:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Nanapeg. It is good to have you aboard. I look forward to your participation in these discussions. Let us know if you have any questions...."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @richmo:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Richmo. It is good to have you aboard. I look forward to your participation in these discussions. Let us know if you have any questions...."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 23
Posted a new Comment on 2021 Berea Traditional Dulcimer Gathering -- Live!:
"More show and tell:  "
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 23
Posted a new Comment on 2021 Berea Traditional Dulcimer Gathering -- Live!:
"Here is a photo of the last night's introductory session: "
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @reasprin:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Reasprin. It is good to have you aboard. I look forward to your participation in these discussions. Let us know if you have any..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Looking for article from 30 May 1954:
"David, I found the article on newspapers.com. I clipped it, scanned it, and emailed it to you. The type is rather small so you may need a magnifying glass...."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "How Many Dulcimers Do You Own? ":
"Haha, John. I can only claim four bells in our choir, E flat 4, E4, F4, and F#4. I wouldn't ever try to play all 12 bells in an octave. Ken "The dulcimer..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Leonard Bernstein explaining the mixolydian mode":
"That was fun. I learned quite a lot about mixolydian watching the video. Thanks for sharing it Dusty. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 4 weeks ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on @james-mawhee:
"Welcome to FOTMD, James Mawhee. It is good to have you aboard. I look forward to your participation in these discussions. Let us know if you have any..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 4 weeks ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on My Hope is Built on Nothing Less:
"One of my favorite hymns. You played it well. Thank you for sharing. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 4 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @jwright:
"Welcome to FOTMD, JWright. It is good to have you aboard. I look forward to your participation in these discussions. Let us know if you have any questions...."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 4 weeks ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on @marianne:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Marianne. It is good to have you aboard. I look forward to your participation in these discussions. Let us know if you have any..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 4 weeks ago • comments: 31
Posted a new Comment on Do I need that fourth string?:
"Strumelia is correct. I have seen many early zitters with double melody strings. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 4 weeks ago • comments: 3
Liked a photos item created by @luigi: extrabund
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 4 weeks ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on @cindy-d:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Cyndi D. It is good to have you aboard. I look forward to your participation in these discussions. Let us know if you have any questions...."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 4 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @bob-abrams:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Bob Abrams. It is good to have you aboard. I look forward to your participation in these discussions. Let us know if you have any..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Zoom group invitation":
"Thanks, Dan. I'll contact Bobby. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Zoom group invitation":
"Thanks, Robin for letting me know about the link. I'm not sure how the site works regarding guests reading the various topics. I'll check in to it. I never..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • one month ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Zoom group invitation":
"For about a year now a group of folks have been getting together Tuesday evenings on Zoom to play mountain dulcimer together. We invite you join us. We..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • one month ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @al-hirsch:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Al Hirsh. It is good to have you aboard. I look forward to your participation in these discussions. Let us know if you have any..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • one month ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @gooch-mountain-boy:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Gooch Mountain Boy. It is good to have you aboard. I look forward to your participation in these discussions. Let us know if you have any..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • one month ago • comments: 4
Liked a photos item created by @rob-williams: dulcimer players pawnee city ne
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • one month ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @cathy:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Cathy. It is good to have you aboard. I look forward to your participation in these discussions. Let us know if you have any questions...."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "2021 Berea Traditional Dulcimore Gathering Details":
"Steven, if you are planning on using the bridge on I40 over the Mississippi, check to see if it is open. It has been closed due to a crack in a beam that..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • one month ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @rob-williams:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Rob Williams. It is good to have you aboard. I look forward to your participation in these discussions. Let us know if you have any..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • one month ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on @carolynf:
"Welcome to FOTMD, CarolynF. It is good to have you aboard. I look forward to your participation in these discussions. Let us know if you have any..."

Latest Group Discussions

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Ken Longfield

Latest project - Prichard


I started to build a C.N. Prichard reproduction, but made a mistake...
@Ken Longfield 6 months ago - Comments: 9
Ken Longfield

Making wood tuning pegs


For those of us who make wood tuning pegs, what finish do you put on...
@Ken Longfield 9 months ago - Comments: 3
Ken Longfield

Current build


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

Tuning peg knobs


I have a customer who is having the tuning pegs replaced on two of his...
@Ken Longfield 2 years ago - Comments: 23
Ken Longfield

Wood Choice - Food For Thought


I came across this experiment for classical guitars and found it...
@Ken Longfield 5 years ago - Comments: 13
Ken Longfield

The Ugly Dulcimer - A Story


Somewhere and at sometime someone decided to build a mountain dulcimer...
@Ken Longfield 3 years ago - Comments: 8
Ken Longfield

Repairing a Diamond Dulcimer


While this is not a build, we do not have a specific area to show...
@Ken Longfield 7 years ago - Comments: 17
Ken Longfield

PA German Zitter


Here are some photos of PA German zitter reproduction I'm making. There...
@Ken Longfield 4 years ago - Comments: 17
Ken Longfield

Not a Mountain Dulcimer


A few folks here at FOTMD know that I was working on a hammered...
@Ken Longfield 8 years ago - Comments: 9
Ken Longfield

A New "Old" Project


Back maybe 20 to 25 years ago, my sister was wandering through a yard...
@Ken Longfield 4 years ago - Comments: 2
Ken Longfield

Stanley Hicks article


Although not dulcimer specific, Stanley Hicks played a significant...
@Ken Longfield 5 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 6 years ago - Comments: 14
Ken Longfield

PA German Zitter


As I understand it, Jean Ritchie saw a PA German Zitter in the...
@Ken Longfield 6 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 6 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 7 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 7 years ago - Comments: 14
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 7 years ago - Comments: 6
Ken Longfield

String tension calculations


Over at the Banjo Hangout I saw a posting for a string tension...
@Ken Longfield 7 years ago - Comments: 5

Latest Audio

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My Home's Across the Blue Ridge Mountains

My Home's Across the Blue...


@Ken Longfield
2 months ago - Comments: 3

Latest Videos

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Landis Valley Zitter

Landis Valley Zitter


@Ken Longfield
3 years ago - Comments: 17

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Latest Forum Discussions

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Zoom group invitation

Posted: Sunday May 23 2021, 6:24 PM
By: @Ken Longfield

An Interesting News Story from West Virginia

Posted: Thursday April 15 2021, 8:15 PM
By: @Ken Longfield

Bonnie Carol

Posted: Saturday April 3 2021, 6:54 PM
By: @Ken Longfield

Newspaper Article

Posted: Saturday March 13 2021, 10:38 AM
By: @Robin Thompson

Jon Pickow's last performance

Posted: Saturday January 23 2021, 10:07 PM
By: @Ken Hulme

Sad News -- RIP Ralph Lee Smith

Posted: Thursday December 31 2020, 3:05 PM
By: @Robin Thompson

Dr. George Orthey, Mountain dulcimer and...

Posted: Thursday November 26 2020, 12:07 PM
By: @Robin Thompson

Anyone bidding"

Posted: Thursday September 17 2020, 5:49 AM
By: @Susie

The New ED

Posted: Sunday April 19 2020, 10:50 AM
By: @Ken Longfield

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

DeanT
05/05/21 04:29:32PM @deant:

Thanks for the welcome Ken. Looking forward to some informative discussions.


Ken Longfield
05/04/21 05:24:55PM @ken-longfield:

I would send Strumelia a message and ask.


dewy
05/04/21 01:35:25PM @dewy:

I was surprised to see that my profile was no longer existing here I wish I can find out if I could find some of my old photos and videos


Ken Longfield
04/23/21 10:00:11AM @ken-longfield:

All the newer music you mentioned is covered by copyright laws which makes their use and distribution expensive for dulcimer people. To make a tab of, let's say, a Simon and Garfunkel song you need permission from the owner of the copyright; either the composer/lyricist or publisher or both. Once you obtain permission, you will be required to pay a royalty on the use of the song; e.g., ten cents for each copy distributed. There are some folks who have followed this route and published tab for newer songs. There was someone who did a Johnny Cash songbook for dulcimer. Tull Glazner offers some newer music. They are out there, but they are not free. Asking for help in finding tab for a particular song is a regular occurrence on dulcimer websites. Let folks know what songs your are interested in, and see if any of them know where to find what you want.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."


woodchuck
04/22/21 11:36:11PM @woodchuck:

I like a lot of the older songs, but having trouble finding tab for some newer music. 50, 60,& 70 popular and Christian. Any help would be appreciated.


Ken Longfield
04/16/21 07:44:28PM @ken-longfield:

All I can say about Ron Ewing is that he is an excellent builder who makes fine dulcimers. You won't be disappointed with his work. As for the wood choices, they will make a fine instrument. Both will give a warmer sound than, say, walnut, cherry, or spruce.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."


JDH54
04/16/21 05:27:50PM @jdh54:

Ken:  thank you for the prior comment on the older McSpadden M12-S


Looking at commissioning Ron Ewing to build a 4-string hourglass. Western red cedar top and mahogany back and sides.




Any comments on this luthier and/or wood choices?




Appreciate!



Pattycake
04/15/21 09:10:45PM @pattycake:

Thanks for the warm welcome Ken.  So much to learn and just don't know where to begin, but looking forward to this new adventure. 


Benjamin W Barr Jr
04/14/21 10:54:49PM @benjamin-w-barr-jr:

Hi Ken, I just saw the message you sent in February about the time I was traveling down to Florida and then driving back to Maine.  I went by 81.  Stopped by a place in West Virginia that I am hoping to come back to later this year.  So much was closed due to COVID.

Ben


patrick gietzen
03/24/21 08:32:32PM @patrick-gietzen:

thank you glad to be here


JDH54
03/24/21 10:54:04AM @jdh54:

Hello Ken:  I am a brand new member and Jim Fawcett suggested I contact you regrding a 2001 McSpadden M12-S that I'm considering.

I contacted McSpadden and they gave me the following specs:

The M12 series dulcimers used a laminate back with solid wood otherwise.  You are correct that this dulcimer is made of walnut except for the top which is spruce.

The overall length of this dulcimer is 36 inches.  The width at the upper bout is 5 ¾ inches, the lower bout is 7.  The VSL is 28 ½.  The depth of the body is 1 ¾ and the fretboard stands 1 inch above that.

It looks in great shape from pics (see attached photo) but it's about 5 hours away.  I'm somewhat concerned that it has a laminated walnut back and it appears that it has 20 frets (including what looks like "0", 6-1/2 and 13-1/2 frets).  Any comments on laminated back and fretting or other comments would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks, John


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learning to play
03/18/21 12:17:07PM @learning-to-play:

Thank you for your warm welcome.


Strumelia
03/18/21 11:41:00AM @strumelia:

Ken, thank you SO much for your thoughtful donation to keep FOTMD running!

Strumelia  inlove


Guitarpeggio
03/06/21 03:21:03PM @guitarpeggio:

Thanks for the welcome, Ken!  I look forward to the music and the community in the day us ahead!


Susan Ann
02/19/21 03:44:26PM @susan-ann:

Hello Ken!  Sorry I didn't respond to your message earlier.  I'm still getting used to navigating around this forum.  I have pictures I can send you and would love to be on your list of people who have older dulcimers.  How should I send the pictures to you?  Privately or on the forum?  I am certainly not a computer wiz! LOL!  


EastCoastMountaineer
02/17/21 06:19:08PM @eastcoastmountaineer:

Thanks for the welcome, Ken!


Catwheezle
02/17/21 02:59:24PM @catwheezle:

Thank you for your welcome I have only just worked out how the board works!


Fumble Fingers
02/16/21 11:55:29AM @fumble-fingers:

Thank you, Ken, for the warm welcome. I'm looking forward to participating in this group; I have a lot to learn and it seems there are a lot of people who know a lot! The dulcimer may be called a "simple instrument," but once one gets into different tunings, modes, additions of frets, and styles of playing, it goes beyond "simple" very quickly. I really look forward to progressing and enjoying playing.

I notice you post a lot of very helpful knowledge and suggestions. Thanks; I'm sure you're going to be a real help to me. Hope to advance to the place where I can "give back" to other new players! Thanks again.

Fumble Fingers (aka Mary)


MandaPanda
02/13/21 08:24:06AM @mandapanda:

Thanks for the warm welcome! sun


Catwheezle
02/11/21 08:06:59AM @catwheezle:

Hi thanks Ken I have send you a private message to see if you still have the Walnut Valley brochure I saw you mention to someone else about 3 years ago, and if you would be able to email me it please. I have just bought a vintage Walnut valley Smokey River series model, just waiting for its arrival.

I'm new to dulcimer but I do play guitar and sing so looking forward to a different instrument.