Kevin Messenger

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Location: Bruceton Mills, WV
Country: US

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Hi all , I have been a member here since 2012, and have made many friends . I spend my time building Reproduction Dulcimers ,for Noter Specific Players. I have enjoyed learning to play the dulcimer with the help of FOTMD , and even more I enjoy hearing others play the instruments that I build. You can visit my website @   kmdulcimers.com

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Kevin Messenger
 
@kevin-messenger • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Rest in peace, Brian Beach":
"Very sorry to hear of Brians passing . We had many talks about building and finishing dulcimer. Truly a kind and gentile man. Rest in Peace Brian."
Kevin Messenger
 
@kevin-messenger • 3 weeks ago • comments: 12
Posted a new Comment on Prichard #25:
"Thanks all. Charles it was finished with aniline dye and Danish oil."
Kevin Messenger
 
@kevin-messenger • 3 weeks ago • comments: 12
Posted a new Comment on Prichard #25:
"I've. Seen some of those early hearts. I do believe Prichard had also seen them. I think they are of Germanic origin. Also the Pennsylvania Dutch used hearts..."
Kevin Messenger
 
@kevin-messenger • 3 weeks ago • comments: 18
Posted a new Comment on VSL vs Body Size:
"Many of the large bodied Gallax dulcimers had a short vsl , about 25 26 inches. If the fret board you ate using has a strum hollow cut and it is designed for..."
Kevin Messenger
 
@kevin-messenger • 3 weeks ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Kevin Messenger - Prichard #25:
"Nice pictures Kevin,  and your welcome. It was my pleasure building this dulcimer for you."
Kevin Messenger
 
@kevin-messenger • 3 weeks ago • comments: 12
Posted a new Comment on Prichard #25:
"Lisa, that is the original shape . Yraced them from an original. The shape is different than any others i have seen, a little un ever from side to side. Yet..."
Kevin Messenger
 
@kevin-messenger • 3 weeks ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Prichard #25:
" Kevin, yes they are nice. I use them when requested, but, dont tell me you are going to put them on the Glenn fulcimer. That would be a shame, Leonards..."
Kevin Messenger
 
@kevin-messenger • 3 weeks ago • comments: 12
Posted a new Comment on Prichard #25:
"Thanks Lisa, Huggsandi. Kevin it was my pleasure building this one, it helped me through a tough time. Look forward to hearing you play."
Kevin Messenger
 
@kevin-messenger • 3 weeks ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Prichard #25 finished:
"Yep thought deleted this one there is one with the with pictures.  Jim it went to Lancaster, a member here."
Kevin Messenger
 
@kevin-messenger • 3 weeks ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Prichard #25:
"Thanks Rob. Those tuners are a good option for the wood pegs."
Kevin Messenger
 
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Kevin Messenger
 
@kevin-messenger • 3 months ago • comments: 35
Posted a new Comment on Wartz 'n' All Spring Gathering:
"Hi guys i know i have been absent for a while, but ,i will be there.  Things are getting back to normal and hoping to get back up to speed. Look forward to..."
Kevin Messenger
 
@kevin-messenger • 3 months ago • comments: 5
Liked @randy-adams's youtube:
Young Edward
Kevin Messenger
 
@kevin-messenger • 3 months ago • comments: 4
Liked @randy-adams's youtube:
Tune 91
Kevin Messenger
 
@kevin-messenger • 3 months ago • comments: 7
Liked @randy-adams's youtube:
Tune 89
Kevin Messenger
 
@kevin-messenger • 3 months ago • comments: 2
Liked @randy-adams's youtube:
Sarah Armstrongs Tune
Kevin Messenger
 
@kevin-messenger • 3 months ago • comments: 44
Posted a new Comment on @randy-adams:
"Thanks randy."
Kevin Messenger
 
@kevin-messenger • 3 months ago • comments: 44
Posted a new Comment on @randy-adams:
" Randy ,I tried to send a PM ,but, you are not following me so I couldn't .  You have been putting up some real good stuff lately ,and I was wondering if I..."
Kevin Messenger
 
@kevin-messenger • 4 months ago • comments: 4
Liked @randy-adams's youtube:
Sandy Boys
Kevin Messenger
 
@kevin-messenger • 4 months ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Snow Deer:
"Nice job Randy , i had never heatd that tune before. Tesl nice."
Kevin Messenger
 
@kevin-messenger • 4 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Hello friends, Does anyone know much about John D. Tignor dulcimers??":
"That's the first Tignor teardrop I have seen.  Very nice.  I have an early 70's small hour glass. Yes post a sound sample."

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Kevin Messenger

Prichard #25 finished


I have finished building the 25th Prichard and the 56th dulcimer. It is...
@Kevin Messenger 3 weeks ago - Comments: 0
Kevin Messenger

Prichard #25 finished


I have finished building the 25th Prichard and the 56th dulcimer. It is...
@Kevin Messenger 3 weeks ago - Comments: 3
Kevin Messenger

Prichard ,Presnell,Hick's and Glenn


Here are the photos of the four repro's to show that they have different...
@Kevin Messenger 8 months ago - Comments: 3
Kevin Messenger

Two latest builds


 Here are my two latest, a Leonard Glenn(twin of the last one) ,and a...
@Kevin Messenger 8 months ago - Comments: 4
Kevin Messenger

A peek at what im working on.


Here is a peek at what im working on, it is an Eli Presnell repro. I...
@Kevin Messenger 9 months ago - Comments: 4
Kevin Messenger

Leonard Glenn Repro.


  I recently did some repair work on a L.Glenn dulcimer and made...
@Kevin Messenger 10 months ago - Comments: 6
Kevin Messenger

Just scored some nice Butternut


Today was my 60th birthday and my 92 yr.old mother bought me this piece...
@Kevin Messenger last year - Comments: 10
Kevin Messenger

Prichard #20 ready to finish.


  I have just finished getting another Prichard ready to finish. This is...
@Kevin Messenger last year - Comments: 9
Kevin Messenger

Pine Mountain Duldimer


   I recently had a dulcimer in the shop for some work. The owner...
@Kevin Messenger last year - Comments: 6
Kevin Messenger

Prichard #19 complete.


Finished this Prichard this afternoon. All Poplar , Just Intonation, and...
@Kevin Messenger last year - Comments: 8
Kevin Messenger

Prichard #18 complete


I recently finished another Prichard Repro. for FOTMD member Gail Weber...
@Kevin Messenger last year - Comments: 9
Kevin Messenger

Perry Co. Ky Dulcimer


I have recently purchased a Dulcimer from Farler, Ky. in Perry Co....
@Kevin Messenger 2 years ago - Comments: 4
Kevin Messenger

Teardrop is finished


Here are some pics. of my finished Chestnut and Walnut dulcimer, Just...
@Kevin Messenger 2 years ago - Comments: 4
Kevin Messenger

Teardrop in The Clamps.


This is a Chestnut and Walnut teardrop that I am working on for the...
@Kevin Messenger 2 years ago - Comments: 8
Kevin Messenger

Two Chestnut Dulcimers done.


Just finished another Chestnut dulcimer. I have been busy getting ready...
@Kevin Messenger 2 years ago - Comments: 9
Kevin Messenger

Newest Chestnut Dulcimer Build


Here are some better pictures of my latest build. It is Chestnut, and...
@Kevin Messenger 2 years ago - Comments: 10
Kevin Messenger

A little good news


Hi folks there is a group here in Bruceton Mills, called All Things...
@Kevin Messenger 3 years ago - Comments: 4
Kevin Messenger

Prichard Repro.


Hey guys just wanted to share my current build, a C.N.Prichard repro....
@Kevin Messenger 5 years ago - Comments: 12
Kevin Messenger

Dulcimers from recycled wood.


I have built 5 dulcimers to date, all but one was made from recycled...
@Kevin Messenger 5 years ago - Comments: 7
Kevin Messenger

Dulcimers from scrap wood.


I have built 5 dulcimers to date, all but one was made from recycled...
@Kevin Messenger 5 years ago - Comments: 8

Latest Audio

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Redwing\ on new Prichard build.
Bwlch Llanberis

Bwlch Llanberis


@Kevin Messenger
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Latest Videos

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Banks of the Dee

Banks of the Dee


@Kevin Messenger
10 months ago - Comments: 12
Elk River Blues

Elk River Blues


@Kevin Messenger
3 years ago - Comments: 21
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Untitled_0001


@Kevin Messenger
3 years ago - Comments: 8
Just practicing.

Just practicing.


@Kevin Messenger
4 years ago - Comments: 14

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Latest Forum Discussions

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Recent article in a local paper.

Posted: Sunday April 10 2016, 3:14 AM
By: @Jan Potts

Kratz Zither done

Posted: Thursday March 31 2016, 2:26 PM
By: @Lexie R Oakley

Thomas repro. For Lexie.

Posted: Saturday July 4 2015, 4:56 PM
By: @Lexie R Oakley

Sound sample of restored John D, Tignor.

Posted: Tuesday December 16 2014, 6:57 AM
By: @John Henry

1980 Rabbit Junction Dulcimer Festival.

Posted: Sunday October 5 2014, 4:31 PM
By: @Rob N Lackey

Sheitholt

Posted: Thursday March 6 2014, 9:55 PM
By: @Strumelia

Look Who Came to Visit!!

Posted: Thursday December 19 2013, 9:57 PM
By: @John C. Knopf

Spotted Pony on My Eli Presnell Reproduction

Posted: Thursday November 28 2013, 8:52 PM
By: @Kevin Messenger

Comments

Randy Adams
01/21/17 10:57:02PM @randy-adams:

Yes


Lexie R Oakley
07/13/16 04:50:04PM @lexie-r-oakley:

Kevin, Gail Webber out of her generous heart gave me her Prichard repro. you made for her. She is thinning out and thought of me, I guess she knew my dream.

Kevin, I love it, it is really beautiful work, so fine and just a real beauty.

I love the finish and it is funny how for me the head piece and the black finish make the dulcimer look heavy, oh but it is light, so wonderfully smooth and slick to play. I am also happy about the perfection tuners, it is truly SWEET!

I just want you to know I appreciate and love the 2 instruments you have made, they are remarkable.

Thank you for your fine work.....Lexie


Dan Goad
07/04/15 08:56:26PM @dan-goad:

Kevin, did you buy that $35 video camera from Family Dollar that we spoke about several months ago.  If so, how did it work out?

 

Dan

 


Patricia (Patti)
06/25/15 01:15:00PM @patricia-patti:

Thank you Kevin for sharing in our first DUTCHLAND DULCIMER GATHERING. Hope everything was ok. I did not get to talk to you much. It seem like you were busy when I went thru room. Your dulcimers were beautiful.


Jim Fawcett
06/21/15 08:07:42PM @jim-fawcett:

We met at Cracker Barrel. Thought I said that..oh well. Sometimers settin in again.


Jim Fawcett
06/21/15 04:00:33PM @jim-fawcett:

Hey Kevin. What time did you get home last night?

Rob dropped around1:45 this afternoon. Bev met us their. Never saw that place so crowded. Needless to say we didn't wait...


Jim Fawcett
06/16/15 06:13:12AM @jim-fawcett:

See that you made it here. What do ya think?


Lexie R Oakley
05/29/15 01:34:50PM @lexie-r-oakley:

Oh and Kevin, Ken Longfield told me that you modeled my Thomas after the original 1931 that he has. I will get the winter 2015 back issue so I can read the article he wrote about that Thomas original.

That is too Cool! Just to add to my special Thomas replica.69.gif30.gif


Lexie R Oakley
05/29/15 01:30:32PM @lexie-r-oakley:

Thank you, I don't have words, except (EXQUISITE!) it is all I dreamed of and you do lovely work.113.gif

Kevin, you packed it well, sorry I did not check my mail yesterday.

I kinda figured out the "Perfection tuners" and John Henry was kind enough to explain what I need to do. The slip was a shock first try, then I remember reading about perfection tuners on our wonderful site.Smile.gif

I will get a tune ready to play for you and our friends!

Kevin, I want to thank you for your kindness and contributing to my Dulci' Dreams, not to mention one of the best birthday gifts I have given myself.

I will be talking to you, have an excellent day! I gotta go play those sweet strings!78.gif


Lexie R Oakley
05/26/15 08:19:27PM @lexie-r-oakley:

Kevin, I so enjoyed the sound of my Thomas replica, Aww-Oh, so sweet!

You do fabulous work and I love the reviews you got on the perfection tuners, although if it were not for my fingers I would have bought the Thomas with wood tuners. I appreciate the accommodation.

I will look forward to it arriving on Friday and will let you know.

It has been great working with you and I am most certain I will be very happy with playing my Thomas.....Thank you for once again making a Gem!


John Henry
06/21/14 09:29:23AM @john-henry:

Right then Mr M ! having watched like a hawk for any adverse comments on your builds (lol) the time has come for me to 'bite the bullet' and attempt to buy me a genuwine USA made replica ! Of course, that could only be a Pritchard as made by yourself, I ain't got long left, but would like to think I could leave my MD playing son something he could cherish.

Sooo..........Kevin!, before we talk detail is it possible for you to give me a ball park figure, including delivery to the UK ? I know that I shall have to pay import, Vta, ect this end, and that might of course be the deciding factor, but I have to make an attempt at least ! No 'mates rates' please, just what you would charge anyone else. Should the exercise prove too expensive for my pensioners pocket, then I hope you will not be offended should I decide against purchase ? I have also considered that you may not wish to make me an instrument anyway, chuckle, I should just have to accept that !!! In the mean time could you provide me with the basic spec. for your replica, O.A. length, VSL, height of fingerboard ect ? I know that I have the excellent drawing you sent over, but always like to use the 'belt and braces' approach ?

my best wishes

JohnH


Robin Thompson
04/12/14 07:56:50PM @robin-thompson:
Hey, Kevin, I love seeing and hearing your instruments! I'm so glad to see replicas of the old instruments being built.Happy strumming!
Jim Fawcett
04/12/14 02:40:37PM @jim-fawcett:

Hey Kevin, just got the strings out of the mail box today.


Helen Seiler
12/29/13 04:30:40PM @helen-seiler:
G'day Kevin. I might be sorry I asked...but how much is a dulcimer like No.12?
Joe Hamilton
10/13/13 06:41:00PM @joe-hamilton:

Hi Kevin. Was a pleasure meetin you and the Wartz crew in person. Thanks for the hospitality and doing all the hosting duties. Hope to meet again and share more wood tools and techniques stories.


Frank Ross
09/29/13 07:00:21PM @frank-ross:

thank you very much. I would really like someone who builds/knows/can play/dulcimers to look at mine. Like I said I built most of it 42 years ago and just finished it this August. It has some problem with the bridge (too high) -I am lowering it in steps. My Frets are not all level and I am working on them. I do have a bad ringing form the bass string (3 string tuned DAA) which I don't have a clue except its not hitting any frets. I would really appreciate it if you would look at it and suggest whether its is kindling or not. I am retired so I could easily bring it over to you to look at. At your convenience - thank you again.Grin.gif


Banjimer
08/24/13 02:27:20PM @greg-gunner:

Dulcimer #11 has arrived at its new home. For those of you who have just seen its pictures on FOTMD, it looks even better close up and sounds great to boot. Get your name on the order list. You won't be disappointed.

Greg Gunner "Banjimer"

The Proud Owner of #11


Helen Seiler
08/08/13 07:21:24PM @helen-seiler:
G'day Kevin. I was just wondering how much your Pritchard reproduction dulcimers cost. Not ready to buy just now but have started saving towards one.
Banjimer
07/27/13 04:59:09PM @greg-gunner:

Kevin,

Go ahead and put my name on your build list for a Prichard replica. I would like it as close to the originals as possible. From looking at L. Allen Smith's book, it looks like most had some sort of black purfling finish and were made of poplar. From looking at your pictures on your website that's pretty much what you've been building. If you provide me with a mailing address, I can get a check in the mail on Monday. Or better yet I can send you the down payment via Pay-Pal if you are set up for that. I'll probably put $200 down and pay the balance when you have it finished. Thanks!

Greg Gunner

7362 Riga Hwy.

Riga, Michigan 49276


John Henry
10/03/12 05:27:09AM @john-henry:

Good Morning Kevin ! A hearty welcome to you from the UK/European within FOTMD. Glad to have you with us ! 41.gif

JohnH

(I do believe that I may have the pleasure of having a close look at one of you Pritchard replicas soon 3.gif )