Dyer Harp Guitar Vintage Photos

I’ve been amassing a small trove it seems…most of these are discoveries from the last year and a half, a couple are from earlier that I just stumbled across. Unfortunately, some of the sources were lost during a computer crash last September; if you see one you recognize and have more to share, please do! […]

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Chris Knutsen, Road Warrior

Most of you know that I’ve been pretty obsessed with Knutsen and his instruments since the 1980s. I’ve spent a lot of time putting his instruments and activities into perspective. One thing that always intrigued me was how he got around. Apparently, often by boat up around Tacoma and Seattle and by train from those […]

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AMIS Moravian Adventure

This year, the American Musical Instrument Society (AMIS) held their annual meeting in Bethlehem, PA at the Moravian College and nearby environs. I hadn’t been anywhere in Pennsylvania since a child, so was glad for a chance to explore. My wife Jaci stayed home this trip, so I did less vacationing and more AMISing this […]

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Recent Harp Guitar CDs

It seems like it’s been ages since I last did this (February, 2017, now that I look it up).  Apologizes if I’ve missed any below.  Just remind me (or send) and I’ll add it in if appropriate. As usual, I stop short of giving actual “reviews” (which often becomes politically problematic for me) but have […]

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Linscott’s Bohmann

As you’ve often heard me say, one of the biggest perks of this harp guitar hobby is unearthing some wonderful new historical photograph captured a hundred or so years ago and now revealed. And so, could there be anything cooler than an image that features not just a maker I study, or a style of […]

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Floating Strings in Carlsbad

The world’s most elaborate and spectacular public display of harp guitars has ended.  It was an extremely popular 7-month exhibit at NAMM’s Museum of Making Music and took up a good year of my life to help create as guest curator.  It told – and showed – the story of the harp guitar in America, […]

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Massimo Traffano and the Brahms-Harp Guitar

As I mentioned in the final chapter of our Genoa trip, in June, 2017 I met a Genovese classical guitarist who had come to the attention of my colleague Franco Ghisalberti after inventing a new harp guitar variant. Franco was confused by the instrument, and after I met Massimo Traffano at the reception following the […]

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Genoa, 2017 Part 3

Surprisingly, after last night’s dinner of local Genovese beef au natural, we slept very well.  After a pleasant Sunday morning hotel breakfast, we walked across the lobby to a meeting room for an appointment with new friends Massimo Traffano and Alica Careddu, a lovely couple who spoiled us with their excellent English.  Franco had told […]

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Genoa, 2017 Part 2

After a wonderful evening downstairs in our hotel at the private reception Franco hosted for us following the special concert of Fabrizio Giudice, Jaci and I had only to amble over to the elevator, press “5,” locate our passkey and topple into bed. I woke (late) to Jaci working on origami, of all things.  She […]

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Genoa, 2017 Part 1

In June 2017, my wife Jaci and I enjoyed another European trip, instigated in part on my musical interests and activities; on her part, it would be to see similarly interesting things, and for both of us, many friends. After a wonderful time in Scotland, we made the short journey from Edinburgh to Genoa, Italy, […]

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