Bohmann’s Contra Bass Harp Guitars

Six months ago, I wrote about a giant circa 1900 baritone harp guitar by F. W. Walton (the one on the right).  In that article, I theorized that Walton may have copied a then-recent creation of Chicago’s Joseph Bohmann – namely, his Contra Bass Harp Guitar (on the left). Incredibly, at least four of these […]

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Harp Guitars in the Stearns Collection

In my June description of the recent AMIS meeting in Vermillion, South Dakota, I mentioned the new discoveries I made in the very first morning session: “The Finds of a Curio-Hunter: Frederick Stearns and His Collection” – presented by previous collection curator Chris Dempsey. I’ve since done some follow-on research and am ready to report! […]

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Herman the Hermit

Another “Bringing You Historical Harp Guitar News Wherever It Occurs” bulletin! This one has just the teensiest peripheral harp guitar inclusion, but is such a great piece I had to share it. My friend Guy DeVillez (you may remember his baritone Walton harp guitar that I blogged about, since passed along to another friend) found […]

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Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Harwood Harp Guitars But Were Afraid To Ask

And I do mean everything. Back in 2004, included from the very beginning of, I had posted a short page on “Harwood” harp guitars.  That unassuming article has since expanded in surprising directions and grown by leaps and bounds, fueled by a continuing wave of new discoveries from all sorts of friends, colleagues, strangers […]

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Gibson Harp Guitars: To the World’s Fair and Beyond!

This one was so cool it quickly outgrew the blog to become a Harp Guitar of the Month and permanent part of our growing Gibson section of…read on!

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AMIS at the National Music Museum

Last week I took you through my personal first time tour of the very impressive National Music Museum in Vermillion, South Dakota. I was there to attend the annual meeting of the American Musical Instrument Society – and will share here a brief recap of my experiences, so you can meet some of the other […]

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The National Music Museum

Geek out!  Besides the Harp Guitar Gathering, one of the best weeks of the year for an instrument nerd like myself is the annual AMIS meeting.  Finding myself inexplicably on the membership committee this year, I may as well tell you that if I don’t get some of you to join the American Musical Instrument […]

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Belgium, Part 3

We really enjoyed our short stay in Brugge (see the last two blog entries), but it was now time for: Brussels: …where the #1 tourist destination is of course: Ben’s shop! The king in his castle. Above the shop is his home, a great layout!  On floor 2 (of 4) I was treated to dozens […]

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Belgium, Part 2

Continuing yesterday’s blog…when we were last seen taking a lovely ride through the canals of Brugge. St. Janshospitaal We later explored as much of the canals as we could by foot. We could easily envision a life having a backyard on the water… …with a place for the dogs even! We continued to haphazardly stroll, […]

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Belgium, 2007

In preparing the last two articles on the fascinating harp guitars at the Brussels Musical Instrument Museum that I got to experience “close up and personal” in 2007, I stumbled upon my photo journal of that remarkable trip.  This is now almost ten year old news, and so took place before I started this blog […]

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