Orville’s Harp Guitars

I’m speaking of course of Orville Gibson…and the rarest of the rare: harp guitars he designed and built before the Gibson Company was even a figment of anyone’s imagination. What do we know?  Extremely little.  There is just one surviving Orville harp guitar known – but it is a doozy!   It’s his outrageous floor-standing model, […]

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21st Century Dyer Harp Guitars

By now you all know that Scott Holloway (who came to fame as the creator of the imported entry-level Holloway harp guitars) teamed up with luthier Jim Worland and set up shop in South Pasadena, California as the Dyer Harp Guitar Co.  Happily, the name (now a registered trademark) appears to be in good hands.  […]

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Essential New Books

Faithful readers are familiar with my occasional “book reports,” which usually turn out to be rants, as so many guitar books invariably screw up anything they try to include about harp guitars.  So it’s nice to have something nice to say for once! Harp guitars and harp mandolins each make a sizable appearance in two […]

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Wikipedia: If You Can’t Beat ‘Em, Join ‘Em

9/1/2015: And I’m out!  Well, I figured it was too good to be true.  It looked really good while it lasted – in fact, so good I added it to my site here: http://minermusic.com/wiki-gregg_miner.htm It wasn’t my content (that I know of), but possibly something to do with those who set up my page or […]

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Harp Guitar Working Vacation: Epilogue

For those just joining me, this is the final episode of my rather extensive 12-part May/June, 2015 Travelogue.  After the very rewarding AMIS conference in Boston, I would now stop home for two and a half emotional days in Chicago with my family.  Be forewarned that this blog will be something a bit different, having […]

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Harp Guitar Working Vacation: Boston Part 3

Boston Day 4-6 Last night, the American Musical Instrument Society conference got off to a great start with instrument demonstrations at the MFA, and now I’m going to cover the remainder of the event. As most of the AMIS papers for Thursday appeared to be well over my head and outside my field, I took […]

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Harp Guitar Working Vacation: Boston Part 2

Boston Day 3 After yesterday’s introduction to the MFA musical instrument staff and harp guitars, on Wednesday, Steve and Frank took me for a drive up through some of the nicer neighborhoods and up along the picturesque Boston coast. We ended up in Rockport.  There’s a gorgeous little acoustic music concert hall in town – […]

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Harp Guitar Working Vacation: Boston Part 1

Boston, Day 1 & 2 After nine days in Europe – our Genoa stay, then three days in Mulhouse – I had finally recovered from the jet lag…just in time to now head back to the States.  Oh well, at least I was largely awake for this next leg.  I was stopping off in Boston […]

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Harp Guitar Working Vacation: France Part 4

Last episode ended with our impromptu exploration of a local historical church, after which James Kline, Andy Wahlberg and Jaci and I took Ben’s advice and drove out to explore the Ecomusee d’Alsace. The gist of this unique park and “living museum” (gleaned from our visit and a small English booklet we bought) is to […]

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Harp Guitar Working Vacation: France Part 3

Mulhouse, France Day 2 Evening > Day 3 The last episode of our serial adventure ended with a classic cliffhanger…the public was starting to arrive and mill about, I was due to present my PowerPoint lecture in 15 minutes, and there wasn’t a computer in sight!  I frantically ran around polling the group and just […]

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