Matt Redman, Live at the Miner Museum

Firstly, make sure that no matter what, you get to the bottom of this post to play the video Matt has kindly let me share with you. Last week, you met Matt Redman, a pen pal of mine from the U.K. who I met just this last February. For his authentic musical recreations of early […]

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Matt Redman, Bringing the Past into the Present

“What do they sound like?” “What music did they play?” These are two common questions I am inevitably asked by visitors to the Miner Museum, whether the visitors are interested in ethnic, ancient European or early American instruments. I wish I had the time and talent to be prepared to demonstrate on command, but alas, […]

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Michael Hedges Recap

It’s always nice to discover an unpublished photo of Michael Hedges. This one is a beautiful shot that shows his black-top Knutsen harp guitar (“Darth”) to good advantage, especially the replaced neck/headstock. It’s unfortunately printed on newsprint and folded, but still a rare and wonderful find. It’s currently for sale on eBay (please let me […]

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Dyer Harp Mandolins and the Symphony Harp Plectral Ensemble

First off, I just have to say what a leap of faith the W. J. Dyer & Bro. Company took when they made the decision to market something called the “Dyer Symphony Harp Plectral Ensemble”! Who wouldn’t have wanted to have been first on their block…? (Apparently everyone). Continuing with my PDF-format article updates, I’ve […]

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New Harp Guitar Sub-Bass Tuners

Merrill harp guitar #1 fitted with Rickard’s new state-of-the-art tuners. Actually, these weren’t technically invented for us, but they are going to be huge hit with harp guitar owners and players of the Dyer-style configuration! Vintage Dyers and Knutsens, also – more on that in a minute. As every schoolboy (and girl) knows, c.1900 harp […]

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2019 Timberline Harp Guitars

You saw my NAMM post a week ago. I’ve just finished fully revamping my Harp Guitar Music Timberline section. Lots of new pics, specs, details, arrival dates, testimonials, etc. 1 year in, we’ve sold almost a hundred of these things!  Time to join the club?

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The Musical Instrument Collection of Walter Erdmann

A few weeks ago, I blogged about the unique one-off “nightmare lute” (at left) and mentioned the collection it had come from. I am now happy to report that Mr. Erdmann’s widow Sabine and I collaborated to tell the world the story of her late husband and his unique private collection. It’s a story with […]

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Winter NAMM, 2019

I can sum up my short NAMM experience this last Saturday in two words: Filippo Bertipaglia. But more on that later. Ah, the NAMM circus in Anaheim … every year I say last one, and every year I’m back (but just for a day). It’s actually fun – mainly seeing all the musical friends I’ve […]

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Mugwumps Harp Guitar Time Capsule

The late great Michael Holmes (May 24, 1941 – Feb 18, 2016) was 14 years my senior. While I was just discovering the acoustic guitar and instrumental music in High School in 1971, he was founding Mugwumps, his self-produced journal that was years ahead of its time (this was 8 years before the seminal Frets […]

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Merry Christmas!

With only one dog to wrangle now, our annual holiday card took a rather big leap this year. Our best to you and yours! (Salutation…and much more…hidden in this picture. Click to enlarge and then expand to full size). And a week later (12/31/18)…

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