Dyer Harp Mandolin Monograph

Yes, I’ve finally committed it to print!  (But don’t worry, only an extremely small run, just in case we discover something new tomorrow…!) I’ve published my Dyer Mandolin Family article as a full color book, while at the same time adding a nice 2-page sidebar spread from Bob Hartman himself. Physical book or magazine format […]

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First Harp Guitar to the South Pole Wins

I recently finished the book I mentioned picking up at AMIS: A Stowaway Ukulele Revealed: Richard Konter & the Byrd Polar Expeditions by Larry Bartram with Dick Boak. The story is both interesting and entertaining, as is the story of the story – how the authors met, found mutual interest in seeing this through, and […]

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Bohmania!

I think I’ll call this the Summer of (Joseph) Bohmann… …as that’s how long it’ll likely take you to get through two brand new articles and four updated major articles related to the celebrated Chicago harp guitar maker. All can be accessed through this new page. This all came about after the release of Sheri […]

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Early Gibson Guitar Strings By Way of the Harp Guitar

Time for a shout out to the Guild of American Luthiers, of which I seem to perpetually find myself a member. Believe it or not, I have never built a guitar – nor do I repair my own instruments – I only do the simplest of tweaks for setup or easy repairs. Yet I have […]

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AMIS, 2019 in Greenville, SC

Greetings! I’d here to report on my lovely trip to the 2019 Meeting/Conference/Symposium of the American Musical Instrument Society. As always, click on (most) photos to expand for details. This year’s was held in Greenville, South Carolina, hosted by Tom Strange (pictured) and staff at their wonderful 1-year-old Carolina Music Museum. The impressive collection consists […]

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Rocky Mountain High

Taking a little break from harp guitar news… Greetings, all. As more and more of my friends and family seem to be dropping off Facebook, I feel compelled to post some of my personal posts here in addition to the quick “please like my photo” posts I normally do there. We had a free Delta […]

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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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