Harp Guitar Gathering Bulletin Board

This blog is not it, but this thread on the Forum is.

Attendees and participants are often looking to share rides and rooms, and in these more troubling economic times (Stock Tip: remember, harp guitars are the only safe investment!*)(*not a guarantee)(**Gregg Miner is an idiot), it’s a great idea.

There’s a new note up from Michael Schreiner about sharing a room, so don’t be shy (I can vouch that he is a perfect gentleman, though you might want to check with his wife about his snoring).  Of course, once you get to the hotel, there are plenty of friendly folks who will offer you a ride.

As always, there is a lot of last minute interest and plans – the hotel still has rooms, but the cut-off for our guarantee is September 7.   So, please, DO NOT DELAY.

AND….here’s another all-too-common comment:

“No, I’m not coming to the Gathering…I don’t yet own a harp guitar.”

Wrong logic!

That is especially when you want to come to the Gathering!  As Frank Doucette wrote in his “Shopping for the Perfect Harp Guitar” and many of us are constantly harping about, it is the only place in the world where you can see, hear and often, try out, a huge variety of instruments.

It will be not only one of the most inspiring, entertaining, memorable weekends of your life (trust me on this), but a no-brainer, affordable investment in researching what harp guitar you might someday own.

Just the other day, another new shopper came over to try out and discuss HG options, and I said the same thing.  Go to the Gathering. You will see good harp guitars, great harp guitars, fantastic harp guitars, and (more rarely) a couple crappy harp guitars.  You will see them in many different designs, stringing configurations, tunings, by top builders, new builders, amateur builders, and played in every possible style and way from bare basics to virtuoso performances – all in close quarters by friendly and charming folks willing to help you explore this wonderful world.  Before that impulse eBay bid, or ordering from a new luthier sight unseen (and unheard) – and plunking down that $1000 or $10,000, why not come to Connecticut (for HGG9) where you might ask to try a Holloway or a Noble or a Wingert or a vintage Dyer (and, as always, some new surprises).  It is the harp guitar showroom (“plunking sub-basses” the equivalent to “kicking tires”).  Some people even make deals right there, and go home with a dream instrument; others go home and continue their homework and order some standard or custom instrument from a favorite builder.

Seriously.  Don’t wimp out.  See you there.

  1. Ken Bonfield Says:

    In my experience the Gathering is the single most important event for an aspiring harp guitarist. It was after HGG8 and hanging out with Stephen Bennett and Carter Lancaster and Frank Doucette and Gregg Miner and Andy Wahlberg and Bill Dutcher that I was able to figure out how I wanted to approach the playing and tuning of my Carruth harp guitar. It was invaluable for me, and the music I’ve written and arranged on “Bella” in the past 9 months was a direct result of my time spent at HGG8.

    If you’re thinking about getting into Harp Guitar, DON’T miss the Gathering.

    Cheers, kb

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