A couple weeks back, when Jim Worland ordered some string sets, I asked “Are these for some new Holloways?”
He said no, for the “Dyers.”
It made me realize that I’m gonna have to start getting used to specifying what Dyers people are talking about – vintage Larson Dyers, or modern Dyers!
For Scott went and trademarked the name (we actually had the same idea a couple years back, and I helped convince him to go for it).
BTW, I apologize that this isn’t a full blog – just a quicky, as I posted this on FB and didn’t know if everyone would see it:
Frank Doucette (who took our photo) and I had a fun visit last night at the nearby Holloway factory to check out the latest trademark Dyer harp guitars. Scott holds their #4 and #5 styles, while I hold my two Merrills (interestingly, the first and last Merrill HGs built). His partner Jim Worland, with old chisel and new mustache, proudly stands between. I had brought the Merrills so the guys could compare their instruments in some hardcore one-to-one A/B testing. Always nice to hear Scott play as well, with his amazing touch on the harp guitars he loves so much. The instruments are just about ready-for-primetime and are going to be a great value and option for serious musicians, and the team is honoring the vintage Dyer legacy while updating only as needed to bring them into the 21st century.
This shot shows the three recently finished instruments (100% Jim) – styles 6, 5, 4, front to back – and Alex de Grassi’s beautiful walnut style 8, seen and heard at the last Gathering (don’t worry, he’s getting it back).
But enough about Scott and Jim – I’ve got harp guitars to sell, too!
In case you hadn’t heard, Merrill #18 that I took for our test is for sale here, for those with slightly deeper pockets.