Friends and constituents know that I’ve long been interested in every form of plucked stringed instrument, from the mundane to the spectacular.
This particular instrument brings us the “mundane” – the common Autoharp (which of course its practitioners would call anything but mundane) – in its most spectacular form – the Concert Grand Autoharp of 1894-1899.
Amazingly, this is only the sixth specimen now known. So rare that I acquired it accepting that it would forever remain an unplayable “wall hanger.” But now it is not only restored but fully functional!
(Top left: 2014, upon receiving the “basket case”; Below: Spring, 2017, ready to rock and roll!)