Archive for the ‘Historical Makers’ Category

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 […]

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 […]

Gibson Harp Guitar No. 5703 Lost and Found

You may recall my revelation 2-1/2 years ago about the fanciest Gibson harp guitar ever built – serial # 5703 – that I included in my article on Gibson World’s Fair Harp Guitars. Though rumored to “have been built for the World’s Fair,” I believe I demonstrated otherwise. So what was it? Well, turns out […]

A Lute Out of a Nightmare

And now for something completely different. Much of my energy this year was spent on a long treasure hunt of sorts. It began in February when I stumbled upon a Facebook notice for a completely-under-the-radar auction of incredible musical instruments in Germany. Ultimately, I won three items (I bid on a dozen, and would’ve bid […]

The Ballad of Serge Singer

It’s extremely rare when my main two nerdy obsessions – harp guitars and Disney – overlap in any way. I’d certainly count this as one of the more unusual. Yes, it’s a YouTube clip of the famous Paris vocalist Serge Singer with this trademark harpe guitare performing the 1955 hit “The Ballad of Davy Crockett.” […]

Are You an Orville-ite?

2018 is the 100th anniversary year of Orville Gibson’s death (August 19th) and I was recently thrilled to see special attention being paid to our hero by a bunch of fine people. I’m assuming all my readers are familiar with Gibson guitars, mandolins and (obviously) harp guitars. I imagine that you all at least know […]

Dyer Harp Mandolas: All Present and Accounted For

Yeah, this is probably wishful thinking, but then again, it could be true. We’ll likely never know. Before 2007, not a single specimen of a W. J. Dyer & Bro. harp mandola had yet been discovered by either Bob Hartman or me. Then within just two years, four of them surfaced! They were all up […]

Miner Museum Deaccesions

…which is a fancy word for “I’ve got too much stuff, am completely out of room, don’t have time or energy to play all these, and after much soul-searching and gnashing of teeth I’ve decided to let some painstakingly-acquired things go.” Ten items now offered for sale, on my new page called “Treasures From the […]

Historical Luthier and Featured Harp Guitar of the Month

Now in PDF format! Yes, readers – we’re trying something new. I’ve been investigating this for some time, reading lots of opinions, discussing with knowledgeable friends, and just finished a test drive and collaborative final vote with Thomas Nielsen (who lives in Denmark, and contributes to Harpgutiars.net, most recently in getting the password-protected Members Section […]

Dyer Harp Guitar Vintage Photos

I’ve been amassing a small trove it seems…most of these are discoveries from the last year and a half, a couple are from earlier that I just stumbled across. Unfortunately, some of the sources were lost during a computer crash last September; if you see one you recognize and have more to share, please do! […]


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