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AMIS Moravian Adventure

This year, the American Musical Instrument Society (AMIS) held their annual meeting in Bethlehem, PA at the Moravian College and nearby environs. I hadn’t been anywhere in Pennsylvania since a child, so was glad for a chance to explore. My wife Jaci stayed home this trip, so I did less vacationing and more AMISing this […]

Linscott’s Bohmann

As you’ve often heard me say, one of the biggest perks of this harp guitar hobby is unearthing some wonderful new historical photograph captured a hundred or so years ago and now revealed. And so, could there be anything cooler than an image that features not just a maker I study, or a style of […]

Floating Strings in Carlsbad

The world’s most elaborate and spectacular public display of harp guitars has ended.  It was an extremely popular 7-month exhibit at NAMM’s Museum of Making Music and took up a good year of my life to help create as guest curator.  It told – and showed – the story of the harp guitar in America, […]

Harp Guitar Exhibit Visit

Last night we went down to The Museum of Making Music in Carlsbad for the final sold-out concert in the Harp Guitar series (Stephen Bennett).  He was alternately captivating and hilarious as always.  He asked me up to close the night with “The Water is Wide” as tribute to our friend Dennis Mitchell, who passed […]

Scotland, 2017 Part 5: Monday Musical Field Trip

Star Date: Monday, June 5th, 2017.  Location: Edinburgh, Scotland.  What & Why: The annual AMIS Meeting. This was to be the last day of the 2017 Meeting of the American Musical Instrument Society, which had teamed up once again with the British Isles’ Galpin Society to double our musical instrument geek-out experience.  The conference was […]

Lead Belly’s Dolceolist

Here’s an impromptu non-harp guitar-related post that I thought would be a treat for those into any and all of the following seemingly unrelated topics: Lead Belly ‘50s folk-pop music Edgar Bergen Therapy Dogs Hollywood The Dolceola Yes, believe it or not, they converge thusly: Within my extensive Dolceola section in the Fretless Zithers portion […]

Russian Harp Guitar Catchup

For those new to this subject, all you need to know for now is that Russian guitars typically feature seven strings on the neck rather than six, and are tuned not in fourths but to an open G chord.  “Harp guitar” versions then add three or more floating bass strings to the equation.  In all […]

Lost Scroll of the Ages Addendum

Spoiler Alert: If you haven’t yet read the new issue of The Fretboard Journal (#41, Spring 2018), you might want to do so before spoiling the surprise below.  If you don’t have a copy, I’d recommend you run right out and get one (or better yet, just subscribe!).  It includes a piece I submitted early […]

Akustik Gitarre Magazine Harp Guitar Time Capsule

In 2011, one of the participants at HGG9 (the 9th Harp Guitar Gathering) was Michael Lohr, who had come all the way from Germany.  He had gotten the bug after seeing Stephen Bennett and soon bought one of the China Holloways, which he brought with him.  He fit our group like a glove, had a […]

Milanese Master Luthier Luigi Galimberti

Attendees at October’s Harp Guitar Gathering were treated to (among other things) a recent acquisition of mine – a beautiful 1932 Galimberti harp guitar, one of only two known by this maker.  No sooner did I get it safely back home than I received one of those emails I described in my emotional closing night […]


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