Scotland Part 3: Friday and Saturday Adventures

My narrative now picks up Friday morning (June 2, 2017), after a decent night’s sleep with dreams of huge tastenguitarren-playing owls, definitely a new combination for my overly-susceptible subconscious.  As AMIS went straight into their full day of research papers at Reid Hall, Jaci and I went off for more play time.  As our Edinburgh […]

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Scotland Part 2: Everything from Owls to Keyed Guitars

Thursday, June 1, 2017: After the AMIS opening reception at Edinburgh’s St. Cecilia’s Hall (new home of the Musical Instrument museum) then our first pub and now tremendously jet-lagged we slept like the dead.  Assuming the dead similarly jolt awake at all hours during their bedtime and have really weird dreams.  So no, 12 fitful […]

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Miner Milestone

Hey all – had to take a short break from my Europe blog series to see my folks – Robert (last month) and Vivian Miner (next week) each made it to 90 years old, and another wedding anniversary. Needless to say, I am fortunate and thankful to have them such a part of my life. […]

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Scotland Part 1: Arrival in Edinburgh

After my quick introduction to this year’s Summer Adventure Double Header, we begin with a 12-hour transatlantic flight from Los Angeles to Amsterdam (nice airport!), then a quick hop to Edinburgh.  My wife Jaci and I were headed there for a joint meeting of the European Galpin Society and the American Musical Instrument Society. For […]

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Summer Adventure Double Header

Once again, my wife Jaci and I managed to find first one excuse, then another, to get back to Europe this year!  It was two packed weeks of fun and work (I’m leaving the “air quotes” off the latter in case the IRS is reading) – with friends and colleagues from around the world.  As […]

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HGG15 Logo Contest Winners

I have to say that this was a lot of fun for me… …and 3 other readers.  Yes, in the 30 days of the worldwide public contest, we got exactly three submissions. And all 3 are winners – just for playing! Winner #1 is my brother, Mark with 15.55 points (no, we didn’t have a […]

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Do or Dyer: Archiving Harp Guitar History

A few months ago, The Harp Guitar Foundation was able to purchase a complete 1907/1908 W. J. Dyer & Bro. catalog (thank you, donors!).  Robert Carl Hartman (Bob, to his friends) and I worked out a plan for him to contribute and eventually own the original. The seller would not share much information on the […]

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Because Man Cannot Live On Harp Guitar Alone

Here’s something a little different that my harp guitar blog readers might find interesting: a new article I just published on my web site. 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” – […]

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Our Harp Guitar Gathering Resort

We updated the hotel page with an additional clarification, as some couples may wish to book a room with one king-size bed.  Our rate for this room assumes 1 person and 1 breakfast voucher.  So tell the desk agent that you want to add an additional breakfast voucher.  The total daily room cost will thus […]

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The 15th Harp Guitar Gathering is Coming!

Full details are now posted and registration begins now! HGG15 Home Page This year’s features include: You absolutely, positively do not want to miss this one! And did I mention I’m guest curating a special 7-month public harp guitar exhibition at our venue, The Museum of Making Music?  It opens a week before our Gathering […]

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