Musica Viva

Musica Viva is a rather ambitious web site, and hard to describe.  It’s run by an old email pal, Frank Nordberg in Norway.  Among many other projects offered through the site, Frank collects and scans rare historical musical instrument catalogs.  He expertly formats these on CD, offering them through his eBay store.  I’m not sure […]

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…While Historical French Harp Guitarists Continue to Surprise

…the title being a continuation of yesterday’s blog. Here’s another treasure from friend of, Les Cook (Grass Skirt Records):  Sheet music of “Rapid’ Eclair,” a “java” musette (a type of fast waltz, according to Les) played by the virtuoso accordionist M. Defaye, with uncredited guitarist. The guitar player (who Les is trying to track […]

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Modern Harp Guitar Music Alive and Well in France

Nice to see the concert scene picking up a bit there. Stephen Bennett (with wife Nancy in tow) just got back from a couple glorious weeks there.  I received one email the night they were staying near the stunning Saint Michael’s Mount in Normandy, France (below)…. Ridiculously beautiful, isn’t it?! And Philippe Fouquet just sent […]

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The Bogengitarre Lives Again

Here’s the instrument that Jan Tuláček initially emailed me about last week, after spotting my blog about the bogengitarre.  Remember how in that blog, I pointed out the different “waves” of their popularity?  Specifically, the original Schenk period (around the 1840’s), then the “Second Coming” around 1900, with a few stragglers here and there…? Well, […]

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And MORE 8-strings (plus the odd 7…)

There were a couple responses to yesterday’s blog, including some new information from Jake (no last name…comment-posters, if I don’t know you, please include your last name, as an introduction – thanks!). Refer first to his comment at the end here – to which I’ll reply via a new blog: Thanks, Jake! – this is […]

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Attack of the 8-string Riess Copies

They’re everywhere! How have I missed them (how have you)? For those of us not attuned to the guitar scene in the Czech Republic, I supposed we can be forgiven. This “mini-movement” of 8-string Riess-replica harp guitar players comes courtesy of luthier Jan Tuláček. who carefully measured and recreated the c.1840 instrument in the collection […]

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S & N, the Movie

Tricia Bohan, one of Stephen and Nancy Bennett’s friends who attended the wedding festivities last Thanksgiving created this lovely film montage.   I’d like to share, as it shows lots o’ love (and fun).

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Forum Down and Other Web Woes

Every couple of months, I see that the Forum host ( goes down (“can’t find the server…”). Don’t panic if it happens.  It sometimes takes a couple hours, and sometimes a couple of days, but they usually seem to get it back up. So far. Knock wood. Meanwhile, all of a sudden, the blog got […]

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The Dahlman Plot Thickens

Here are new photos of the wonderful Dahlman harp guitar owned by Dave Stutzman (see Stutzman’s Harp Guitars). The staff has been very interested in deciphering the mysterious headstock inlay.  They believe it looks original, rather than an add-on; the question is, what are the letters?! I might even ask, “Are they even letters, and […]

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The 11th Commandment

Thou shalt attend tonight’s screening of The Ten Commandments at Paramount …and wear something nice.  – my wife, Jaci, to me, this morning. Ooops – forgot about it.   I’ll have to race down to Hollywood after work.  This is the newly-restored print showing for the studio employees.  Jaci’s doing the big costume jewelry exhibit again.  […]

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