The Dyer Harp-Steel Project

Nothing makes me cringe more than seeing an otherwise beautiful (not to mention, valuable) Dyer harp guitar that has been badly mistreated or, on occasion, creatively “improved” by some anonymous past owner.  I am often advising owners on the merits and options of restoring such instruments versus leaving things “as is.”  Which is never trickier […]

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Harp Guitar Gathering Update

DATELINE: URGENT To all Harp Guitar Gathering Attendees 6-22-11 Hotel Room update: The Hilton Garden Inn Hotel is filling up fast – RESERVE YOUR ROOM NOW SO YOU DON’T MISS OUT! When booking your room, use the group code: HGF Hey gang, just a heads up.  The hotel tells us that the NON-Gathering rooms are […]

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House of Stathopoulo Harp Guitar No. 2!

Talk about rare!  This is the second harp guitar now known by pre-Epiphone House of Stathopoulo.  As you recall, historian Paul Fox did our last HG of the Month on the first infamous H.O.S. discovery – the black top double-neck. The new one was recently unearthed (at a local auction) by Epiphone archtop collector and […]

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And a Grand Time Was Had by Few

I was invited to help kick off a 12-hour “Make Music Pasadena” festival, which started at the lovely, oak-paneled Pasadena Central Library this morning.  I brought Frank along for a couple tunes as well.  I did a bit of my historical provenance schtick and played a short set for the small, but very appreciate audience. […]

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Aqualung, My Friend

This “old friend” seems to keep popping up a lot lately. Funny, because I haven’t much listened to, or thought about, Jethro Tull for decades – other than last year when Stephen Bennett did his fantastic harp guitar cover of “Teacher” for the Rock album. It started last Friday, when I got an email from […]

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New Online Research Archive

I can’t believe I just heard about this! (from fellow researcher Les Cook) It’s called Chronicling America (Historic American Newspapers), a joint project between the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress.  I’ve no idea yet how extensive this is, or will be (it’s been building since 2007), but typing in the […]

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Videos and Other News

Friend Philippe Fouquet sent a link to K&K Pickups, where he is Artist of the Month.  Nice!  Click on “More”  for full text. He also posted a new (partial) video of a new song Oversea Friends, which he says is dedicated to me and all his new Harp Guitar Gathering friends.  This was filmed at […]

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HGM Gig Bags: Not Just For Dyers Anymore!

I can’t believe no one (including me!) had ever tried this before…perhaps there was no real need. But now that the Sullivan-Elliott harp guitar plans have been selling like hot cakes for awhile, I guess it was only a matter of time before I got a request. Yes, my Harp Guitar Music gig bag appears […]

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AMIS Conference at the MIM, Day 2

Though I had spent essentially a full day there, I still hadn’t seen every exhibit hall, so finished up in between running in and out of the auditorium to catch various papers (30 minute lectures by AMIS scholars).  I’ll share a few photos later; here’s a random shot trying to show the scope.  I’m standing […]

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Guitars and Other Strings at the MIM (AMIS Convention, Day 1 continued)

And now back to our regularly scheduled program. I spent the afternoon of my first day at the Phoenix Musical Instrument Museum looking for any harp guitars or similar instruments.  From my simple description of the museum’s charter in the first MIM blog, you can probably understand that MIM does not necessarily need a full […]

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