Harp Guitar Patents of the 21st Century

Is this the first one? Ben found this – a U.K. patent by one Steven Charles Anthony Malinoff of London.  I couldn’t find anything on him. But does it look familiar?  It did to me, too.  It’s the “Ha Shem” played by Esteban Antonio.  It was built by Spanish luthier Stephen Hill – as you […]

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Not a Harp Guitar, but I’m Not Complaining

That’s because this is one of those rare “holy-grails” on my fantasy wish list – that just became reality. A 1792 Renault arch-cistre (arch-cittern) in fantastic original condition.  There was a bit of “fate” to acquiring this one…suffice it to say, that the time (and budget) was right. As HG.net readers may know, this is […]

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Fretless Zithers…

…obviously have nothing to do with harp guitars…yet that is what I’ve found myself catching up on in the last couple days.  In conjunction with another little project I am involved in, I realized that it was time I updated and continued the work I started with my old FZ partner, Kelly Williams, on my […]

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AMIS Conference at the MIM, Conclusion (Days 3-5)

I’ve been meaning to get back to the trip, but too many photos (and memories!) to get through… For those just joining us, we started with: AMIS Convention, Day 1 Continuing with: Guitars and Other Strings at the MIM (AMIS Convention, Day 1 continued) and:AMIS Conference at the MIM, Day 2 Here I am enjoying […]

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Third Coulter’s a Charm

Unknown except to a John, Kerry and myself until just recently – see my previous blog – Coulter harp guitars are suddenly coming out of the woodwork! In a staggering coincidence, the day the eBay auction ended on Coulter #2, Coulter #3 was listed.  (perhaps not so much a coincidence, but that the present owner […]

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A New (Old) Italian Harp Guitarist

This rare postcard of previously unknown harp guitarist Alpinolo Nunzi was donated to the site by Alessandro Nobis from Verona (thanks again!). I found little on Nunzi other than a couple references to compositions by him, and only this brief entry in the Dizionario dei Chitarristi e Liutai Italiani: Solista di chitarra contemporaneo, umbro. Si […]

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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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