Knutsen Harp Taropatch 

Wow! A third surviving harp taropatch, and this one is completely different from the two previous larger instruments.
This one is closer to what would become the "traditional" size of American taropatch: 25" long, with upper bout of 6-7/8", lower bout at 8" wide, and the body 2-1/4" deep. The scale length is 14-3/8", much closer to the standard ukulele scale (between 13-1/2"-14"), and a lot shorter than the 16-1/2" scale of the others. This is the first harp taropatch found with a label - the "Patent Applied For" label that could have been used anytime between 1909 and 1917. The trim (rope top and soundhole) is like the harp ukes, rather than the other two uniquely-appointed taro's. The far right image shows size comparison with the previous specimen #HT3, my harp uke (#HU16), and this instrument (#HT4)

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Knutsen Archives Inventory Number

HT4

                 Category

Harp Taropatches

                 Body Style

"Standard"

                 Current or last known owner

anonymous > Gregg Miner

                 Year (approx)

1914-1917

                 Label

Patent Applied For

                 Label Code SE3

                 Courses / Strings

4 course: 8 strings

                 Scale length

14-3/8"

Woods

Top

red gum

Back & Sides

red gum

Neck

koa

Fingerboard

none (one-piece neck/fingerboard)

Bridge

mahogany

Headstock veneer

none

Binding, trim

Top

rope

Back

none

Fingerboard

none

Headstock(s)

none

Soundhole

rope

                 Inlay

2 dot fret markers. 

                 Pickguard

none

                 Comments

 

 

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