To collect, document, research, organize and share information on all known stringed instruments of pioneering inventor Chris J. Knutsen.
|This site is dedicated to the memory of Dan Most, the world’s foremost "Knutsenologist."|
The Knutsen Archives was conceived and is maintained by Gregg
All text, notes and comments are mine, except where noted.
All images are copyright Miner Music, except where noted (in most cases, images have been Photoshop-enhanced or cleaned up for presentation purposes).
The impetus to start this site was manifold:
The wealth of great instruments not originally included in the Noe/Most book; the proliferation of newly discovered instruments (and the sharing of those finds); and the recent research and enthusiasm of Knutsen family relative Jean Cammon Findlay.
Much of the material on this site is only possible due to the previous research of Dan Most and Tom Noe, presented in their groundbreaking work, From Harp Guitars to the New Hawaiian Family: Chris J. Knutsen. This book should be considered a prerequisite before exploring this site.
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Special thanks to:
Jean Cammon Findlay; for constant support, feedback, and new articles and
specifically for The Knutsen Archives.
Tom Noe; for his many emails and phone calls, for permission to reprint many of his images, and for allowing me to "carry the torch."
Kerry Char; for constant input and help through the years, and for handling the "Knutsen Northwest" area for me.
Ben Elder; for sharing his huge, carefully tended files of Knutsen material.
Bob Hartman for allowing me access to his original photographs, both from his books and personal.
Ron Middlebrook of Centerstream publications for permission to reproduce images from Hartman’s books.
The Jefferson County Historical Society of Port Townsend for permission to reproduce images from their archives.
Don Adams for inspiration and ideas.
Jonathan Kellerman for access to his wonderful collection.
Chris Wilhelm of Ketchikan, Alaska, for many images, suggestions and proof-reading.
Allan Alexander of Guitar & Lute for permission to use the "spruce-top" background used for much of the site.
John & Jeanette Detlor for generously sharing their Anderson family history and personal mementos with us.
Linda Cameron, for sharing her family photographs and stories.
Darrell Urbien, indispensable Knutsenologist-at-large.
And thanks to the following who have sent in either photos, information, leads, or other trivia; or granted permission to use their images:
Richard "Rufie" Barnes
Drew Berlin at Hollywood Vintage Collection
John Bernunzio at Bernunzio Vintage Instruments
Ellen Chase / Claremont Folk Music Center
Mike Doolin at Doolin Guitars
Kirsti Scutt Edwards and staff at the Experience Music Project, Seattle
Kevin Fairfield at Boogie Man Music
Flower Pentecostal Heritage Center
Alan & Rachelle Frazier
Patrick Gaffney at Relics Fine Guitar Collection
Heritage Department of the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel
Michael Holmes of Mugwumps Online
Leonard Coulson & Kennard Machol at Intermountain Guitar & Banjo
Ben Levin at Real Guitars
Lowell Levinger at Vintage Instruments
Craig Miller at Acoustic Disc
Museum & Arts Center in the Sequim-Dungeness Valley
Museum of Making Music, Carlsbad, CA
Greg Nunley at Mainstream Music Supply
Phil Emerson at Phil's Guitars
Anthony Powell of Rex James
John Reynolds of Golden Age Fretted Instruments
Al Rice of the Fiske Museum
Peter Allan Sawchyn
Notes on questions of copyright:
Knutsen material is so rare and invaluable, that I might not always tread as carefully as I otherwise would regarding the ownership of some images. In some cases I have no way to locate the image owners. If anyone sees an image that they feel may be a copyrighted image, please contact me to discuss.
Gregg Miner, Knutsenologist in Residence
|Gregg Miner has been fascinated by
harp guitars in general since the early ‘70s, and Knutsens in
particular since he found his first one in 1988. As a collector with a
very limited budget, he was lucky enough to find his first six Knutsen
instruments locally within just a couple years. In the early 90's he met
fellow Knutsen fan, Dan Most, and the two enthusiastically searched for
all the instruments and information they could find (Dan, of course,
went on to publish with collector Tom Noe the unprecedented book devoted
Miner’s other musical endeavors, including an entire museum of plucked stringed instruments and recordings made with a hundred of the instruments, can be seen on his personal web site, www.minermusic.com.
His many non-musical interests, you just wouldn't believe.
He spends his days incognito as a Northrop Grumman process engineer.
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