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Harp Guitar Music Players Luthiers Dealers Strings/Supplies Collections History

 

Players

I cannot keep up with the increasing amount of harp guitar players out there!

Please refer to the Players page for the most up-to-date list.


Luthiers

I have a hard time keeping up with all the new luthiers building harp guitars!

Please refer to the Luthier page for the most up-to-date list.


Dealers

Harp Guitar Music (where else?  It is the only instrument stocked and since opening in 2006, we've already sold more than anyone out there!)

The following dealers have vintage harp guitars from time to time:

Bernunzio Vintage Instruments

Tony Bingham

Kurt Decorte, Guitarworkshop

Elderly Instruments

Lorenzo Frignani

Gruhn Guitars

Intermountain Guitar & Banjo

Lark in the Morning (carries an inexpensive, entry-level quality Dyer copy, plus some vintage instruments)

Palm Guitars

Pamela's Music

Players Vintage Instruments (Lowell Levinger)

RetroFret

Sinier de Ridder

Top Shelf Music

Vintage Instruments (Fred Oster, Philadelphia)

Vintage Fret Shop


Strings & Supplies

Strings

Harp Guitar Music (where I keep stocked the most common, readily-available steel and nylon sub-bass strings)

Curtis Daily of Aquila Strings
P. O. Box 82761
Portland, OR 97282-0761
(503) 788-5029
(503) 788-5029 (fax)
email: info@aquilausa.com
website: http://www.aquilausa.com

Gamut Strings
(888) 724-8099
(218) 724-8011 (fax)
lvgamut@computerpro.com or website:
http://gamutstrings.com/

E. & O. Mari, Inc.
La Bella Strings
P. O. Box 869
Newburgh, NY 12550-0869
(800) 750-3034

Thomastik-Infeld (7 & 9 bass traditional "Kontragitarre" sets)

www.juststrings.com

Excel String Tension Calculator (created by Brian Boode of Roberto-Venn)

Tuning Chart (John Doan's chart of several main harp guitar tunings)

Tuners

Stewart-MacDonald (Various brands like 5-Star and Waverly)

LSR Precision Tuners (Gearless Tuner, tuning Ratio 40:1)

Allparts.com ("High Ratio Banjo Tuner for Banjo or Guitar" with ratio of 16:1.  Also a much less expensive "Banjo Style Tuning Key for Guitar", 14:1 ratio.)

www.acousticguitar.com (links to a luthier's bulletin board where Rick Turner and others discuss the Allparts 16:1 planetary tuner)

Musicyo.com (Steinberger 40:1)

Cases

Harp Guitar Music (my own custom flight cases and gig bags, but other options)

www.maxlinecase.com (makers of custom flight cases)

Calton cases


Collections

Frets.com (Frank Ford's excellent "museum" photo archives include many harp guitars)

MOMI (another "museum" with a couple rare harp guitars)

Rainer Krause Collection of Antique Guitars - Rare - Curious Musical Instruments (a new web site, with more to come!)

De Musica - Fondazione Antonio Monzino (incredible collection of Monzino's personal instruments)

The Miner Museum of Vintage, Exotic & Just Plain Unusual Musical Instruments (the collection of Gregg Miner, editor of this site, includes many harp guitars and related instruments) 


History

Larsons Creations (Robert Hartman's web site covers all Larson instruments, including Dyer and other harp guitars)

Noe Enterprises (site of Tom Noe, co-author of "Chris J. Knutsen : From Harp Guitars to the New Hawaiian Family; History and Development of the Hawaiian Steel Guitar")

Multi-Bass 7-string, 8-string, 10-string and 19th Century Harp Guitars (Nice article from Early Romantic Guitar player and historian Len Verrett)

Heinrich Albert and the First Guitar Quartet (by Allan Morris)

The Guitars of Mario Maccaferri  (a Vintage Guitar article by Michael Wright, with mention of the Mozzani connection and "lyre" harp guitars)

Polyhymnion This is a site that discusses the tradition of the Russian torban - an instrument similar to the harp guitar. Fascinating photos and history!

Jazzgitarren This marvelous site is a treasure trove of ultra-rare German archtops. Also includes a few German (and other) harp guitars.

International Guitar Research Archive This astounding collection of historical guitar music and literature resides in the Special Collections of the Oviatt Library on the campus of California State University, Northridge.

Guild of American Luthiers (back issues of American Lutherie Journal available)



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