Rainer Krause (center), of Berlin, was/is/will be perhaps the foremost harp guitar collector in Germany, if not the world. I say “was” because he loaned 54 of his guitars to the MIM (Musikinstrumentenmuseum in Berlin), who subsequently bought his entire collection (in 2007), including all the harp guitars. The thing is, like all true collectors, Rainer didn’t stop. He now has another 70 guitars, which include numerous harp guitars – the most recent of which is the very Lacote decacorde I blogged about just last week!
His site will be undergoing changes as he removes a couple of dozen instruments he no longer owns and adds his new acquisitions. I can hardly keep up with the latter. Here are 6 of his more recent that I have not yet added to the various Galleries.
This 1920 instrument is by Michael Nowy of Vienna and is one of the more unusual I have seen. The oval body is something we see from time to time, but the vaguely heart-shaped, “cut-out” bottom is quite unique! Note also the rounded back.
A little more “normal” is this 1907 instrument by Hermann Trapp – but check out the elaborate headstock! Not sure what’s going on with that rosette decoration though…
Then there are new wappenform (shield-shaped) harp guitars, including (L-R), from Munich, a 1904 Franz Halbemeyer (with 3 basses off a Stauffer-shaped headstock) and a 1927 Hans Raab (with a very interesting extension with short metal coverplate for the 3 subs). Last is a Xaver Kerschensteiner from around 1920 from the town of Regensburg in Bavaria.
Lastly, my favorite, and not even a harp guitar…in fact, not a hollow-arm (perhaps a hollow-arm still in training). But it’s a Mozzani, so will go up in the Mozzani archives. It’s the first one of these I’ve seen in color, and what a spectacular prize!
Keep them coming, Rainer! And when the MIM runs out of room, give me a call next time, will you?!