From Our Mall to Yours

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, everybody! And Happy Hannukah, Joyful Winter’s Soltice, Happy Kwaanza, and I hope you all generally have a warm and restful midwinter celebration. (Click for full card)

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New Saccu for Saggese

Once he became a bona fide harp guitarist (have you seen the video?), Christian quickly saw the need for a modern instrument built for a modern musician’s needs.  Obviously, he required some form of classical guitar, but one with a full 8 basses to play the music of Taraffo.   He also decided that the missing […]

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New Arul Harp Guitar

I’ve been laying low this week with a bad cold, but still managing to get all the last-minute Christmas orders out every day. Speaking of just-in-time-for Christmas: I know this isn’t in everyone’s budget, but it is a bargain: a beautiful hand-made Dyer copy/variant by Arul from India.  Just got the new tuners on, tuned […]

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Fred’s Book is Here!

…and the fun and silliness keeps coming! Several of us have had the same idea over the years…why not publish a “Children’s” (i.e: really “Adult’s”) book with all of Fred Carlson‘s woodcuts and poems done over the years for the Guild of American Luthiers Conventions. Of course, first, we had to wait for the entire […]

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The Real Powell Brothers Revealed

This fascinating film is a private family document inadvertently revealed to the public by Linda Marek (who also appears), the mother of those irrepressible Powell brothers, Dave and Tone.  In case you’ve missed the harp guitar players/builders at the Harp Guitar Gatherings and elsewhere, Dave is the one with glasses, Tone is the one who […]

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New Luthiers

Here is the recently completed Italian harp guitar by Mauro Marchesini, who builds beautiful archtops and other guitars near Bologna.  As you can see, it’s a fan fret, built for Giulio Sangirardi.  If it looks a bit reminiscent of the 2 recent harp guitars built by Max Monterosso of Padova, that’s because Max lent a […]

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We did it!

We made our goal to receive a matching grant – and with time to spare…look what we’ve done in less than 2 months! Now that we’ve hit $5000, we’ll get another $5000 in matching funds from Ed Littlefield, Jr. for a total of ten grand extra in our dwindling coffers. Now that we’ve hit this […]

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Medley, with Shinness, Live Tonight

My guess is that most of you will see this too late.  I’ll come straight home from work and see if I can catch some of it, myself. Tom Shinness (on the new Christmas Present CD) just told me this morning that he’ll be playing cello with Keith Medley today at 6 pm Nashville time. […]

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Seeing is Believing

You’ve now heard four recordings of Taraffo transcriptions by the amazing Christian Saggese, as presented on my blogs of Sept 25 and Nov 15, and now archived on the site. It’s quite another to see it in performance.  From private footage and audio supplied by Franco, I have finished editing and posting the Cavalleria Rusticana […]

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Harwood a Mystery No Longer

Man, has this been a long time coming. I had almost forgotten that it was 17-18 years ago now that I first heard of the “Harwood” brand.  That was when my friend, the late Dan Most (of the Knutsen  book), obtained the amazing double-soundhole Harwood HG for me, which I of course used on A […]

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