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Kudos, and a tip of the hat to Gregg Miner for his great article in issue #58 of GUITARMAKER, the ASIA journal. It just came today. He presents a coherent tale of the "first" Harp guitar, with great pictures and references. It should continue to raise the visibility of harp guitars in the broader luthier community.

 

An article worth looking for. Thanks Gregg.

 

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anyone have a suggestion on how to pick up an issue (for the nonsubscriber)?
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Cool! Thanks Neal - I haven't seen it yet. They're sending me copies which I will stock at HGM. As soon as I get them up, I'll let you know. 
P.S. Keep your eye out for the next Frets (at your newstand)....

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Me want one too! Maybe you should offer a special autographes copy as well. After all, you ARE the famous/infamous/notorious (take your pick!) HG Pope!!!


Next issue of FRETS eh? Will do Gregg!

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I named Gregg "Ambassador" but if you think about it "Pope" is more suitable, given all his power and authority. 


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Thanks guys. My favorite I think is "ambassador" - classy, accurate, and not too ostentatious (not that I am any of those things).  GAL used "kingpin" and the Frets author says "lightning rod" (he also publicly announces "the world's leading authority" but he may have got that from me...!).  Who woulda thunk it when I timidly showed up at Stephen's first Gathering...


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All well deserved recognition Gregg! I can't think of any place or publication with such a wealth of knowledge covering so wide a variety of instruments, their builders, and their players. Then there's all those recordings and videos, along with a book or two to top it all off.

Hmmmm...the next Gathering may require some sort of *special presentation*!



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I have 20 issues of Guitarmaker in stock, so hope I sell out (but please let me ship after Xmas)!  I'm very proud, though I feel compelled to cover myself with the following addendum:

In the otherwise terrific presentation of my article in the Winter 2006 Guitarmaker magazine, readers may be confused by the following:

Table of contents, page 3: Title is missing the crucial word “true” (corrected on page 42).

At the end of two paragraphs on page 45, the “(picture)” remarks were obviously intended as the layout person’s insertion instructions (not for the reader!).

The paragraph on page 46 that ends with the word “together” ends the main article (my intended “big finish”). The following paragraph and remainder of text were intended for the Sidebar, to follow the intro in the box (in case anyone wonders why the sudden jump in topic).

The first paragraph of photo credits is correct. The following credit list is clearly nonsensical – I think it came from a reference web page that included information for Guitarmaker, Frets, and the Museum of Making Music….not sure how it showed up here!

Stumpke photo: Unfortunately, we can’t see the flame koa mentioned in the caption.

Footnotes: The original included several footnotes intended to lighten the tone and potential pretentiousness of the piece. I was made to understand that they would be included. No big deal - no information was lost; there were just a couple that bolstered or further detailed some of my points. However, with footnotes removed, I would have re-written certain sections which may have lost some context. For example, without the apologetic footnote after my dig at the scholars on page 45, it reads like I am simply being rude. Missing footnote to intended to make clear I am not serious: “I’m teasing (and baiting) my fellow scholars here. We “agree to disagree” and only argue because we care. Seeming inconsistency on the two spellings of “harp(-)guitar” was also explained in a footnote. Spellings are deliberate and not errors.

Italics: As anyone who’s met me knows, I tend to speak passionately about harp guitars. I also work very hard to translate this through into my writing. Ergo, I use a lot of italics to emphasize my thoughts and points. Unfortunately, the magazine’s format didn’t allow retention of any of that….please supply your own passion as desired.

From the Editor: Rich, I doubt I have even two hundred instruments, let alone “several hundred”! It probably just seems that way.

Oh well…minor (rather than Miner) errors, and I want to extend my sincere thanks to Rich Mermer for allowing me such a great forum for my work, and the harp guitar movement!



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