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A friend who's heard me talking about harp guitars just sent me this link. Was wondering if anyone else had seen it or was aware of it.
https://reverb.com/item/1459975-luigi-mozzani-lyre-harp-guitar-c-1905-ser-111-black-hard-shell-case?_aid=tw

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Thanks for the tip, Tom. Yes, this is the one someone else just posted on my Facebook page.  I answered them there.  Interesting history this one: Maccaferri bought it (and 4 others) from the Mozzani shop after his mentor died in 1947.  Brought them home where they languished in cardboard boxes.  John Monteleone convinced him to make hardshell cases for each to protect them.  He did some repairs and modifications to some of them.  John helped on some but doesn't remember exactly what.  On the fanciest one of the 5 (which I now own, another very long story), he moved and changed the tuners (which I'll document someday).
When Macc died, his widow sold all 5 to Chinery.  I understand he started to mess with them, ruining some finishes.  When Chinery died, all disappeared and I finally tracked down the remnants of his vast collection at E Guitars in Northern Cal.  There were 2 Mozzanis - both of which I could've bough for $2k each.  I actually passed as each needed too much work (and I had a better).  The small lyre model went through several dealers until the Met paid a boatload for it (I forget if they restored it, or someone else had). This one I told Benoit about and he bought it (cheap) from E Guitars.  He did some repairs, then a woman in NY talked him out of it as a gift for her husband (for another pile of too much$$$).  He got tired of it and it made its way to Retrofret.  Their date is of course way too early.  Man, if that's really worth 20K, then my two are worth about $30k and $50k...I wish!  But at least they're treating it seriously and with respect (unlike Chinery and the mysterious inner circle that liquidated his collection).
I am also dying to know where the Eagle's Wing model ended up.  None of my sources have tracked it down, nor 95% of the thousand instruments Chinery had...weird.

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Wow! Thanks Gregg! I thought you might have a line on it already, but little did I know! Lol. That kind of detailed history/provinance for specific instruments like this is fascinating! You've got my pumped (again). I'll no doubt be spending most of tomorrow studying up on historical instruments (again)! Lol
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