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Bob Hartman’s eagerly anticipated new book has finally been released – in both Hard and Soft cover.  Lots of new HG photos and info.  Haven’t heard the included CD yet, but how cool for the gang (Bennett, Hobbs, Anderson and myself) to share a CD with the likes of Jimi Hendrix!
Available at HGM; signed copies are also available direct from Bob.  Kudos, my friend!
Another highly anticipated book (by scholars) is due to arrive at HGM shortly – Ivan Padovec – which includes a detailed chapter by my European counterpart, Alex Timmerman, on the Viennese makers.

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Hardcover and paperback copies of Bob's new book are here and shipping!

Bob - if you read this - my emails to you are bouncing back (your adoring public overloading your mailbox?)


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Bob's book is absolutely outstanding and rather overwhelming.  Lots of harp guitar info (Knutsen and Larson).  Mandatory reading for everyone at this site!!!!!
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For those of you who have purchased (or plan to) the new Larson book, please be aware that the CD has an inadvertent audible defect in the Hendrix tracks (a loud, consistent whine).  Bob Hartman has corrected this, but it will not be repaired in any books purchased from other dealers (though individual requests may be addressed by Centerstream Productions).  A complimentary re-mastered CD will be included on all books purchased from Harp Guitar Music or directly from larsonscreations.com.
Please note that the new tracks still have significant hiss (hey, it's for historical purposes!).

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Gregg,

I understand the Navy makes sounds like that in the ocean, but they do it for hysterical porpoises

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Finally received the Padovec books (only a couple to try out). Alex Timmerman's chapter is everything I expected and much more (and knew he was holding out on me!).  I'll likely be spending a whole year on all the information and updates he's provided....(Ben, he even has that Schenck pedal-guitar HG)
They're not inexpensive and a pain to get, but invaluable.  If I get additional requests, I'll do another order.



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By the way, Padovec books are back in stock and are a must have for anyone who is remotely serious about harp guitar history.  The key early European decades are very well researched and presented by Alex Timmerman.

For American harp guitar history, there is a stunning new book by Jeffrey Noonan, a player/scholar/professor at Southeast Missouri State U.  The Guitar in America: Victorian Era to Jazz Age is the book that John Doan and/or I wish we would have written - but who has time?!  We don't even have time for the basic research....Noonan spent several years reading every page of every issue of the "Banjo, Mandolin and Guitar" journals Cadenza and Crescendo, plus a dozen other lesser, rarer periodicals.  Then he actually analylzed all of that and wrote a short but comprehensive book about the guitar in that context (only 200+ pages, his thesis was 750).  Of course, we all know the harp guitar figured prominently in that era, and Noonan nicely boils down some of the key episodes for us.  Beyond looking at the individual clues on HG.net and the Larson & Noe/Most books, this is essentially the only subtantial thing written on this important topic - a still largely unknown era.
Noonan will have a second book following very quickly which will be an exhaustive bibliography / index with a thousand some entries, including (he claims!) every reference to a harp guitar in nearly every single issue of these dozen 1885-1930 journals.
Then my fun begins! (I/we were already working on plans for digitizing this material, Jeff and I have already talked about a key collaboration).  HGG6 attendees may recall my brief mention of this new long-term project - I also plan to eventually do an exhaustive image-laden scrapbook of all this provenance on HG.net, and with Jeff's groundwork, this now looks attainable!
No discounts, the book is $50 at Amazon, Elderly, etc.  Please support Jeff's research and writing as you support this site, and buy and read it!



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Just got in a set of limited edition books (sure to double on Ebay by next year) of collector Tony Ku's Uke and Hawaiian instruments.  Like Jonathan Kellerman's book from last year, a "gotta have" for fans of those instruments (17 total Knutsens!)(these are Weissenborn-shape steels)
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I'm now stocking Jonathan Kellerman's beautiful book, With Strings Attached.
Not a lot of HGs, but plenty o' Knutsens, and all manner of gorgeous guitars - plus all Jon's great stories....and all my copies are signed!

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