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Thanks, Gregg!  I'm excited about this new adventure.  To date, I've played a harp guitar (Stephen Bennett's #1, at CAAS some years ago) for all of about 3 minutes.  So, I'm really looking forward to grabbing the Style 7 and soaking up all I can at the HGG.  I'll be easy to spot.  I'll be the guy in back with the deer-in-the-headlights look on his face.


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Brand new Worland 21-string owner Bruce Kahn from Carlsbad, CA (yes, he got the bug from our exhibit and concerts!) joins us today.
Thanks and welcome to the madness!


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5 new members this week and 1 renewal (thanks John Bushouse)!
Brian Stone (who took photos for the G.A.L.) and Bill Storms (he with the outrageous new Michael Dunn harp steel) were both at the Gathering.
While we were in Portland having fun, Johannes Wieland joined us from Austria, Karl Koch from Carmel, Indiana and Brian Kneeland, who donated for the Members Only Shutt article.
Thank you all.

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What a small world. Linda and I went to Indy for the Moto GP motorcycle race back in September. We stayed at the Country Inn and Suites on N. Michigan in Carmel. That's literally just a stones throw away from Karl's place.
On our first night we went out to eat at a place I think was called the 116th Street Grill. There was a guitar store just a couple of doors down so naturally I had to check it out. All new, 90% import stuff. The kid behind the counter asked what I was looking for and I said, old or interesting acoustics. He quizzed me to be more specific and I said, harp guitars. I got that blank, "whatcha talkin' 'bout?" stare. The same one I use to get from my daughters when I'd ask why they didn't put gas in the car after using it. Karl probably knows the store I'm talking about.

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New members Chris Sarauer from Wisconsin, and Brian Mikiten from San Antonia (who just got a McCollum HG).
Thanks guys and welcome to the community!

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Welcome David King from Virginia, who is entering our world with an upcoming Wishnevsky HG....
Thanks Dave!

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Welcome Marco Bazzotti, from Milan, Italy.  Marco runs the new Just Classical Guitar Archive, and is an expert on the Russian 7-string guitar (and by default, its harp-versions).  Guitars of the Czars is one such article worth referencing.
Thanks for joining us, Marco!


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And another Italian joins us - how wonderful!
Fabrizio Contini, from Genoa (land of Taraffo, who helped inspired him). He also knows the harp guitar from his friend Beppe Gambetta and hopes to finally acquire one and join our cause.
Thanks and welcome!


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Phil Irby joins us from Dallas.  Phil owns the Dyer being meticulously restored by Don at Nite Owl Guitars.
Thanks and welcome!

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Dwight Bowman from Oregon joins us.  I see his username is "HM22" - which happens to be the Knutsen Archives Inventory # of the great harp mando he just bought.
Thanks for your support, Dwight!


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A big thanks to Ed Dowling of Athens, Georgia for a Lifetime donation.
Ed owns a brand new outrageous Worland 25-string HG (which I added to his Luthiers listing).  Get this - the neck is in open C (6th string is C) - the subs DESCEND from there down to another C.  This is the C that orchestral string bass players put a super fancy extension on to go lower than h*** - Ed's still looking for a nylon string to make it work.  Sub-woofers, anyone?
Thanks Ed!

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  Thanks, Gregg.    Don't want to give the wrong impression: Jim did a great job; the 25 stringer plays fine as is, but those lower subs do have to be approached delicately. They may move up to start in "D".   Jim's unusual super treble tuning system works well and resolves several conflicting goals. -Ed


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New member, part-time luthier Ronnie Owens joins us from Fort Collins, CO.  He's soon to embark on his first HG (subs and supers).  Good luck, and welcome!


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Craig Nelson of Wheaton, IL has made a Lifetime donation - thanks, pal!
Craig and I went to High School together, and even had a band for a short period.  He still plays guitar and we've finally inspired him to begin looking for his first HG.  He's come to the right place!


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Wow - another Lifetime donation.  This one from Dan Cross of Yorktown, Indiana, who became an instant harp guitar fan and supporter after seeing Brad Hoyt play the AVC at his first major gig.
Go Brad!
Thanks Dan!


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Thanks Gregg,  I am looking forward to learning more about this wonderful instrument and I know that I've come to the right place.  There is a wealth of information here on the site and within the community of subscribers.  However, I won't feel like a true member until I finally purchase my first hg and show up at a festival ready to play.  My goal is 2010.  We can work on getting the band back together.  HG's through Marshall stacks!

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Better alert Mike Doolin!

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Welcome two new members - HTML clipboardDavid Kelsey, Guitar Professor at WKU in Bowling Green, Kentucky and HTML clipboardClark Pittman from Plant City, Florida.
Thanks guys!

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3 new members!  Carlo Pierini from Genova, who does work for Beppe Gambetta, Fabio Bocchiddi, also from Genova (emails bouncing back, so I can't get ahold of him) and John Galbraith from Wenatchee, WA, looking into buying his first harp guitar.
Thank you and welcome, Gentlemen!


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Thanks for the welcome - glad to have found you! Can't wait to get my hands on an instrument!
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Welcome Barry Bickel from Queensland, Australia.  Barry was inspired by Stephen Bennett, and has a new Dyer copy being built by local Michael Palm.  Barry wonders how many harp guitar players, owners and builders are now in Australia.  I actually forget, but a growing number...
Thanks Barry!


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Welcome new member and soon-to-be-new-HG-owner Scott Sanford from New York.
Thanks for joining our world, Scott!


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Thanks Gregg,
Having dreams of Dyer-style #8s dancing in my head!

I have thoroughly enjoyed reading all the material on the site and speaking with some of you over the course of my jump into the HG world.

My story actually began back in 1989 when I was in high school. A good friend of mine was that son of Herk Favilla, a NY Luthier of some significance in the 70's. In his family's living room was a Dyer Harp Guitar hung on the wall. I was never allowed to play or even touch it (I think it was a wall hanger, not a player by that point anyway) but the impression was made.

It's been somewhat of a ride so far, but it looks like mid June will be my date to remember.

Best to you all,
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Scott, who doesn't have those dreams?!
But you should mention that it's a Mike Brittain version, not the real thing, or you'll have this group more than just drooling.


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Ooh, sorry... I did forget to mention that. Yes, indeed, a Mike Brittain style 8 replica that I'm having a sound port put into the harp arm and a K&K Mini system put in for amplification. 

Oh, and I've been trying to reconnect with that old Dyer on the wall. There may be a chance I could get it... Shhhh, don't tell anyone yet!


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