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David Newton joins us from Texas. He is a uke builder who decided to tackle a harp mando after seeing my Knutsen at the GAL Convention.  Thanks, David!

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Thanks for the welcome, Gregg, and hello to all you harp-people.

I am an amatuer guitar and uke builder, with a guitar repair shop in Beaumont, Texas. I am constructing a harp-mando and hope to complete it by the end of Sept. I can't travel to the "gathering" but hope to find a sponsor of my instrument to take it to the gathering to show/play. If you are interested give me a shout.

Thanks to Gregg and Fred at the GAL in Tacoma for opening up the harp world for me.


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Larry Berwald has just signed on as a Lifetime subscriber.

Thanks, pal!

 


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Received a donation from new subscriber John Bennett from the Gulf Coast of Missouri. John, who happens to be a drummer, is the brother of a certain harp guitarist...

Thanks for your support John!


AND Michael Schreiner ponied up for a LIFETIME subscription - thanks Michael!


Our Financial Report (to be presented at HGG4) is looking very strong.


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David

For now, I am a maybe for HGGIV. I am not all that far from Beaumont. If my schedule firms up, I could transport your instrument to Fla.; firming up my schedule is always a problem when by then I should be finishing up the current job.

I don't qualify as a mandolin player.

Email me caphambone@yahoo.com for further info.

 

The Best,

Bruce Hammond


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Bruce.

The completion of Dancing Star Harp-Mandolin #1 is progressing in the shop with a long weekend taken out to go canoe camping. There is nothing that sounds better than a guitar on a river sandbar under the stars. Even teenagers will stop and listen to your old folksongs.

If it seems the harp-mandolin will be finished in time, I'll be getting in touch with you. It would be great to NOT have to ship the instrument.


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How was the canoe trip? Everyone wear flotation? Heard that Marc Silber used to give blues guitar instructions out in the woods. Must have been really a great place to learn - grooving on guitar and the great outdoors at the same time... 

 

...the outdoors being part of the appeal of the scouting program for boys and girls, as well. I have progressed well beyond that point now and teach woodcraft and aquatics to kids when not at work.

 

With the outdoors in mind, have to pause for a tribute to Steve Irwin, the unsurpassed champion of all wild creatures. Crocs don't rule, people do. Steve ruled wisely. Long live Crocodile Hunter!

 

Props to you for being with the kids, brother.

 

Bruce Hammond

 


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Welcome new member David Myka. He's got some pretty cool electrics on his site:
http://www.mykaguitars.com/
Thanks David - hope some HGs are in your future!

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Thanks for the welcome Gregg! This is a great website and really illustrates the evolution of the harp guitar. I am glad I found it. I have loved the concept ever since I saw one of the Gibson harp guitars played by Robbie Robinson at then end of the movie The Last Waltz.

As you mentioned I am primarily an electric guitar builder. Lately I have been focusing on semi-hollow and archtop-electric hybrids and will be working on some acoustics as well.My plans for the near future is to design and build some sort of harp guitar or at least something with sympathetic strings. As I get closer to a working idea I will be sure to share it with the group.

See you all around the forum!

~David



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Welcome, Dave!

Sympathetic strings.....allll right!!

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David Newton :

Sorry, looks like for HGGIV weekend I will be working onsite. Good luck on showing your instrument.

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Some new members from HGG4 - and I sure hope the rest of the attendees decide to sign up!
I posted a full Subscriber list in the lobby, including the "deadbeat" list - got Bill Dutcher to pony up his past and future dues! Thanks pal.
Two new attendees who joined are Rich Mermer and John Condon.
Rich built the double-neck (almost an HG) for the amazing Joe Scott of Acoustic
Eidolon, and he has some new ideas for his first HG. That's his beautiful koa Weissenborn copy you see me playing in the photos.
John, who signed up for a Lifetime sub, was not previously into HGs - other than he was the original owner of the Scott Chinery Regal harp guitar (which he bought for $5, but eventually sold)!
We also welcome Billie Fredholm, one very fun lady who happens to be Stephen Bennett's manager.
Thanks for the support folks!


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...and another new Lifetime member via HGG4!  Cheryl Henningsgaard, who inherited a family Dyer, as I recall (is that correct?).

Thanks, Cheryl, and welcome to our family!


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Hello!

 

Thanks for your hard work,Gregg. It was wonderful to find information on this web site, as I inherited a Dyer Harp Guitar (#5) which was purchased in 1903 by my Great Grandmother, Alice, who lived in North Dakota.

 

Prior to marriage, Alice was a teacher in a little school house in North Dakota.  She loved children and music.  She bought the Harp Guitar to assist her with her teaching!  What lucky students!  No zither for Alice!  She instilled a love of music, and nurtured musical talent, in most of the family.

 

Now it is 2006.  As her great grand daughter, I teach early childhood music, and I am also a Registered Music Therapist at MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis.  I have 155 plus students, ages 6 weeks to eight.  The Harp Guitar will greatly enhance my work, and I am excited to begin adding it to my teaching and therapy work!

 

Your web site helped me track down a luthier (Charles Hoffman & Luthiers in Mpls.) who restored my Harp Guitar (I have named her Alice), and helped us to locate HGGIV.

 

Mom, Alice's Granddaughter, also followed us on this journey.  We had such a great time experiencing HGGIV...the music, the people, the Harp Guitars.

 

Although mom and I have never met Alice, we feel close to her and to her spirit and her love of music and children, which will remain strong in our family, through the Harp Guitar...

 

Thanks Again!

 

Cheryl

 

 

 

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Welcome new subscriber Brian Werstler from Columbus Ohio. No HG yet, but inspired by Bill Dutcher and recently Stephen Bennett, it shouldn't be long!

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A new Lifetime Donation from Neal Rudy!  Neal was the gentlemen at HGG4 who owns that uusual Harry Fleischman HG.
(it's in this Gallery)
Thanks Neal

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     Alright! Welcome Neal. I met Neal at the gathering and he is ultra cool. He is into civil war reenactments and building period guitars. Also knowledgeable about other instruments of the era. And, and, and he flew his plane to the gathering - that's cool too.

 

     I am trying to reach another member. Can someone help me? He was at the gathering and brought along a Gibson HG and a partially completed HG of his own design. I don't remember his name but I would like to reach him badly. He is in the HG IV group photo on the far right standing above Bob Hartman. Thanks to all. Michael 


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Isn't he a doctor as well?

Cheers

Ben

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     Yes Neal is an anesthesiologist I believe. He is at the right of Gregg (Greggs' left) as you look at the HGIV Group picture. 

 

    I was thinking it would be nice to have everyone identified in the HGIV picture.  I am very bad with names and the avatars don't show who is who usually (except for Gregg). Just a thought.

 

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How is going your restauration project?

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Hi Michael - that was David Jorgensen. I'll send you his email shortly.

The names key to go with the photo is a good idea.  And I finally have everyone's name for this one. I'll get on it (in my copious free time...).


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And another new Lifetime Member joins us!  Don Alder in Canada is a terrific 6-string player (he's on that Japanese DVD with Andy McKee) - who now owns a Duane Noble HG.  He's got a tune going on it already.

Thanks and welcome Don!


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Thank you Gregg for the info and your group names consideration.

 

     Ben, thanks for asking about the restoration. I haven't worked on the instrument since returning from the gathering. I remodeled our main bathroom instead but that is finally done.    

   Michael  

 


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Welcome new member (and Knutsen HG owner) Andrew Lardner from Missouri.
Thanks Andrew!


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