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Hi All,

I am looking to buy a Sullivan-Elliot type harpguitar (21 strings preferred).  I have made several private inquiries but thus far no one has replied.

If anyone of you could help, please email me with some recommendations as to who else to speak to.

I am ok with a used one (but in good condition) or having a new one built.

Thanks for your help, guys!

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Joshua
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I guess you have seen Stephen Sedgwick's 21 string Sullivan/Elliott. If it is sold he could make you another (I bet). His is 21 strings as in an added low E.

 

 I LOVE my S/E and I have another on the way but I am not in a selling frame of mind. Mine only have 20 strings anyway. Good luck Joshua. 

 

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Thanks Mike.  Love your ES!

I did try to get in touch with Stephen, but for some strange reason, all his emails are bounced back.

I have evaluated many other harp guitars with super trebles, but I am just so drawn to how John (Doan) co-designed this with S/E. 

I guess I have to be patient.  (ok, I am the first in line ok, in case you do change your mind...)

later,
Joshua
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Hi Joshua

Sorry if my emails having been bouncing back, I have no idea why. The 21-string I had for sale has a new home in Kansas City. Since your in                                                                                         Malaysia, I would suggest getting a harp guitar from Jeffery Yong. Jeffery did ask me not so long ago about cases for the Doan style harp guitar.

All the best
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Hi Steve,

Good to hear from you...yea, I am not sure why my emails to you are bouncing back to me, it's the one on your website.  I have your other email now, (thanks Brad Hoyt!)

Yes, I already had Jeff make me a Dyer style harpguitar, had it since 2008 I am very happy with it.  I think I need super model now.  I mean a super trebles model now  ...hence I am in search of the S/E now (no thanks to John Doan )

I will PM you later, thanks for getting back to me!

later,
Joshua
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what about Jim Worland?


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Just checked Jim's website out. Wow! Now I am spoilt for choices Thanks Nate!
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There's also a guy in Hawaii who we don't have on the website for some reason.  His name is Woodley White.  Check out http://www.whiteguitars.com/harp.html .  He shows a 20-string.  You could ask about a 21-string version but you may not need the extra string as he offers sharping levers.  His prices aren't cheap but I understand this to be a very faithful reproduction of the original Sullivan-Elliot instrument.

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Ouch! It is not that he is not cheap, but I think he is waaay too expensive hooyah! But nice replica with sharper levers, just the way I am wanting mine.

Greg's plans have arrived, so I am working on it now!

Later,
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Joshua,

 

Woodley is a great guy...I didn't realize he was making harp guitars, but I imagine they're nice.  It is a wad of money to spend, I agree, but hopefully you get what you pay for.  That certainly is often the case with cheap instruments.

 

And if you think his prices are way too much, you don't even want to know what I charge!

 

Fred

 

 

 

 

 


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Fred, everyone knows you are a legend!

Getting your creations is like asking for the price of a very exotic automobile...if you have to ask how much it is, you probably can't afford it.

So I just stick to hearing your creations on YouTube. I do hope you feel "sympathetic" towards us mere mortals
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Joshua,

 

Sympathy is my strong point.... sometimes I just wish I could do it a bit less expensively, and faster!

 

Thanks for the kind words!

 

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Ok guys, it has been slightly more than a year...but I am getting closer to my dream 20 string SE design - decided to get luthier Jeffrey Yong to make it for me, thus far, it looks like this:

 

But we have ran into a problem - we have bought the wrong set of super trebles tuners, so that won't work.  What we are trying to do is to source for the following one:



We do not know where we can get these Super Treble's tuners, can anyone help point us to the right place to purchase these?

Thanks a lot!  This is the only thing that is holding the project up!   Appreciate y'all!

later,
Joshua

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Hello, any online violin maker supplier should have them, but be careful, get the real deal and not the cheap copy from China, the Chinese one are weak and break easy, trust me :-).

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BenoƮt
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Hi Joshua!

Ben is very right; watch out for the cheap copies; I just had a very bad experience with them.  The bad ones I got came from Metropolitan Music, and there was no way to know without looking at (and trying) them....they call them the same thing as the better, German -made ones are called.

I got good ones from International Violin Company; here's a link to their page for them on their website.
http://www.internationalviolin.com/item_detail.aspx?ItemCode=1480
Good Luck!

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Thanks Ben and Fred, I think this will work! I appreciate both your input and help in pointing me the way (and keeping away from the "bombs")!

Whoohoo...I'll keep you guys posted on the progress! 

later,
Josh

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IT IS FINALLY DONE!! [biggrin] My most gracious thanks to Jeffrey Yong for making my dream come true!

So here it is, "The Rugged Cross"...(but I must say, the pictures does not do it justice, it's more awesome when you hold and play it!  But then, I am biased!) [smile]

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Here's one with Jeffrey...

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And we had the pleasure of John Doan being with us to "christen" the Rugged Cross!
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Thanks for all your support guys!  My real adventure begins now!

later,


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Congratulations, proud papa!  Coming to HGG12 with it?
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She is a beauty [thumb]. I like the bass arm treatment at the tuning end. The super treble setup is interesting.

Michael

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Hey, Joshua,

Congratulations!  What a beauty!

I'm very curious about those treble harp strings.... it looks like they are set up to be playable on either side of the bridge/saddle.  Or else something else is going on that I don't understand....

Can you tell us a bit about that?

thanks!

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Hey Fred,

Yea...those are "koto"-like pins, so the idea is that I can shift it around and have level of guzheng or koto functionality that could be played toward the bottom side of the saddle.

But truth be told, I have not figured it out how to play with it yet as the subs & supers are keeping me plenty busy. [smile]

later,
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Joshua,

The koto/Gu Zheng functionality is very cool;  I've done something similar on a couple of instruments.  But it's true it adds a whole new dimension to learn, and unless one can learn to do it with one hand (maybe possible, but really difficult), it takes two hands, and so it's hard to incorporate the rest of the instrument while you're doing it.  But it's a great sound....

Have fun!!

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