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Bluesdoggie

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Hello all,

I'm not sure what folks would like to know so I'll run down some things and see what happens...

Name:  Jim
Location:  Oregon (Portland metro)
Plays:  (non-harp) guitar so far, non-professionally
Got into HG:  Michael Hedges, then others

Goals:  I'm really hoping to meet someone close to me who would let me spend a little time playing a harp guitar before I jump into the significant $$ associated with owning one.

Why I like HG:  In a word, texture.  In more words, they sound nice and I am fascinated with unusual instruments.

It's nice to be here.  Please feel free to ask about anything I forgot.

Michael

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Hi Jim and welcome. I live in Miami Florida but I have a son living in Bend Oregon. He is a guitar player but not Harp Guitar (Yet). Since you play guitar I would suggest you take the tour at Breedlove guitars in Bend if you can. They don't make Harp Guitars (Yet) but you will see how much work goes into building fine instruments and why a harp guitar may cost $$.

 I hope you can attend HGG8 this year (It really is a good deal and fun,fun, fun). If you do, You WILL learn everything there is to know about HG's and you WILL be confident in making a wise choice in purchasing an instrument.
Michael  

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Hi Jim

You should contact John Doan because he is in Salem. He is one of the best harp guitarists around and he also teaches harp guitar as well.

As regards to Breedlove, they did proclaim to have made a harp guitar in the 2004 August addition of 'Acoustic Guitar'. There was no photo of the instrument and when I spoke to the Breedlove people at the Musikmesse in Germany they said they had never made a harp guitar.

All the best
Steve




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Bluesdoggie

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Thanks for the welcome, I will see about contacting John Doan.  I noted his retreat, that sounds like it might be interesting.

I'm thinking about HGG8 but it's a long, expensive trip.  I'm hoping that maybe HGG9 will swing west again, but we'll see how that is.

I haven't toured the Breedlove plant but I did try several of their guitars while I was shopping for a high-end model.  I wound up with an Ehlers that I am completely in love with but I was impressed by the workmanship of the top-end Breedloves.


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Portland is a good place to be.  don't forget to look up Mike Doolin.  Attend a harp guitar retreat with John next year.  He owns several instruments so you do not even need to own one to attend.


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