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Instrument Collections

Mugwumps: Michael Holmes has been an expert on unusual stringed instruments since the dawn of time. I send everyone who's question I can't answer to him. Frank Ford at Gryphon Stringed Instruments has been building this elaborate site since 1998. My favorite place is "the Museum" - where he's gathering high quality photos of lots of rare stuff that has come through his shop for repair. Tons of other instrument info also. 
The Fiske Museum: The Fiske Museum at The Claremont Colleges (outside Los Angeles, CA) houses one of the most diverse collections of musical instruments in the United States, containing over 1,400 American, European and ethnic instruments dating from the seventeenth through the twentieth centuries. Well worth the private tour if you're in town!
Vintage Instruments Museum: Lowell Levinger's collection of rare fretted strings. ". . . for anyone interested in unique, unusual, ethnic, or experimental music and instruments" - in other words, stranger than my site!
Rainer Krause Collection of Antique Guitars - Rare - Curious Musical Instruments
(a new web site, with more to come. The name says it all!)
National Music Museum: America's Shrine to Music on the Campus of The University of South Dakota. The largest collection in the States.

Harp Guitars Simply THE Internet source. And I should know....
Knutsen Hawaiian and Harp Guitars: The late Dan Most and his partner Tom Noe's published the first and only book on Knutsen's harp guitars, along with his and other's "Weissenborn-style" Hawaiian guitars.
The Knutsen Archives:
My own specialty site which takes up where the book leaves off, cataloging the instruments of Chris Knutsen, now part of
Larsons Creations:
Not just harp guitars, but all the instruments built by the fabled Larson Brothers. By the expert on the subject, Robert C. Hartman.
Stephen Bennett: Stephen, a fellow harp guitar player, is a great guy, a new friend, and an incredible guitar player. If you like instrumental acoustic guitar, buy his CDs!; and if you're interested in harp guitar, he's the best of us!
John Doan: John has been doing a similar presentation to mine (though without all the silliness) for years. His main instrument is the harp guitar and he collects (and often uses) many of the same antique zithers, banjos, etc. that I do on his several recordings.

Guitars This is wonderful site full of photos and valuable information on early guitars. You guessed it - some guys who apparently can't play six strings are devoting some serious web space to this under-appreciated instrument. 
Vintage Guitar Magazine: Go buy their mag/newspaper. Every vintage dealer in the states advertises in there.
20th Century Guitar: The other main vintage guitar source. Now at your newsstand.
Guitar Notes: One of the many links sites for the guitar.


Howe-Orme Mandolinettos: My study of these infamous instruments.
And More Mandolinettos:
My expanding page on the many makers and varities of the "guitar-shaped mandolins."
Mandolin Cafe:
I don't know this guy, but lots of great news and links to the mando world.
Another great looking mandolin site.

Zithers Garry Harrison has created a spectacular new site for these wonderful, ubiquitous instruments. I'm thrilled that he has chosen to promote the new term presented by myself and Kelly Williams (see next).
Guitar Zither Clearinghouse:
Kelly Williams is likely the world authority on fretless zithers.
Bob's Ukelin Home: Another passionate eccentric who focuses on the lowly, albeit essential, ukelin.

5/5/03: NEW! The Dolceola Pages! A detailed section in three parts: The rare Dolceola, the Washington Phillips connection, and a brand new treatise on fretless zithers!

Stoessel Lutes: My extensive page on these now-forgotten hybrid instruments from Germany, and possibly the world's only information in English. Marvelous instruments!


The Ukulele Occasional: New friends who put out a wonderful new periodical on everything related to the ukulele. An exhaustive article on harp ukuleles (written by yours truly) is in Issue #2!
Flea Market Music, Inc.:
Jim Beloff is the local ukulele expert, and his site serves as an open forum for uke-buffs everywhere.
Altpeter Double Bass Ukulele
: My page on this incredibly bizarre uke!


Kerry Char finally has his web site up. Kerry repairs nearly all of my instruments and built my custom Miner-cello and resophonic guitar seen on my site.
Fred Carlson:
A guitar builder who has created some extremely unique instruments. I'd order one myself if, A) he didn't have an eight year waiting list, and, B) I had any money.
And now ALL luthiers who have ever built a harp guitar variation on listed on the Luthiers page!


Players Vintage Instruments. Collector Lowell Levinger always has a wide variety of rare, cool stuff.
Elderly Instruments
I've gotten vintage instruments, strings and accessories, and hard-to-find CDs from them - all at the best possible prices. Run by Stan Werbin, a long-time collector and great guy.
Lark in the Morning:
Mickie Zekley and his company sells a staggering variety of instruments from all over the world, plus vintage instruments. My bowed zither came from him years ago. I also called him when I needed a shakuhachi player and for tunings of some of the more obscure instruments I come across.
Bernunzio Vintage Instruments:
I've gotten several instruments from John Bernunzio. He's been around for ages and always has the best selection of the more obscure banjos, ukes, etc.
Mandolin Bros.:
The best vintage stringed instrument store around. These guys have an undeserved reputation for being top-dollar. They're really not. It only seems that way because all of their stuff is the best possible quality. Stan even gave me a deal on my fabulous 3-point F4.
Gruhn Guitars:
A ton of inventory, helpful staff, expert identification - I've gotten a couple of my better pieces from them.
Just Strings:
A great new place to get discount strings of almost all types.
J K Lutherie:
Books, methods, videos, you name it.
Boulevard Music:
Local Los Angeles guitar store that presents great concerts by the best acoustic musicians.    

Musician Friends

Front Room Music: My friends Jim & Leslie Strickland. Jim performs great original Americana music in and around Austin.
Bob Strum:
Another friend who plays gorgeous pedal steel. If you like either Gospel music or this instrument, download his sample song Great Is Thy Faithfulness and you'll see what I mean (all instrumental).


Do You Hear What I Hear?: Christmas CDs by every artist imaginable with reviews and links  - check it out!
Ravenswood Designs
The woman who designed my logo does all sorts of great artwork.

Note: I've deleted links that I've had up for at least a year with no reciprocal response. So, if you're missing, please link! I'd love to add yours! (if you did and I'm delinquent, please tell me!)

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