Inventory
as of

August, 2013

 

NOTE: Grayed out entries represent instruments played on A Christmas Collection, but no longer part of the collection.

I have arranged my collection by Family, then Sub-family, then maker. 

American and European Instruments are first, "Ethnic" instruments last.

The categories and names are my own. Some of these reflect my deliberate re-organization of some of the more obscure stringed instruments. The hybrids have been placed in the more logical (primary characteristic) family - some are actually closer to being in-between two families.

   by Gregg Miner, as part of www.minermusic.com)

Family Sub-family Maker Type
Number in ( ) = courses, from (looking at face of instrument) left to right (bass to treble). Number in [ ] = total strings within course(s)
Model, description Year Serial # Appears on A Christmas Collection   Additional web information by Gregg Miner  
Guitars Flat-top Guild 12-string jumbo F-212 c.1973   Sleigh Ride  
Guild 12-string jumbo F-512 1990s      
Gitane 6-string Selmer copy D-500 2004      
Martin 6-string 0-21 1928   Winter Wonderland  
Peńalver, Pedro Martinez  6-string Spanish "Especial" (inside-out bridge) 1983      
Waller. J. 6-string classical . c.1970   Bright, Bright, The Holly Berries  
Flat-top, extended base Scherr, Emilius 6-string Patent Harp-Guitar birdseye and flame maple b&s c.1937      
Stumcke, Charles 6-string, after Scherr's Patent Harp-Guitar flame mahogany(?) b&s 1853      
Arch-top Gibson 6-string Style O "Florentine" 1921 67048 The Christmas Song  
Gibson 6-string L-3     The Holly And The Ivy  
Resonator Dobro roundneck, wood-body, single-cone Style 35 c.1930   Jingle Bells / The Chipmunk Song   
Dobro roundneck, wood-body, single-cone  Style 65 or 66 1929 2208   .
National squareneck, metal-body, tri-cone Style 1 1930 1909 Jingle Bells / The Chipmunk Song 

 

 
Char, Kerry squareneck, wood-body, single-cone "Gregg Miner" koa .   . "Gregg Miner" model Resonator Guitar by Kerry Char
Regal roundneck, metal-body, single-cone RC2 2004   . .
Tenor Regal flat-top . c.1930   Jingle Bell Rock  
B & J Serenader Pink celluloid-covered back and sides c.1930   Jingle Bell Rock  
Regal or ? resonator wood-body, single-cone c.1930 J . .
National resonator Style 3, metal-body, single-cone, guitar-shape Serial # anomaly per Brozman - either 1932 or 1934 2642 . .
Keychord automatic chord fretting mechanism all-mahogany .   . .
Steel National electric, lap
(6 string)
New Yorker 1946 V1200 Jingle Bell Rock  
National electric, lap
(8 + 8)
Grand Console 1954 X45171 Sleigh Ride  
Gibson pedal steel Electraharp c.1950 62265 The Christmas Song  
Knutsen, Chris Hawaiian
(6-string - converted from Harp Steel left, then right handed)
"Weissenborn-shaped" 1920s   . HHW18
Knutsen, Chris Harp Steel
(2 + 6 + 4)
"Weissenborn-shaped" 1914-1928   White Christmas HHW1
Knutsen, Chris Harp Steel
(2 + 6)
"Weissenborn-shaped"
slender
      Blog: and baby makes 6…
Knutsen, Chris Convertible Harp Steel
(4 + 6)
"Upper Treble Point" 1914-1920s   . HCP1
Knutsen, Chris Convertible Harp Steel
(5 + 6 + 4)
"No Point" 1920s     HCN3
Knutsen, Chris Hawaiian 6-string "Baby Pineapple" 1914-1920s     Blog: and baby makes 6…
Knutsen, Chris Hawaiian 6-string "Teardrop" 1914-1920s      
Harp Guitar Akeson, Charles (4 + 6) under Dahlman patent #469,548 c.1891      
Biehl, Tony (6 + 6) Double-neck c.1897      
Bohmann, Joseph (12 + 6 [10]) Custom double-neck w/10-strings on fb (lowest 4 octave-doubled) c.1900       bohmann.jpg (131616 bytes)
Carruth, Alan (5 + 6) Experimental 2010      
De Barbieri, Paolo (8 + 6)   c.1920       de_barbieri-miner.jpg (260928 bytes)
Dyer, W. J. & Bro. (6 + 6) Style 8 c.1910 690 Bring a Torch, Jeannette, Isabella Dyer Harp Guitars
Gazzo, Settimio (8 + 6) Taraffo style .c.1920   . The Harp Guitars of Settimio Gazzo
Gibson (10 + 6) Style U 1916 29740 "A Charlie Brown Christmas" Medley The Gibson Harp Guitar
Gibson (10 + 6) scroll bridge c.1908 illegible "A Charlie Brown Christmas" Medley The Gibson Harp Guitar
Hansen, H. (4 + 6)   c.1891    

America ’s First True Harp Guitar

Harwood (12 + 6) . c.1900   You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch / Welcome Christmas Harwood Harp Guitars
Knutsen, Chris (5 + 6) "1898 Patent" c.1898   White Christmas HGP4
Knutsen, Chris (5 + 6) Symphony c.1899   White Christmas HGT1
Knutsen, Chris (7 + 6 [9] + 7) "Lower Bass Point" c.1913   White Christmas HGS1
Knutsen, Chris (7 + 7 + 6 + 7) "Zither Harp Guitar" c.1913   . HGS40
Knutsen, Chris (5 + 6) "Double Point" 3/4 scale c.1906     HGS72
Lyon & Healy (6 + 6) College Line Monster Bass c.1910     Lyon & Healy's
Monster Bass Harp Guitar
Maccaferri, Mario (4 + 6) Maccaferri personal instrument c.1926     The Harp Guitars of Mario Maccaferri
Mozzani (3 + 6) dual arm, oak leaf design 1910-1940   . The Incredible Harp Guitars of Luigi Mozzani
Selling, Otto (att) (6 + 6) repaired by Klingberg, Sweden, 1886 c.1840s   You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch / Welcome Christmas  
Southwell, Gary   archguitar
(James Kline's original instrument)
       
Stahl (10 + 6) "Picasso" harp guitar, with internal second body c.1912       stahl6-miner.jpg (49254 bytes)
Weymann (att) (12 + 6) double tree-of-life double neck c.1910      
Zimmerman (4 + 7) 11-course Russian c.1900      
Unknown (10 + 6)  Italian-American c.1920      
Lyre Guitar Unknown (French) (6) bronze eagle head arm tips c.1800      
                 
Mandolins Arch-top Gibson mandolin F4, 3-point 1907 6262 The Christmas Song  
Gibson mandolin F4 c.1920 illegible Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring  
Gibson mandola H2 1917 36692 Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring  
Gibson tenor lute TL1 1924 77598 The Christmas Song  
Gibson mandocello K4 1924 76985 Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring  
Gibson mandobass . 1929 88180 Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring  
Flat-back Howe-Orme "mandolinetto" Style 2 c.1895 1684 Bright, Bright, The Holly Berries The Great 
Elias Howe 
Mystery
Leland piccolo . .   . Piccolo Mandolin
unknown (Germany) pocket (Germany) c.1900   Bright, Bright, The Holly Berries  
  bandola   c1900s      
Bowl-back del Perugia, Fernando Lombardi (Milanese) mandolin 6 x 1 1891      
Harp mandolin Knutsen, Chris harp mandolin
(4 + 4 [8] )
black top 1910-1914   .

 

HM2
Knutsen, Chris harp mandolin
(4 + 4 [8] )
koa 1914-1920s   . HM3
unknown (Italian) harp mandolin
(8 + 4 [8], floor-standing)
. c.1910   . Chitarra monumentale
Hollow-arm Calace lyre (mandolira) . 1913   Bright, Bright, The Holly Berries  
Dyer, W. J. & Bro. harp mandolin
(4 [8] )
.Style 20 . 105 . Dyer Harp Mandolins
Knutsen, Chris harp mandolin
(4 [8] )
spruce, Lower Bass Point 1910-?      
Knutsen, Chris harp mandolin
(4 [8] )
spruce, Lower Treble Point 1910-?   White Christmas HM1
Knutsen, Chris harp mandola
(5 [10] )
koa 1913-1914     HMA2
Larson (att) harp mandola
(5 [10])
        The Mysterious Five-Course Harp Mandola
Laurenti, F. harp mandolin
(4 [8] )
  1938     Blog: New Find / Historical Maker / Museum Acquisition
Monzino harp mandolin
(4 [8] )
. c.1900   Bright, Bright, The Holly Berries  
Unknown harp mandolin
(4 [8] )
bowl-back c.1900      
Hybrid Miner, Gregg resonator single-cone wood-body mandocello Miner-cello 1994   Jingle Bells / The Chipmunk Song  The Miner-cello
Regal "hybrid" (~octave mandola scale) Octofone c.1930   Jingle Bell Rock  
Turturro  mandolin and ukulele "Turnover" 1924-1928
("Pat. Applied For")
     
Resonator Dobro resonator       Jingle Bell Rock  
Dobro resonator 65 or 66 1929 2123    
National resonator Style 1 metal-body, single-cone 1930 388 Jingle Bell Rock  
               
Banjos Hybrid Gibson ukulele-banjo UB1 c.1930   Santa Claus is Comin' To Town  
Gibson mandolin-banjo, trap-door resonator MB4 c.1918 11018A I Saw Three Ships / Good King Wenceslas  
Gibson guitar-banjo, trap-door resonator GB4 c.1920   I Saw Three Ships / Good King Wenceslas  
Pollman banjo-lute (wood-body flat-top) "Mandoline-Banjo" 1890s   Winter Wonderland  
Winder, John Geldert "Portable Harp"
(banjo-zither-harp)
after 1891 London R. L. Darby patent c.1895      
Open-back Schall, J. B. piccolo . c.1900   Sleigh Ride  
Stewart banjeaurine . .   .  
Stewart bass or cello . .   .  
unknown English 6-string fretless  ((Tunbridgeware) .   . .
unknown giraffe or banjorette "Silver Queen" .   . .
Resonator Gibson 5-string RB5 1970 174735 The Christmas Song  
Gibson tenor, trap-door resonator TB5 c.1920 1106A-35 I Saw Three Ships / Good King Wenceslas  
Zither Windsor bass 7-string . .   . .
Wilmhurst  5-string . .   . .
               
Ukuleles . Altpeter, Franz double harp ukulele (2 + 4 + 2) "Double Bass Uke" .   . Altpeter Harp Guitar and Double-Harp Ukulele
Dobro or Regal resonator wood-body c.1930 none . .
Dunn, Michael tenor harp ukulele
(3 + 4)
Custom
"Maccaferri/Knutsen/Dunn" style
2010     Blog: Dunn is done!
Gibson ukulele Style 3     The Christmas Song  
Knutsen, Chris harp ukulele (4) koa, full-rope .   White Christmas. HU16
Knutsen, Chris harp taropatch (4x2) red gum, concert size         wpe1.jpg (30693 bytes)
Martin baritone   1960s   Santa Claus is Comin' To Town  
Martin taropatch . .c.1930   Santa Claus is Comin' To Town  
National resonator Style 1 large metal-body 1928 183 . .
Oscar Schmidt Tiple . c.1930   Jingle Bell Rock  
               
Lutes, Citterns, Early Plucked Strings . Rollins, John  chitarrone in A (Italian tiorba) (14 [20] ) after M. Dieffopruchar, Venice, 1610 1993   Angels We Have Heard On High  
Rollins, John  swan-necked Baroque lute
(13 [25] )
after Joachim Tielke, Hamburg, c.1670 1993   Still, Still, Still  
unknown (Germany) Renaissance lute (8 [15] ) . c. 1970   What Child is This?  
Raymond Passauro, Belgium orpharion after Palmer 1962      
Renault
(Renault & Chatelain)
arch-cistre
(arch-cittern)
  1792      
Anon guittar (att. Preston) c.1775      
               
Harps . Clark neo-Irish Irish c.1915   Of the Father's Love Begotten  
Lyon & Healy semi-grand concert 17G     Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas  
Lyon & Healy grand concert 23G 1960s 6157 . .
Markwood wire-strung (25) . 1983   . .
Triplett neo-Irish Celtic I 1980s 268195 . .
               
Zither Alpine or Concert Kiendl, Anton concert . c.1880   O Tannenbaum  
Schwarzer, Franz quint harp-zither . 1898 6976 O Tannenbaum  
Washburn concert .. c.1898   O Tannenbaum  
Unknown ?          
Halbmeier alto (elegy)       O Tannenbaum  
Bowed Haslwanter bowed semi-violin-shaped 1873   O Tannenbaum  
Lutz bowed heart-shaped .   . .
  bowed strangely shaped        
Dulcimer Rugg & Jackal Appalachian       The Holly And The Ivy  
anon epinette des Vosges   c. late 1800s      
Nagoya Harp (Japan) Nardan Harp (keyboard-fretted dulcimer)          
Folk (Sweden?) krafzither . .   . .
(Sweden?) scheitholt . .   . .
Fretless Bredshall & Faber Zitho-Harp Style "E" c.1902   The Holly And The Ivy .
Dolceola Co. Dolceola   1900s 2582   The Dolceola Pages
Flagg Manufacturing Co. Apollo Harp . .   . .
Harp-O-Chord Co Harp-O-Chord . .   . .
Harp-O-Chord Co Harp-Zither . .   . .
International Music Corp. Chartola . .   . .
International Music Corp. Ukelin . .   The Holly And The Ivy  
Manufacturers Advertising Co. Tremoloa . 1945   The Holly And The Ivy  
Marx & Marx Pianophone . .   . .
Meloharp Meloharp . .   . .
Oscar Schmidt Autoharp   1970   The Holly And The Ivy  
Oscar Schmidt Mandolin Guitarophone . .   . .
Paramount Harp Co. Paramount Concert Harp (Mandolin-Harp) . .   The Holly And The Ivy  
Phonoharp Marxophone . .   The Holly And The Ivy  
Phonoharp Regent Zither No. 5 .   . .
The Harp Manufacturing Co. Symphony Harp No. 5 .   .

 

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Mechanical Chordephon Musikwerke Chordephon No. 9 c.1900       chordephon-miner.jpg (113030 bytes)
Harp-lute . unknown harp-guitar . .   .  
Light/Barry harp-lute-guitar . .   . .
Light/Barry harp-lute . .   . .
Wheatstone harp-lute   .   .  
Light .dital harp     248 . .
               
Lute-zither . Stoessel Stoessel-mandolin . .   . The Stössel-lute
Stoessel Stoessel-lute, 7-string         The Stössel-lute
Stoessel Stoessel-lute, 9-string . .   . The Stössel-lute.
Stoessel Stoessel-lute, bass . .   . The Stössel-lute.
Stoessel. Stoessel-lute, contrabass. .       The Stössel-lute
               
Misc Strings . Unknown tromba marina reproduction .   Angels We Have Heard On High  
          Angels We Have Heard On High  
Thuringer waldzither, 6 course (1 + 1 [floating] + 3 + 3 + 3 + 3)          
               
Winds . .Germany soprano recorder . . 229 What Child is This?  
  .Germany alto recorder . .   What Child is This?  
  .Germany tenor recorder . .   What Child is This?  
  .Germany bass recorder . .   What Child is This?  
  Woods alto crumhorn .c.1980 c.1980   What Child is This?  
  Monk cornett . 1990   What Child is This?  
  . tin whistle (various) . .   I Saw Three Ships / Good King Wenceslas  
  Alba low whistle, D . .   . .
    native American flute          
  . ocarinas (various sizes) . .   I Wonder As I Wander  
                 
Misc   Hugh Lacey kalimba (sprano, alto)       Santa Claus is Comin' To Town  
    Flexitone       Santa Claus is Comin' To Town  
  Jaymar toy piano       Santa Claus is Comin' To Town  
                 
Ethnic Afghanistan   rabab          
Africa Mali kora . .   . .
West Africa pluriarc
(multiple bow harp)
c. late 19th century
(from an old New England ethnographic museum now defunct, through a New York auction house)
       
Gabon pluriarc mid-20th century        
West Africa harp
(male: Seto)
collected early 1960's        
DRC harp
(female: Nabo)
         
DRC
(Mangbetu)
kundi harp mid-20th century        
Ivory Coast
(Baoulé)
harp          
             
Ethiopia krar
(lyre)
         
  3-string tortoiseshell lute          
Nigeria raft zither (bamboo) collected by my Aunt Dorothy Miner, missionary, c.1960 .   . .
.Tanzania (att) trough zither (wood, string)   .   . .
Tanzania
(Zigua)
trough zither second half 20th century        
Mali
(Dogon)
metal double gong          
Gabon (Fang) metal gong late 20th century        
Zaire slit gong-rasp second half 20th century        
. balafon (xylophone) . .   . .
Andrew Tawedzera mbira dza vadzimu 21st century        
             
             
Central Africa (Chokwe)  lamellophone          
Kenya lamellophones . .   . .
Cameroon trumpet mid-20th century        
. djembe . .   . .
. ashiko drum . .   . .
. sakara . .   . .
. talking drum . .   . .
. udu drum (clay pot) . .   We Three Kings of Orient Are  
  (ground cowbells, 2 each)          
  shekere (gourd w/shell rattles)          
Kenya cane box rattle          
Kenya sistrum          
Kenya sistrum          
  animal bells
(various materials)
      We Three Kings of Orient Are  
Arabian
(misc)
. rabab . .   . .
Armenia   duduk          
Australia   didgeridoo          
Bali   carved wood flute          
  geng gong
(bamboo jaw harp)
         
 (Burma)
Myanmar
. saung gauk (boat harp) . .   . .
Cambodia . crocodile zither . .   .. .
China   yueqin       O Come, O Come, Emmanuel  
  qin (7-string long zither)          
  zheng (21-string long zither)          
  yehu
(coconut shell huqin)
Hong Kong        
. sheng (mouth organ) . .   . .
  kou xiang
(brass jaw harp)
(triple)
         
Eastern Europe   prim "tamburitza" Croatia/Serbia?         tamburitza-miner.jpg (52989 bytes)
  bisernica (" tamburitza") Croatia/Serbia?        
Egypt   oud       We Three Kings of Orient Are  
    darbuka          
    riq       We Three Kings of Orient Are  
    mijwiz (double free reed flute)          
Fiji . log drum . .   . .
Finland . kantele (36-string) . .   . .
India . sitar . .   The Little Drummer Boy  
. tambura (tanpura) . .   The Little Drummer Boy  
  sarod          
. esraj . .   The Little Drummer Boy  
. shenai small size .   . .
. gopichand . .   . .
  punji
(gourd snake charmer double free reed flute)
         
  khartals (bronze finger cymbals)          
Indonesia . anklung (tuned bamboo rattles) . .   Santa Claus is Comin' To Town .
. khaen (bamboo free reed mouth organ. 1 small, 1 large) . .   . .
. bamboo frog caller . .   . .
Ireland . bodhran . .   I Saw Three Ships / Good King Wenceslas   bodhran-miner-s.jpg (28029 bytes)
. bones . .   I Saw Three Ships / Good King Wenceslas  
Jamaica . cane tube fiddle . .   . .
Japan . koto (long zither) . .   O Come, O Come, Emmanuel  
  shakuhachi          
  mukkuri
(bamboo jaw harp)
         
South Korea . kayagum (long zither) . .   . .
Laos   gaeng
(bamboo free reed mouth organ)
         
Latin America (?) bajo sexto . .   I Wonder As I Wander  
(?) bandola (6) [2+2+3+3+3+3] . .   . .
(Argentina) charango (wood-body) . .   I Wonder As I Wander  
(Argentina) charango (armadillo body) . .   I Wonder As I Wander  
(Argentina) quena (notched flute) . .   . .
(Argentina) tranverse flute (2 each) . .   . .
(Bolivia) sikus (panpipe, 1 small, 1 large) . .   I Wonder As I Wander  
(Brazil) rainstick . .   I Wonder As I Wander  
(Mexico) Vera Cruz harp       I Wonder As I Wander  
(Mexico) guitarron       I Wonder As I Wander  
(Mexico) vihuela       I Wonder As I Wander  
. berimbau . .   . .
. assorted clay, wood flutes . .   . .
Madagascar . valiha (2 each, steel strings) . .   . .
Malaysia central Borneo
(Dayak)
sape          
Sumatra (Batak) sape
(mother, child)
         
Nepal   sarangi 1900's        
Papua New Guinea   kundu (monitor lizard-skin head hourglass wooden drum)          
  slit drum mid-20th century        
Persia   setar          
Philippines   kubing
(bamboo jaw harp)
         
Portugal . Portugese guitarra (6 [12]) . .   . .
. viola braguesa(?) (5) [3+3+2+2+2] . .   . .
viola beiroa          
Russia (made in Germany) balalaika, soprano (3 [6]) . .   The Ukrainian Bell Carol  
(Leningrad) balalaika, small bass       The Ukrainian Bell Carol  
Spain   bandurria (6 [12]) . 1900s   . .
Thailand   phin pia (stick zither)          
  sueng          
  sung lisu          
  wot (circular bamboo panpipes)          
Tibet

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. bronze singing bowl . .   . .
  trumpet          
  temple bells          
Turkey   saz       We Three Kings of Orient Are  
    darbuka
(metal)
      We Three Kings of Orient Are  
Ukraine   bandura, concert       The Ukrainian Bell Carol  
.Gregg Miner bandura, diatonic "Bear & Fish" 1975     The Ukrainian Bell Carol  
Unknown   musical conch shell          
Viet Nam   dan bau (monochord)          
    dan tranh (long zither)          
    dan nhi
(Chinese erhu equivalent)
         
    (oboe)          
    frog wood blocks          
  dan moi
(brass jaw harp)
         
Unknown   cane tube zither          

 

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