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.
Frets.com: 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 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!
Instruments Museum: Lowell Levinger's collection of rare
Oddmusic.com: ". . . for anyone interested in unique, unusual, ethnic,
or experimental music and instruments" - in other words, stranger than my
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.
Atlas of Plucked
Instruments: Collector Henny de Bruin has created a one-stop
Atlas for all fretted plucked stringed instruments of the world. Photos, text,
and often, tunings provided.
Simply THE Internet source. And I should know....
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 Harpguitars.net.
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.
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!
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.
This is wonderful site full of photos and valuable
information on early guitars.
guessed it - some guys who apparently can't play six strings are devoting some
serious web space to this under-appreciated instrument.
Guitar Magazine: Go buy their
vintage dealer in the states advertises in there.
20th Century Guitar:
The other main vintage guitar
source. Now at your newsstand.
Notes: One of the
many links sites for the guitar.
Mandolinettos: My study of these
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.
Mandozine: Another great
looking mandolin site.
A note about Fretless Zithers: HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of
these were produced and sold, and I understand that 99% of you who found me
naturally have a question on
your "treasure." I love these as well - however, they have very
little value. If you MUST know the value, check eBay once a week and you
will likely find yours or one similar. If you want it restored, it is not
worth the money. If you want to re-string and play it, see
here. Note that both Kelly Williams of the
Zither Clearinghouse and Garry Harrison of FretlessZithers.com have both
retired, and until their sites hosting plans lapse, remain the best and only
source of information on the topic. I
have updated my own page to
incorporate the latest news and some of Kelly's important work. I would consider
this article essential and a good place to start.
Donald Tsusaki has created a site that should offer a lot of potential on
various aspects of all the zithers.
Garry Harrison created a
spectacular site for these wonderful, ubiquitous instruments. I'm thrilled
that he chose to promote the new term presented by myself and Kelly
Williams (see next). Garry has retired after
donating his entire collection to the new Phoenix
music museum. NOTE: Garry sadly passed away on 9/4/2012.
Zither Clearinghouse: Kelly
Williams, who has now retired, was one of the world authorities on fretless zithers.
Bob's Ukelin Home:
Another passionate eccentric who focuses on the lowly, albeit essential, ukelin.
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
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.
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 Harpguitars.net Luthiers
Instruments. Collector Lowell Levinger always has a wide
variety of rare, cool stuff.
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.
Guitars: A ton of
inventory, helpful staff, expert identification - I've gotten a couple of my
better pieces from them.
Strings: A great new
place to get discount strings of almost all types.
K Lutherie: Books, methods, videos, you name it.
Music: Local Los Angeles guitar store that presents great concerts by the best acoustic musicians.
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!
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