Inventory
as of
October, 2021

 

NOTE: None of the Miner Museum instruments are for sale.

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 (I've come to specialize in the hybrid "lost souls"!).

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

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Guitars
Harp Guitars
Mandolins
Banjos
Ukuleles
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Lutes, Citterns, Early Plucked Strings
Harps
Zithers
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Harp-Lutes
Stössel-Lutes

              Winds                          Misc. Western Instruments

Non-Western Instruments

Afghanistan


Africa


Armenia, Australia, Bali, Bhutan, Burma, Cambodia


China


Eastern Europe, Egypt, Fiji, Finland

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India, Indonesia


Iran, Ireland, Jamaica, Japan, Laos


Latin America


Madagascar, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, Philippines,
Portugal, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Syria


Thailand, Tibet, Turkey, Ukraine


Vietnam, Unknown Misc.


 


Family, 
Sub-family
Maker, Type, Model/Description, Date, Location, Serial # Book, Article, Recording Appearances
Guitars,
Flat-top
Guild

12-string jumbo

F-512

c.1990s

 
Peñalver, Pedro Martinez

Spanish "Especial" (inside-out bridge)

Spain

1983

 
Waller, Jimmy

classical guitar

Chicago, IL

c.1970

Article/Music: Bright, Bright, The Holly Berries

Guitars,
Flat-top, 
floor-standing
Scherr, Emilius

6-string Patent Harp-Guitar

Philadelphia, PA

c.1837

Provenance: Acquired from Mark Hollander (private party). It was reportedly once owned by W. Woolsey, a graduate of Harvard University, and supposedly the first notable black journalist to cover news outside the United States.

Inscriptions: Printed label: EMILIUS N. SCHERR / Piano Forte and Organ Builder & c. / PHILADELPHIA / No. 266 [Market crossed out with Chesnut (sic) handwritten above] Street / all kinds of Musical Instruments Repaired; engraved on machine plate: SCHERR’S Patent Harp GUITAR

Stumcke, Charles

after Scherr's Patent Harp-Guitar

Boston, MA

1853

 
Guitars,
Lyre
Mareschal, Pierre Charles

Paris, France

c.1780

Article: Some Truths About Lyres
Lyon & Healy

Washburn brand 

"Terz model"

Chicago

c.1892
Article: Some Truths About Lyres

Music: A Miner Family History Soundtrack

Guitars,
Arch-top
Gibson

Style O "Florentine"

Ser # 67048

Kalamazoo, MI

1922

Article/Music: The Christmas Song

Guitars,
Resonator
Char, Kerry

squareneck, wood-body, single-cone

"Gregg Miner" koa

Portland, OR

2000

Book: The Complete Illustrated Book of the Acoustic Guitar

Article: "Gregg Miner" model Resonator Guitar by Kerry Char

Dobro

roundneck, wood-body, single-cone

Style 65 or 66, Ser # 2208

Los Angeles, CA

1929

Book: The Complete Illustrated Book of the Acoustic Guitar

National

squareneck, metal-body, tri-cone

Style 1, Ser #1909

Los Angeles, CA

1930

Book: The Complete Illustrated Book of the Acoustic Guitar

Article/Music: Jingle Bells / The Chipmunk Song

Guitars,
Tenor
(4-string)
KeyKord

Built by the Stromberg-Voisinet Company (later, Kay), for the KeyKord Banjo Company

automatic chord fretting mechanism

c.1929

 
National

resonator, metal-body, single-cone, guitar-shape

Style 3, Ser # 2642

Los Angeles, CA

Serial # anomaly per Brozman - either 1932 or 1934

 

 
Regal or ?

resonator, wood-body, single-cone

Ser # J

Los Angeles, CA

c.1930

 
Regal

flat-top

c.1930

(headstock refinished in black paint, originally likely had Regal decal)

Article/Music: Jingle Bell Rock

Guitars,
Steel
Knutsen, Chris

Hawaiian (6-string - converted from Harp Steel left, then right handed)

"Weissenborn-shaped"

Los Angeles, CA

c.1920s

Article: HHW18

Book/Music: Norwegian Wood

Knutsen, Chris

Hawaiian 6-string

"Baby Pineapple"

Los Angeles, CA

c.1914-c.1920s

Article: Blog: and baby makes 6…

HP6

Book/Music: Norwegian Wood

 
Knutsen, Chris

Hawaiian 6-string

"Teardrop"

Los Angeles, CA

c.1914-c.1920s

Book/Music: Norwegian Wood

TD5

National

electric, lap (6 string)

New Yorker, Ser # V1200

1946

Article/Music: Jingle Bell Rock

National

electric, lap (8 + 8)

Grand Console, Ser # X45171

1954

Article/Music: Sleigh Ride

Guitars,
Harp Guitar
Akeson, Charles

built under Dahlman patent #469,548

(4 + 6)

Minneapolis, MN

c.1891

Book: Floating Strings

Anonymous

(10 + 6)

c.1910-1920
 
Bohmann, Joseph

(12 + 6 [10])

custom double-neck w/10-strings on fb (lowest 4 octave-doubled), 

Chicago, IL

c.1900

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Article: Bohmann's Contra Bass Harp Guitars

Book: Floating Strings

Bohmann, Joseph

(12 + 6, with 4 + 4 internal "tone rods")

Chicago, IL

1911

 
Bruno, Charles & Co.

(4 + 6 [12])

12 strings on neck

c.1902

Article: The Birth of the American 12-string Guitar

Book: Floating Strings

 

Carlson, G. E.

(12 + 6)

Chicago, IL

c.1900

Article: G. A. Carlson c.1900 Harp Guitar

Carruth, Alan

(5 + 6)

Experimental

Newport, NH

2010

Book: Floating Strings

Dyer, W. J. & Bro. 
(built by Chicago's Larson brothers)

(6 + 6)

Style 8, Ser # 690

Minneapolis, MN

c.1910

Article: Dyer Harp Guitars

Book: Floating Strings

Book/Music: Norwegian Wood

Article/Music: Bring a Torch, Jeannette, Isabella

Fuchs, Heinrich

(9 + 6)

Wappen shape

Munich, Germany

1921

 
Galimberti, Luigi

(6 + 6)

Milan, Italy

1932

Article: Milanese Master Luthier Luigi Galimberti

Gazzo, Settimio

(8 + 6)

Taraffo style

Genoa, Italy

c.1920

Video: Secrets of Taraffo

Article: The Harp Guitars of Settimio Gazzo

Book: Floating Strings

 
Gibson

(10 + 6)

Patented, Style U

Ser # 29740, FON # 304(X)

Kalamazoo, MI

1915

Article: The Gibson Harp Guitar

Article/Music: "A Charlie Brown Christmas" Medley

 

Gibson (Orville-supervised)

(12 + 6)

scroll bridge, long scale

Kalamazoo, MI

c.1905

Article: The Gibson Harp Guitar

Article: Huge, Huger, Hugest

Book: Floating Strings

Hansen, H.

(4 + 6)

Patented

Chicago, IL

c.1891

Article: America ’s First True Harp Guitar

Book: Floating Strings

 

Harmony

(8 + 6)

Patented

Chicago, IL

c.1915

Article: The Paul Gardie/Harmony Orchestral Harp Guitar

Book: Floating Strings

 

 

Jacomoni, Achille

(3 + 6, with 9 sharping tabs)

patented 1897 in Marseilles, France

Rome, Italy

1900

 
J. W. Jenkins' Sons

"Harwood" brand

(12 + 6)

Kansas City, MO

c.1900

Article: Harwood Harp Guitars

Article/Music: You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch / Welcome Christmas

Book: Floating Strings

 

Knutsen, Chris

(5 + 6)

"1898 Patent Style"

Port Townsend, WA

c.1898

Article: HGP4

Book/Music: Norwegian Wood

Article/Music: White Christmas

 

Knutsen, Chris

(5 + 6)

Symphony

Port Townsend, WA

c.1899

Article: HGT1

Book/Music: Norwegian Wood

Article/Music: White Christmas

 

Knutsen, Chris

(7 + 6 [9] + 7)

"Lower Bass Point"

Seattle, WA

c.1913

Article: HGS1

Book/Music: Norwegian Wood

Article/Music: White Christmas

 

Knutsen, Chris

(7 + 7 + 6 + 7)

"Zither Harp Guitar"

Seattle, WA

c.1913

Article: HGS40

Book/Music: Norwegian Wood

Book: Floating Strings

 

Knutsen, Chris

(5 + 6)

"Double Point" 3/4 scale

Seattle, WA

c.1906

Article: HGS72

Book/Music: Norwegian Wood

Book: Floating Strings

 

Knutsen, Chris

(8 + 6)

"Lower Bass Point"

Seattle, WA

c.1913

Article: HGS73

Book/Music: Norwegian Wood

 

Knutsen, Chris

Harp Steel (2 + 6 + 4)

"Weissenborn-shaped"

Los Angeles, CA

c.1914-c.1928

Article: HHW1

Book: Floating Strings

Book/Music: Norwegian Wood

Article/Music: White Christmas

 
Knutsen, Chris

Harp Steel (2 + 6)

"Weissenborn-shaped" slender

Los Angeles, CA

c.1920s

Book/Music: Norwegian Wood

HHW25

 
Knutsen, Chris

Convertible Harp Steel (4 + 6)

"Upper Treble Point"

Los Angeles, CA

c.1914-c.1920s

Article: HCP1

Book/Music: Norwegian Wood

 
Knutsen, Chris

Convertible Harp Steel (5 + 6 + 4)

"No Point"

Los Angeles, CA

c.1920s

Article: HCN3

Book/Music: Norwegian Wood

 

Lyon & Healy

College Line Monster Bass

(6 + 6)

Chicago, IL

c.1913-c.1917

Article: Lyon & Healy's Monster Bass Harp Guitar

Book: Floating Strings

 

Maccaferri, Mario

(4 + 6)

Maccaferri's personal instrument

Cento, Italy

c.1926

Book: The Harp Guitars of Mario Maccaferri

Music: Sharper's Revenge

 
Mast fils
(attributed)

Toulouse, France

c.1830

Undergoing restoration
Merrill

(6 + 6)

#1

built for Stephen Bennett

2001

Music: A Miner Family History Soundtrack

Mozzani workshop

(3 + 6)

Chitarra-lyra, oak leaf design

Cento/Bologna, Italy

c.1910-c.1940

Article: The Incredible Harp Guitars of Luigi Mozzani

Article: Some Truths About Lyres

Mozzani workshop

(3 + 6)

Chitarra-lyra, carved back, formerly owned by Maccaferri

Cento/Bologna, Italy

c.1910-c.1940

Article: The Incredible Harp Guitars of Luigi Mozzani

Book: Floating Strings

Book: The Complete Illustrated Book of the Acoustic Guitar

Article: Some Truths About Lyres

Müller, Karl

Augsburg, Germany

1909

Article: Name That Harp Guitar!

Nunez, Francisco

(3 + 8)

Buenos Aires, Argentina

c.1895
 
Shutt Mandolin-Guitar Co.

Prototype or personal instrument built by Frank Oppitz

(8 + 6)

Topeka, KS

c.1914

Article: Albert Shutt and the Mando-Bass-Harp-Guitar

Article: Harp Guitar David vs. Goliath: Shutt vs. Gibson

Book: Floating Strings

 

Pagani, O. & Bro.
(New York music store)

possibly built by Francesco Morabito

C.1920s

Book: Floating Strings

Priano, Nicolo
(att.)

(3 + 6, modified to 8 bass by Antonello Saccu)

Genoa, Italy

c.1926

 

V. Raspardi

Catania, Italy

1936

 
Roviès, Jean

Gélas double-top guitar

(3 + 6)

after Lucien Gélas 1905 patent

Paris, France

1931

 
Selling, Otto
(att.)

(6 + 6)

Sweden

c.1840s

repaired by C. H. Klingberg, Sweden, 1886

Book: Floating Strings

Music: You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch / Welcome Christmas

 

Stahl, Wm. C.
(built by Chicago's Larson brothers)

under August Larson Patent #1,022,03

(10 + 6)

"Picasso" harp guitar, with internal second body

Milwaukee, WI

c.1912

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Article: The One That Almost Got Away

Book: Floating Strings

 

Weymann, H. A. & Son (att.)

(12 + 6)

Philadelphia, PA

c.1896-c.1900

Book: Floating Strings

Wulschner & Son

"Regal" brand

(6 + 6)

Indianapolis, IN

c.1898-c.1901

Article: Regal Harp Guitars

Book: Floating Strings

Zimmermann, Julius Heinrich

(4 + 7)

11-course Russian tuning

St. Petersburg, Russia

c.1900

Music: A Miner Family History Soundtrack

Music: Fisherman's Mistress

Mandolins,
Arch-top
Gibson 

Orville-supervised "3-point"

Style F3, Ser # 3008

Kalamazoo, MI

c.1904

 
Gibson 

F4, Ser # 6262

"3-point"

Kalamazoo, MI

c.1906

Article/Music: The Christmas Song

Gibson 

F4 

(ser & FON #s faded)

Kalamazoo, MI

c.1920

Music: Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring

Music: A Miner Family History Soundtrack

Gibson 

H4 mandola

Ser # 36692, FON # 3505

Kalamazoo, MI

1916

Music: Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring

Music: A Miner Family History Soundtrack

Gibson 

K4 mandocello

Ser # 76985, FON # 11106A

Kalamazoo, MI

1924

Music: Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring

Music: A Miner Family History Soundtrack

Gibson

mandobass

Ser # 88180, FON # (8?)884

Kalamazoo, MI

1931

Book: The Complete Illustrated Book of the Acoustic Guitar

Music: Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring

Music: A Miner Family History Soundtrack

Gibson

TL1 tenor lute

Ser # 77598, FON # 11180A

Kalamazoo, MI

1925

Article/Music: The Christmas Song

Mandolins,
Flat-back
Anonymous

pocket mandolin

Germany

c.1900

Article/Music: Bright, Bright, The Holly Berries

Howe-Orme

Style 2 "mandolinetto"

Ser # 1684

Boston, MA

c.1895

Article: The Great Elias Howe Mystery

Article/Music: Bright, Bright, The Holly Berries

Leland, L. H.

piccolo mandolin

Chicago, IL

c.1905-c.1911

Article: Piccolo Mandolin

Parker, Calvert

"Bandola"

Ser # 1978-7-18

Keene, NH

c.1918

 
Regal Musical Inst. Co.

Octofone ("8 instruments in one!")

Octave mandola in scale

Chicago, IL

c.1928-1930s

Article/Music: Jingle Bell Rock

Mandolins,
Bowl-back
Aluminum Musical Instrument Co.

"The Merrill"

New York, NY

c.1894-c.1898

 
del Perugia, Fernando

Lombardi (Milanese) mandolin

(6 x 1)

1891

 
Anonymous
(attributed to Gaspari Ferrari)

Mandolone

(2 [4] floating + 8 [16]

Rome, Italy

c.1744-c.1771

 
Mandolins,
Lyre
Calace

Mandolyra

Italy

1913

Article: Some Truths About Lyres

Book: The Complete Illustrated Book of the Acoustic Guitar

Article/Music: Bright, Bright, The Holly Berries

J. W. Jenkins' Sons

"Harwood" brand

Kansas City, MO

"Harp-Bandurria"

c.1908

Article: Some Truths About Lyres

Article: Harwood Harp Guitars

Mandolins,
Hollow-arm, 
single

(pseudo harp mandolin)

Anonymous

c.1900

 
Dyer, W. J. & Bro. 
(built by Chicago's Larson brothers)

Harp Mandolin

Style 35, Ser # 223

Minneapolis, MN

c.1916

Book/Article: Dyer Harp Mandolins and the Symphony Harp Plectral Ensemble

Book/Music: Norwegian Wood

Book: Floating Strings

Dyer, W. J. & Bro. 
(built by the Larson brothers)

Harp Mandola

Style 135, Ser # 403

Minneapolis, MN

c.1917-c.1918

Book/Article: Dyer Harp Mandolins and the Symphony Harp Plectral Ensemble

Book/Music: Norwegian Wood

Knutsen, Chris

" Lower Bass Point"

Seattle, WA

c.1910-?
HM35

Book/Music: Norwegian Wood

Knutsen, Chris

" Lower Treble Point"

Seattle, WA

c.1910-?

Article: HM1

Book/Music: Norwegian Wood

Article/Music: White Christmas

Knutsen, Chris

5-course Harp Mandola

" Lower Treble Point"

Seattle, WA

c.1913-1914

Article: HMA2

Book/Music: Norwegian Wood

Anonymous 
(attributed to the Larson brothers)

Harp Mandola

(5 [10])

c.1915-1920

Article: The Mysterious Five-Course Harp Mandola

Book/Music: Norwegian Wood

Laurenti, Alfredo

Terni, Italy

1938

Article: New Find / Historical Maker / Museum Acquisition

Monzino, A. & Sons

Milan, Italy

c.1900

Article: Harp Guitars and Related Instruments of Monzino & Sons

Article/Music: Bright, Bright, The Holly Berries

Mandolins,
Harp Mandolin
(true harp-mandolin 
with additional strings)
Anonymous

(8 + 4 [8])

Genoa, Italy or Nice, France?

c.1900

Article: Chitarra Monumentale

Knutsen, Chris

"Guitar-shaped, Lower Bass Point"

(4 + 4 [8])

Seattle, WA

c.1910-c.1914

Book/Music: Norwegian Wood

Book: Floating Strings

Article: HM2

Music: Fisherman's Mistress

Knutsen, Chris

"Lower Treble Point"

(4 + 4 [8])

Seattle, WA

c.1914-1920s

Book/Music: Norwegian Wood

Book: Floating Strings

Article: HM3

 

Mandolins,
Resophonic

Dobro

wood body, single-cone

Style 65 or 66, Ser # 2123

Los Angeles, CA

1929

Book: The Complete Illustrated Book of the Acoustic Guitar

Miner, Gregg

"Miner-cello"

single-cone wood-body mandocello

Los Angeles, CA

1994

Article: The Miner-cello

Article/Music: Jingle Bells / The Chipmunk Song 

National

metal-body, single-cone

Style 2, Ser # 426

Los Angeles, CA

1930

 
Mandolins,
Hybrid
Turturro, Nicola

"Turnover" combination mandolin and ukulele

("Pat. Applied For")

Brooklyn, NY

c.1924-c.1928
 
Banjos,
Open Back
Anonymous

6-string fretless, Tunbridgeware marquetry

England

c.1880

 
Schall, J. B.

piccolo banjo

Chicago, IL

c.1890-c.1910

Article/Music: Sleigh Ride

Anonymous

giraffe banjo (banjorette)

"Silver Queen"

c.1900

 
Stewart, S. S.

Imperial Banjeaurine

"Pat Jan 11 1887"

(no Ser #)

Philadelphia, PA

c.1887-c.1900s

 
Stewart, S. S.

cello banjo

Ser # 16425

Philadelphia, PA

c.1895
 
McGinnis & Shaw

Melody banjo

"Clef Club Bandolin"

c.1915

 
Banjos,
Resonator
Gibson

tenor

Style TB5, Ser # 1106A-35

 trap-door resonator

Kalamazoo, MI

c.1920

 
Gibson

mandolin-banjo

Style MB4, Ser # 11018A

trap-door resonator

Kalamazoo, MI

c.1918

Article/Music: I Saw Three Ships / Good King Wenceslas

 
Gibson

guitar-banjo

Style GB4

trap-door resonator

Kalamazoo, MI

c.1920

Article/Music: I Saw Three Ships / Good King Wenceslas

 
Gibson

ukulele-banjo

Style UB1

Kalamazoo, MI

c.1930

Article/Music: Santa Claus is Comin' To Town

 

Gibson

5-string

Style RB5, Ser # 174735

1970

Article/Music: The Christmas Song

Banjos,
Zither
Wilmhurst, Arthur John

5-string

London, England

c.1890-c.1900s

 
Windsor & Taylor

"Windsor Patent Zither Banjo"

Bass 7-string

Birmingham, England

c.1892-c.1901

Music: Elnora

Banjos,
Hybrid
Pollman, August

"Mandoline-Banjo"

wood-body, flat-top

New York

c.1888-c.1890 

Article/Music: Winter Wonderland

La Foley. George

harp-mandoline-banjo

London

1909
 
Winder, John Geldert

"Portable Harp"
(banjo-zither-harp)

after 1891 London R. L. Darby patent

London

c.1895

 
Yosco

banjo-zither

New York

c.1918
 
Ukuleles Gélas

double-top, likely built by  T. Gaudet or J. Roviès under Gelas 1905 patent

Paris

c.1925

 
Lyon & Healy

"American Conservatory" brand

Tiple (10 metal strings in 4 courses)

Ser # 5045

Chicago, IL

c.1920s

 
Martin

Taropatch (8 strings in 4 courses)

Style 1M

Nazareth, PA

.c.1930

Article/Music: Santa Claus is Comin' To Town

Dobro or Regal

resonator: wood body, single cone

Los Angeles, CA

c.1930
 
National

Style 1, Ser # 183

large-size metal-body, single cone

Los Angeles, CA

1928

 
Knutsen, Chris

Harp Ukulele (hollow-arm, no extra strings)

koa, full-rope binding

Los Angeles, CA

c.1915-c.1920

HU45

Article: The Fancier Fanciest Known Knutsen Harp Ukulele

Knutsen, Chris

Harp Taropatch

concert size, hollow-arm, no extra strings)

Los Angeles, CA

c.1915-c.1920

wpe1.jpg (30693 bytes)

Book/Music: Norwegian Wood

Altpeter, Franz

"Double Bass Uke"

double harp ukulele
(2 + 4 + 2)

Chicago, IL

c.1927

Article: Altpeter Harp Guitar and Double-Harp Ukulele

Dunn, Michael

tenor harp ukulele
(3 + 4)

custom "Maccaferri- Knutsen- Dunn" style commissioned by Gregg Miner

New Westminster, BC, Canada

2010

Article: Dunn is done!

Noble, Duane

tenor harp ukulele
(4 + 4)

custom Gregg Miner model

Richland, WA

2015

Music: When You Wish Upon a Star

Music: Soundtrack to A Miner Family History

Lutes, 
Citterns, 
Early 
Plucked 
Strings
Anonymous

Renaissance lute (8 [15] )

Germany

c. 1970

Article/Music: What Child is This?

Rollins, John 

swan-necked Baroque lute

(13 [25] )

after Joachim Tielke, Hamburg, c.1670

Bellingham, WA

1993

Article/Music: Still, Still, Still

Rollins, John

chitarrone in A (Italian tiorba) 

(14 [20] )

after M. Dieffopruchar, Venice, 1610

Bellingham, WA

1993

Article/Music: Angels We Have Heard On High

Heyno Herbst

Bass lute

based on one-of-a-kind c.1590 basslaute

Germany

ex Walter Erdmann collection

c.1997

Article/Video: A Lute Out of a Nightmare

Passauro, Raymond 

orpharion

after Palmer

Belgium

1962

 
Harwood, Ian

Renaissance cittern

(4x2) (b-g-d'-e')

Oxford, England

c.1960s

 
Anonymous

tromba marina

reproduction, c.1060s

Article/Music: Angels We Have Heard On High

Bazelaire, F.

"French lyre" (lyre-guittar)

(12, courses?)

Versaille, France

1778

Article: Some Truths About Lyres
Renault
(Renault & Chatelain)

arch-cistre (arch-cittern)

Paris, France

1792
 
Preston

Guittar ("English Guitar")
with Smith Patent Box
(pianoforte guittar)

London, England

c.1790
 
Mollenburg, Lorens

Swedish lute

Stockholm, Sweden

1816
 
Suhl, Th. Heym

Thuringer waldzither

6 course (1 + 1 [floating] + 3 + 3 + 3 + 3)

Thuringia, Germany

c.1890

 
Harps Clark Harp Mfg. Co.

"Irish" (neo-Irish)

Syracuse, NY

c.1915

Article/Music: Of the Father's Love Begotten

Article: Where’s the Harp in Harp Guitar?

Cousineau, Pere et Fils

(“father and son,” Georges & Jacques-Georges, respectively).

single-action

Paris

C.1780

Article: Where’s the Harp in Harp Guitar?

Lyon & Healy

grand concert

Style 23G, Ser # 6157

Chicago, IL

1960s

Music: A Miner Family History Soundtrack

Article: Where’s the Harp in Harp Guitar?

Markwood

wire-strung (25)

Phoenix, OR

1983

Article: Where’s the Harp in Harp Guitar?

McFall, James

neo-Irish

No. 89

Belfast, Northland Ireland

early 1900s

Article: Where’s the Harp in Harp Guitar?

Pleyel, Wolf & Lyon

chromatic cross-strung

Ser # 475

Paris

c.1900

Article: Where’s the Harp in Harp Guitar?

Triplett

neo-Irish

Celtic I, Ser # 268195

San Luis Obispo, CA

1980s

Article: Where’s the Harp in Harp Guitar?

Zithers,
with
Fretboard

(Alpine, Concert,
Folk, Novelty)

Anonymous

Kraftzither

Sweden?

1800s

 
Tiefenbrunner, Georg

Schlag zither

Munich, Germany

1849
 
Anonymous
(att. Alois Gastel)

Glarner zither 

Glarus, Switzerland

c.1890

 
Gunzelmann Brothers
(att.)

concert harp-zither with metal frame

Nürnberg, Bavaria

Patented April 24, 1885

 
Kiendl, Anton

concert

Vienna

c.1880

Article/Music: O Tannenbaum

Lyon & Healy

"Washburn" brand

concert

Chicago, IL

c.1898

Article/Music: O Tannenbaum

Schwarzer, Franz (factory)

Arion Perfecta zither

Ser # 10214

Washington, MO

c.1915

 
Anonymous

concert harp-violin-zither

c.1900

 
Anonymous

Citera

Hungary

late 1800s

 
Anonymous

Epinette des Vosges

Vosges, France

late 1800s
 
Solophone

Germany

c.1900

Article: The Weird and Wonderful World of Bowed Zithers

Nardan Harp

Japan

mid-1900s
 
Zithers,
Bowed
Haslwanter, Johann

Streichmelodeon

Munich, Germany

1873

Article: The Weird and Wonderful World of Bowed Zithers

Article/Music: O Tannenbaum

Heidegger, Eduard

Cello Streichmelodeon

Linz, Austria

c.1870s-c.1890s

Article: The Weird and Wonderful World of Bowed Zithers

Lutz Brothers

Streich-Zither (bowed zither)

Schönbach, Germany

c.1890-c.1910

Article: The Weird and Wonderful World of Bowed Zithers

Pugh. Johannes

Violinett

Ser # 423

Austria

c.1903

Article: The Weird and Wonderful World of Bowed Zithers

Schwarzer, Franz (factory)

Washington, MO

c.1890

Article: The Weird and Wonderful World of Bowed Zithers

Anonymous

Streichmelodeon with amplifying horn

Germany

c.1900

Article: The Weird and Wonderful World of Bowed Zithers

Zithers,
Fretless

See: 
Fretless Zithers

Apollo Harp

Flagg Manufacturing Co.

Boston, MA

c.1895-c.1900

Music: A Miner Family History Soundtrack

Autoharp, Concert Grand

Zimmermann, C.F. Co.

SER # 30

Dolgeville, NY

c.1895-c.1899

Article: The C. F. Zimmermann Concert Grand Autoharp

Bell Harp

England?

late 1800s

 
Chartola

(scroll & pillar form)

International Music Corp.

Hoboken, NJ

c.1926-c.1931

 

Dolceola

Ser # 2582

Dolceola Co.

Toledo, OH

c.1900s

Articles: The Dolceola Pages

Harfen-Laute für Einarmige
(“harp-lute for one hand”)

Ser # 1004

Müller, Sepp

Kleinholthausen, Germany

Registered May 16, 1927

Article: The Musical Instrument Collection of Walter Erdmann

 

Harp-O-Chord

Harp-O-Chord Co.

Columbus, OH

c.1900

 

Harp-Zither

Harp-O-Chord Co.

Columbus, OH

c.1900s

 
Harp Guitar

Harp Guitar Mfg. Co.

East Boston, MA

c.1904

 
Hawaiian Art Violin 

"stair-step" form

Oscar Schmidt

Jersey City, NJ

c.1920s

Article: The Weird and Wonderful World of Bowed Zithers

Mandolin Guitarophone

American Mandolin Harp Co.

Jersey City, NJ

c.1920s

 
(Mandolin-Harp)

"Paramount Concert Harp"

Paramount Harp Co.

c.1930

Article/Music: The Holly And The Ivy

Marxophone

Phonoharp Co.

Boston, MA

c.1920

Article/Music: The Holly And The Ivy

Music: A Miner Family History Soundtrack

Meloharp

Meloharp Co.

c.1896-c.1900

 
Pianophone

Marx & Marx

Chicago, IL

c.1915

 
Regent Zither

The Phonoharp Co.

No. 5

Boston, MA

c.1898

 

Music: A Miner Family History Soundtrack

Symphony Harp

No. 5

The Harp Manufacturing Co.

Boston, MA

Music: A Miner Family History Soundtrack

Tremoloa

Manufacturers Advertising Co.

1945

Article/Music: The Holly And The Ivy

Ukelin

International Music Corp.

Hoboken, NJ

c.1920s

Article/Music: The Holly And The Ivy

Zitho-Harp

Style "E"

Bredshall & Faber

Chicago, IL

c.1902

Article/Music: The Holly And The Ivy

Chordephon

(mechanical zither)

No. 9

Chordephon Musikwerke

Germany

c.1900
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Harp-Lutes

 

Anon

harp-guitar

London

c.1800-c.1807

 
Light/Barry

harp-lute-guitar

London

c.1803-1807

 
Light/Barry

harp-lute

London

c.1807-1814
 
Maout

Apollo lyre

London

c.1807-c.1815

Article: Some Truths About Lyres

Anon

harp-lute

split fingerboard

London

c.1814-

 
Light, Edward

dital harp

London

c.1819-1829
 
Levien, Mordaunt

guitare harpe

Patent No. 2739, Paris 1825

London

Undergoing restoration

Stössel-Lutes Stössel-mandolin Article: The Stössel-Lute
Stössel-lute, 7-string Article: The Stössel-Lute
Stössel-lute, 9-string Article: The Stössel-Lute
Stössel-lute, bass Article: The Stössel-Lute
Stössel-lute, contrabass Article: The Stössel-Lute
Winds soprano recorder

Germany

Article/Music: What Child is This?
alto recorder

Germany

Article/Music: What Child is This?
tenor recorder

Germany

Article/Music: What Child is This?
bass recorder

Germany

Article/Music: What Child is This?
alto crumhorn

Wood

c.1980

Article/Music: What Child is This?
cornett (cornetto)

Monk, Christopher

1980

Article/Music: What Child is This?
tin whistle (various, Ireland)

D low whistle (Alba)

Native American flute

non-Western flutes

 

ocarinas (various)

Article/Music: I Wonder As I Wander

Miscellaneous 
Western 
Instruments
Stroviol

1 string, long scale

 
kalimbas (sprano, alto)

Hugh Lacey

1970s

Music: A Miner Family History Soundtrack

Article/Music: Santa Claus is Comin' To Town

Flexitone

Article/Music: Santa Claus is Comin' To Town

toy piano

Jaymar

1970s

Article/Music: Santa Claus is Comin' To Town

Non-Western 
Instruments*

*Countries and Regions are currently somewhat arbitrarily organized with countries generally in alphabetical order. Scholars, I welcome additional details and corrections to names and countries.

Afghanistan

 
rabab (rubab)  
Africa,
Harps
arched harp

DRC

Music: A Miner Family History Soundtrack

arched harp

Mangbetu

DRC

 
pluriarc

West Africa

c. late 19th century
(from an old New England ethnographic museum now defunct, through a New York auction house)

 
pluriarc

Congo

 
pluriarc

Gabon

second half 20th century

 
arched harp

Gabon

 
arched harp

(male: Seto)

West Africa

collected early 1960's
 
arched harp

(female: Nabo)

DRC

 
kundi harp

DRC
(Mangbetu)

second half 20th century
 
harp

Ivory Coast
(Baoulé)

 
kora

Mali

c.2000

Music: A Miner Family History Soundtrack

mvet  
   
Africa,
Lyres, Lutes,
Zithers
krar
(lyre)

Ethiopia

 
gunibri

Morocco

 
trough zither

Tanzania
(att)

 
trough zither

Tanzania
(Zigua)

second half 20th century
 
raft zither (reed strings)

Nigeria

collected by my Aunt Dorothy Miner, missionary, c.1960

Music: A Miner Family History Soundtrack

Africa,
xylophones, 
lamellophones

("thumb pianos": 
mbira, sanza, etc.)

balafon

c.2000

Music: A Miner Family History Soundtrack

Central Africa

(Chokwe)

Music: A Miner Family History Soundtrack

 

Music: A Miner Family History Soundtrack

 

Music: A Miner Family History Soundtrack

Kenya

c.2000

Music: A Miner Family History Soundtrack

mbira dza vadzimu

Andrew Tawedzera

21st century

Music: A Miner Family History Soundtrack

Africa,
Trumpet, 
Percussion
trumpet

Cameroon

second half 20th century

 
slit gong-rasp

Zaire

second half 20th century

Music: A Miner Family History Soundtrack

metal gong

Gabon 

(Fang)

late 20th century

Music: A Miner Family History Soundtrack

metal double gong

Mali

(Dogon)

Music: A Miner Family History Soundtrack

ground cowbells

Music: A Miner Family History Soundtrack

djembe

c.2000

Music: A Miner Family History Soundtrack

ashiko drum

Music: A Miner Family History Soundtrack

sakara

Music: A Miner Family History Soundtrack

talking drum

Music: A Miner Family History Soundtrack

udu drum (clay pot)

Article/Music: We Three Kings of Orient Are

Music: A Miner Family History Soundtrack

shekere

Music: A Miner Family History Soundtrack

cane box rattle

Kenya

Music: A Miner Family History Soundtrack

sistrum

Mali?

Music: A Miner Family History Soundtrack

sistrum

Kenya

Music: A Miner Family History Soundtrack

misc percussion

 

animal bells

(various materials)

 

Armenia duduk  
Australia didgeridoo  
Bali carved wood flute  
geng gong
(bamboo jaw harp)
 
Bhutan

 

tungana  
Burma
(Myanmar)
saung gauk (boat harp)  
Cambodia

 

crocodile zither  
China qin (7-string long zither)  
zheng (21-string long zither)  
yehu
(coconut shell huqin)

Hong Kong

 
sanxian (lute)  
sheng (mouth organ)  
kou xiang
(brass jaw harp)
(triple)
 
Eastern Europe

 

prim tamburitza

Croatia/Serbia?

tamburitza-miner.jpg (52989 bytes)  
bisernica (tamburitza)  
Egypt

 

oud

Article/Music: We Three Kings of Orient Are

darbuka  
riq

Article/Music: We Three Kings of Orient Are

mijwiz (double free reed flute)  
Fiji log drum 

(tourist's)

 
Finland

 

kantele 

(36-string)

 
India sitar

Article/Music: The Little Drummer Boy

tambura (tanpura)

Article/Music: The Little Drummer Boy

sarod  
esraj

Article/Music: The Little Drummer Boy

shenai

(small)

 
gopichand  
punji

(gourd snake charmer double free reed flute)

 
khartals

(bronze finger cymbals)

 
Indonesia

 

sape

central Borneo

(Dayak)

 

sape (mother, child)

Sumatra

(Batak)

 
anklung

(tuned bamboo rattles)

Article/Music: Santa Claus is Comin' To Town

khaen 

(bamboo free reed mouth organ. 1 small, 1 large)

 
bamboo frog caller  
Iran setar  
Ireland bodhran

Article/Music: I Saw Three Ships / Good King Wenceslas

bones

Article/Music: I Saw Three Ships / Good King Wenceslas

Jamaica

 

cane tube fiddle  
Japan

 

koto

Article/Music: O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

shakuhachi  
mukkuri
(bamboo jaw harp)
 
Laos gaeng

(bamboo free reed mouth organ)

 

Latin America 
(including Mexico)
charango 

tourist model, wood-body

Argentina

purchased while traveling there in 1983

Article/Music: I Wonder As I Wander
charango 

tourist model, armadillo-body

Argentina

purchased while traveling there in 1983

Article/Music: I Wonder As I Wander
tiple

(armadillo body)

Argentina?

 
quena (notched flute)

Argentina

 
transverse flutes

Argentina

purchased while traveling there in 1983
 
sikus

(panpipes, small, large)

Bolivia

purchased in 1983
Article/Music: I Wonder As I Wander
rainstick

Brazil

purchased while traveling there in 1983
Article/Music: I Wonder As I Wander
berimbau

Brazil

 
bandola 

(6) [2+2+3+3+3+3]

Columbia

 
bajo sexto

Mexico

Article/Music: I Wonder As I Wander

clay, wood flutes

Mexico

 
Madagascar

 

valiha 

tube zithers, metal strings

Music: A Miner Family History Soundtrack

Nepal sarangi  
Papua New Guinea kundu

(monitor lizard-skin head hourglass wooden drum)

 
slit drum

mid-20th century

 
Philippines kubing

(bamboo jaw harp)

 
Portugal

 

Portuguese guitarra 

(6 [12])

 
viola braguesa (?)

(5) [3+3+2+2+2]

 
Russia balalaika, soprano 

(3 [6])

(made in Germany)

Article/Music: The Ukrainian Bell Carol

South Korea

 

kayagum  
Spain bandurria 

(6 [12])

early 1900s

 

Syria

 

rabab

(spike fiddle)

 
Thailand

 

phin pia 

(stick zither)

 
sueng  
sung lisu  
wot 

(circular bamboo panpipes)

 
Tibet

 

bronze singing bowl  
trumpet  
temple bell  
Turkey saz

Article/Music: We Three Kings of Orient Are

darbuka

(metal)

Article/Music: We Three Kings of Orient Are

Ukraine

 

bandura

concert chromatic model

Article/Music: The Ukrainian Bell Carol

bandura

diatonic

"Bear & Fish"

Gregg Miner 

Chicago, IL

1975

Article/Music: The Ukrainian Bell Carol

Vietnam dan bau

(monochord)

 
dan tranh  
dan nhi

(equivalent to the Chinese erhu)

 
(oboe)  
wood block/rasp 

(in form of a toad)

 
dan moi

(brass jaw harp)

 
Unknown Misc. musical conch  
cane tube zither  

 

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