Inventory
as of

August, 2019

 

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 seem to specialize in the hybrid "lost souls"!

   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 my CDs   Additional web information by GM  
Guitars Flat-top Guild 12-string jumbo F-512 1990s      
Gitane 6-string Selmer copy D-500 2004      
Peńalver, Pedro Martinez  6-string Spanish "Especial" (inside-out bridge) Spain,
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 Philadelphia,
c.1937
     
Stumcke, Charles 6-string, after Scherr's Patent Harp-Guitar flame mahogany b&s Boston, 1853      
Arch-top Gibson 6-string Style O "Florentine" 1921 67048 The Christmas Song  
Resonator 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
 
Tenor Regal flat-top . 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  
Knutsen, Chris Hawaiian
(6-string - converted from Harp Steel left, then right handed)
"Weissenborn-shaped" 1920s   Norwegian Wood HHW18
Knutsen, Chris Harp Steel
(2 + 6 + 4)
"Weissenborn-shaped" 1914-1928   White Christmas

Norwegian Wood

HHW1
Knutsen, Chris Harp Steel
(2 + 6)
"Weissenborn-shaped"
slender
    Norwegian Wood HHW25
Knutsen, Chris Convertible Harp Steel
(4 + 6)
"Upper Treble Point" 1914-1920s   Norwegian Wood. HCP1
Knutsen, Chris Convertible Harp Steel
(5 + 6 + 4)
"No Point" 1920s   Norwegian Wood HCN3
Knutsen, Chris Hawaiian 6-string "Baby Pineapple" 1914-1920s   Norwegian Wood Blog: and baby makes 6…

HP6

Knutsen, Chris Hawaiian 6-string "Teardrop" 1914-1920s   Norwegian Wood TD5
Harp Guitar Akeson, Charles (4 + 6) under Dahlman patent #469,548 Minneapolis, c.1891      
Biehl, Tony (6 + 6) Double-neck Davenport, c.1897      
Bohmann, Joseph (12 + 6 [10]) Custom double-neck w/10-strings on fb (lowest 4 octave-doubled) Chicago, c.1900       bohmann.jpg (131616 bytes)
Bruno, Charles & Co. (4 + 6 [12]) 12-strings on neck c.1902      
Carlson, G. E. (12 + 6) Double-neck Chicago, c.1900        
Carruth, Alan (5 + 6) Experimental 2010      
De Barbieri, Paolo (8 + 6)   Genoa, c.1920       de_barbieri-miner.jpg (260928 bytes)
Dyer, W. J. & Bro. (built by the Larson brothers) (6 + 6) Style 8 c.1910 690 Bring a Torch, Jeannette, Isabella Dyer Harp Guitars
Fuchs, Heinrich (9 + 6) Wappen shape Munich, 1921      
Galimberti (6 + 6)   Milan, 1932      
Gazzo, Settimio (8 + 6) Taraffo style Genoa, 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 (12 + 6) scroll bridge, long scale c.1905      
Hansen, H. (4 + 6)   Chicago, c.1891    

America ’s First True Harp Guitar

Harmony (8 + 6) Patent Chicago, c.1915      
Harwood (12 + 6) . Kansas City, c.1900   You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch / Welcome Christmas Harwood Harp Guitars
Knutsen, Chris (5 + 6) "1898 Patent" Port Townsend, c.1898   White Christmas

Norwegian Wood

HGP4
Knutsen, Chris (5 + 6) Symphony Port Townsend, c.1899   White Christmas

Norwegian Wood

HGT1
Knutsen, Chris (7 + 6 [9] + 7) "Lower Bass Point" Seattle, c.1913   White Christmas

Norwegian Wood

HGS1
Knutsen, Chris (7 + 7 + 6 + 7) "Zither Harp Guitar" Seattle, c.1913   Norwegian Wood. HGS40
Knutsen, Chris (5 + 6) "Double Point" 3/4 scale Seattle, c.1906   Norwegian Wood HGS72
Knutsen, Chris (8 + 6) "Lower Bass Point" Seattle, c.1913   Norwegian Wood HGS73
Lyon & Healy (6 + 6) College Line Monster Bass Chicago, c.1910     Lyon & Healy's
Monster Bass Harp Guitar
Maccaferri, Mario (4 + 6) Maccaferri personal instrument Cento, c.1926     The Harp Guitars of Mario Maccaferri
Merrill, Jim (6 + 6) built for Stephen Bennett   No. 1      
Mozzani (3 + 6) dual arm, oak leaf design Cento/Bologna, 1910-1940   . The Incredible Harp Guitars of Luigi Mozzani
Mozzani (3 + 6) dual arm, carved back, formerly owned by Mozzani and Maccaferri Cento/Bologna, 1910-1940     The Incredible Harp Guitars of Luigi Mozzani
Nunez, Francisco (3 + 8)   c.1895      
Oppitz, Frank (8 + 6) personal instrument and/or Shutt prototype        
Priano (3 + 6, modified to 8 bass by Antonello Saccu)   Genoa, 1926        
Regal (6 + 6)   c.1900      
Selling, Otto (att) (6 + 6) repaired by Klingberg, Sweden, 1886 Sweden, c.1840s   You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch / Welcome Christmas  
Southwell, Gary   archguitar
(James Kline's original instrument)
       
Stahl (built by the Larson brothers) (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 Philadelphia, c.1910      
Zimmerman (4 + 7) 11-course Russian c.1900      
Anonymous (10 + 6)  Italian-American? c.1910-1920      
Lyre Guitar Lyon & Healy (6) Washburn "Terz model" c.1892      
  Mareschal, Pierre Charles (6)   c.1780-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   .Norwegian Wood HM2
Knutsen, Chris harp mandolin
(4 + 4 [8] )
koa 1914-1920s   .Norwegian Wood. 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 35 .   ..Norwegian Wood Dyer Harp Mandolins
Dyer, W. J. & Bro. harp mandola
(4 [8] )
Style 135   403 .Norwegian Wood Dyer Harp Mandolins
Jenkins lyre-bandurria Harwood c.1908      
Knutsen, Chris harp mandolin
(4 [8] )
spruce, Lower Bass Point 1910-?   .Norwegian Wood HM35
Knutsen, Chris harp mandolin
(4 [8] )
spruce, Lower Treble Point 1910-?   White Christmas

.Norwegian Wood

HM1
Knutsen, Chris harp mandola
(5 [10] )
koa 1913-1914   .Norwegian Wood 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 65 or 66 1929 2123    
National resonator Style 2, metal-body, single-cone 1930 426    
               
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  
La Foley. George harp-mandoline-banjo   1909      
Pollman, August 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      
Yosco banjo-zither   c.1918      
Open-back McGinnis & Shaw melody "Clef Club Bandolin" c.1915      
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!
Knutsen, Chris harp ukulele (4) koa, full-rope .   .Norwegian Wood HU45
Knutsen, Chris harp taropatch (4x2) red gum, concert size     .Norwegian Wood   wpe1.jpg (30693 bytes)
Lyon & Healy Tiple American Conservatory c.1920s 5045    
Martin taropatch . .c.1930   Santa Claus is Comin' To Town  
National resonator Style 1 large metal-body 1928 183 . .
Noble, Duane tenor harp ukulele
(4 + 4)
custom Gregg Miner model 2015      
               
Lutes, Citterns, Early Plucked Strings . Harwood, Ian Renaissance cittern
(4x2)
(b-g-d'-e')
         
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  
  Bass lute based on c.1590 basslaute        
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      
Preston Guittar with Smith Patent Box
(pianoforte guittar)
  c.1790      
X. Bazelaire  "French lyre"
(lyre-guittar)
Versaille 1778        
Mollenburg Swedish lute   1816      
Anon bass mandolone X-course c.1750 -
1780
     
Harps . Clark neo-Irish Irish c.1915 SERIAL Of the Father's Love Begotten  
Lyon & Healy grand concert 23G 1960s 6157 . .
Markwood wire-strung (25) . 1983   . .
McFall neo-Irish   early 1900s No. 89      
Pleyel, Wolf & Lyon chromatic cross-strung   c. 1900 475      
Triplett neo-Irish Celtic I 1980s 268195 . .
               
Zither Alpine or Concert Anonymous   .        
Anonymous Schlag zither          
Kiendl, Anton concert   c.1880   O Tannenbaum  
  concert metal frame          
Washburn concert .. c.1898   O Tannenbaum  
Bowed Haslwanter bowed Streichmelodeon 1873   O Tannenbaum  
  bowed Bass Streichmelodeon 188-        
Lutz bowed heart-shaped .   . .
  Violinett   423      
  bowed          
               
               
               
Dulcimer anon epinette des Vosges   c. late 1800s      
Nagoya Harp (Japan) Nardan Harp (keyboard-fretted dulcimer)          
  Solophone          
Folk (Sweden?) krafzither . .   . .
(Sweden?) scheitholt . .   . .
Fretless   Bell Harp         .
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 . .   . .
Muller Harfen-Laute     1004    
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 .   . .
Zimmerman Grand Concert Autoharp          
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 . Anon harp-guitar . c.1800-1807   .  
Light/Barry harp-lute-guitar . c.1803-1807   . .
Light/Barry harp-lute . c.1807-1819   . .
  harp-lute split fingerboard .   .    
Light .dital harp   c.1819-1829        
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 . Anonymous tromba marina reproduction .   Angels We Have Heard On High  
Stroviol 1 string, long scale          
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        
Congo pluriarc          
Gabon arched harp          
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   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") 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  
? tiple (armadillo body) . .   . .
(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  
. 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] . .   . .
Russia (made in Germany) balalaika, soprano (3 [6]) . .   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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. lute . .   . .  
  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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