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Thread #13083   Message #107238
Posted By: Margmac
21-Aug-99 - 02:47 PM
Thread Name: MacArthur Harps
Subject: RE: MacArthur Harps
Well this is

This is Margaret MacArthur. Since the building of the first reproduction of my old harp thirty some years ago we have found that the original was constructed at the Harp-o-Chord company in Columbus Ohio in 1896, and that it is called a harp-zither, being strung so the high strings are away from the body of the player rather than adjacent, as in a proper harp. It is an antecedent of the auto harp, and closely related to guitar harps etc. I have written a how to play book, along with a tape of instruction and tunes. I am delighted to find another maker, as Howard Martindale, who made my reproduction, has retired, and Keth Young is back ordered, and Jeremy Seeger is still working out details. I have an old original, as does H. Martindale. There is one in a music store museum in Kansas City, and probably a few more scattered around.