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Robert Carl Hartman
This book - available in softcover and hardcover - is Robert Hartman's final edition of his loving tribute to the ingenuity, inventiveness, hard work and dedication that his grandfather, Carl Larson, gave to his craft as a builder of some of the finest guitars of the modern world - including many incredible styles of harp guitars. Robert's great-uncle August is equally included in this dedication.
This book is the culmination of 10 years of research after the three preceding books were in print. It expands on the life and times of the Larson brothers with a brief history of their family life in Sweden, the early years in America before the purchase of Maurer & Co. in 1900 and the complete facts of every aspect of running their business. There are personal anecdotes regarding growing up for a time with Carl and stories of the Larson and Hartman families.
These gentlemen are now revered by folks worldwide who own one or more of their instruments as well as a host of others who wish that someday they may be lucky enough to possess one of these treasures. They are regarded to be museum quality creations of unequalled quality and beauty. The “Larson sound” is now a common phrase in discussing the instruments, as they are definitely desirable and unique in the world of guitar lovers.
This 280-page edition has 32 pages of full-color photos and a music CD that demonstrates the talents of eleven artists performing on a huge variety of Larson-made instruments. Among these performers are Gregg Miner, Jim Kanas, Kraig Kenning, Joe Weed, Stephen Bennett, Robert Bowlin, Stacy Hobbs, Muriel Anderson, and Bob's son, Carl Robert Hartman.
The CD also includes a few tunes by the Milwaukee Mandolin Orchestra which showcases the sounds of the mandolin craze of the 1920's and culminates with a song by Mountain sung by Felix Pappalardi and two unpublished resurrected cuts from a 1969 tape by Jimi Hendrix.
NOTE: The CD has an inadvertent audible defect in the Hendrix tracks. A complimentary re-mastered CD will be included with books purchased from Harp Guitar Music or directly from Larson Creations.
DVDs by Stephen Bennett, John Doan, Muriel Anderson, Andy McKee,
Stacy Hobbs, Tom Shinness, Dan LaVoie, James Kline, Larry
Berwald, Bill Dutcher, Gregg Miner, Pasquale Taraffo
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