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  • #76196
    ken-krone
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    My mother died and left us a Sweetland Schimmeyer harp (#717) It is identical to this one that was offered for auction a year or two ago:
    http://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/9515664

    I think that the company was purchased by Lyon and Healy. There are some cosmetic issues that could be addressed and which my wife would like to have done. Our choice is either to ship it to Lyon and Healy in Chicago for restoration and then ship it again out to the central coast of California, or to find a reliable and competent instrument repair facility out here. (I am not even sure if it can be tuned without cracking the sound board, frankly)

    Any help would be appreciated.

    Thanks,
    Ken K

    #76197
    ken-krone
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    Here is one area in need of repair

    #76198
    ken-krone
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    And another

    #76199
    ken-krone
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    and another

    #76200
    paul-knoke
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    Interesting example by a less-well-known maker! I like the art nouveau influences in the decoration. If you just want the gilding repaired, and not have the harp made playable, you can try inquiring of picture frame restorers.

    #76201
    Gretchen Cover
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    I suggest you contact harp restorers Howard Bryan, http://www.hbryan.com; and Carl Swanson, http://www.swansonharp.com.

    #76202
    ken-krone
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    Our preference would be to find someone in California, as I hate to ship it more than once….

    #76203
    robert-hanson
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    If you want it done in California, check with Sylvia Woods Harp Center in the Los Angeles area or Harps Etc. in the Bay Area. They would both know where to send you in the Calif. area. Best of luck.

    #76204
    barbara-low
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    Mike Lewis, the owner of HarpTech, is located in the San Francisco Bay Area. You can contact him through his website: harptech@harptech.com

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