I am heading up the Salzedo 125th Anniversary Exhibit for the 2010 AHS Conference this summer. One of the projects I’m working on is creating a registry of where the original Salzedo model harps are today that were built between 1930 and 1954. There were about fifty made. So far I have located 30 of them but any help in finding the final 20 would be appreciated. Any ideas?
Check with David Williams at Williams Harp Galleries – he has been in the business many years and is quite the encylopedia of who played what and where they are now –
I would also imagine that another good source of information would be the various regulators and technicians in various parts of the country as well as overseas – and also the various Salzedo method teachers around the country –
You might also consider adding a list to this post of the ones you have already found so time isn’t wasted with duplication searches –
Very interesting project – keep us posted
I believe there was one in Dale Barco’s workshop awaiting rebuilding. I’m not sure of the date of that harp, but it was certainly one of the Salzedo’s with wide spacing, especially in the middle octaves, and the wood was a deep honey color, which makes me think it would be around the right age. I am not sure what happened to all the harps there – in addition to some really interesting instruments he had in his workshop, Dale had a whole garage (which he he called ‘the morgue’) full of unplayable instruments. I seem to remember that he’d made arrangements for L&H to have the harps.
This sounds like the Salzedo harp I bought from Dale a year and a half ago. It had been in his garage for 1 1/2 years with no takers. I had it rebuilt by Lyon & Healy and it is fantastic. They referred to it’s “pecan” color from spending too much time in the sun!
I will double check with L&H to see if they acquired any instruments from his estate.
Thanks for the tip.
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