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Posted By: Helen
04-May-16 - 02:11 PM
Thread Name: Obit: John Day, instrument maker, Oz
Subject: RE: Obit: John Day, instrument maker, Oz
Hi Joanna,

I missed you post in November last year. A John Day instrument is a special treasure, both in the craftsmanship and it the musical quality.

Enjoy it, remember John when you play it.

Not long before John had finished making my harp a crowd of local folkies went to a weekend away camping event up the valley and John brought the harp to show me. He had put the strings on it already but still had some things to finish.

There was a bit of a breeze when he was loading up his car to go home. He had the harp standing on the ground next to the car and it was cross-wise to the breeze. I realised that all the strings were singing in close harmony, like an Aeolian harp which is designed to be played by the wind. It was a beautiful moment and I was so sad that I could not take the harp home just yet but I only had to wait a couple of weeks to take it home.