At the same time, Knutsen's designs switch to his new "Lower Bass Point" and "Double Point" forms.
In their book, Noe and Most present an interesting story of Knutsen forming The Harp Guitar Company with one John H. As Knutsen is now only building "lower bass point: models - a significant number of which are also short scale harp guitars, my feeling is that the Larsons or Dyer borrowed this design briefly from Knutsen.
For many long periods, hardly a month went by in which they were not featuring one of their "harp" instruments in one and usually both of these two important periodicals.
These ads - of which we have had access to only a scant random few until now - have long been referenced by Bob in his Larson Brothers books, and are invaluable in piecing together the history of the world's most popular harp guitar of all time.
Bourn in Seattle, which may have specifically dealt with a new or continuing Dyer relationship. As Knutsen is now only building "lower bass point: models - a significant number of which are also short scale harp guitars, my feeling is that the Larsons or Dyer borrowed this design briefly from Knutsen. December, 1917: The new "Symphony Harp Mandolin Quintettes" are introduced with the first image of a production harp mandola.
Larson serial #s for the Type 1 harp guitar would theoretically be starting at 101.1906-1907: Knutsen drops "Symphony" from his labels.
The headstock appears to represent a clean, slotted, Larson-made headstock, though the neck itself is offset significantly to the treble side as in a Knutsen.
In fact, by 1902, he would permanently switch to a solid headstock with geared tuners.
Additionally, in early 2009, beyond my wildest dreams, scholar Jeffrey Noonan published a ridiculously detailed and meticulous Bibliography of not only the full Cadenza and Crescendo runs, but of virtually every periodical he had access to for his seminal work The Guitar in America of 2008.
This bibliography contains hundreds of harp guitar entries - the trick now is to gain access to the rarer (as in perhaps one copy known) periodicals.
I will update and clarify certain things while bringing my own perspective to the subject but I don't duplicate too much of the book material here.1899 to mid-1901: Knutsen and Dyer have a contract in which Dyer distributes Knutsen-built and labeled instruments in the U. The Larsons are establishing themselves in Chicago.