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date: 15 November 2019

Lindeman, Charles A. locked

  • Roslyn Rensch


(b Chicago, c1881). American harp maker. He worked as a toolmaker for Lang & Heckenlauer in Chicago, where he learnt to repair pedal harps under the direction of Cyrus Heckenlauer, a former employee of Erard in Europe. At the age of 24, Lindeman set up his own business as C.A. Lindeman Harp Manufacturer (6224 Peterson Avenue, Chicago), and later as the Lindeman Harp Company. Originally he did all the work himself, and took two to three months to complete one harp; not many were made. He was joined in the late 1930s by his son Carl who continued the business after his father’s death until the 1960s. Lindeman harps were made in several different styles; before World War II they were sold in Europe and South America as well as in the USA. Charles Lindeman was a traditional rather than an innovative harp maker, although his instruments have some unusual features, such as an easily adjustable ball-and-socket connection of the pedal bars to the pedal rods. Pedal return is assisted by flat springs in the lowest octave of the action. Lindeman’s instruments were carefully crafted and reliable, if not so finely finished as Lyon & Healy’s; he also had a reputation for good harp repair work....

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