In 1989, Mary Radspinner had a large harp studio. One of the students was Carrie, a very talented musician. That year her dad chose me as the yearly tithe. I knew I had to do something very special with that, because it represented sort of the very essence of me. I procured a DBA and called it "Melody Productions" in honor of our Afghan Hound, Melody. Melody was a gift from me to John in 1987. I continued teaching and performing, and hung onto the essence of that gift. In my search for something more fulfilling than performing for parties, John and I decided to open a music studio and small store, making harp available to more people. We signed a contract to rent an 800 square foot storefront in a strip mall for our 41 students. We stocked a few harps, 2 hammered dulcimers and about 3 Autoharps. We ordered some racks to display print music, and we had maybe 50 titles of music. That first year we produced a small catalog and sent it to about 400 customers in the midwest region. We stamped, sorted, and did all the bulk mailing ourselves. We named our store after our beloved Afghan Hound, Melody (1987-1998). Over the next few years we expanded, moved, then bought a free-standing building, sold it after 9 years (1997-2006), and are now attached to our home in a perfectly sized building. And here we are into our 23rd year. Our specialty is print music. We keep several Dusty Strings harps in stock, and we also have used harps on consignment. Our publishing company is called "Afghan Press Music for Harp". Also named after Melody.
Sincerely, Mary and John
Melody's Traditional Music
21626 Gentry Rd
Cypress, TX 77429
To Call Us:
On the Internet www.folkharp.com (with secure on-line ordering)
Owners John Gill and Mary Radspinner
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Reba Lunsford has worked for Melody's almost 20 years. What a trooper to put up with us for so long.She is the patient one on the phone, the order puller, the paper and spiral binding purchaser, the calming influence in the shop, the animal communicator, the order processor, the gentle advice giver, the printer, the puncher of holes for binding Afghan Press publications, the music organizer, and the list goes on....