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by kenbloom
Wed Mar 20, 2019 8:56 am
Forum: Learning
Topic: Question about Staccato
Replies: 4
Views: 38

Re: Question about Staccato

If you keep the finger in contact with the string when you release the pressure it becomes automatic damping. Ideally, for clean playing, you want the left hand finger and the thumb ring to strike the note at the same instant. If you then release the pressure but keep on the string, you get staccato...
by kenbloom
Wed Mar 06, 2019 9:57 am
Forum: Repairs and Restorations
Topic: Refurbishing a Hermann Doelling Junior Alpine zither
Replies: 4
Views: 52

Re: Refurbishing a Hermann Doelling Junior Alpine zither

I concur! The Bergfe green are also easiest on the instrument while still sounding very good.

Kewn Bloom
http://www.boweddulcimer.org
by kenbloom
Mon Mar 04, 2019 8:03 am
Forum: Repairs and Restorations
Topic: Refurbishing a Hermann Doelling Junior Alpine zither
Replies: 4
Views: 52

Re: Refurbishing a Hermann Doelling Junior Alpine zither

Hi Andrea, Zithers are not made to withstand the tension of regular metal strings. One of the reasons that zither strings are so expensive is that they are specially designed to give a nice clear note at low tension and a very short string length. Your instrument sounds like a typical zither of the ...
by kenbloom
Tue Feb 05, 2019 7:42 am
Forum: Learning
Topic: Volkstümliche Zitherschule p27 - Röslein
Replies: 4
Views: 115

Re: Volkstümliche Zitherschule p27 - Röslein

Hi Andy, Good work. You sound great. Let me give you a caution that has plaqued me. You are going to need the little finger on your right hand. Curling it up and keeping it tensed is not going to help. I've been fighting the same thing for years. Try and keep it relaxed. When you start using the lit...
by kenbloom
Sun Feb 03, 2019 9:15 am
Forum: Getting Started
Topic: Newbie; The Journey Begins!
Replies: 9
Views: 195

Re: Newbie; The Journey Begins!

Getting a tuning wrench for this instrument will be easy since it is a relatively modern one. In a pinch I've even used a modern star wrench that is intended for hammered dulcimer or autoharp but the regular square zither wrench is easier to use. Perfekta zithers are rare and hard to find. I love mi...
by kenbloom
Mon Jan 28, 2019 8:28 am
Forum: History
Topic: One of the last letters from Schwarzer Zither factory
Replies: 3
Views: 108

Re: One of the last letters from Schwarzer Zither factory

What a great insight into a bygone era. I think it's really remarkable that the company lasted as long as it did, through two world wars. Pays great hommage to to Franz Shwarzer's original idea and energy. Thanks for posting.

Ken Bloom
http://www.bpweddulcimer.org
by kenbloom
Wed Jan 02, 2019 7:56 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Humidty Control
Replies: 12
Views: 1717

Re: Humidty Control

Happy New Year to you Rudi. I remember when I lived in Chicago, Evanston actually, the summers were intensely moist, the opposite of the very dry winters. As the humidity increased I had to remember to tune my zither and bandura down as they began to go sharp as the humidity swelled the wood. My Mei...
by kenbloom
Thu Dec 06, 2018 8:26 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Humidty Control
Replies: 12
Views: 1717

Re: Humidty Control

It certainly is one of the indications. When the humity is higher, the wood swells up, thus the tension goes up and the instrument goes sharp. When the humity drops, the reverse happens. Tuning pins slip when the wood shrinks. No mystery here. In the old days of skin heads, banjo players were always...
by kenbloom
Tue Dec 04, 2018 9:54 am
Forum: Places and Events
Topic: Zither Sunday, December 2, 2018
Replies: 3
Views: 145

Re: Zither Sunday, December 2, 2018

When I first started, knowing nothing and having only the Darr book, I broke a lot of strings trying to get that first one up to Ab until I realized it said Eb on the package!!! What a dummy! Even if you play in Eb and Ab a lot, starting with Eb really makes more sense. Everything is just a bit clos...
by kenbloom
Fri Nov 30, 2018 8:43 am
Forum: Places and Events
Topic: Zither Sunday, December 2, 2018
Replies: 3
Views: 145

Re: Zither Sunday, December 2, 2018

Sounds like a grand time to me. I wish it wasn't so far so that I could attend. Have a wonderful time!

Ken Bloom
http://www.boweddulcimer.org