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by NutmegCT
Wed Oct 10, 2018 7:47 am
Forum: Repairs and Restorations
Topic: Bergfee Strings
Replies: 9
Views: 114

Re: Bergfee Strings

After spending nearly $150 for new Lenzner Soloklang strings, I was very disappointed in the "twangy metallic" sound I get, not to mention the sore fingers. I'd never heard of Bergfee Green until this topic was started. They're evidently nylon, so easier on the fingers, and probably what I should ha...
by NutmegCT
Tue Oct 02, 2018 12:26 pm
Forum: Zither Makers and Models
Topic: Newish Horst Wünsche
Replies: 4
Views: 73

Re: Newish Horst Wünsche

Thanks Andy. Looks and sounds like you have a winner!

Tom M.
by NutmegCT
Sun Sep 30, 2018 4:40 pm
Forum: Zither Makers and Models
Topic: Newish Horst Wünsche
Replies: 4
Views: 73

Re: Newish Horst Wünsche

Hi Andy - congratulations on the new family member! Could you give a bit more detail on "The fretted strings are also much easier on the fingers "? I don't understand what you mean. Less tension so easier to press down? or softer material (nylon vs. metal)? or strings are closer to frets so less "di...
by NutmegCT
Mon Sep 10, 2018 12:12 pm
Forum: Zither Makers and Models
Topic: Looking for Help in Finding a Zither
Replies: 8
Views: 258

Re: Looking for Help in Finding a Zither

Some ideas: Up near Dallas - https://dallas.craigslist.org/ndf/for/d/antique-franz-schwarzer-32/6664289371.html While I was searching for my own four years ago, I learned that many "music instrument repair shops" have old zithers. As you're in central Texas, there are probably dozens of zithers bein...
by NutmegCT
Wed Sep 05, 2018 11:21 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The Circle of Fifths
Replies: 6
Views: 111

Re: The Circle of Fifths

Answer this question - "What is the meaning of life?" OK, back to SOP. From those Zither.us articles, it sure sounds like the stringing used today was worked out over at least a century, from the "17 string old zither" of around 1800 to the ones used today. Weigel apparently was responsible for the ...
by NutmegCT
Wed Sep 05, 2018 8:35 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The Circle of Fifths
Replies: 6
Views: 111

Re: The Circle of Fifths

Servus Rudi. Ab is the common way of writing "a flat", which (on equal tempered instruments) is the same sound as "g sharp". If you read this article about Weigel, you see how he tried to standardize zither tunings back in the second half of the nineteenth century. http://www.zither.us/nikolaus.weig...
by NutmegCT
Mon Sep 03, 2018 8:41 am
Forum: History
Topic: "The Third Man" - some background
Replies: 0
Views: 121

"The Third Man" - some background

Like many of us, I first learned of the zither from the 1949 film The Third Man. Here's some interesting information - and a few surprises - about the making of that film. https://youtu.be/pLwfhDT6lYU Why are there so many scenes showing only Harry Lime's shadow on the walls? Orson Welles didn't arr...
by NutmegCT
Mon Sep 03, 2018 7:33 am
Forum: Learning
Topic: concerning teachers....
Replies: 4
Views: 179

Re: concerning teachers....

Velocio - thank you! So you've been learning zither for only seven years. Bravo! And you're very lucky to have a real zither teacher! Were/are you traveling to Germany for your lessons? Could you tell us how exactly you started? did you use a "zither method" book? What exercises and examples did you...
by NutmegCT
Sat Sep 01, 2018 6:41 am
Forum: Zithers and Resources
Topic: Two Zithers for sale
Replies: 24
Views: 492

Re: Two Zithers for sale

Good to hear you're not giving in. I'm continuing, but the metallic buzzing twangy sound is discouraging. I still have to "hunt" for each string - nothing comes naturally. You've made more progress in four months than I've made in four years. Four years ago a WW2 vet (US Navy) and friend of mine tol...
by NutmegCT
Fri Aug 31, 2018 7:56 am
Forum: Zithers and Resources
Topic: Two Zithers for sale
Replies: 24
Views: 492

Re: Two Zithers for sale

Pete: "I asked how you were progressing but did not hear from you."

Tom: Very slowly!