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by Dave
Mon Sep 05, 2011 9:17 pm
Forum: Zither Makers and Models
Topic: Franz Schwarzer Columbian Zither - Model 172
Replies: 0
Views: 1044

Franz Schwarzer Columbian Zither - Model 172

A reader of the web site, Michael K., sent in these photos of his grandfather's zither, a 36 string Columbian Zither, model number 172. He recalled that his grandfather played "Wein, du Stadt meaner Träume" (Vienna, City of my Dreams) on this zither. The instrument has serial number 10093 carved int...
by Dave
Sun Sep 04, 2011 5:33 pm
Forum: Zither Makers and Models
Topic: Franz Schwarzer Concert Zither - Model 16
Replies: 0
Views: 1254

Franz Schwarzer Concert Zither - Model 16

Bill K., a reader of the web site, sent in this question regarding his grandfather's zither. "After my grandfather passed away I found a zither buried under some lumber in his garage. It is in its original case, has a tuning tool, a couple of finger picks and is in pretty nice condition. I would lik...
by Dave
Sun Sep 04, 2011 3:02 pm
Forum: Repairs and Restorations
Topic: Unique Alt Zither Restored
Replies: 1
Views: 1562

Unique Alt Zither Restored

These restoration photos of an Alt Zither were sent in by Don Offinger. This instrument, formerly owned by his father's uncle, a Zitherverein leader in Astoria, Queens, New York, has recently been restored by Sasha Radicic. This zither is now played by Don, who is also a member of the Long Island Zi...
by Dave
Fri Sep 02, 2011 4:09 pm
Forum: Repairs and Restorations
Topic: Zither by William Teubner
Replies: 0
Views: 1534

Zither by William Teubner

This zither was made in 1890 by William August Teubner, an early craftsman in Baltimore, Maryland. I am aware of three of his zithers. One of the others was made in 1882. Teubner signed and dated his instruments on an internal brace under the fretboard. One would have to look inside the instrument t...
by Dave
Fri Sep 02, 2011 4:04 pm
Forum: Zithers and Resources
Topic: Chromatic Tuner
Replies: 0
Views: 879

Chromatic Tuner

For those zitherists with an iPhone looking for a reliable tuner, consider Cleartune. It's an inexpensive alternative and makes for one less thing to carry when traveling with your zither. :)

http://www.bitcount.com/cleartune/
by Dave
Thu Sep 01, 2011 9:12 pm
Forum: Repairs and Restorations
Topic: Johann Jobst Zither Restored
Replies: 0
Views: 1609

Johann Jobst Zither Restored

This zither was once owned by a member of the Baltimore Zither Club. It had been unplayed and in storage for decades. The maker is Johann Jobst, an early zither maker in Graz, Austria. As well as being a zither maker, he was an innovator and is credited with introducing the "luft resonance" port to ...
by Dave
Wed Aug 31, 2011 9:15 pm
Forum: History
Topic: 1881 Zither Table
Replies: 0
Views: 965

1881 Zither Table

A play day for a zitherist usually entails packing a zither, music stand, table and bundles of sheet music which, when added together, can be quite cumbersome. Franz Waldecker, an early zither player and business owner in Washington, D.C., realized this and sought a simpler solution. His patented zi...