German luthier Wilfried Ulrich has made me aware that an English translation of his book, Die Hummel: Geschichte eines Volksmusik-Instruments (The Story of the Hummel), is now available. His work should prove informative for those interested in learning more about the modern zither's ancestors.
The following link shows Ulrich playing one of his instruments:
Wilfried Ulrich, The Story of the Hummel (German Scheitholt). 181 pages. Published by the author. A translation of Die Hummel: Geschichte eines Volksmusik-Instruments. Volume 42 of Materials Pertaining to the Everyday History and Folk Culture of Lower Saxony. Clopppenburg: Museumsdorf Cloppenburg, 2011. Price: 22 euros, plus 7 euros shipping (approximately $45 total at current exchange rates). A CD is available for 10 euros with recordings from 100- to 250-year-old restored Hummels from museums. Contact Wilfried Ulrich, Am Diekschloot 40, D-26506 Norden, East Frisia, Germany. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web site: http://www.ulrich-instrumente.de
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