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PostPosted: Fri Nov 24, 2017 9:39 am 
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The re-finishing of the Förg zither has begun. On string removal, it became apparent that surface finish cracking was more extensive than thought.

Does anyone have thoughts/information on the effect of surface finish cracking on acoustics?

Rudi


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 04, 2017 1:51 pm 
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HI Rudi,

Usually surface crackling has no effect on tone. The finish sits on top of the wood and the plates are rather thick as well as the higher tension of most of the strings as compared with say the lute. I would say that finish problems have no affect on tone or playability, only looks.
'Ken Bloom
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 13, 2017 6:06 pm 
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ugh. The saga of the Förg continues.

Denatured alcohol did not touch the top finish, and neither did standard paint thinner.

Light sanding has begun. There were several areas where the original stain did not "take", and after light sanding, several other areas appeared where there was some type of filler on/in the wood, but under the finish.... ??? Good old Förg left me with some surprises... there may be other blemishes/defects there when those which are apparent are addressed.

Several "wear and tear" divots disappeared after light sanding, but not through the underlying stain. This may be a longer project than anticipated.

Two other zithers currently in my care are going to a very good home after the first of the year. With the Förg in the shop, I'll be down to playing "Boomer" described elsewhere on this site. Hope the neighbors and the Wendlstoana don't mind.

Blessed Christmas to all,

Rudi


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