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by Dave
Mon Mar 18, 2019 9:12 pm
Forum: Learning
Topic: Question about Staccato
Replies: 4
Views: 312

Re: Question about Staccato

Perhaps try exaggerating it...that's what I do. Say, make a series of d notes on the a string with your 2nd finger, such as dah dah da! When you come to the staccato, as your thumb strikes the string, simultaneously depress the note a little harder and release (but not off the string as Evelyn has p...
by Dave
Mon Feb 11, 2019 11:18 pm
Forum: Learning
Topic: Volkstümliche Zitherschule p27 - Röslein
Replies: 4
Views: 361

Re: Volkstümliche Zitherschule p27 - Röslein

Hi Andy, The right hand pinky is generally found to be a nuisance in the beginning. Some resort to rubber bands in an attempt to tame it, to keep it from waving about or curling up. You may want to try using your 4th and 5th together when pulling the bass strings. This does not limit you in any way ...
by Dave
Mon Jan 28, 2019 11:38 pm
Forum: Places and Events
Topic: International Zither Event
Replies: 1
Views: 222

Re: International Zither Event

Hi Don, I've attached the invitation letter for this event.
Invitation letter.pdf
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by Dave
Mon Jan 28, 2019 1:23 pm
Forum: History
Topic: One of the last letters from Schwarzer Zither factory
Replies: 3
Views: 534

Re: One of the last letters from Schwarzer Zither factory

Thanks for posting this. I have two of Albert Hesses's letters, dated ten years prior, but only one side of the conversation.
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by Dave
Sat Jan 26, 2019 12:56 pm
Forum: Builders
Topic: Zithers by John Roeder
Replies: 6
Views: 909

Re: Zithers by John Roeder

Hi Andy,

In regards to your question, Franz Schwarzer offered piano bottom zithers in his catalog. I've attached a description for one.
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by Dave
Mon Jan 21, 2019 7:46 pm
Forum: Builders
Topic: Zithers by John Roeder
Replies: 6
Views: 909

Zithers by John Roeder

Hi Folks, sharing this note and photos sent by John Roeder. The first three photos are the model I built in 2015. The next three are the model with the piano bottom ( Klavierboden) that I built during 2016-2018. Both have a Decke / Top of Canadian Cedar with French Polish as a finish. The Klavierbod...
by Dave
Wed Oct 31, 2018 4:23 pm
Forum: Zithers and Resources
Topic: Franz Schwarzer Zither
Replies: 10
Views: 947

Re: Franz Schwarzer Zither

The catalog description for this zither has been posted here:

viewtopic.php?f=15&t=548
by Dave
Wed Oct 31, 2018 4:22 pm
Forum: Zither Makers and Models
Topic: Franz Schwarzer Model 17
Replies: 1
Views: 455

Franz Schwarzer Model 17

From the maker's catalog: Franz Schwarzer Style “A” Standard Model, 32 strings Length of fingerboard from first to last fret, 13 1/4 inches. No. 17 - Imitation rosewood top; side polished black; bottom dull black finish; wood purflings inlaid around sound hole and edge of top; German silver frets; p...
by Dave
Mon Oct 22, 2018 11:31 am
Forum: Zithers and Resources
Topic: Franz Schwarzer Zither
Replies: 10
Views: 947

Re: Franz Schwarzer Zither

Congrats on your find! Your Schwarzer serial number of 6917 dates it to 1897. Share some photos when you have an opportunity.
by Dave
Sat Oct 13, 2018 9:22 pm
Forum: Repairs and Restorations
Topic: Tuning; arrrgh.
Replies: 3
Views: 620

Re: Tuning; arrrgh.

The intonation of my Johann Jobst is pretty well right on at the open, 5th or 7th frets. Just curious, have you compared the string height of your instruments, at various frets along each fretboard? The following tips are courtesy of Andreas Spohn. PROBLEM - Tuning is not true to frets POSSIBLE CAUS...