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Thanks Tom, As usual, you are a font of knowledge, but more importantly, a well-spring of wisdom. I will read your response into the minutes of our Vereins January business meeting. In two weeks we will celebrate our membership Christmas party....but in a private hall, members only, and most attendi...
Our Bavarian Trachten Verein d'lustig'n Wendlstoana Stamm had its 91st annual fest On November 3, 2018, at The Bavarian Bierhaus in Milwaukee, and our little music group (hackbrett, blockflötte, zither, accordion) was part of the program. This was in an open hall with four other Bavarian dance group...
- Tue Oct 30, 2018 4:16 pm
- Forum: Zithers and Resources
- Topic: Franz Schwarzer Zither
- Replies: 10
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On cleaning an olde zither..... Caution, caution, caution. Some of these old instruments have extremely fragile finishes and stains. Some of these may/are plant or animal based, and not tolerant of newer "restoring" or polishing materials. Does the Schwarzer museum in Washington Mo have any hints? T...
- Wed Oct 10, 2018 9:12 am
- Forum: Repairs and Restorations
- Topic: Bergfee Strings
- Replies: 10
- Views: 372
There are other domestic sources, which sound a bit less expensive....and one can buy a partial set (ex eb to g#) accompaniment, which is where a lot of the finger wear occurs. This may be a personal taste, but nylon strings are a bit easier on the fingers, and sound a little more mellow.
The old, beloved, 6 griff-string zither I keep in Mainz has (square) pegs for the griff tuning. No problem if one has a wrench with decent handles, like most of the current ones (~<10 EU on ebay.de; check the size) If you are using a small, poorly fitting clock key (like I did years ago), you'll hav...
- Fri Sep 28, 2018 2:46 pm
- Forum: Zither Makers and Models
- Topic: Looking for Help in Finding a Zither
- Replies: 8
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Most used zithers will need re-stringing. As a beginner, this initial expense may be prohibitive. You may want to consider an instrument with fewer strings (5 griff + 27 [12 accompaniment, 12 bass and 3 contra]), and even replacing just one section at a time. A 40+ string "perfecta" might just break...