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by Rudy Mueller
Thu Nov 15, 2018 5:20 pm
Forum: Places and Events
Topic: Oh, was that bad!
Replies: 3
Views: 63

Re: Oh, was that bad!

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...
by Rudy Mueller
Wed Nov 14, 2018 5:57 pm
Forum: Places and Events
Topic: Oh, was that bad!
Replies: 3
Views: 63

Oh, was that bad!

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...
by Rudy Mueller
Mon Nov 12, 2018 8:31 am
Forum: Repairs and Restorations
Topic: Humidifiers
Replies: 4
Views: 426

Re: Humidifiers

It's that time of the year! Get out those humidifiers.
by Rudy Mueller
Tue Oct 30, 2018 4:16 pm
Forum: Zithers and Resources
Topic: Franz Schwarzer Zither
Replies: 10
Views: 246

Re: Franz Schwarzer Zither

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...
by Rudy Mueller
Tue Oct 30, 2018 2:40 pm
Forum: Zithers and Resources
Topic: Franz Schwarzer Zither
Replies: 10
Views: 246

Re: Franz Schwarzer Zither

Beautiful!
by Rudy Mueller
Wed Oct 10, 2018 9:12 am
Forum: Repairs and Restorations
Topic: Bergfee Strings
Replies: 10
Views: 372

Re: Bergfee Strings

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.

Rudi
by Rudy Mueller
Tue Oct 09, 2018 4:44 pm
Forum: Repairs and Restorations
Topic: Bergfee Strings
Replies: 10
Views: 372

Re: Bergfee Strings

I'm hooked on Bergfee greens.

rudi
by Rudy Mueller
Mon Oct 01, 2018 4:49 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Fretboard Tuners
Replies: 2
Views: 302

Re: Fretboard Tuners

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...
by Rudy Mueller
Mon Oct 01, 2018 7:22 am
Forum: Zither Makers and Models
Topic: Newish Horst Wünsche
Replies: 4
Views: 153

Re: Newish Horst Wünsche

WOW!!!
by Rudy Mueller
Fri Sep 28, 2018 2:46 pm
Forum: Zither Makers and Models
Topic: Looking for Help in Finding a Zither
Replies: 8
Views: 523

Re: Looking for Help in Finding a Zither

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...