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by kenbloom
Tue Apr 16, 2019 8:44 am
Forum: Repairs and Restorations
Topic: Repair or replace.
Replies: 1
Views: 21

Re: Repair or replace.

That is some pretty severe damage. You might want to compare the cost of repair to the purchase of a new and more modern instrument. This one is a smaller instrument with only three contra basses and some of those half frets that were popular on many older instruments. Modern zithers are much better...
by kenbloom
Sun Apr 14, 2019 6:17 pm
Forum: Repairs and Restorations
Topic: Perfekta Zither/Anton Brauer
Replies: 24
Views: 1879

Re: Perfekta Zither/Anton Brauer

Hi Quince, It looks perfect! I have heard nothing but great things about Wunshe and thre few of his instruments I've played were wonderful, every bit as good as my Meinel Jr. I'm sure you will enjy your Perfekta as much as I like mine and having those contras handy is realy wonderful. Ken Bloom http...
by kenbloom
Wed Apr 10, 2019 7:20 am
Forum: Learning
Topic: Technical question
Replies: 4
Views: 61

Re: Technical question

I came from a guitar and woodwind background. I have always gone with the idea that there was no reason not to use every finger I had. As I progressed in my playing, I was gifted with the Hintermeyer books for the right hand and they freed up my thinking about which fingers to use where. I will ofte...
by kenbloom
Sun Apr 07, 2019 8:46 am
Forum: Learning
Topic: Technical question
Replies: 4
Views: 61

Re: Technical question

As far as fingering goes, I often use my little finger for things like this rather than my thumb. I find that less cumbersome. YMMV.

Ken Bloom
http://www.boweddulcimer.org
by kenbloom
Sun Apr 07, 2019 8:43 am
Forum: Learning
Topic: Technical question
Replies: 4
Views: 61

Re: Technical question

It depends on the sound that you want. You could certainly use an open A string for the A/C combination and it would be a convenient way to do it. You would not be able to add vibrato to the interval doing it that way and on many zithers the open string has a different tone quality to the fretted on...
by kenbloom
Wed Mar 20, 2019 8:56 am
Forum: Learning
Topic: Question about Staccato
Replies: 4
Views: 122

Re: Question about Staccato

If you keep the finger in contact with the string when you release the pressure it becomes automatic damping. Ideally, for clean playing, you want the left hand finger and the thumb ring to strike the note at the same instant. If you then release the pressure but keep on the string, you get staccato...
by kenbloom
Wed Mar 06, 2019 9:57 am
Forum: Repairs and Restorations
Topic: Refurbishing a Hermann Doelling Junior Alpine zither
Replies: 4
Views: 160

Re: Refurbishing a Hermann Doelling Junior Alpine zither

I concur! The Bergfe green are also easiest on the instrument while still sounding very good.

Kewn Bloom
http://www.boweddulcimer.org
by kenbloom
Mon Mar 04, 2019 8:03 am
Forum: Repairs and Restorations
Topic: Refurbishing a Hermann Doelling Junior Alpine zither
Replies: 4
Views: 160

Re: Refurbishing a Hermann Doelling Junior Alpine zither

Hi Andrea, Zithers are not made to withstand the tension of regular metal strings. One of the reasons that zither strings are so expensive is that they are specially designed to give a nice clear note at low tension and a very short string length. Your instrument sounds like a typical zither of the ...
by kenbloom
Tue Feb 05, 2019 7:42 am
Forum: Learning
Topic: Volkstümliche Zitherschule p27 - Röslein
Replies: 4
Views: 158

Re: Volkstümliche Zitherschule p27 - Röslein

Hi Andy, Good work. You sound great. Let me give you a caution that has plaqued me. You are going to need the little finger on your right hand. Curling it up and keeping it tensed is not going to help. I've been fighting the same thing for years. Try and keep it relaxed. When you start using the lit...
by kenbloom
Sun Feb 03, 2019 9:15 am
Forum: Getting Started
Topic: Newbie; The Journey Begins!
Replies: 9
Views: 314

Re: Newbie; The Journey Begins!

Getting a tuning wrench for this instrument will be easy since it is a relatively modern one. In a pinch I've even used a modern star wrench that is intended for hammered dulcimer or autoharp but the regular square zither wrench is easier to use. Perfekta zithers are rare and hard to find. I love mi...