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by kenbloom
Sat Oct 12, 2019 7:08 am
Forum: Zithers and Resources
Topic: Microphone: stand or mount
Replies: 6
Views: 43

Re: Microphone: stand or mount

Hi Rudi, I've got a bunch of LIving History performances this month so I've mainly been working on bowed dulcimer and pipes. I'll get back to zither after all of this is over. November will be more restful. I have really been enjoying the new zither table with its increased bass response. I am a mer...
by kenbloom
Fri Oct 11, 2019 9:27 am
Forum: Zithers and Resources
Topic: Microphone: stand or mount
Replies: 6
Views: 43

Re: Microphone: stand or mount

That's what we all try to do for each other! Isn't it great we have this resource?

Ken Bloom
http://www.boweddulcimer.org
by kenbloom
Thu Oct 10, 2019 10:42 am
Forum: Zithers and Resources
Topic: Microphone: stand or mount
Replies: 6
Views: 43

Re: Microphone: stand or mount

Hi Rudi, I've always used a boom stand, a condenser mike, with it pointed toward the fingerboard but away from the sound hole. Having a stand on the table itself risks extraneous. sounds coming through the mike. If I have enough equipment available I put on mike as described above and another one ov...
by kenbloom
Tue Aug 27, 2019 8:40 am
Forum: Zithers and Resources
Topic: New Table Success!!!!
Replies: 7
Views: 118

Re: New Table Success!!!!

Hi Rudi, I used cherry for the sides because I had some on hand. I would have preferred to use mahogany. Lighter in weight. In the end, it doesn't matter as far as sound goes. It's the top surface that is really important. Here I used a piece of spruce that had a very wide grain, too wide to use for...
by kenbloom
Tue Aug 06, 2019 8:46 am
Forum: History
Topic: Anton Brauer
Replies: 3
Views: 97

Re: Anton Brauer

What a beautiful instrument! My Adolph Meinel perfekta was made about the same time, again, near as I can tell from the label. I have recently discovered that a table with a thick (7/8") top greatly enhances what were rather weak bass notes with mine. I find this especially useful with a perfekta si...
by kenbloom
Sun Aug 04, 2019 8:53 am
Forum: Zithers and Resources
Topic: New Table Success!!!!
Replies: 7
Views: 118

Re: New Table Success!!!!

Hi Rudi, I've done three legged tables. Be sure you put the single leg down at the right hand end and have the other two at the larger end. that way the pressure is evenly distributed and will feel solid. I still prefer four and having an old photographic tripod leg as the adjustable one works great...
by kenbloom
Sat Aug 03, 2019 10:34 am
Forum: Zithers and Resources
Topic: New Table Success!!!!
Replies: 7
Views: 118

Re: New Table Success!!!!

Hi Rudi, Sorry it has taken me some time to get back to you. I've been away at Clifftop, which is a week-long music and camping experience I do every year. I play zither fro everyone every morning and people love it. The table has a 3/4"-7/8" top, an open bottom and foldable legs. The zither in its ...
by kenbloom
Wed Jul 24, 2019 8:12 pm
Forum: Zithers and Resources
Topic: New Table Success!!!!
Replies: 7
Views: 118

New Table Success!!!!

HI All, For years I've tried different approaches to a zither table that would be transportable and sound good. The transportable part is easy. You make legs that fold up and have space for the instrument in its case to go inside. Usually, all the various versions of portable zither tables I've seen...
by kenbloom
Wed Jul 24, 2019 8:13 am
Forum: Zithers and Resources
Topic: new strings
Replies: 6
Views: 112

Re: new strings

Hi Evelyn, Thanks for the question. I haven't found a lot of difference between the two. I do find that the platic windings on a few of the Bergfe higher strings lasts longer than the standard windings that you have on the Lenzners. I got a set of each (Lenzner and BergFe) so now I have spares betwe...
by kenbloom
Thu Jul 18, 2019 7:30 am
Forum: Other Zithers
Topic: Zither for D
Replies: 3
Views: 114

Re: Zither for D

I've mostly been playing my Meinel Sr. perfekta these days and I find no problem reaching any of these chords. Granted I have long fingers which does make things easier but consider that in the Darr book, he starts his tuning with Ab. The perfekta has made what used to be a real stretch, easy. I wis...