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by kenbloom
Tue Aug 06, 2019 8:46 am
Forum: History
Topic: Anton Brauer
Replies: 3
Views: 67

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: 5
Views: 61

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: 5
Views: 61

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: 5
Views: 61

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: 94

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: 83

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...
by kenbloom
Tue Jul 09, 2019 10:45 am
Forum: Zithers and Resources
Topic: new strings
Replies: 6
Views: 94

Re: new strings

Thanks guys! I really appreciate the info. I did get in touch with Bill Kolb so I'm trying out the Lenzner strings and see how they do. I did need them in a hurry and they are in the mail as we speak! Thanks again.

Ken Bloom
http://www.boweddulcimer.org
by kenbloom
Fri Jul 05, 2019 9:03 pm
Forum: Zithers and Resources
Topic: new strings
Replies: 6
Views: 94

new strings

Hi all,

Does anyone know if Anne Prinz is still selling strings. I have e-mailed her but have not gotten a reply yet. I need a set of Bergfe Green bass and accompaniment strings and some new phosphor bronze fingerboard strings. Suggestions?

Ken Bloom
http://www.boweddulcimer.org
by kenbloom
Wed Jul 03, 2019 8:23 am
Forum: Places and Events
Topic: Zither Sunday, July 14, 2019
Replies: 2
Views: 79

Re: Zither Sunday, July 14, 2019

Hi Rudi, The same goes for me. I lived in Chicago for five years in the 70's. I never see any zither players in North Carolina. For a lot of folks, I am the only zither player they know. Have a great time and know that there are others out there who would love to be there if circumstances were diffe...
by kenbloom
Wed May 15, 2019 7:32 am
Forum: Learning
Topic: Practice Video - Volkstümliche Zitherschule p31 - Der erste Tanz
Replies: 12
Views: 439

Re: Practice Video - Volkstümliche Zitherschule p31 - Der erste Tanz

Thanks Evelyn, I appreciate the update. My view is from afar. I first learned the zither basically on my own in California before I moved to Chicago and was able to meet Rudi Wacek and Ludwig Karlbrunner. It's always instructive to be able to hear from people who really know what's going on! thank y...