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by NutmegCT
Mon Apr 22, 2019 6:53 am
Forum: Repairs and Restorations
Topic: Tuning Buttons
Replies: 3
Views: 33

Re: Tuning Buttons

Hi John, and welcome to the Zither forum. Sounds like you've got some work ahead of you; if the zither has literally been a wall-hanger, it might have internal cracks and damage from dry - or humid - environment. Once you've checked out more details, you may want to send the instrument to a repair e...
by NutmegCT
Sun Apr 14, 2019 6:12 pm
Forum: Learning
Topic: Harmonics on the Free Strings
Replies: 10
Views: 67

Re: Harmonics on the Free Strings

Hi Andy - very similar to playing violins, cellos, guitar, etc. Halfway across any open string, the harmonic sounds one octave higher than the open string. But different points on the open string have different harmonics. Some harmonic notation systems show the actual spot on the string to touch; ot...
by NutmegCT
Thu Mar 14, 2019 7:15 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Two Zithers for sale
Replies: 2
Views: 92

Re: Two Zithers for sale

Pete - where is the "For Sale column"?

Thanks.
Tom M.
by NutmegCT
Tue Feb 05, 2019 7:53 am
Forum: Learning
Topic: Volkstümliche Zitherschule p27 - Röslein
Replies: 4
Views: 158

Re: Volkstümliche Zitherschule p27 - Röslein

Hi Andy - congratulations on the continued progress! Say, isn't that a different zither from the one you've played on previous videos? I remember there was art work on the surface of the earlier instrument, and the turned black "stretcher" of this new one seems to have a light color center. Thanks. ...
by NutmegCT
Sat Feb 02, 2019 4:48 pm
Forum: Getting Started
Topic: Newbie; The Journey Begins!
Replies: 9
Views: 314

Re: Newbie; The Journey Begins!

Welcome to Zither.us!

How'd you get interested in playing this wonderful instrument?

For me, it was first hearing Anton Karas in The Third Man. What a fascinating post-WW2 film.

And where did you buy that beautiful zither of yours? You're indeed a lucky man.

Tom M.
by NutmegCT
Fri Jan 11, 2019 1:12 pm
Forum: Zither Makers and Models
Topic: Sandner model H1
Replies: 4
Views: 101

Re: Sandner model H1

Thanks Evelyn. You definitely have an advantage. Your family already knew zither - and you had a teacher! Most visitors to the Forum are/were trying to learn, but there are no teachers, and the long-time members all seem to have learned from family and/or teachers. I always thought it funny that mos...
by NutmegCT
Fri Jan 11, 2019 12:30 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Bavarian Volksmusik
Replies: 2
Views: 147

Re: Bavarian Volksmusik

by NutmegCT
Fri Jan 11, 2019 11:29 am
Forum: Zither Makers and Models
Topic: Sandner model H1
Replies: 4
Views: 101

Re: Sandner model H1

Hi Evelyn - welcome to the forum.

That zither at the bottom of your post resembles my Schuster.

How did you get interested in learning zither?

What method books did you use to get started?

Gruss!
Tom M.
by NutmegCT
Thu Nov 15, 2018 11:36 am
Forum: Places and Events
Topic: Oh, was that bad!
Replies: 4
Views: 289

Re: Oh, was that bad!

Rudi - I'd pose the question as: "What does your group want?" Big audiences in large halls with amplification? or does your group want to play folk music as it was originally intended? Amplification will let many more people hear you - but they may not actually be there to hear you at all. I've seen...
by NutmegCT
Thu Nov 15, 2018 10:41 am
Forum: Repairs and Restorations
Topic: What’s this?
Replies: 1
Views: 290

Re: What’s this?

That's a mute (sordino) for stringed instruments, most likely violin or viola. It's usually ebony, and slides down onto the bridge under the strings, to "dampen" the bridge from vibrating. It cuts down on the vibrations hitting the sound box (the body), so the instrument emits less sound. https://ww...