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by NutmegCT
Thu Nov 15, 2018 11:36 am
Forum: Places and Events
Topic: Oh, was that bad!
Replies: 3
Views: 63

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: 16

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...
by NutmegCT
Mon Oct 29, 2018 5:18 pm
Forum: Zithers and Resources
Topic: Franz Schwarzer Zither
Replies: 10
Views: 246

Re: Franz Schwarzer Zither

Easiest way to post photos is to put them on a public photo sharing site, like Google Photos, Flickr, etc. Then just put the link to the photo into your Zither forum post. Another way is to shrink the photo size using various editing apps. I use Windows Paint, which has a "resize" icon built right i...
by NutmegCT
Wed Oct 10, 2018 7:47 am
Forum: Repairs and Restorations
Topic: Bergfee Strings
Replies: 10
Views: 372

Re: Bergfee Strings

After spending nearly $150 for new Lenzner Soloklang strings, I was very disappointed in the "twangy metallic" sound I get, not to mention the sore fingers. I'd never heard of Bergfee Green until this topic was started. They're evidently nylon, so easier on the fingers, and probably what I should ha...
by NutmegCT
Tue Oct 02, 2018 12:26 pm
Forum: Zither Makers and Models
Topic: Newish Horst Wünsche
Replies: 4
Views: 153

Re: Newish Horst Wünsche

Thanks Andy. Looks and sounds like you have a winner!

Tom M.
by NutmegCT
Sun Sep 30, 2018 4:40 pm
Forum: Zither Makers and Models
Topic: Newish Horst Wünsche
Replies: 4
Views: 153

Re: Newish Horst Wünsche

Hi Andy - congratulations on the new family member! Could you give a bit more detail on "The fretted strings are also much easier on the fingers "? I don't understand what you mean. Less tension so easier to press down? or softer material (nylon vs. metal)? or strings are closer to frets so less "di...
by NutmegCT
Mon Sep 10, 2018 12:12 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

Some ideas: Up near Dallas - https://dallas.craigslist.org/ndf/for/d/antique-franz-schwarzer-32/6664289371.html While I was searching for my own four years ago, I learned that many "music instrument repair shops" have old zithers. As you're in central Texas, there are probably dozens of zithers bein...
by NutmegCT
Wed Sep 05, 2018 11:21 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The Circle of Fifths
Replies: 6
Views: 200

Re: The Circle of Fifths

Answer this question - "What is the meaning of life?" OK, back to SOP. From those Zither.us articles, it sure sounds like the stringing used today was worked out over at least a century, from the "17 string old zither" of around 1800 to the ones used today. Weigel apparently was responsible for the ...
by NutmegCT
Wed Sep 05, 2018 8:35 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The Circle of Fifths
Replies: 6
Views: 200

Re: The Circle of Fifths

Servus Rudi. Ab is the common way of writing "a flat", which (on equal tempered instruments) is the same sound as "g sharp". If you read this article about Weigel, you see how he tried to standardize zither tunings back in the second half of the nineteenth century. http://www.zither.us/nikolaus.weig...
by NutmegCT
Mon Sep 03, 2018 8:41 am
Forum: History
Topic: "The Third Man" - some background
Replies: 0
Views: 298

"The Third Man" - some background

Like many of us, I first learned of the zither from the 1949 film The Third Man. Here's some interesting information - and a few surprises - about the making of that film. https://youtu.be/pLwfhDT6lYU Why are there so many scenes showing only Harry Lime's shadow on the walls? Orson Welles didn't arr...