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Jobst workshops

Posted: Mon Sep 26, 2016 1:05 pm
by DanSymonds
I wonder whether any fellow zitherists might have any information about how long the Jobst workshops were in operation in Graz. I have a number of antique zithers but my favorite is a small Jobst air resonance 21" (string length 15 1/4") which has an exceptional tone. This zither was probably made in the 1890's and has a street address of Sporgasse 27. I recently acquired a much larger Jobst which I am restoring. This zither is 27" long (string length 16 7/8"). This is also a quality instrument but appears to be of much later manufacture. It has a serial #1984 stamped on the mechanical plate, and from the appearance of the celluoid buttons appears to date from the 1930's or 40's, possibly even later. Street address is Sporgasse 18. I understand Johan Jobst died in 1924 but it appears his workshop continued after this date. I would be grateful for any additional information.