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2. Old German Waldzither (746) @ 250 euros

Old German Waldzither

    This is an old Waldzither, made in Germany in the early to mid-1900s. It has no label or name stamp, which is typical of instruments made in the old E. Germany.

   It has the original rosewood finger-board with 17 re-levelled brass frets. The spruce top is sound but still has evidence of pick wear. The domed back is now sound, but with shrinkage repairs. I have also repaired and reinforced insect damage to the sides. The tuners and tail are originals, the bridge new. The instrument has been completely refinished with Tru-oil. It has been strung traditionally in open C: CGCEG, and is now playing well with good volume and sustain, a ringing, sonorous sound and a light action.

    Other than cleaning, I have carried out the following work on this instrument: 1) repaired shrinkage splits and open seams in the back; 2) repaired some insect damage to the sides; 3) restained and refinished throughout with shellac and Tru-oil; 4) re-levelled and dressed the original frets; 5) fitted a new tailpiece; 6) refitted the glass bridge; and 7) strung and set up.

NB. the instrument can be retuned in a variety of different ways, though this could involve replacing the strings.

Waldzither Specifications (In Millimetres)

Overall Length of waldzither


Width at widest point


Approx. Depth of waldzither

approx 110mm at bridge.


Restained and finished throughout in shellac and Tru-oil.

Belly wood

Good quality, close-grained, book-matched, spruce. A  small repairs and some pick scuffing marks.

Sound hole

Round, approx. 55mm. diameter.


 Composite with floral design, good condition.


7-piece domed back in stained maple. New centre section to compensate for shrinkage and damage to seams.

Neck and Head

Single-piece, stained, neck and head, probably maple. Some repair to head damage.


Stained maple, reinforced inside because of insect damage, now fully treated.


 Original in rosewood. 17 re-levelled brass frets. MOP position markers 5, 7, and 12.

Machine heads

Original aluminium tuners, all working well with original buttons.


New in steel with 8 string hooks.


Original glass bridge

Scale Length Bridge to nut

Scale of 475mm

top string height at bridge


bass string height at bridge


12th fret to bottom string (Action)


12th fret to top string (Action)


Width of fretboard at nut


Width of fretboard at widest point



Larger photos are available on request.