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8. Old Bohm waldzither   (739)   @  300 euros

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Old Bohm Waldzither – Preston tuners

This is an old Waldzither, made in Germany with Preston tuners. It has a Bohm label inside with the Alster phone number, so probably dates from the 1920s...

C. H. Bohm

Hamburg 5 Steintorweg 2

Bohm Waldzither Alster 6825

It has the original refretted rosewood finger-board. The spruce top is now sound with 1 shrinkage repair. The flat back is sound with no repairs. The tuners, tail and bridge are originals. I have now fitted strap buttons at the tail and heel. The instrument top has been refinished throughout with Tru-oil. It has been strung as a trad Irish bouzouki in GDAEB and is now playing well with a full, ringing, sonorous sound and a light action.

NB. the dappled pattern on the back left, is some sort of stain deep in the wood itself.

The waldzither will be supplied with a tuning key. A string winder is available for creating replacement double loop-end strings if required…(12 euros)

Other than cleaning, I have carried out the following work on this instrument: 1) repaired 1 shrinkage crack in the top; 2) refretted the original f/b with modern alloy frets; 3) restained and varnished throughout; 4) strap buttons fitted; and 5) strung and set up.

NB. the instrument can be retuned in a variety of different ways.

 

 

Waldzither Specifications (In Millimetres)

Overall Length of waldzither

690mm

Width at widest point

315mm

Approx. Depth of waldzither

95mm at bridge.

Finish

Refinished throughout with shellac and tru-oil varnish.

Belly wood

Fair quality, book-matched, spruce top, close-grained at the centre. 1 long shrinkage repairs.

Sound hole

Round, approx. 77mm. diameter.

Scratchplate

N/A

Back

2-piece, flat back in stained maple.

Neck and Head

Single-piece, stained, neck and head, probably maple.

Sides

Stained maple, perfect.

Fingerboard

Original in rosewood. 17 new frets. MOP position markers at frets 3, 5, 7, 9 and 12. Original nut refitted.

Machine heads

Original steel Preston tuners, all working.

Tailpiece

Original chromed brass with 9 string hooks. New strap button fitted.

Bridge

Original glass

Scale Length Bridge to nut

Scale of 470mm

G string height at bridge

17mm

B string height at bridge

16mm

12th fret to bottom string (Action)

2.75mm

12th fret to top string (Action)

2.25mm

Width of fretboard at nut

39mm

Width of fretboard at widest point

53mm