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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


Width at widest point


Approx. Depth of waldzither

95mm at bridge.


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.




2-piece, flat back in stained maple.

Neck and Head

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


Stained maple, perfect.


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.


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


Original glass

Scale Length Bridge to nut

Scale of 470mm

G string height at bridge


B 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