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8. Old Bohm waldzither   (711)   @  250 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 no phone number, so dates from the Gewa period in the 1930s...

Bohm waldzither

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'Bohm wladzither'

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It has the original rosewood finger-board with 17 re-levelled brass frets. The spruce top is now sound with 2 shrinkage repairs. The flat back is sound with NO repairs. The tuners and bridge are originals, the tail is new. I have now fitted strap buttons at the tail and heel. The instrument top has been refinished with Tru-oil. It has been strung as a cittern/irish bouzouki GDAEA, and is now playing well with a full, ringing, sonorous sound and a light action.

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

Other than cleaning, I have carried out the following work on this instrument: 1) repaired 2 shrinkage cracks in the top; 2) refinished the top with Tru-oil; 3) repaired a split in the head; 4) levelled and dressed the original frets; 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.


Original finished throughout except for the top. Repair and top finished in Tru-oil.

Belly wood

Good quality, book-matched, spruce top. 2 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.


Maple, perfect.


Original in rosewood, re-levelled. 17 re-levelled brass frets. MOP position markers at frets 3, 5, 7, 9 and 12. Original nut.

Machine heads

Original steel Preston tuners, all working. 1 replacement barrel.


New in chromed steel with 8 string hooks.


Original glass

Scale Length Bridge to nut

Scale of 470mm

G string height at bridge


E 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