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8. Old Bohm-style waldzither  (821)   @  250 euros

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Old Bohm-style Waldzither – Preston tuners

    This is an old Waldzither, made in Germany with Preston tuners. It has no label inside but probably dates from the 1930-40s...

No label except mine

   It has the original rosewood fingerboard and frets. The spruce top is now sound with 1 shrinkage repair. The flat back is sound with centre strip. The tail is originals the tuners a period replacement. The rosewood and bone inlaid bridge is new. I have now fitted strap buttons at the heel. The instrument has been refinished throughout with shellac and Tru-oil. It has been strung as a trad waldzither in CGGCCEEGG 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…(15 euros)

    Other than cleaning, I have carried out the following work on this instrument: 1) repaired 1 shrinkage crack in the top; 2) levelled the original frets; 3) refitted the loose back adding a centre strip to fit; 4) newly fitted period tuner to replace the lost original; 5) restained and varnished throughout; 6) strap buttons fitted at the heel; and 7) made and fitted a new nut and bridge; and 8) 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

335mm

Approx. Depth of waldzither

100mm 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 repair.

Sound hole

Round, approx. 85mm. diameter.

Scratchplate

New acetate.

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 original re-levelled frets. Slight dip on the last few fret, does not affect playability. MOP position markers at frets 5, 7 and 12. New bone nut.

Machine heads

Period steel Preston tuners, all working.

Tailpiece

Original chromed, with 9 string posts and strap button fitted.

Bridge

New rosewood and bone inlaid bridge fitted.

Scale Length Bridge to nut

Scale of 460mm

G string height at bridge

13.5mm

B string height at bridge

14mm

12th fret to bottom string (Action)

1.5mm

12th fret to top string (Action)

1.5mm

Width of fretboard at nut

39mm

Width of fretboard at widest point

57mm