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10. Old Bohm waldzither  (606)  @  200 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 phone no Alster 6825....

C. H. Bohm

Hamburg 5 Steintorweg 2

Bohm Waldzither Alster 6825

It has the original rosewood finger-board with 17 re-levelled brass T- frets. The spruce top is now sound with 2 shrinkage repairs. The flat back is sound with 1 small shrinkage repair. The tuners, tail and bridge are originals. I have now fitted strap buttons at the tail and heel. The instrument has been completely refinished with Tru-oil. It has been strung as a cittern/irish bouzouki GDAEB, 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 and 1 in the back; 2) refinished throughout with Tru-oil; 3) levelled and dressed the original frets; and 4) strung and set up.

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

In the German region of Thüringen, the cittern seems to have existed in a time warp throughout the 17th and 18th Century. While citterns elsewhere went through a number of changes, the Thüringer remained very much the same. There were a number of variants with more strings, but the basic nine-stringed early 19th Century Thüringer Zither was very similar to the "standard" renaissance cittern. During the 19th Century the instrument became known as the Thüringer Waldzither and eventually the reference to Thüringen faded out and the instrument became known simply as the Waldzither, literally ‘forest cittern’. Around 1900 Hamburg mandolin manufacturer C. H. Böhm picked up the Waldzither idea and started manufacturing it in large quantities. For more about Waldzithers, follow these links…



Waldzither Specifications (In Millimetres)

Overall Length of waldzither


Width at widest point


Approx. Depth of waldzither

95mm at bridge.


Refinished throughout in Tru-oil.

Belly wood

Good quality, book-matched, spruce top, close-grained at the centre. 2 shrinkage repairs.

Sound hole

Round, approx. 77mm. diameter.




Single-piece, flat back in maple. 1 shrinkage repair.

Neck and Head

Single-piece, painted/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.


Original tailpiece in steel with 9 string hooks. 'Saiten No.650' inscribed as string length.


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



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