Mandolins For Sale
|13. Old Bohm waldzither (740) @ 250 euros|
Old Edleton Waldzither – Preston tuners
This is an old Waldzither, made in Germany in the early 1900s, with Preston tuners. It has the name stamped on the table....
It has theoriginal rosewood finger-board with 17 re-levelled German silver frets. The spruce top is sound with two fine split repairs. The flat back is now sound, but with some shrinkage repairs. I have also repaired famage to the head. The tuners and tail are originals, the bridge new. The instrument has been completely refinished with Tru-oil. It has been strung as an Irish bouzouki in GDAEB, and is now playing well with good volume and sustain, a 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… @12 euros
Other than cleaning, I have carried out the following work on this instrument: 1) repaired narrow shrinkage splits in the top and back; 2) repaired some small damage to the head; 3) refinished throughout with shellac and Tru-oil; 4) re-levelled and dressed the original frets; 5) re-sprayed the rusted tailpiece; 6) made and fitted a new rosewood and bone bridge; and 7) 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…
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