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Ornate Bohm waldzither  (673) @ 375 euros

Old Bohm Waldzither – Preston tuners

This is an old Bohm Waldzither, made in Germany with Preston tuners.

It has the original relevelled rosewood finger-board with 17 original brass T- frets. The top has 2 shrinkage repairs. The flat back is sound with 1 small repair. The tuners, tail and bridge are originals. The instrument has been completely refinished with Tru-oil. It has been strung as a traditional open C waldzither in CGCEG. It is now playing well with a full, ringing, sonorous sound, good sustain and a light action.

The waldzither will be supplied with a tuning key. A string-loop winder (10 euros) 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) re-levelled fingerboard and 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

110mm at bridge.


Refinished throughout in Tru-oil.

Belly wood

Fair quality, book-matched, spruce/cedar??.

Sound hole

Round, approx. 77mm. Diameter. 2 shrinkage split repairs. Slight warping around soundhole.




2-piece flat back in rosewood. 1 small shrinkage repair near the tail.

Neck and Head

Single-piece, painted, neck and head. Strap button fitted at the heel.


Rosewood, perfect.


Relevelled original in rosewood. 17 brass frets. MOP position markers at frets 3, 5, 7, 9 and 12.

Machine heads

Original steel Preston tuners, all working.


Original tailpiece in steel with 10 string hooks. Original?? strap looop.


Original glass bridge.

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



Larger photos are available if required