32. Old Bohm-style waldzither bouzouki (641)  150 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 is obviously a Bohm copy, though slightly deeper...

It has the original rosewood finger-board with 17 re-levelled brass T- frets. The spruce?? top has 1 shrinkage repair. The flat back is now sound but with 2 long shrinkage repairs. The tuners are originals, the tail and bridge new. The instrument has been completely refinished with Tru-oil. It has been strung as an 8 string irish bouzouki in GDAE. 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 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 shrinkage cracks in the top and in the back; 2) refinished throughout with Tru-oil; 3) re-levelled fingerboard and frets; 4) made and fitted a new bone nut; 5) made a rosewood and bone compansated bridge; 6) fitted a new tailpiece and strap buttons; 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.


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. Small repair tShrinkage split repaired centre left, and a few small dinks visible still.




Single-piece flat back in stained maple. 2 long shrinkage repairs.

Neck and Head

Single-piece, painted, neck and head, probably maple. Small chip missing from head top. Strap button fitted at the heel.


Maple, perfect.


Original in rosewood. 18 re-levelled brass frets. MOP position markers at frets 3, 5, 7, 9 and 12. New bone nut.

Machine heads

Original steel Preston tuners, all working.


New brass tailpiece in steel with 8 string posts. Strap button fitted.


New rosewood and bone compensated bridge.

Scale Length Bridge to nut

Scale of 460mm

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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