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38.  Old Bohm waldzither  (662)  @ 350 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 6825....

C. H. Bohm

Hamburg 5 Steintorweg 2

Bohm Waldzither Alster 6825

It has the original rosewood finger-board with 17 re-levelled German silver frets. The spruce top is sound with no repairs. The flat back is sound with a couple of fine shrinkage repairs. The tuners, tail and bridge are originals. The instrument has been completely refinished with Tru-oil. It has been strung as a cittern/irish bouzouki GDAE, and is now playing well with good volume and sustain, a trully, 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 fine shrinkage cracks in the back; 2) refinished throughout with Tru-oil; 3) re-levelled and dressed the original frets; 4) refitted the original bridge and nut: and 5) 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

100mm at bridge.


Refinished throughout in Tru-oil.

Belly wood

Close-grained, book-matched, spruce. A few small dinks, but no repairs.

Sound hole

Round, approx. 80mm. diameter. Small repair to edging. Lots of MOP inlay.




2-piece flat back in rosewood. A couple of fine shrinkage repairs.

Neck and Head

Single-piece, stained, neck and head, probably maple in good condition.


Rosewood, perfect.


Original in rosewood. 17 re-levelled German silver frets. MOP position markers at frets 3, 5, 7, 9 and 12. Refitted nut.

Machine heads

Original steel Preston tuners, all working well.


Original in steel with 10 string hooks. 'Saiten Nr.650' inscribed as string length.


Original refitted 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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