Mandolins For Sale
|Pluckthun waldzither/cittern (577) @ 200 euros new|
Old German Waldzither-Cittern with Preston tuners
This is an old domeback Waldzither, made in Germany, probably early to mid 20th century with Preston tuners, by
Pluckthorn & Co.
It has theoriginal rosewood finger-board and brass frets. The spruce top is in good condition, with NO repairs. The 7-piece domed back has several small repairs. The neck and head are new, replacing a disintegrated original. The tuners, bridge and tailpiece are original, and in good condition. The instrument has been refinished with shellac and Tru-oil varnish. It has been strung as a 9 string cittern, GDAEB with phosphor bronze strings, and is now playing well with a full, ringing, sonorous sound and an easy action.
Other than cleaning, I have carried out the following work on this instrument: 1) repaired and open seam, and several smalldamaged areas in the back; 2) replaced the heavily damaged neck and head; 3) refitted and levelled the original f/b and frets; 4) refinished throughout with shellac and tru-oil varnish; 5) fitted new strap buttons; and 6) strung and set up.
It will come with a tuning key. A string winder can also be purchased if required (10 euros)
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…
Larger photos are available on request.