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Pluckthun-style Hamburger waldzither/cittern (651)  @ 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, in the style of the Pluckthorn waldzithers, though this one has no label.....

It has the original rosewood finger-board and re-levelled brass frets. The spruce top is in good condition, with NO repairs. The 7-piece domed back is now sound with a repair to 1 split panel. The tuners, tailpiece and bridge are original, and in good condition. The instrument has been refinished with Tru-oil varnish. It has been strung as a 9 string cittern/bouzouki, 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 a shrinkage crack in one of the back panels; 2) re-varnished entirely replacing old distressed varnish; 3) levelled the original frets; 4) refitted the glass bridge; and 5) strung and set up.

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

120mm at bridge.


Refinished entirely with Tru-oil.

Belly wood

Fair quality, book-matched spruce, with purfling and edging all in good condition.

Sound hole

Round, approx. 75mm. diameter. Purfling and edging in good condition.


N/A but I could fit one...


7 piece dome back in stained maple. Almost invisible repair to 1 panel.

Neck and Head

Single-piece, stained, neck and head, probably maple.


Stained maple, in good condition.


Original in rosewood. 18 original brass frets, newly levelled. MOP position markers at frets 5, 9 and 12. Original rosewood nut.

Machine heads

Original steel Preston tuners, all working well.


Original in steel with 9 string hooks, slightly tarnished. Strap posts could easily be fitted


Original in glass

Scale Length Bridge to nut

Scale of 500mm

G string height at bridge


B 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


Tuning Key

A new brass tuning key will be included.

Larger photos are available on request.