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Authentic Thuringer Wald-zither made by Heym in Suhl (Thuringia Region), Germany. These waldzithers were being made from 1890's to 1920's but exact date of this one is unknown. It is a very unique instrument with some original ideas like L shaped neck that has no separate fretboard, fretted unequally tempered and the C strings runs outside the neck.
The state of the instrument was structurally sound but the previous owner had a strange idea of painting it gold, this made restoration a lot more difficult as removing paint affected original painted rosette and purfling. Luckily there were some photos available of Heym Waldzithers so reconstruction of original character was possible. Missing decoration in soundhole was also replaced with original Dresdner Pappe on Gauze (Dresdner Pappe - cardboard pressed decorations popular in Dresden in 1870's).
Another unusual thing is that both Top and Back are made of Spruce and only sides are made of Maple. The condition of soundboard is quite good with no splits but back and sides had few cracks that had to be re-enforced. As for the neck I decided to leave it as to maintain all over old character, here it was only cleaned, the frets were levelled and crowned. Missing bridge was replaced with Maple replica.
The body is finished with Tru-oil throughout (back and sides stained Mahogany)
The playability is very good with low and comfortable action, good sustain and clean tone. Compared to Bohm Waldzither it sounds much more mellower, hopefully I'll manage to follow up with a sound sample.
Waldzither is fitted with new custom set of strings – Ernieball Nickel Wound
.036w - . 032w - .022w - .016 - .012 (CGCEG)
- total length 75.5cm, - body width 28cm, - from nut to 12th fret 205mm (total scale length 410mm)
- Neck width at nut is 44.5mm, at 10th fret 44.5mm
German "Forest Zither" with Preston like tuners made in Hamburg. It has 9 strings wich usually are
tuned - C, G G, C C, E E, G G (traditional) . I got this instrument in very healthy condition though finish had to be stripped off completely and redone with french polish and tru oil. To restring it I have used 12 string guitar light tension set and manually twisted to make loops at top.
Musik Helmuth – Gelsenkirchen
9 String Dome back Folk Zither from Germany restored to fully playable condition – body refinished with Tru oil varnish – table had three hairline cracks which had been repaired, neck and frets cleaned and levelled, tuners cleaned and lubed and are working very well.
New set of strings has been fitted - D'Addario extra light C-0.40 G-0.30 C-0.22 E-0.14 G-0.10
Instruments dimensions are as follows:
Total length – 80cm Scale Length – zero fret to 12th fret 234mm
Neck width at zero fret 36.6mm, at 12th fret 48mm - 27-30mm thick
Side - 45mm high (at neck) , 91mm high (at tail)
Body – 42.5cm long, 33.5cm wide (measured at back)