A Christmas Zither

February 10, 2010

A zither is about as simple a stringed instrument as you can get, at least when it comes to finding something for a young child to play. I built a Zither for my three year old daughter for Christmas. It’s a small, 10 string harp. Really, it’s little more than a trapezoidal box with some strings stretched across it. So the strings are directly over the soundboard and resonating chamber as they are with a guitar. I built it out of materials which were mostly on-hand. The frame is made of maple 1×2 from Menards — nothing special. The sounds [...]

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