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Alpine Zither (Elegie Zither) by Max Amberger, Munich, ca. 1870

Front view of zither Left side view Right side view Back view

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NMM 12092. Alpine zither (Elegie zither, Altzither in two sections) by Max Amberger (1838-1889), Munich, ca. 1870. 38 strings (5 melody, 33 accompaniment). Spruce with rosewood veneer on tops and backs; hardwood with tulipwood veneer on sides; pearwood fretboard. Section one body: 619 mm long, 259 mm wide; fretboard: 430 mm long, 56 mm wide; melody string vibrating length: 510. Section two body: 800 mm long, 355 mm wide. Paul and Jean Christian Collection, 2006.

Maker's Labels and Stamp

Soundhole 1

Soundhole 2

The two maker's labels shown above list two different workshop addresses: Müllerstrasse 27a and Müllerstrasse 8.

Stamp on fretboard

Maker's signature engraved on metal plate and stamped at upper end of fretboard.

Connecting the Zither's Two Sections

Two sections of the zither
Dowel connecting the two zither parts

Zither Head, Tuning Pins, and Bottom Button

Head of zither
Sideview of zither head
Tuning pins

Tuning pins seen from top of zither Bone button

Lower End Bridges and Hitch Pins

Lower end bridges

Lower end hitch pins uncovered

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