Alpine Zither (Arion Harp Zither) by M. C. R. Andorff
Markneukirchen, Germany, ca. 1886
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NMM 12600. Alpine zither (Arion harp zither) by M. C. R. Andorff, Markneukirchen, Germany, ca. 1886. 32 metal strings (5 melody, 27 accompaniment). Body: 700 mm long, 400 mm wide; fretboard: 334 mm long, 60 mm wide; melody string vibrating length: 385 mm. Andorff moved from Nordhausen to Markneukirchen in 1885. His firm was eventually taken over by Adolf Pfretzschner. Paul and Jean Christian Collection, 2006.
Zither Head, Tuning Pins, and Pillar
Lower End Bridges and Hitch Pins
Stamped on base of hitchpin plate: PATENTED OCT.26 - 1886. Incised monogram of maker's initials on soundboard.
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