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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

Detail of zither head
Head of zither

Lower End Bridges and Hitch Pins

Lower end hitch pins covered

Lower end hitch pins, uncovered

Stamped on base of hitchpin plate: PATENTED OCT.26 - 1886. Incised monogram of maker's initials on soundboard.

Lower end of zither

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