PA German Zitter

Ken Longfield
02/20/17 06:14:44PM

Here are some photos of PA German zitter reproduction I'm making. There is one photo of the original zitter which is in the collection of the Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum. When L. Allen Smith compiled hisĀ A Catalogue of Pre-Revival Appalachian Dulcimers he examined three zitters (which he called scheithots) at the museum. In the summer of 2015 I asked the curator if I could see these instruments as they are not on display. She told me I could not only see them, but I could photograph them, measure them, trace them, and reproduce them. Upon arriving at the museum she informed me that they had a fourth instrument in collection which is the one I am copying. The zitter will be stained with homemade walnut stain. It will have wire frets under two strings, just intonation.