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About the Chord-Zither

This delightful instrument became very popular from the late 1800s to the mid to late 1900s.
The Chord-Zither is sometimes known as Mandolin-Guitar or Guitar Zither.
Around 1870 some German settlers in America set out to design an instrument which would be easy to play, using numerical notation, and easy to manufacture. Soon, chord zithers were mass-produced and exported all over the world.
In Australia, door to door salesmen took these instruments to every corner of the country, offering tuition in the form of a correspondence course. Thousands were sold, mainly during the 20s and 30s, when they became known as “the poor man’s piano”.
Many people still have one hidden away in their attic, often in its box, complete with music sheets, hammer and picks.

Other Members fo the Zither Family

Concert Zither

THE CONCERT ZITHER
 Traditional German and Austrian instrument
Made famous by the Third Man’s Theme

Autoharp

THE AUTO HARP
Very popular in America
Similar origin as the Chord-Zither

Photos of antique Chord-Zithers

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THE CHORD-ZITHER: PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE…

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