FAQ: Informationen regarding for often asked questions


1. Instrument maker and repairer, professional valuation quotes for instruments, sources of strings etc.

Fa. Richard Witzmann

Westbahnstraße 37

1070 Wien


Telefon und Fax: +43 1 526 79 84

Email: musik.1@vienna.at



Fa. Peter Muernseer

Jochbergerstrasse 125

6370 Kitzbühel


Telefon: +43 (0) 5356 62 956





2. Regular zither performances in Vienna

Restaurant Griechenbeisl



Restaurant Piaristenkeller




3. The Difference between the Viennese stringing and Standard(normal)

Short and sweet then:
The actual shape and build of the instruments is identical The difference in the arrangement of stringing the zither is in the variations of the octave in the unfretted sections and one different string on the fretboard.
Whereas the the sound of Viennese zither even amongst beginners is instantly recognisable as zither music the sound of a standard instrument is often confused with a harp or guitar.
It is crucial for any zither player to know exactly in which direction he or she wishes to proceed. For a wider repertoire using the unfretted sections as in, for example Renaissance or Baroque music the Standard stringing would be suitale. In order to play the music of „The Third Man“ it is essential to have the Viennese stringing. But there are still many compositions that are suitable for both systems.
Oh yes: instruments of different methods of stringing can play in harmony together.



4. Are there age limits to learning to play the zither ?

No there are no age limits. It is best to learn whilst young in the primary school. Progress is always dependent on interest and practice. Enthusiasm and time always has its rewards.



5. Basic conditions required to learn the instrument

There are just a few basic conditions: interest in the instrument and time for practice. It is not essential to be able to read music or to have a knowledge of music theory. This is learnt with playing the instrument.