I found a zither. I said hello. And then I said goodbye. It broke my heart.
The zither was in such a state, that my heart actually
broke shattered. There was mold all over it, the strings were broken, and those that were still intact were rotting, the action was terrible (though not certain what appropriate action is for a zither), the fret board was warping, and some tuning pegs were broken. The only good thing was that the wood isn’t soft (yet). I wanted so much to take him home (yes, its a him), but I don’t know what I can do for him. I have never restored an instrument before – and I am unaware of any zither fixers in Vancouver.
His soul and his body are so broken. It kills me to see something so neglected. If I can figure out a way to restore him I might go and buy him anyway – because his life is just going to get worse, without me.
Can you even bring diseased instruments into Canada. Is mold considered to be a disease. So many questions. I don’t even know what this instrument is worth, since I couldn’t find a manufactures tag. It would be an interesting project.
*Photo Source (this is *not* the zither I saw in the store) – Thomas Quine via flickr