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Autoharps and Zithers5 of 6Some of my Unusual Musical InstrumentsEarly 1900's Zither 3 in one Mandolin/Guitar- may have beginners music booklet also
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Posted 4 years ago


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This is my autoharp collection, all by Oscar Schmidt. I've been playing for over 40 years, and I love the look and sound of these wonderful instruments. Half of them are playable, and the other half are just fun to look at.


  1. Esther110 Esther110, 4 years ago
    I remember my second grade teacher playing one of these in class, and all of us singing along. It was all black.
    Thanks for the memories, Stef!
    Jeeze I love this site! So many forgotten memories brought back!
  2. stefdesign stefdesign, 4 years ago
    All autoharps have 36 strings, it's the number of chord bars that's the most important. Feel free to send me a photo of your 'harp, and I'll give you my opinion on its value.
  3. Lee Sayer, 4 years ago
    stefdesign: we have a Zither that has been in my wifes family for years-In the 1900 Sears catalog is illustrations, describtions and prices for several different styles available at the time.
  4. stefdesign stefdesign, 4 years ago
    Sounds like a real treasure! I also collect zithers, but don't have anything too fancy.
  5. Signaholic Signaholic, 4 years ago
    These are cool, I also have memories of a teacher playing one in class.
    There's also quite a bit of history behind these where folk and roots music is concerned.

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