Post by Dick Glasgow on Jul 3, 2007 11:54:53 GMT 1
The Bowed Zither
In the story of the fretless zither, bowed instruments represent a later chapter, making their first appearance in the 1920s. Their creation was in answer to a wave of interest in Hawaiian music at the time. Though they were heralded, sometimes shamelessly, as being authentically Hawaiian in origin, the first bowed fretless zithers were in fact manufactured in Jersey City and Boston. Nonetheless, the creators of the bowed fretless zither actually gave the world a highly playable instrument with a unique sound, despite its amusingly blatant sales and marketing history.