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About the zither

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The uniqueness of the musical instruments prepared by me is determined by four important aspects.

The tulip, as the ancient Hungarian symbol of fertility, is an essential part of the instrument.
I prepare the resonator part, i.e. the front, from the framework of houses built between 1895 and 1910, condemned to demolition, i.e. from 100-120 year old wood, thus the present is connected to the past not only in theory.
At the accompanying strings on the small heads on the side, I use triple strings instead of the usual double strings, whereas in the middle I use a bass string of octave-(or)-fifth tuning, thereby increasing the richer, more resonant sound.
For surface treatment I use solely and exclusively materials that can be found in nature, leaving out artificial colouring substances and varnishes prepared in chemical way.
I make walnut oil from the shell and leaf of walnut picked by myself, then after appropriate relaxing,
I prepare the surface treatment material by adding resin extracted from red pine, carnauba wax, beewax and orange peel oil.

The “Soós” Zither material

Construction of the soundbox.
The block, the large head, the small heads, the fat curve, the tailpiece legs and the fingerboard
are always prepared from hard or semi-hard wood,
if the instrument is carved, so is the side as well.
Eastern black walnut,
Maple-wood (sycamore maple)
Beech
The bottom and the resonator part are prepared solely from 100-120 year old pine tree.



Soós János