In a Facebook conversation, some of my nerd composer friends posted a picture of a mysterious [to me] stringed instrument. Another identified it as a zither, an instrument of which I had no knowledge and wonder how many do. As I searched for information about this odd instrument I stumbled onto another: the contra-guitar. Whoa! Where can I find one of those? And it’s odd that it never made it past the Elvis guitar boon.
Here is a fine resource for those curious about the zither, its history and tuning variations. And here is a video of one in action. I originally got tired of playing the guitar because I wanted more notes. Gee, too bad I didn’t discover the zither.