View Full Version : Stossel Lute is here

06-11-2016, 12:25 AM
This is my newest addition. Not sure what to do now. These were made in Germany at the begining of the 20th century. More Zither than lute. The keys appear to be aftermarket. Tuning is 5ths every other string then fiths based on the minor third of the first string, I think. The uke is a soprano. 9179791798917999180091801

06-11-2016, 06:36 AM
do you know what kind of wood it is made of? How heavy is it?

06-11-2016, 09:19 AM
Not sure about the wood, made in Germany. It is about the same as my Kala Tenor. You can see from the pictures is it is kind small. I think the aftermarket key board adds quite a bit of the weight.

06-11-2016, 01:41 PM
I've never seen anything quite like that, with the keyboard added on top.

06-11-2016, 01:42 PM
Well purchased Plunker! These little instruments are amazing.


06-11-2016, 06:21 PM
Wow! I love old instruments.. Just think of all the music in it!

What do you do with all of those little buttons?

06-12-2016, 02:45 AM
The best I could determine is that the buttons are used to adust the strings to different frets, just like your fingers do. I have not seen that set up on any pictures, so I guess itis after market, maybe for someone who had troble pushing the stirngs with there fingers. Kind of Zither like. Some of the strings are to the point that you can pick the stings, push the buttons and have it go chromatically up from the particular open note. I wonder about the act of kindness to go to all that work to make the keys so someone could enjoy the gift of music. I found a guitar repair man who also works on older sting insturments. Has a number of dulcimers. I was going to take it to him have it tuned, maybe so restringing. It needs at least one new one. It has some cracks, but he thinks it is sound enough to try to set up an play. Then I need to attempt to replace the keys in that row. I know what I want to do, the skill maybe lacking. Any way for $ 54.00 it will make a neat wall hanging at the very least, or at best, a neat new insturment to learn. I wonder how many times it has played the old German carol Silent Night.