Franz Schwarzer: The King of Zither Manufacturers

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Making zithers was not Franz Schwarzer's prime occupation but in 1867, he began to make and sell primitive versions. He experimented with modifications to the zither's structure. By 1873, he felt confident enough to ship three to the Vienna Exposition. As a surprising winner, his name became known throughout the United States and in succeeding years, across most of Europe. His occupation became almost totally dedicated to zither design and construction.