"Hi Eric, I'm not familiar with Windsor zither banjos but I do own a Windsor popular No.1 and a couple of Popular number threes (all three are open back). I've tried a variety of strings and have found that Nylgut medium gauge with a…"
"Whoa! So those cylindrical feet were intended for round holes?!? David Wade... what's your opinion?
I've never seen a Windsor with a two part bridge and the bridges in the zither-banjo catalogs show a one piece bridge. Eric,…"
"The bridge on the Windsor is labled "The New Windsor" and has two cylindrical feet. Those feet sit in two holes in the base. It is also the second one I have had come to me on a Windsor from the same time period.The inside of…"
"And...just as an alternative POV, I could not stand a 'true' ZB set of strings on my ZB (Windsor #1). I gave it a shot...but they took too much work (careful right-hand) to not sound terrible. I prefer a standard set of nylon/nylgut…"
"Zither-banjos in Richmond. Who woulda guessed? I'm in the Richmond "district" of SF. Anyway no need to experiment as the parameters are well researched and established. For the 1st and 5th string plain steel wire of either .08…"
"Thanks.... I guess I am going to mess around with different combos until I find something that sounds good...
Or just fix my Stewart....
The bridge on the Windsor appears to be original. The Temlett has a modern bridge.
".... and also a search of *this* site will yield opinions about gauges. Gauge depends on scale length. The Temlett is like to have a short scale and can perhaps take ever so slightly heavier strings than the Windsor, but still very light."
"Zither-banjos do not generally sound good strung with nylon strings. The usual setup is a combination of very light gauge steel, plain nylon (or gut or nylgut) for the center G string and a wound string of the classical guitar type for the…"
Howdy. New member here.. I have been messing around with Clawhammer and some Irish tenor... Now it is time to get serious... :) I recently purchased an couple of old Zither banjos, and want to set them up for classic. I know I will want nylon strings, but which ones? I have used Labella 17's before. Is this a good choice? My new toys... (pictures are from the Ebay listings.. :) )1910ish Temlett. Needs new head, and neck reset. and some general prettying up.. This is the…See More