Though I am not a traditional zither player, I love to use zithers in my own recordings for their distinctive tone. For many years I have used an antique zither, but it is in bad shape and difficult to keep in tune. As such, I decided to buy a new zither to replace it. The Hopf zither is a wonderful successor and I am absolutely delighted.
The sound is simply sublime. The Hopf shimmers with a beautifully clear and full-bodied tone. It is quite a departure from my rusty antique! The instrument has such presence and resonance. It is perfectly dynamic and responsive. A tuning key and a thumb pick are included in the box; the tuning key is particularly useful as you will need to tune the instrument upon arrival. This is a straightforward process and does not take long. I play it with a set of finger picks with which the instrument really shines. The construction is superb - the Hopf feels sturdy and robust. Aside from the high quality of construction, the zither has an excellent finish and looks tremendous.
This is a fantastic instrument. If you are looking to acquire a zither, I would wholeheartedly recommend it.