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László Szakál

László Szakál Luthier
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Hungarian
Hours:
By appointment only
Phone:
+36 62234852
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A zither enthusiast

  • • Lászlo first picked up a zither aged eight
  • • He works on innovative techniques to keep the zither relevant
  • • More than 300 zithers compose his current collection

Master zither player and maker Szakál László has dedicated his life to celebrating the traditional folk instrument, which is an integral part and expression of Hungarian peasant culture. From the tender age of eight, László was enchanted with the simple string instrument, capable of reducing audiences to tears. Hailing from four generations of peasant-farmers, the sound struck a chord in the musician’s heart, and ever since then he has been playing the instrument across the world. He was a member of the zither orchestra between 1975 to 1979, a winner of the Hungarian Handicraft Excellent award in 2006 and his zithers are A-rated multiple times, he continues a regional legacy while continuing to evolve the art of zither making.

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Column zither (with pigeon duck)

This 15-string zither is suitable for either orchestral and hobby use. The instrument has been hand carved. The meniscus of the zither is 68 cm. It has been attributed an "A" rating jury number, the highest rating in Hungary.

Length 90 cm
Width 18 cm
Height 8 cm

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Great Plain foal

This handmade zither features five carved sides with a head decorated with detailed carvings of a horse head. Suitable for orchestral and hobby use, this zither has been equipped with 10 chord strings. The meniscus of the zither is 68 cm.

Length 92 cm
Width 19 cm
Height 8 cm

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Prima zither

This 15-string zither is intended to be used as the primary instrument in a zither band. The meniscus of the zither is 48 cm. It can be manually tuned. It has been attributed an "A" rating jury number, the highest rating in Hungary.

Length 60 cm
Width 24 cm
Height 6.5 cm

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