";s:4:"text";s:3533:" It is a development of the zither dating from the 1880s in Germany. Autoharp vs. Chromaharp The autoharp was invented in 1881 by Charles F. Zimmerman, and is the only native American instrument. A 15 Chord autoharp will be more limited in the musical range of the songs you can play. What are the Differences Between the Autoharps? Autoharp vs Zither. I bought my first Autoharp in 1960 at an auction - a simply three bar job (to which I added 2 more bars for the minor chords)and enjoyed playing it over the years in several Folk Groups. Zithers popular today in America include the autoharp, the Appalachian dulcimer, the hammered dulcimer, and the psaltery. However for a child a 15 Chord will be simpler to learn and play songs on. Strummed or Picked. English (wikipedia harp) Noun A musical instrument consisting of an upright frame strung with strings that are stroked or plucked with the fingers. Subject: RE: Autoharp vs Chorded Zither From: PHJim Date: 08 Mar 15 - 05:12 PM I have two non-Autoharp zithers. An autoharp is a string instrument with chord bars attached to dampers in order to mute the strings not being activated. (label) A harmonica. Autoharp vs Pixieharp. The obvious initial difference to take in to consideration is 15 Chord vs 21 Chord . It's related to the fretless zither which looks about the same as an autoharp but has no mechanism. Dulcimer vs Autoharp. The Appalachian Dulcimer and the Concert Zither have fretboards (but no neck) and are also box zithers. From: Pete (Clansfolk) Date: 09 Jan 99 - 05:47 AM HI . It is a development of the zither dating from the 1880s in Germany. The autoharp is such an obscure folk instrument that it seems no one ever remembers what it is called. harp . Subject: Autoharps - up or down - and why?