BBC Radiophonic Workshop Zither

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One of two ‘Foreign’ instruments heavily modified by the Radiophonic Workshop during the early years; the other being an acoustic six stringed guitar.

Each string of the zither was wound with a custom electromagnetic pickup system for pseudo stereo effect.

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A BBC Monograph written as early as 1963 refers to these instruments in the inventory of Workshop II, along with many others, some of which have survived and are now held in deep storage by the Science Museum.

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