i had been considering posting on a similar thread along the lines of the
recent bouzouki topic of about a month ago. i started out on a westermen 8
string then moved to a sobell 10 string and then sold that off when prices
went through the roof. i've been stringless for about 5 or more years and
have shopped a bit over the last year or so. There are alot of people
making zooks out there now, it's incrediable really. After a bit of
research and fiscal evaluation the instrument that kept coming back up was
freshwater, http://www.freshwater-instruments.com i've talked with the fella
who runs it sevearl times, a very nice person. i'd like to order but it's
just not gonna happen at least in the near term. but it's nice to dream.
The questions i had were does anyone know anything about freshwater instruments?
i'm told they don't have truss rods but that the construction is sold. i
hate the celticky sound hole option though the "A" version is palatable. it
looks decent and the price seems more than reasonable. i'm sure Han will be
able to provide a great deal of insight into this topic.
other results include monitoring ebay but you must be wary. you can get
junk from romania and other eastern yourohs and there are the Korean
produced copies of the Trinity's of old as well as a nice looking
instruments from a company in Missouri, i forget the full name but you get
what you pay for. the best advice is to find an experienced luthier and
have the instrument made to your specifications. though i've heard
expensive zooks and in-expensive zooks whose sounds have been basically the
same. there are alot of considerations including, string#, unison tuning,
kneck length, preferred tuning, soundboard material and than you get into
asthetics so there can be alot of variables, but i tend to come back to
functionality at this point in my life and i would appreciate any comments
from listers who've had experience with freshwater or who have had
experiences with other sources of citternesques, CBOMs or just plain zooks.