Zinc King #703 Lingerie Washboard
The "Stradivarius" of musical washboards
Antique washboards for traditional folk percussionists. Featuring the legendary Zinc King #703, the rub board serious rhythm artists long for and desire. Over 200 Sold!
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Genuine Vintage Zinc King #703 made by the National Washboard Company This is "the Stradivarius of musical washboards," says Grammy award winning songster, storyteller, and multi-instrumentalist, David Holt. He should know. After all, his Folk Rhythms DVD is the definitive video for learning how to play the washboard (plus bones, spoons, hambone and even the paper bag).
David Holt learned to play the washboard from 123 year old Susie Brunson.
"She said this was the only instrument they had in the black community of Bamberg, SC when she was a little girl in the 1870s. Susie was very insistent that most of the rhythm was made with tapping rather than scraping."
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David Holt shows how to play the Zinc King #703 Washboard
Which Washboard Grade is Right for You? Every Zinc King #703 washboard we sell is a fine playing vintage instrument. All parts, including the two back panels, are intact and in good working order. For all practical purposes each washboard plays just as well as the next. The difference in price merely reflects the outward appearance of the wood, the rubbing surface, and the ink.
Washboards in all grades below are antique objects that might show signs of age, wear or inconsequential damage such as small chips, water staining and paint spots from long term storage or display.
How to Attach Accessories: The wood on vintage washboards is bone dry and brittle with age. So avoid hammering nails or tacks into the washboard because the wood is likely to crack. The safer way to add accessories and hardware is to drill holes with a sharp wood-cutting bit, then attach with bolts (preferably) or screws.
Grading Scale in a Nutshell: The weathered ones cost less, the clean unblemished ones cost more.