- Other accessories for Hawaiian tremoloa (600dpi),
- Miscellaneous sheet music (300dpi),
- Please read carefully (600dpi),
- Factory workmanship guaranty ,
- Invoice ,
- Transcribing music for the Tremoloa ,
- Tremoloa advertisement in Mugwumps,
- Small, unknown envelope Front, and Back (600dpi), and
- Directions for playing the Hawaiian Tremoloa. Jersey City: Manufacturers Advertising Company, Print. (600dpi, searchable).
- To scan:
- Cronthal, H., R. Lux, M. Spielberger, and J.H. K. Leisure Hours: A Collection of Standard and Up to Date Songs and Melodies (graded). Series 22. New York City (1935): Zither Music Co, Print. (300dpi)
Unlike the original playing method where the right thumb is in the roller's pick and the left hand strums accompaniment, I prefer the method illustrated below (Fig. 1). Here, I hold the roller's pick with my thumb and pointer finger (to be much more accurate). The left pointer and middle fingers are left to rest on the arm to tame the tremoloa's tremolo, which lets me phrase for voluntarily; the remaining fingers on my left hand are then used to pluck or strum accompanying notes on the sympathetic strings.
You can usually find individual strings on Just Strings.
As the tremoloa is not in production anymore, the best option to buy a tremoloa is online or at your local antique store (surprisingly may have one hidden in its depths). Personally, I've bought all three of my tremoloas on eBay; simply search "tremoloa". Additionally, Goodwill's auction site is another fantastic resource (and often cheaper).
That said, I would be careful of both the pricing and what they offer. First, be suspicious of any tremoloa over $100; even though I see them as worth a lot, you can easily find one for $10-$50 in good state (even with original documents and, if you're lucky, an original case). Second, check it for missing parts or cracks. If it's missing strings, tuning pins, or nails, then it's a quick fix. However, if the bridges, arm, arm rests, or arm guard are missing do not buy it. There are no music stores that repair the arm, so be especially weary of this. At this point, the tremoloa is useless unless you want to buy a second to retrieve an arm. (Note: I saw one listed at ~$150 for months, missing almost every essential part, notably the arm.) On the other hand, if there's a crack, I'd look at the pictures closely; sometimes the cracks are small, thus not a problem (tremoloas are sturdy, just tune it properly).
Jon Natchez for a correction on the tuning chart.
 Alex Belskis for 3 additional documents.
The University of Chicago for providing hosting for this page.