I hope this is the right section. It's a cittern of the old variety, descended from the renaissance citterns, not the modern 5 course Irish bouzouki type of modern citterns.
I recently came across this wonderful instrument and have fallen in love with it. It's called a Halszither (neck cittern or neck zither in German) and it comes from Switzerland. It's a small guitar-shaped cittern but bigger than a mandolinetto, and with a shorter neck relative to the body. It has a scale length of between 36 and 40cm (14-16 inches). This puts it perfectly in mandolin and short mandola range. It is tuned G2, D3 D3, G3 G3, B3 B3, D4 D4, the same as a Waldzither (another branch on the cittern's family tree), but the temptation to change strings and tune it in fifths or modally is there .
Has anyone ever seen one of these in real life and (shot in the dark) does anyone know if there's anywhere I could buy one? I am planning to build one, but it's never gonna be as good as the real thing.