Just curious if anyone here plays the hammered dulcimer (not mountain)?
I really like how it's used in Eastern European folk music and other parts of the world. I may eventually add this instrument, time will tell.
A friend of mine used to own one. We used it mostly for medieval music. I think hers came from Dusty Strings.
That name reminds me of a sign I saw inside the Yale School of Music: "Press button when lit."
Dusty Strings has built a solid business over the years, certainly. I don't know if they still exist, but there are several small independent shops close to where my family still lives (East Tennessee) that make both hammered and mountain dulcimers. Their entry level prices are...higher than Dusty Strings but they don't sell near the volume. Gorgeous instruments though, both in sound and visually.
Dusty Strings is still going strong. https://dustystrings.com/
I saw a Dave Lindsay hammered dulcimer at a
Oh yes, Dusty Strings is still going strong, they have made a strong niche for themselves. I was referring to several small family-owned dulcimer shops in East Tennessee (from whence I hail). Gorgeous instruments, but starting a much higher price than what Dusty Strings offers - but well worth the money. I just hope they've managed to make it through Covid, they've been around for a very long time.
Jeff - very interesting that you started by building one! I've thought that it might be kinder to my neck and shoulders than the violin, possibly, but I love the violin so much I won't set that aside. Hopefully my body won't force that choice. I may, however, set some money aside and pick it up as a second instrument to give my body another way to make music.
Every two weeks I meet a dulcimer player, and we play duets (I play cello). His instruments are from China, and he has made one, largely from carbon fibre, pearwood and aluminium tube.
Very interesting Graeme. Who knows if I will ever head this direction for a second instrument, but I do love the sound of these instruments. Ease of transport is certainly one factor, at least as long as I live in a 2nd floor apartment. The price does go up fast, especially if you want an chromatic version, not all are...
If the damsel comes with it, what drink does she get hammered on? (Presumably that's what Stephen means by "lit"?)
Sorry, I only play the mountain Dulcimer.
Marty, that's interesting. The similarity of names has always been interesting to me. To me they are very different instruments but both are called dulcimer, at least in the West.
Dulcimer leads to hammered dulcimer the same way weed leads to heroin.
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