The hammered dulcimer, sometimes referred to as the hammer dulcimer or tympanon, is a stringed percussion instrument that has been around since as early as 900 AD.
You will find these instruments in countries like Iraq, China, India, Korea, the UK, and Central Europe. Hammered dulcimers are also used in America to play folk music.
Once a person sees and hears this instrument being played with expert hands, it draws them in with intrigue. This beautiful instrument is a sight to behold.
The hammered dulcimer gets its name because of the hammers or mallets that musicians use to strike the strings and play notes.
Typically, the hammers are made of woods such as maple, cherry, or padauk, among others.