Medieval stringed percussion instrument!

I first heard a hammered dulcimer (which someone told me was called a “hammerboard”) at Scarborough Faire, an annual Renaissance Festival by Waxahachie, Texas (south of Dallas) — when I was a teenager in the 1980’s. I remember hearing it from a distance, and following the delightful sound to its source. I felt like my blood had developed a new beat, more fluid and alive. THIS was an awesome sound, and most definitely FIT the medieval setting with people all dressed in costume of the day, jousts taking place on the grounds, and chessboards painted on a field with HUMAN chess pieces that fought mock sword battles to take over spaces. I never wanted to leave, lol. 😛

Dulcimer = dulcis (sweet) + melos (song) = sweet song… do you agree?

Here are some hammered dulcimers in a museum in Brussels, Belgium:

More on this topic:
Dusty Springs
Master Works



Thank you for visiting my P.A.G.E.!
If you like my work and would like to see more, there are links to many of my public websites as well as my contact information on my Gravatar page. And if you want to encourage me, you can become a Patron! :O>

You can also support this site and encourage me to add new resources to it, by clicking any of the Amazon ads (such as the ones above or below) whenever you want to buy something on A small percentage of anything you purchase there will find its way back to me, giving me a little love and encouragement. THANKS! 😀