Monday, May 01, 2006
You say box with strings, I say Dulcimer...
Went to Chattanooga this weekend. Mom shows me this ancient looking piece of work you see above and asks me if I want it. For some reason, I am entralled by handmade musical instruments so of course I say yes.
I can only assume it to be a dulcimer. It has four strings and is a lap instrument. Mullins, what do you think? Sip?
Mulls, when I started to play the mando, you gave me some very nice (though elementary) books on playing the mando (Of which I still have if you want them back). Any chance you have dulcimer books as well?
Will a music store sell "dulcimer strings"? Is it a slide or pick instrument?
Anyway, thought it was kewl. Was made and/or played by my dads great aunt Mary Katherine. About 90 to 100 years old.