Doug Berch

Dulcimer Maker And Musician

A Xylophone Or Metallophone Reminiscent Of A Hammered Dulcimer

A Xylophone Or Metallophone Reminiscent Of A Hammered Dulcimer

A Xylophone Or Metallophone Reminiscent Of A Hammered Dulcimer

 

I can not tell from this  photograph whether the tone bars are made of wood or metal but the layout looks very similar to that of a hammered dulcimer.

I have seen a few contemporary hybrids of xylophones and metallophones set up to play like a hammered dulcimer but this instrument clearly predates them.

Does anyone know anything about this instrument?

 

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4 Comments

  1. This is a so-called straw-fiddle or four-row xylophone.
    The older type of xylophone, common in Bulgaria {Balkan} and Switzerland where it’s named: Hölzener G’lachter {translated: laughing wood}
    Basic tuned in the key of G, having two chromatic scales with a few notes below and above.

  2. Daniel J Gellert: Now that’s entertainment! Thanks for the info, Dan. Hope to see you two sometime soon!

  3. A very long time ago (1960’s?) I saw on TV a Hungarian (or Romanian?) circus act which included a young girl who played a xylophone which had bars arranged like cimbalom strings, using cimbalom hammers– while she was standing on her head!

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