Stringed Things: HAMMERED DULCIMER (12/11 ROUND FAMILY model in "Michigan" Tuning)




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Published on Jan 26, 2017

HAMMERED DULCIMER (12/11 ROUND FAMILY model): A stringed percussion instrument, its strings (in this case, 81 of them) stretched over a trapezoidal sounding board. The strings are struck with a small spoon-shaped mallet/hammer, using two hands. Mine is from around 1980, and was created by the ROUND FAMILY, in Michigan (strung in "Michigan Tuning"--note the pitch names I wrote on cardboard strips, lol.) "12/11" means a "12 course" treble bridge (quadruple string groups) and "11 course" bass bridge (triple string groups). Fun as L to play!

Those of you with Perfect Pitch, I apologize, as this whole thing is (in this video) a tiny bit "sharp." When I acquired this, it was 100% out-of-tune and a mess... I resurrected/tuned it (requires a piano wrench), and it was spot-on for a long time. But, in doing this quick recording, I'd noticed it'd since drifted sharp, a tad (maybe the weather?). Instead of detuning its million strings (okay, 81 strings!) a tiny bit for this video, I just left it. (Obviously for a "real" recording," I'd tune this bugger again, no prob!) Anyways, ENJOY!

PS: The pitches written on the cardboard strips will look "off" in this video, as the video was shot from above; the note names line up from the player's vantage point.

"A Deuce for Elmer"
© Dale Turner 2017


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