1893 text

The dulcimer (or psaltery) consisted of a flat box, acting as a resonating chamber, over which strings of wire were stretched: These were struck by little hammers.

This text comes from a footnote on a diary entry in the 1893 edition edited by Henry B. Wheatley.

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dulce,dulciter [f] sweetness plaeasantness, charm

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About Dulcimers
from Australian Susan on Tue 24 May 2005,
What Sam saw was a hammered dulcimer (see http://www.rtpnet.org/~hdweb/ ) Not to be confused with the plucked Mountain Dulcimer more commonly seen in the USA (e.g.http://www.everythingdulcimer.com/)

"...I first saw a dulcimere played on with sticks knocking of the strings, and is very pretty..." Sam Pepys

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