s of this instrument
versions of it exist in many different music
notably in the Arab world. It consists of an open
-shaped sounding board strung with piano
wire or similar material; the "hammer
s" are generally
two lengths of wood or wire with a spoon-shaped head
sometimes wrapped in wool
. These are held in the
hand and used to strike
the appropriate string-course.
The hammer dulcimer can sometimes sound
strange when played with other instruments, or, for
that matter, by itself; since it has no damping
mechanism, notes will be sustained beyond their useful duration, and interfere with the notes that are
actually struck at any given time.