Made by the Round Family, this hammered dulcimer is a trapazoidal shaped stringed percussion instrument. The hammered dulcimer has roots from the Greco-Roman era and is found in many cultures around the world. The instrument had a revival in popularity in the United States in the late 20th Century.
This instrument was built by Jim Round in December of 1986. It is a 12/11 hammered dulcimer with three strings per course (note) on the treble bridge and two on the bass bridge. It is fifth tuned with a three octave range in the key of G. Round dulcimers were built in Grandville Michigan and were sold all over the U.S. Many of their dulcimers were sold near Branson Missouri and in West Michigan.
The instrument was donated by its owner, James Rathbun, whose use included instructing local students.
It is a 12/11 model with a leather handle and felt bottom. Included are a pair of hammers, a tuning fork and a stand.
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