Good friend and fellow hammered dulcimer player/worship leader Garrett Viggers tagged me on to this brief history of the hammered dulcimer.
I’ve come across just a few of us who lead worship and instrumental fray from this glorious blend of percussion, strings and rhythmic melody. Myself and great friend Matt Frise have a hammered dulcimer/violin duo called Amicus, partially built around the friendly harmonic spirit of the instrument.
I think it may replace the acoustic guitar in worship – at least it already has in a few of our minds….
Encyclopedia Smithsonian: Hammer Dulcimer: History and Playing
Here’s another from Wikipedia.