CHAPTER 3: History to 1800
3.5 The Baroque, Rococo and Classical Periods 1600-1800
3.5.1 The west
1.2. Higher cultures in the 17th & 18th centuries: Romance language-area
Instruments: Characteristics of 17th & 18thC. salterii and psaltérions
As with the popular instruments of this era, ditals are occasionally to be seen, notably in Verschuere Reynvaan's engraving, but they are nevertheless still very much a rarity. As mentioned above it was not possible to inspect the Leipzig example of Franciosi's device.
It is understandably quite rare to discover a dulcimer with its hammers intact; surviving hammers, and those in the various engravings suggest that they were normally turned rather finely on a lathe - see fig. 85 above.