CHAPTER 5: Dulcimers in other countries since 1800 > Eastern Europe


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Van der Meer writes of the dulcimer having been 'built up into a family' in the Ukraine (55), while Hindley shows an instrument with a neck strap, two long bridges and quintuple strings (56).

Photographs from the Novosti Press Agency show one instrument with 10III + 10III, 4II , 4II strings, and a fairly wide trapeze angle, about 60°, and another with 8III + 7III, and an angle of about 75° (57).

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Anthony Baines gives the available notes of an instrument from Nosolv.

Both the anonymous cimbaly player on the 1928 Columbia recordings, and the player of the quintuple-strung instrument accompanying the Orlyk dance team (emigrés living in Manchester) maintain a very simple vamping pattern, in the latter case simply alternating left and right hands in treble and bass registers.

The Smithsonian Institution has an isimbali from Poltava (identified as lying in"Little Russia") having 11IV brass strings (96.464)

See also discography, also Humenjuk and Klymasz.