Antique Cimbalom ... Please help!!

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Antique Cimbalom ... Please help!!

Postby JayIlisevic » Fri Aug 04, 2017 4:35 pm

Good morning All,

I would like to start off by saying thank you to the ADMINS for accepting me into this group. I cannot wait to read the forums and learn exciting new things about dulcimers in general. My name is Jay from Ontario, Canada. I was doing some research online about cimbaloms because I just acquired my first one and stumbled upon your site. I am still learning about them and saw that you had a very informative site. For the last 12 years I have been playing guitar, but I also play several other instruments. While browsing through your website I want to mention that it is nice to be a part of a small community of people who share the same interest in these magnificent instruments.

Long story short, a few days ago I was given a cimbalom that I know nothing about (and neither did the person who gave it to me… at the time I thought it was a concert-sized hammered dulcimer) – what intrigued me about the one that I have, is that I knew that it was not a traditional hammered dulcimer as I generally knew them. After contacting a few people over the past few days and researching on my own I discovered that it was a cimbalom and that they are difficult to find in North America (as well as their players). Based on me being completely new to this instrument, I knew that I had to reach out to everyone who shared a common interest hoping to find more information on my instrument. I have attached pictures of mine.

To my knowledge, recently made cimbaloms (year 1874+) have been made with “dampers”, yet mine does not have any dampers or a foot pedal apparatus for that matter. I have been told that cimbaloms that do not have dampers MAY have been made before 1874. You will notice in some of the pictures that the cast-iron/steel looking “T bar” is removable and there are markings on it that show notation of each course of strings. There are roughly 131 strings, it has wooden screw pegged legs, the hardware looks to be handmade, and the framework looks extremely old but also built by hand. There are four strings per course on this instrument. With my untrained eye, I believe that my cimbalom would have 5 and a half octaves when tuned properly.

I am writing to you all to understand a little bit more about this because you are the only group of people I have found that has such similar instruments to the one that I have and I am sure that some of you are experts on here. Does anyone have any information by my uploaded pictures as what style of cimbalom this may be, who could have built it, how old it could be, or even if a piece such as this has any value. I also woodwork as a hobby and can tell that this wood is very old along with the hardware used. Links to each of the pictures can be found here:

https://s20.postimg.org/7vxu2vpjh/Dulc1.jpg https://s20.postimg.org/5m9ps4glp/Dulc8.jpg https://s20.postimg.org/hvsqis0st/Dulc3.jpg
https://s20.postimg.org/7bit06wb1/Dulc6.jpg https://s20.postimg.org/ms0yo7qbx/Dulc12.jpg https://s20.postimg.org/sdnds9r0t/Dulc10.jpg

If you want more pictures, look at the trail of the images at the upper left of the photo site there is a gallery called "Cimbalom" that I have created that shows a few more pictures.

I must highlight!! This is not a sale post! I am so grateful that I finally have an instrument in the dulcimer family and it is strictly out of my own curiosity! Even if my instrument is priceless, the history and nostalgia behind it is fascinating to me nonetheless. Mine has no stamping, labelling, insignias or markings to indicate who made it, probably because they have worn off already. I have inspected all over it.

There are no Hungarian or Romanian groups close to me to inquire with them. As a musician, I would deem this “playable” however, the tuning is off (which I believe would be incredibly time consuming to correct) and I am nervous to alter the tension in the strings as I truly do not know if the strings are original or not. I would be grateful for any information and hope to hear from you. Even direction to a specific group or person who may be able to lead me into the right direction would be much appreciated!

Thank you for your time everyone, as I said I am new to this as an owner.

Jay
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Re: Antique Cimbalom ... Please help!!

Postby inomini » Sat Aug 05, 2017 7:35 am

Their is a group on Facebook called Hackbrett/Hammered Dulcimer/Salterio/ Cimbalom/ Santur/ Yangquin. This site will probably give you all the information you will ever need. Good luck on your quest.
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Re: Antique Cimbalom ... Please help!!

Postby JayIlisevic » Mon Aug 07, 2017 2:21 pm

Hi inomini,

Thank you for your information - I just found the group on Facebook and will be posting on there soon about it! I appreciate your help!

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