KWL Posted February 2, 2020 Share Posted February 2, 2020 Before the mountain dulcimer there were a group of instruments from Northern Europe that had diatonic fretting, mostly directly on the sound board (top). Because of a mistake made by Henry Mercer these are erroneously called "scheitholts." A more accurate term for the American version is "zitter." Most often I modify that to "Pennsylvania German zitter." In Germany these instruments are called "Hummels." Attached is a photo of a reproduction I made of an instrument in the Landis Valley Farm and Museum collection in Lancaster, PA. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song." Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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