Cimbalom

CimbalomI've tinkered for years with a lighter-weight cimbalom design, trying to find something for the typical klezmer tsimbalist to use that won't break her back, something a gypsy can play on the street and be able to run with. A big problem has been the tuning schema: the traditional cimbalom is not systematic, and the very newest chromatic hammered dulcimer tunings, while systematic, are not traditional. Happily in the 1950's the Hungarians came up with a tuning that is more systematic yet preserves much of the traditional schema. One of these is in the works.

Cimbalom