Some years ago I was walking through a car park when I heard some music being played quite nearby. The music was coming from an estate car with its tail gate raised. There was a man playing a musical instrument of which I had not seen before. I asked what it was called and he said that it was called a Hammered Dulcimer and that this type of musical device has been played for at least 2,000 years. The sound that came from this instrument was really unusual but enchanting. Myself I like Dance music--Rock--Trance--House and Classical music but after hearing this Dulcimer being played I must admit that I became an admirer of it's lovely sound. There is another type and it is called the Appalachian Dulcimer and its native to the Appalachian region of the United States. I suppose this type of instrument isn't every ones cup of tea but I thought that it was worth a post just to let people hear a couple of examples of the Dulcimer.
Just remember that this instrument is way beyond medieval times and I suppose has an acquired taste. I know that the Guitar is ancient as well but this has changed in shape and sound over the centuries but as far as I know the Dulcimer has remained unchanged from its beginnings.