Peter, if you are ever so inclined, we'd love to hear about your latest (non-dulcimer) music adventures!- perhaps a post in this forum:
Thank you all, at the moment, mountain dulcimer etc. are not in the center of my musical focus. Anyway - nice to hear from you and thank you for your friendly feedback! Enjoy today!
Very interesting, thanks for sharing
Cool instrument. Cool tune.
Thank you, Christine! :)
Unusual and cool instrument Peter! Thanks for the education!
Glad you like it, Lexie and John. :)
The instrument is called "Taisho Koto" (and you can also find taishokoto, taishogoto, Nardan harp, Nagoya harp...).
John, there are 4 melody strings on this instrument: 3 plain steel strings in high g, and one wound string an octave lower. In recent time there used to be only the 3 high plain strings, but the the sound is a little softer with the additional deeper string. The sound of the instrument is a little "harsh" anyway, as "metal meets metal" when you press the typewriter keys down.
Then there are 1-2 drone strings (in this case two) that are not affected in any way by the typewriter levers.
You can find some detail photos here:
That was great Peter.
When you press a key how many strings get fretted ?
Nice song Peter. What is this instrument called?
Sorry, I misspelled the French title. Should be "Danse de l'Ours". :)
Dance of the Bear. Also a medieval piece.