minstrel: new topic/psaltry

Greg Lindahl lindahl at pbm.com
Thu Apr 20 08:34:50 PDT 2000

> On pictorial evidence, all the pictures of psaltreys in _Musickgeschichte
> in Bildern_, vol 3, 1977 VEB, Leipzig, show them being plucked.  There
> aren't very many picture of psaltreys here, but all the other ones I
> remember seeing also involved them being plucked or hit with hammers like
> the modern hammered dulcimer.

Hammered dulcimers are period. They are in fact identical to
psaltries, except for the playing style.

-- Gregory Blount

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