The Cymbalom is a 2500-years-later Hungarian version of the Persian Santur, played throughout history with 2 hand-held hammers. I played that way for 6 years, then radically "departed" from the tradition with "Bowhammers". Coming-Soon Doc (Teaser) ART OFFICIALLY FAVORED (Link Below)
HOW BOWHAMMERS* CAME TO HUMAN FINGERS
"Will you Play for me?" she Whispered,
then even more softly: "pretend you're in Heaven".
It was Dark, I couldn't See.
"Who ARE you?"
"A Muse of ...Thresholds"...
"I Free Dead People. Will you Play for Me?"
Unnerved, I began, tapping invisible notes from memory.
"No. Not That Way~This Way, A New Way: With THESE."
"I think you misunderstand...the Nature of the Instrument"~
"Oh so Far from that, my Earthbound mortal!"
A pair of hands appeared in an ellipse of light, then moved back into darkness.
There before me: 8 hammers, for FINGERS, like ridiculous nails, & a pick for each thumb!
"But...but if this worked at all it'd only be barely well enough to, to
to... get me LAUGHED at!" I scoffed & stammered.
Then she started doing: exactly that. Laughing!
And Very Suddenly, I joined her~
Laughing so hard my eyes had to close.
When they opened again, in daylit silence, on the Table:
8 hammers, 2 thumbpicks, spread like Tarot cards.
(Who Knew? that was 1979
nearest neighbor 9 miles,
South Branch of The Two Hearted River,
Northern Michigan [as hired caretaker
of the rustic-private Whorl Club--non-fiction:
the actual name--how surreally perfect...]. And The Journey
that began there landed me in Berkeley,
where it continues, to this weigh:
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*Baker's Biographical Dictionary Of Musicians Masley Bowhammer Entry:
Wikipedia / Bowhammer: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bowhammer