I tried to find out more about this but haven't made any progress. Anyone knows who makes this type of hammers in Europe or in America? Dulcimerist Elisabeth Seitz (playing with Arpeggiata) seems to me to use this type of hammers bu I haven't been able to confirm this. Any suggestions?
it's the problem of having multiple names... on all the baroque recordings, it's written psalterion, instead of tympanon. but Paul Gifford would me more accurate than me on this particular topic... But then both Elisabeth Seitz and Margrit Uebelacker who play in the Arpeggiata, use a Salzburger Chromatischer hackbrett, an instrument designed in the 1930es... for 18th century music...
They do look a bit like knitting needles, with protective covers over the tips to stop Hackbrettlers stabbing themselves
They also look very like what Elisabeth Seitz is using on that Youtube.
In the interest of science and for the benefit of all dulcimer players, I decided to make a pair of flexible hammers. I sacrificed a pair of hammers that I never use, cut the handles and striking end off and replaced the shaft with a piece of delrin (same stuff as used for bridge caps). They look a bit like that scary doll in Toy Story, you know the one with a spiders body and a dolls head. They seem to work quite well but I've just made them so I'll give you an update once I've used them a bit more.
This is _exactly_ what I was looking for! Thanks Jack. Thanks also Ptarmigan for bringing this into the ED forum although it didn't bring any additional useful information. It seems I finally got the information I needed. :-)
These are the hammers I was looking for. I just got them. They seem wonderful. Light, flexible, yet sturdy. Notice the double sided tip. For those of you using the cymbalon grip or willing to experiment with new techniques... Thanks again Jack for discovering the key to unlock the mystery of the carbon handle hammers :-) ...
Glad I could help, Capa49. I like the look of those, I think I'll order a pair. I made a pair of flexible hammers using delrin to replace the shaft. I like the sound from the flexible hammers but the heads on mine are too heavy, I'll need to work on them.
I really like the Arpegiatta videos on Youtube, do you know if they are available on DVD? I noticed on one of the videos they also use what looks like an American dulcimer and double sided hammers as well as the hackbrett.
I hope you enjoy those hammers. I can't figure out the type of wood that's used (will have to ask an expert on this) but it's quite light. They are also double sided (felt and leather). Of course this could be removed. Most of the Arpeggiata's videos on Youtube seem to have the Mezzo (the French music channel) logo. So I suppose these aren't available. But Arpeggiata has a record called "Los Impossibles" www.arpeggiata.com/cd/cd_impossibles.htm which is part cd and part dvd, and the latter includes several videos which are quite good. I suppose that's Marina Albero (one of Arpeggiata's dulcimer player) who's using a HD and double sided hammers. There're several Marina's videos on Youtube.