The Appalachian Mountain Dulcimer is a genuine American musical instrument developed during the 18th century. It belongs to the zither family of Western Europe. The fingerboard is fretted and positioned across the hour glass or ‘tear’ shaped body. It has four strings and is played across the lap (expect to pay more than $40 for anything more serious) Legend has it that the dulcimer replaced the bagpipe when they were outlawed during the 1750’s. The dulcimer was traditionally used to accompany dance music. Today it is often associated with Bluegrass music.