> In anticipation of learning to play, I found a modern hammer
> dulcimer e-mail list to join, and they've been talking about the
> differences between American and German hammers.
Yeah, there's a whole zoo for modern hammers.
Here's a source of images of period hammer dulcimers:
In general it can be difficult to tell the difference between
psaltries and dulcimers -- hammers and plectra seem to look quite
BTW, you might have more luck asking on the Minstrel Mailing List.