The Cimbalom
 
This section has some information I pulled together
in response to a recent gift of a Schunda system cimbalom built in Budapest sometime before 1874. Dampers for cimbaloms were invented in 1874 by Schunda Vencel Jozsef. Since this instrument does not have dampers, the date of orgin would be sometime before that year. Unfortunately the label has disingrated so much, I can't make it out. I thought it would be helpful to those of you who might be interested to provide a bunch of detailed photos, the tuning scheme, vibrating lengths, string gauges and dimensions. The instrument itself is in such bad shape that I probably won't be rehabilitating it. If anyone who reads this has anymore information to contribute, please drop me an email. Do a search on youtube if you'd like to hear and see cimbaloms.


I have over 40 photos of all the details of this instrument available here. I also have a four page pdf available for download which has the above tuning/string gauge chart, all the vibrating lengths, and critical dimensions.