Tsimbarom: Characteristics, price, and history of the percussion instrument


Cimbalom is a Hungarian folk instrument. Cimbalom is a musical instrument that spread to Hungary, Romania, Austria, etc. in the eastern part of Europe, and sounds are produced by hitting or playing metal strings stretched on a trapezoidal box. This instrument was often used in modern European orchestras.


The cimbalom is a musical instrument that originated in Hungary.

About the price

Prices range from tens of thousands of yen to hundreds of thousands of yen.

History of Cimbalom

Cimbalom is a percussion instrument, and it is said that the origin of percussion instruments was already in Assyria around 3000 BC. It is said that this Assyrian instrument spread to Europe after AD. In Europe, this percussion instrument evolved in its own way, and around the Middle Ages, original instruments began to appear in various places. However, each percussion instrument at that time had different tuning methods, and the system was completely different. Around the 18th century, the prototype of the current cimbalom was developed by the German virtuoso, and was played in the royal court. This is called “Pantaleon”, and it came to be used in Hungary as a symbolic instrument for Hungarian independence in 1848, and continues to this day. Modern orchestras have also used this instrument. The instrument gained considerable recognition when it was exhibited at the 1878 Paris Universal Exposition. In the 1900s, musical instrument makers were born to handle this instrument.

Characteristics of Cimbalom

The cimbalom is a rather large percussion instrument. It has a large trapezoidal box and can be played by striking or plucking metal strings. Performers often play by striking with two drumsticks. Cimbalom is used in Romani music, and may also appear in modern orchestras. The cimbalon has more than 39 strings and a range of more than four octaves, so it is an instrument that requires a certain level of skill from the player.

Cimbalom music

The cimbalom is an instrument often used in modern orchestras and folk music such as Romani music.


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