The zither is a stringed instrument that originated in the 19th century as a folk musical instrument and is associated with numerous other European zithers. At the end of the 19th century the Alpine zither found its way into the salons of the European bourgeoisie. After the wars, its design has developped to a concert instrument in historical performances and contemporary music.
The concert zither has 5 fretboard strings and up to 37 free strings.
The starting age is around 6 years.
Dulimers are stringed instruments that are also classified as percussion instruments based on the type of sound they produce. Regionally different forms of dulcimers are common between North America, Western and Eastern Europe, the Middle and Far East.