>I have a mountain dulcimer and was
>curious if they have any relations to celtic instruments. Mountain dulcimers
>have four strings--two of which play the melody and the other two are drones
>(when played in the traditional style). Anyone have any thoughts?
The dulcimer in general is a recent import, and has absolutely no
relation to traditional or ancient Celtic instruments. Those that were
stringed were plucked instruments like lyres and harps, not fretted.
There's a very good section on Musical Archaeology in the book "The
Celts" which was made for the Venice exhibition.