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> I would like information regarding the triompa'n.  Is this an
> Irish version of the hammered dulcimer???  If so, then I have the following
> questions:
>
> 1.  Is the instrument diatonic?
>
> 2.  American hammered dulcimers generally are strung with 12/11 treble/base
> strings or 15/14 diatonic.  Some of the more modern instruments are 16/15
> and are partially or fully chromatic.  How do these configurations compare to
> their Irish equivalents?
>
> 3.  I think Derek Bell of the Chieftans plays this instrument.  Who are some
> other Irish musicians that also play the triompa'n.
>
> 4.  How do you pronounce it?
>
> Thanks -- Andi Wolfe
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It is "Tiompan" I believe, Derek Bell plays it with the Chieftains
 
                                                                 Seamus