Santur Cymbalyn is a hammered dulcimer with
a flat trapeze body. It has from 16 to 24 strings in pairs, or triplets, tuned
chromatically. The strings are struck with a light wooden sticks whose ends
are slightly curved upwards (pictured in middle of santur). The santur was
cultivated chiefly in cities to accompany singing. This instrument is of Persian
and Armenian origin.