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Cymbals were a percussion[1] instrument played in the continent of Zakhara.[2][3] They were also used by rock gnomes[4] and in certain Khazari monasteries.[5][6]


Cymbals consisted of two round thin plates made of brass, which were slammed together to produce sound. A pair of cymbals typically had a diameter of 18 inches, weighed four pounds and costed 20 gp.[1][2] A smaller version called finger cymbals was also used in Zakhara.[7]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Blake Mobley (1992). The Complete Bard's Handbook. (TSR, Inc.), pp. 87–88, 92. ISBN 1-56076-360-4.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Lisa Smedman (February 1994). “Magic to a Different Beat”. In Kim Mohan ed. Dragon #202 (TSR, Inc.), pp. 10–14.
  3. Jackie Cassada, Nicky Rea (1998). Reunion. (TSR, Inc.), p. 3. ISBN 0-7869-1196-4.
  4. Douglas Niles (1993). The Complete Book of Gnomes & Halflings. (TSR, Inc.), p. 19. ISBN 1-56076-573-9.
  5. David Cook (February 1993). Realms of Valor ("Patronage"). (TSR, Inc). ISBN 1-5607-6557-7.
  6. David Cook (1990). The Horde (Cards). (TSR, Inc). ISBN 978-0880388689.
  7. Rick Swan (1994). Al-Qadim: Caravans: Adventure Book. (TSR, Inc), p. 14. ISBN 1-56076-903-3.

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