To this site - those beginners that post questions I would ask and the veterans who answer them. And to those who took the time to post tabs.
To those who post written information online and those who post youtube videos. Strumelia, your site is a real goldmine for beginners. The online information has been a resource for education. And the videos of players sharing their music is a source for inspiration.
To the harpmaker, for answering all my emails and getting me my student model in two days once I made the plunge. Thanks, Dave.
When I retired a few years ago I was looking for a hobby to keep my mind active. Not a lot of musical talent here, but I was going to give it a try. Decided to try a stringed instrumetn. Tried a mandolin - strings too close together. Then a bass - much better, but not designed to be a melody instrument (but learned how to read tab). My wife's guitar called my name, but again the strings were too close for my (big)fingers - but did learn to read standard notation.
A few weeks ago, I came along some reference to a dulcimer. Started researching online. Hmmm -- 1.5" fretboard, only 3 sets of strings. No cross string picking unless I want to. Melody string(s), and a perfect fifth and an octave for "accompanyment" -- maybe this is it!
After much more reading I made the plunge and ordered my dulcimer. After tuning up, which took only a few minutes, I started picking some notes. In another half hour (much to my surprise) I was able to pick out the beginning of a a simple song by ear!!
Has been great fun these last few days, working on one of the beginner standards and picking out another easy tune by ear, and am looking for more fun in the future.
Again, thanks to all.....