Welcome Blackhawk13 to Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer. Glad you joined. This is a great community of dulcimer friends. Look around. Post comments, Ask questions. There is a lot of experience and knowledge represented here literally from around the world. This will be a great resource for you. Best wishes on your dulcimer journey.
The instrument I am holding in my avatar is a replica of a Pennsylvania German zither (zitter), often mistakenly called a scheitholt), which I made. It is based on an instrument in the Mercer Museum in Doylestown, PA. Many scholars believe that this type of instrument is the fore runner of the Appalachian or mountain dulcimer. It has five strings, two of which pass over the staple frets. The other three are drones. I am glad you like it. I made it out of scraps of walnut I had laying around my shop.
"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."
Welcome to FOTMD Blackhawk13. It is good to have you aboard.
Hey Blackhawk, welcome aboard. Glad ya found us.
Hi Blackhawk, and welcome to the wonderful world of the Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer. It's a good place to come, spend some time, learn about the dulcimer, and to meet some good people.