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Welcome to the wonderful world of dulcimer! It really is a very easy instrument to get started with.
Wooden pegs are great once you get used to them, but there can be a bit of a learning curve. Try the Music Lessons shop on Crill Ave in Palatka. There may be a good acoustic music shop in St Augustine, but these guys are closest for you. They aren't dulcimer people, but can probably come up with a bottle of Peg Dope for you, and show you how to apply a drop to each peg (only rarely) and then how tighten/loosen and tune the strings. Tell them you want to tune the dulcimer to DAd (D4, A4, D5). They will also have a electronic tuner to buy that you will use to tune the dulcimer.
Here's an article I wrote several years ago, for beginners such as yourself. It's an illustrated glossary of dulcimer terms, plus answers to many beginner questions about the tuning, playing, care and feeding of your new friend.
I'm down in Fort Myers, on the Gulf Coast. If there's anythng I can do to help, message me here or through Farcebook, and I'll do what I can to help you get going.
updated by @ken-hulme: 12/07/19 05:28:51PM