Hi Ken. OK, so RTFM!!! (read the friendly manual) That is a great short composition covering a gambit of information. Well done sir! Thanks for I assume reposting that. I'm sure I will refer back to it. There were a lot of answers to questions I had and answers to questions I haven't thought to ask myself yet. One answer to a question in my head was if a strum stick was considered a dulcimer. It looks like it sort of is. I just took mine apart yesterday to begin the final finishing process. It's just tung oil but needs several more coats. I wanted to post a picture in the forum somewhere but didn't know if that would be appropriate as I suppose it isn't really a 'Mountain Dulcimer'.
Basically, you folks are all great! This forum seems to be kind and positive. This is refreshing these days. ;)