I have been playing and building mountain dulcimers for over 41 years. I was born in Knott Co, Kentucky and trace by dulcimer building directly back to "Uncle Ed" Thomas (meaning I learned form someone who learned from someone who learned from Jethro Amburgey who learned from Thomas). I also play guitar, banjo, mandolin and bass - but nothing without frets. I played guitar in numerous regional bands for around 28 years playing everything from Hank Sr. to Van Halen and Hendrix. I have an engineering degree and worked for many years as a quality control manager and retired early to make dulcimers full time.