I have been interested in Appalachian dulcimers since about 1960 when I heard Jean Ritchie on the radio. I built my first one in 1974. At one time I was a columnist for Dulcimer Players News and have conducted workshops on dulcimer maintenance and dulcimer history for several dulcimer clubs, festivals, and historical societies. My current interest is in dulcimer history. I have visited several museums to examine their PA German zitters and mountain dulcimers.