After playing traditional instruments, such as Piano, Organ and Trumpet, for years I was gifted a Mountain Dulcimer by a friend at church. His only request was that someone in the family would earn to play it. That was around 25 years ago and 4 Mt Dulcimers later. (I still have the orgional hand made one). I got interested in the Hammered Dulcimer when I saw a You Tube Video of one being played. I started a search on the Internet and met a man named Dan. Dan gave me a lot of information about the instrument and answered questions like what size to start with, Different makers and price ranges. After a couple of corrispondences he said he had some information on his web page and I could (Should) check it out if I wanted to. That is when I found out I was talking with the only HD player I ever heard of, Dan Landrum who played background for Yanni. That sealed the deal for me and I bought my first one. Dan was correct in that I would eventually outgrow my 16/15 if I sayed with it long enough and I eventually bought a Song of the Wood Concert Grand Master which I now play. I still use the smaller one for playing out doors or for smaller venues where the larger one would not fit well. So, that is how I got started and I am still in the learning process and loving every minute of it.