PS – I actually play(ed) the dulcimer. Diana and I took lessons in what was, no joke, a sweatshop in Chinatown. We were very young but I remember it being a small, un-air conditioned room adjoining a sewing factory and clothing warehouse. Diana played the Guzheng, similar to the Japanese Koto, with the older kids with larger handspans and I learned the hammered dulcimer with the younger kids. The dulcimer is pretty simple conceptually but still extremely difficult to play well.