Screw the bad economy and my lack of disposable income! To hell with the fact that I'm barely coordinated enough for the guitar! I'm going to learn how to play the hammered dulcimer because it's awesome like that and I need a new hobby anyway.
So does anyone know ANYTHING at all about this instrument? Or, better yet, does anyone know how play this thing and have some tips for a newbie? I've figured a lot of stuff out by perusing youtube and google, and I know I can by one for between $200 and $300, which isn't terrible as far as instruments go, and I've heard/seen it played enough times that I have a general idea of how it works. But that's about all I'm good for in this department.
Truth be told, half of me thinks this is a good, personally-enriching investment, but half of my thinks I'm blowing 200+ hard-earned dollars on something that'll just collect dust in the corner. Either way I'm pretty sure I'm going to do it, since you never know until you try, and the possibility of learning an instrument seems worth the risk of wasting some money.
If you have no idea what this instrument is, here's a video: