My dulcimer lessons continue to go quite well. Three lessons in now and my instructor effectively said I've nearly 'outgrown' the small rental model. Quick bit of info -- the dulcimer has two 'bridges' with a series of 'markers' where the strings cross. The size/range is gauged by the number of markers on each bridge. A smaller 12/11 or 13/12 like the rental Songbird covers about 2 1/2 octaves. A 16/15 one like this one (by the local crafters of June Apple) is a full 3. Fortunately, I can get a decent 16/15 for less than that particular one (pretty though it may be!).