I was in Asheville this weekend and went to the Grove Arcade and just happened to walk by the Appalachian Strings store. They have their instruments hung and lighted like art pieces on the wall and I had to go in to take a closer look. The young lady that owns the store with her husband kindly told me all about them and even taught me how to play a song on one! I have always wanted to play a stringed instrument and needless to say I bought one and haven't been able to put it down. It has such a mellow acoustic tone that so soothing to hear. I am teaching myself to play it with the book they gave me and I am just having so much fun! Another fellow was in the store buying one while I was in there who was an experienced guitar player and he was just making incredible music come out of his instrument. Definetly stop by this shop when you are in downtown Asheville it is truly an awesome store.