The Chapman Stick - It looks like a Sitar to my eyes, looking at the website - www.stick.com I can see that it comes in 8 string, 10 string and 12 string varieties. The prices for these are comparable to good quality guitars to include the high end composite guitars, price lists are available at the stick site. It looks cool and there is a new Truefire course which would be a godsend for those who have purchased one of these instruments already or who are interested in getting one of these. This makes me optimistic that we'll eventually find the right person and right situation to provide some Truefire style Courses for some more traditional instruments like the Banjo and Mandolin - done with that fine player that and documentation that allows slower folks like me to actually follow what's being taught. Anyways, the Chapman Stick. Behold.