Curious: Would you rather have a reasonably good hammered dulcimer player or a very mediocre fiddler show up at your session?
Let’s first assume that your session is an open and public one.
Let’s say the fiddler’s playing is barely or even questionably sessionable, though he knows a few tunes and mostly keeps quiet.
Let’s say the hammered dulcimer player is pretty good, has an instrument without a ton of sustain, knows when not to play, and sticks to the melody on tunes he knows. Let’s assume there are no other hammered dulcimers at your session.
Which would you rather have visit your session (given that "none" is not an option and the question is a serious one?) Which would you tolerate better, and why?