Thanks Mountain Dog. I hope I don't have a sudden miracle recovery after going through all the trouble to get started with the harp ;-}
John. I don't use DOS or Windows or Mac, but rather a free UNIX implementation called Linux. It is a far more flexible system for interfacing with hardware, and all drivers are free too. So I have a real cheapo sound card that Windows doesn't know what to do with but which Linux takes in its stride. This means all software has to be UNIX software.
When this old computer breaks down, I will probably try to get better sound equipment with its replacement. (I just knocked wood--that is one reason there are so many network problems--installations don't have a piece of wood to knock on!).