Well, I'm not new to beekeeping, but it's been a long time. I had frame hives in New York state maybe 40 years ago for quite a few years. That was just as the mites thing was getting going. My hives ended up not making it one winter--probably mites, but they had been doing fine for years. So, life intervened, but now I'm retired, moved across the country, and planning to get into it again.
Why TBH? I've read quite a lot by now. I realize the whole beekeeping arena is much different now. But in all the reading I've been doing, TBH feels right for me. I'm not going into it for any commercial aspect, I just like bees and beekeeping. Honey is a nice plus. I want to go the natural route as much as possible. I realize TBH require a fair amount of management in terms of checking, moving bars if needed, mite counting, feeding etc. A huge plus though is not having to disturb the whole hive every time the brood is checked. So yes, I'm pretty well set on TBH, but feel free to try to change my mind!