Rachael, both are exceptional instruments and I would be happy to play and own either. I personally own 2 Blevins: an Encore 34, and Gwendolyn 29 and they are excellent. I have done business with both Dusty and Blevins, and they have been honorable in their dealings with me. It may be a matter of playing the particular instrument and seeing which one sings to you! My Encore is going on 11 years old, and I have had zero issues with it. Best of luck. I don’t think you can go wrong with either. I don’t know if this is a first instrument for you, but if it is, the words of wisdom someone once gave me….”Your first harp won’t necessarily be your last harp.”
It’s actually not my first, but it will be the first I hope to play before buying, and the other real harps I’ve bought have been at least 19 years old upon purchase, whereas this one may be new or lightly used :0) Exciting!
Rachel, when I was looking for my harp, I contacted Dwight Blevins re 2 10 yr old rental harps and he wrote back saying that assuming the harp was in reasonably good condition for a rental that it was worth between $1200 to $1500. (a Meadowwind and an Encore) A harp that been out on rental is not always taken care of the way we would take care of it. Just be cautious. I opted for a new Dusty because of the sound and the 5 yr warranty. If you have can have an experienced harp tech look at the Blevins you will have a better idea of what it is worth