Not sure this topic belongs under harps, but here goes.
I very recently learned of a folk music store in Denver. Went to their website and lo and behold, they sell Master Works hammered dulcimers. The prices seem fixed; Amazon carries the lowest-priced model and if one factors in the 8.31% Denver tax (ahem), the price is close to what the store had. At $800 for the lowest-priced model, they ain’t cheap.
I looked on Amazon and they have a Roosbeck hammered dulcimer, which I didn’t see on the Roosbeck website. I read a review or two here of Roosbeck harps–they weren’t raves.
A friend in another state had a hammered dulcimer, but it was out of tune and I didn’t dare try to tune it. I need one like I need another hole in the head, but can anyone tell me about good brands, brands to avoid, etc.? Thanks.