Hi Jed! Welcome to FOTMD! :)
I suggest you ask your dulcimer questions on our General forum, HERE.
That way all the members can see your questions and help give replies.
Greetings from Vermont Jed and welcome to the site. You've embarked on an amazing journey, and this is where I learned most of what I know about it. You have fun here. I highly recommend you play noter/drone to get used to the sound of it and get acquainted. Leave the chords until a bit later. I chord, but just love playing noter, that's the old style.
Jed, I am over near Lewistown, about 25 miles southeast of State College. I am a Folkcraft Instruments dealer and can set you up with a great instrument at a good price. Unfortunately I do not have any in stock at the moment. I will click on the Follow button on the top of your page. If you approve me and do the same on my page, we can send private messages to each other.
"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."
Welcome to FOTMD, Tennessee Jed. It is good to have another Pennsylvanian on board.
Hi Jed, and welcome to the wonderful world of the Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer. It's a good place to come, spend some time, learn about the dulcimer, and to meet some good people.
Nope, no shops in this area that sell dulcimers, except Apple Creek (imported from Romania!) We do have a luthier who should be at Wartz in Grafton (Kevin Messenger.) Ken Longfield (also of PA) is coming down as well. Whether he'll have anything to sell or not, I don't know. As far as the Gathering goes, we just get together from about 10 to 6 to share information and play (and play, and play.)
Hey Jed, welcome aboard Glad ya found us. From one PA'er to another. I second what Rob said. Hope you can make it to Wartz. I know you'll enjoy yourself.
Welcome, Tennessee Jed, to this little corner of dulcimer heaven. Come on down to Grafton, WV next Sat. (25th) to our Wartz'n'All Gathering. There'll be some other Pennsylvania folks there and some builders. You'll get to see a lot of different dulcimers and ask questions of the owners. Hope you enjoy it here.