The Dulcimer Factory dulcimers are close in design. John Naylar & his wife learned to build theirs from cripple creek. They are well made if you get an older one before they sold the shop
If you search through old forum discussions here at FOTMD, you will find two or three describing serious problems with Cripple Creek dulcimers. Apparently several years ago they were making quality instruments, but that quality has been inconsistent (to be kind) in recent years.
In addition to Bill Berg, David "Harpmaker" Lynch also makes a very solid and affordable beginner dulcimer which he sells for $125. Either of those options would be better than a mystery dulcimer from Ebay.
Maybe it was made from a kit that was sold at the Dulcimer Shop (Cripple Creek Dulcimers) now located in Manitou Springs, Colorado. It does, in fact, look very much like a starter dulcimer. Without knowing who made it, etc., I would suggest you look at student dulcimers, made with great skill by Bill Berg or David Lynch. I have a Bill Berg student dulcimer that is beautifully made and sounds great! There's one for sale on eBay, but I think you can do better by calling him and telling him what you want and what you don't want. The beginner dulcimer sells for $98.00 (that's the one I have--and it's VERY nice!) and you can get upgrades if you want them.
My Cripple Creek Dulcimer has those words on the side of the fretboard. Overall, the workmanship on mine seems better, IMHO.
I think maybe if you click on the photo icon you can bring it up to a size where you can view it....
Yesterday I noticed on Ebay a dulcimer for sale near me.
I asked the seller if they know who the luthier is and what woods were used to make it. The seller replied that he did not recall the luthier or woods but bought this about 25 years ago in a instrument shop in Colorado Springs. He was a music teacher and has used it teaching all of these years since. I did some Googling and thinking that this might be a Cripple Creek dulcimer? Thoughts? Would this be considered a "starter" dulcimer? Thanks!