Someone posted in Everything Dulcimer they were selling a dulcimer for a friend - Walnut Valley Dulcimer.
Turns out thats just the info. I have been needing to know where this dulcimer (that a someone's grandfather had) came from - kit or not. The arched fingerboard, the inset maple ball and the chamfered strum hollow.
The dulcimer is a great adventure. Always with a bit of patience we find out more about what it is we are wanting to know.