I feel compelled to mention that the Barringer is a horribly flawed, aesthetically displeasing instrument with absolutely no cultural or historical value* ...
Only fools would bid on such a mangey dog -- and my bid on the instrument was made **entirely** in the spirit of altruism and the public interest, to ensure no one was misled into purchasing it.**
* What I really mean is that I was hoping no one would notice this lovely instrument because I desire it for a friend of mine.
**Uh, what I mean is that I've been graspy, acquisitive and unable to resist the impulse to buy beautifully crafted dulcimers like this one.