You're welcome Andy. Actually the intonation isn't bad at all. Not quite the full sound I'm looking for, but I think that depends on one's level of ability and that takes time. This intrument was made in Romania. There is a raging controversy among harpers about "Mid-east" or "Pakistani" harps, and they are truly, except for the very rare one, junk. They have actually been known to explode from the tension of the strings. I don't really know the circumstances under which the Romanian dulcimers are made, but apparently someone is employed in the building and hopefully being fairly paid.
I was fortunate to get my Applecreek from a small music store where they could tune and tweak it for me and I could hear it. And, it's sweet looking. You might be able to find a luthier that can build you one for $200 or less; it may be simple with little adornment, but that's okay. Just make sure it's of a good tonewood, not laminate, with good tuners. I happen to prefer wooden pegs. They may require more frequent tuning, but it's only 3 or 4 strings and could keep your cost down.
Just for fun: My piano was made by a small company in Czechoslovakia, my 26-string nylon harp was made in Australia (by an independent luthier; great little instrument by the way) my levered floor harp was made in Japan by one of the most respected companies in the harp world-- Aoyama, and my new wire-strung Trinity College replica harp(the national symbol of Ireland and the harp on the Guiness beer bottle) was ordered through the Historical Harp Society of Ireland but made by a wonderful luthier in Minnesota. I also have a spinning wheel made in Poland. My new dulcimer will be made in Kentucky. It's a small world, even smaller with the Internet and the choices we have are infinite. You are getting some good advice here, but follow your heart, and your budget.
Best wishes to you,