Chris Foss at Songbird Dulcimers has released a brand new 17/16/8 chromatic hammered dulcimer, the Finch. The construction of the top for the Finch model is a completely new and novel way to eliminate the problem of changes in solid wood due to humidity and temperature. The tops are composed of 7 individual narrow boards joined by tight fitting tongue and groove joints which are not glued. This allows each individual board to shrink or swell as it needs without causing problems. No more cracks, no warps, no having to keep your dulcimer in a specially humidified environment in the winter or you void your warranty, no worries at all. Just play it and enjoy it.
Chris believes this is the way solid wood top hammered dulcimers should be built. No special care necessary. Sound holes all need to be in the back on these. Cutting sound holes on the top would compromise the structure.
For solid one board tops, builders are pretty much trapped with some version of mahogany or other, or a softwood like spruce because they are the most stable. But Songbird Dulcimers can now make dulcimers from any wood. Walnut and Curly Soft Maple are the standouts so these are the ones we will offer. The standard model will be the Walnut. It has Curly Maple bindings, Hard Maple sides, Cherry bridges, and laminated Birch back.
The Curly Maple version may not always be available due to sourcing of the wood, so contact us before placing an order. It has Walnut bindings, finished Walnut bridges, Hard Maple sides, and laminated Birch back with Walnut bindings. The Curly Maple version will also only be available as Chromatic.
The Phoebe Dulcimer package includes:
- The Instrument
- Good Case
- Stand of your choice, either standing or seated
- Good Double Face Hammers
- Tuning Wrench
- Chromatic Electronic Tuner
- Book: Mel Bay's You Can Teach Yourself Hammered Dulcimer
The stand comes in different heights:
- Adolescent Stand-Up (4'6" - 5'3")
- Ladies Stand-Up (5'3" - 5'10")
- Gents Stand-Up (5'10" - 6'3")
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