**Order by Dec. 6th for delivery by Christmas.**
The 16/15 Phoebe is the best sounding, most reliable, full size entry level hammered dulcimer on the market today. The top and back are of a high tech laminated material called Baltic Birch which is made in Russia. It is 7 thin plys of solid Birch with almost no voids, and is ultra durable and stiff.... perfect for the application. There are few other panels in the world that would work under the tremendous string tension of a hammered dulcimer, and most of them are unreasonably priced.
Since the material is so solid, it makes this dulcimer stay in tune better than any other instrument we have tried. For the beginner, tuning is the most daunting obstacle, not really difficult, but at first it seems so. If the dulcimer is out of tune, it is unpleasant to play, and if tuning it seems like a big project, one sometimes gives up, and just doesn't play.
Designed to have a "middle of the road" sound. They are relatively low "sustain", but with enough of that brightness to sound good like a hammered dulcimer should. They work equally well playing fast fiddle tunes, or slower hymns in church. An instrument with high sustain will start to sound muddy when playing faster melodies, and the notes will muddle together until it is hard to hear clearly. However these same dulcimers can sound wonderful when playing slow melodic songs. On the other hand, a very low sustain dulcimer can work just great for fast songs, but sound dead on slower ones; there's too much space between the notes. These instruments are designed to work equally well in all situations. They are not a compromise, but we firmly believe we are making the best hammered dulcimers money can buy.
So unless you decided for some reason you wanted a different dulcimer later, like you wanted a Chromatic dulcimer, or you wanted more decorations, you might never need to get another hammered dulcimer.
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")
Hear the Phoebe: