***Please allow 3 to 4 weeks for delivery.***
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. Walnut is the standout that we offer. It has Curly Maple bindings, Hard Maple sides, Cherry bridges, and laminated Birch back.
The Finch Dulcimer package includes:
- The Instrument
- Good Case
- Stand of your choice, either standing or seated
- Good Double Face Hammers
- Tuning Wrench
- 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 Walnut version:
Hear the Curly Maple version: