Phoebe Chromatic Dulcimer
Like I have said in other places, the Phoebe
is my favorite of all our models, for all the right reasons. It sounds great, is amazingly durable, stays in tune, and is utterly reliable. I was thinking one day that the only thing that kept us from being able to make a really... seriously… reasonably priced fully chromatic three bridge extended range hammered dulcimer was the bridges
. They have angled holes drilled in them, and are very time consuming. That thought process led to a new and better way to make bridges, and eventually to building the first Songbird 17/16/8 Phoebe Chromatic.
The Phoebe Chromatic is built on the same body as the regular Phoebe with the same reliable Baltic Birch ply top and back, but with a different bracing system designed using what I learned from the Robin, and with the new bridges. It has its own unique sound with clear trebles, and rich bass. The old round sound holes didn't look right next to the new bridges with the square notches, so I applied the five sided sound hole that came to me many years ago in a dream. All the lines of these sound holes either follow or are perpendicular to other lines of the dulcimer, and are carefully placed to match each other and the dulcimer they are on, so the design is much more unified.
This is a true break through both in construction, and price. There is nothing at all similar on the market. It is now possible for you to buy a fully chromatic, extended range dulcimer in a complete package, WITH dampers for less than $1,000! The full functionality of a chromatic, with deep, low notes on the extended range bridge, the durability and tuning stability of a Phoebe, and great sound all at prices for us normal folks. You won't find a better dulcimer anywhere, just different… and more expensive. This is the only dulcimer you will ever need.
Like I have also said in other places, I believe in plywood
. One thing that building over 8,000 dulcimers has taught me for sure is that plywood is the only good choice for the top and back of hammered dulcimers. Solid wood shrinks and swells too much with changes in humidity. Solid wood tops and backs glued fast cross grain to pin blocks are asking for trouble. We all do it, but it isn't reliable. Also, the anti-plywood bias that is fed by the guitar industry is mostly mythology, and all about money. The more exotic the wood the instrument is made from, the more money they can charge for it. Doesn't mean it will sound any better. And dulcimers every bit as beautiful and good sounding can be made from plywood as from solid, but without all the problems.
We have many finishing options, so you can have a true custom dulcimer. The two standard Phoebe finishes, natural or brown stained will be available on shorter notice. But if you want a really distinctive dulcimer, think about ordering one with one of our "Art" finishes. Click here to learn more about "Art" finishes and to view samples
Prices listed below do not include shipping fees.
|Phoebe Chromatic Dulcimer (natural)
|Phoebe Chromatic Dulcimer (brown stained)
|Phoebe Chromatic Dulcimer (art finish)
Availability: We are a small Mom and Pop enterprise, and can't have everything we make in stock all the time. If you have a deadline, please contact us for availability of what you are thinking of getting before placing the order.
Shipping Info: A shipping calculator with all the functionality would cost us big money, so we opted to use the basic and reliable Paypal checkout system and include a reasonable average shipping cost on the price of each item. This year it is $25 for dulcimers or complete packages. If you order multiple items, we will refund the extra via Paypal.
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