Chickadee Chromatic Hammered Dulcimer

(1 customer review)


The 14/13/8 Chickadee Chromatic is the fully chromatic version of the 13/12 Chickadee. It adds the third bridge on the left with the three missing notes at the bottom of the two main bridges added at the top of the third. A lot can be done with this little dulcimer. It sounds just great, projects well, and holds its own very well in a room full of other instruments.

Demonstrating Our Latest 14/13/8 Chickadee Chromatic Hammered Dulcimer Model | Songbird Dulcimers

Laminated Bridges

Dampers (installed)

Onboard Electric Pickups (installed)

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You’ve found the only small-size American-made chromatic hammered dulcimer of its kind. The other dealers have slowly quit making them, and it has left us selling them left and right. There is a still a huge need for a chromatic instrument of its size, and we will continue to produce them. These make a very affordable, versatile, and durable small dulcimer that stay in tune well. Perfect for a beginning player!


  • 14/13/8
  • Top and back are durable Baltic Birch laminate
  • Top is coated with a black paint that gives it an orange peel texture, and then sealed with polyurethane
  • Soundholes in the back
  • Walnut rails, Hard Maple pin blocks, and Walnut bridges
  • 38″ long x 15 3/4″ wide
  • Weighs about 12 lbs.
  • Comes with hammers and T-handle tuning wrench
  • The only American-made chromatic dulcimer of its size

Fully Chromatic

The 14/13/8 Chickadee Chromatic hammered dulcimer is the fully chromatic version of our 13/12 Chickadee.  It adds the third bridge on the left with the three missing notes at the bottom of the two main bridges added at the top of the third.  Below that are five courses used for low bass.

The tuning of these is optional within a certain range, but Chris tunes them from the bottom up: Low G, Low C, then D, E, and F# to complete the lower octave of the key of D.  Sometimes he tunes the second note from C down to B and can get a G major arpeggio over four full octaves!

A really versatile small dulcimer!

Perfect for Jam Sessions

The Chickadee Chromatic produces a clear ring that projects well, and holds its own very well in a room full of other instruments. Get yourself a case (or save $ with the package deal), then just grab it and go anywhere you want to play music.

Additional information

Weight 18 lbs
Dimensions 39 × 17 × 6 in

Availability: We are a small Mom and Pop enterprise, and can’t have everything we make in stock all the time.  We should have all of the accessories and small items all of the time.  We also try to keep natural Phoebe and Chickadee dulcimers around all of the time.  But other finishes or higher end models will be hit or miss.  We build dulcimers 6 of each model at a time to get the economy of scale, so if we have them, we have them, if not, it could be a month or two depending on where we are in our cycle.  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.  If you order multiple items to ship in the same package, we will refund the extra via Paypal.

International Shipping: Our standard shipping amount is for shipments to the lower 48 United States. We can ship internationally, but not to everywhere. Our packages must go via US Postal Service to be as economical as possible. It depends on the rules of the receiving country what size package they will accept. In general most European countries are OK. Also Australia, New Zealand, and Japan. If you are wondering, you can check yourself on the Post Office website. Our most common package is 44 inches long, 24 inches wide, and 6 inches thick for a total length plus girth of 104 inches. They weigh 33 pounds. This should be enough info to get you a quote. You can always contact us for a quote, too.

Payment Info: We have been using Paypal for years, and believe it is the safest online way to pay.  You don’t need to have an account with them to use our Paypal checkout system, and best of all, we never need to know your credit card or bank details. Of course, we still like checks best since they don’t cost us money to process!  If you want to send us one in the mail, we would greatly appreciate it! Just don’t use the shopping cart, and contact us directly with your order, and we’ll work out the total and details.  You can also call us directly with a credit card number for payment.

Dealers: When possible, it is always best to go see and try out an instrument before buying. You can also get the input of a knowledgeable sales person. A good dealer will have in stock several different models of hammered dulcimer. Some will even have instruments from different makers, and it is very educational to see and hear the difference.

We have many trusted dealers all over the country that we have been working with for many years. We consider these folks close friends, and would not hesitate to recommend them to you. Contact us and we can put you in touch with someone near you.

1 review for Chickadee Chromatic Hammered Dulcimer


    I bought Chickadee Chromatic this summer.
    First ,I’d like to thank for kindly guides by mail for buying.(I’m living in japan.)
    It sounds good. pretty size and great sound.
    Using this dulcimer ,I play traditional Celtic music & Japanese popular song.
    Lot of fun.

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