Tuesday, September 29, 2015

News Flash! New Chromatic Hammered Dulcimer Model! $369.00


This is called the 14/13/8 Chickadee Chromatic.  The link goes to a video of it in action.

When I designed the new 13/12 Chickadee hammered dulcimer, I specifically made it large and strong enough to put a full chromatic layout on the same body, and it was a very good thing!  I really like this instrument.  I learned many years ago that it is much easier to get a clear ringing tone out of a small dulcimer than a large one, and this one has a beautiful sound.  And it is a durable little workhorse.  Really fun to play, I took it to our old time fiddle jam which is loud, and it held its own very well.  I wasn't restricted in any way, I could play anything in any of our normal keys that we use.

It is of course an augmented 12/11.  Two courses are added at the top of both bridges to carry the missing chromatic notes on the high end, and the three that are missing at the bottom of the bridges are added at the top of the third bridge.  The five notes below on the third bridge are low bass notes, and can be tuned in many different ways depending on what you want to do with them.  In the video above, they are G, C, D, E, and F# from the bottom up.  D, E, and F# complete the lower octave of the key of D, giving 3 plus octaves diatonically in that key.  If the C is tuned down to B, then there is actually 4 full octaves of the G major arpeggio.  Sometimes I tune that note to A, then low bass tonic notes for all three chords in the key of D are right there.  It is a really intriguing, versatile little dulcimer.

The price of these is $369.00 for the dulcimer, double face hammers and T- handle tuning wrench.   Or $494.00 as a complete outfit which also includes case, stand of your choice, chromatic electronic tuner, and Mel Bay's You Can Teach Yourself Hammered Dulcimer.  We discovered that the smaller dulcimers go in our large case, and the stand fits also with a 1" pad to separate them.  It works splendidly.

The Chickadee Chromatic is a new thing in the market.  There is nothing else like it.  All other chromatic models are larger, heavier, and much more expensive.  Like the 13/12 Chickadee, it has a durable 3/8" Baltic Birch top, cherry rails, maple pin blocks, and walnut bridges.   It is 38 inches long, 15 3/4 inches wide, and will weigh about 12 pounds.  We fully expect this to be one of our most popular dulcimers, it is that unique.

If you have any questions, please call.  My cell is 563-571-5296, and Melanie's is 563-260-7877

Thanks for looking! Chris Foss