Monday, April 16, 2018

17/16/8 Phoebe Chromatic "True North". Complete outfit $650.00 plus free shipping








This was an experimental dulcimer. Some of our friends taper the tops of their dulcimers meaning the top is thinner toward the edge than in the center. They believe it makes them more resonant. I like to try everything, so this one has a tapered top, but it didn't make much if any difference in the tone.  It sounds like a normal Phoebe Chromatic, in other words strong and clear.  Have a listen, the link is to a video of it being played.  This is a very good dulcimer.

https://youtu.be/HXKTJJsedso

Besides great sound, playability and tuning stability it has a cool decoration.  The jig to taper the top required a hole in the center of the top which I filled with plastic wood, but it looked ugly.  So I glued a Swarofski crystal over it, it is the big one at the top.  Melanie saw that and said why didn't I put several more there and make it into the little dipper?  I thought heck, why don't I just do both constellations, so I printed a star map off the internet, and that decoration is now Ursa Major and Ursa Minor.  Polaris is the big original one right in the center of the dulcimer and about the right elevation off the bottom rail to be the North Star.  It really sparkles in person.  That's why I am calling it "True North".  The big dipper is only a part of Ursa Major, you can see it in the loower center of the photo.

The sound holes are all in the back of this dulcimer, there are six all together.  On our standard dulcimers, there are four sound holes in the back as well as the two in the top.  The exact location of the sound holes is less important than the total area.   We also believe that dulcimers sound just a little better with all the holes in the back.  They project better as well since the sound is bouncing off the floor toward the listeners.  The balance is better for the player since there is no boominess coming out the sound holes toward them. 

So this is a cool one of a kind dulcimer with all the durability and functionality of a Phoebe Chromatic.  $650.00 in a complete outfit plus free shipping to the 48 contiguous states.  If you are somewhere else, we can subtract the $35.00 standard shipping charge from whatever your estimate is.  If you are interested, call us at 563-571-5296, or email chris@songbirdhd.com.

Thanks for looking!
Chris Foss

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Spring Into Hammered Dulcimer Sale! $50.00 off plus FREE SHIPPING on16/15 Phoebe Complete Outfit! Now Through May 31

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https://youtu.be/Kac6l8zziDs
  
This offer is for Natural 16/15 Phoebe Complete outfit ordered in April or May 2018.  The regular shipping charge is $35.00.  So the total will be $549.00, no tax, no shipping charge.

You can get the particulars on all of our models on the web site, www.songbirdhd.com

The total is $549.00 for the outfit with free shipping to anywhere in the 48 continental United States.  To take advantage of this deal, you can place your order on our web site, or you can call us with your order and a credit card number.  Or you can call us or email with your order then put a check in the mail, or I can email you a paypal invoice.  Whichever seems best to you.  

The 16/15 Phoebe is of course the best entry level hammered dulcimer made.  Not only does it sound wonderful (clear as a bell is one of the comments we have heard), but it is durable and with legendary tuning stability.  The link above goes to one being demonstrated, so you can clearly hear how it sounds.

The complete outfit includes everything one should need to learn and play the hammered dulcimer; the instrument, case, the stand of your choice (whether to play seated or standing), good double face hammers, T- handle tuning wrench, Chromatic electronic tuner, and Mel Bay's You Can Teach Yourself Hammered Dulcimer book/ online video.  

If you have any questions at all don't hesitate to email or call.   My cell is 563-571-5296, and Melanie's is 563-260-7877.  The email address is chris@songbirdhd.com

Thanks!
Chris Foss

Monday, March 19, 2018

Beautiful David Lindsey Bill Spence Edition 16/15 hammered dulcimer $1200.00. Lots of extras







We are selling this lovely dulcimer for our friend Barb Fick who simply decided the hammered dulcimer isn't for her.  Great dulcimer in virtually new condition, includes the case pictured, and adjustable stand, a music holder specifically for dulcimers, 2 pair of hammers, the tuning wrench, and lots of paperwork.  From what we can gather, this one was made in 2011.  Barb bought it from an older lady, and neither of them played it much.

This link is to a video of it being played so you can hear and see it in action.
https://youtu.be/hLUYu4sFPNE

You would need to pay for shipping, and the stand will come in a separate box.  If we had to ship everything to California, it would be around $75.00.  If you are interested, call us 563-571-5296 is my number.  Melanie's is 563-260-7877.  Or email us at chris@songbirdhd.com

Thanks!
Chris and Melanie

Monday, January 1, 2018

WINTER BLUES SALE! Free shipping on Phoebe Chromatic Natural Complete Packages now through Feb 28th.






Free shipping, a $35.00 savings now through Feb. 28th!  If you have cabin fever and have been thinking of getting a hammered dulcimer, now is the time!  The free shipping offer applies to anywhere in the 48 contiguous US states.  Anywhere else, contact us for a shipping quote.  We only charge what it costs us to ship to you, and will still deduct the $35.00 savings from your shipping cost.

The Phoebe Chromatic is our best workhorse dulcimer.  Good enough that you may never want to upgrade to something else.  Even though I could play any dulcimer that  I want, it is usually a Phoebe Chromatic that I choose.  There are no dulcimers that are better, only fancier, more highly decorated, or built of more costly woods.  Fully chromatic over 3 octaves, durable, stable, sounds great, you can't buy a dulcimer with this much functionality anywhere else for twice this price.  So if you've been thinking about a good hammered dulcimer for yourself or for a loved one, now is the time!

To take advantage of the sale, you can just go to the Phoebe Chromatic page on the web site and buy it there, I have the site all set for the correct price.  Or you can email us with your order and I can email you a paypal invoice, Or you can call us with your order and a credit card number, Or you can call or email and then put a check in the mail, whichever seems best to you.

If you have any questions whatever, feel free to contact us either by phone or email.  The web site is www.songbirdhd.com.  email is chris@songbirdhd.com.  My phone is 563-571-5296, and Melanie's is 563-260-7877

Thanks!
Chris Foss