Thursday, May 31, 2018

HOT SUMMER SALE! $50.00 off plus Free Shipping on Phoebe Chromatic Natural Complete Packages thru July 31st.

$50 off plus Free Shipping, an $85 savings now through July 31st!  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  email is  My phone is 563-571-5296, and Melanie's is 563-260-7877

Chris Foss

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

16/15 Phoebe all sound holes in back. Complete outfit $499.00 plus free shipping!

This is a standard 16/15 Phoebe.  Only difference is all the sound holes are in the back, there are 6 of them, total.  We believe that dulcimers are better off with all the sound holes in the back.  The top is stronger, the sound is a little clearer, and it projects better since the sound coming out of the sound holes bounces off the floor toward the listener.  What matters is not the placement of sound holes, but the total surface area of them, so this is the way we prefer them.  Also, while playing, sometimes the sound holes there in the top can be visually distracting.  But, they are a little hard to sell since people just think there should be sound holes there in the top, so if you want a really nice dulcimer for a bargain, here it is!  $499.00 for the complete outfit plus free shipping!

This dulcimer sounds great!  Have a listen:

The complete outfit includes the instrument, case, stand of your choice whether to play standing or seated, double face hammers, T- handle tuning wrench, electronic tuner, and book, Mel Bay's you Can Teach Yourself Hammered Dulcimer which has an online video that goes with it.  Free shipping applies to the 48 contiguous states.  If you are from somewhere else, we will subtract the $35.00 savings from your shipping quote.

If you decide to get this dulcimer, you will need to contact us directly either by email or by phone.  The email address is  My cell phone is 563-571-5296.  Melanie's cell in 563-260-7877

Chris Foss

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

June/ July 2018 Special! FREE SHIPPING on any Chickadee Complete Package!!

This is our 13/12 Chickadee.  The Chickadee is designed so you can have a really good smaller instrument that will do everything it is supposed to reliably, sound good as well, but not need a second mortgage to afford.  The above link is of it in action so you can clearly hear how it sounds and see it played.  It is durable enough that it should last into the next century, and small and light enough to easily carry around.  I took one to our local old time fiddle tunes jam which is loud, and it held its own very well. I am the leader, so need to be heard, and it was no problem.  The beautiful clear sound carried well in the tough environment.  I didn't feel restricted by it in any way, and could play every tune we do. Good dulcimer.

The free shipping applies to anywhere in the 48 contiguous United States, and to either of our Chickadee models; 13/12 Chickadee or 14/13/8 Chickadee Chromatic.  Also free shipping applies to both Complete Packages, and Just Dulcimer options.  Anywhere outside the 48 states, we will take $35.00 off the shipping

You can get the particulars on all of our models on our web site,

Several ways to take advantage of this sale:
You can email us your order, or call, then put a check in the mail to us. Our address is:
Songbird Dulcimers
803 Whicher St.
Muscatine, IA 52761
Or you can call us on the phone with your order and a credit card number,
Or you can email us your order and I can email you a Paypal invoice,
Or you can go ahead and make the purchase on the web site.  The web site will charge you the full price plus shipping and I will then issue you a rebate for the February Special savings.

Specifications: Laminated Birch top and back, Cherry top and bottom rails, Hard Maple pin blocks and Walnut bridges.  It is 38 inches long, 15 3/4 inches wide, and will weigh about 12 pounds.

The Chickadee and one of our scissor stands fit perfectly in the case for our larger dulcimers with a 1" pad to separate them.  So the complete package is the dulcimer, the large case, stand of your choice, double face hammers,  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, please call.  My cell is 563-571-5296, and Melanie's is 563-260-7877.  Our email address is 

Thanks!  Chris Foss

Monday, April 16, 2018

17/16/8 Phoebe Chromatic "True North". Complete outfit $600.00 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.

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.  $600.00 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

Thanks for looking!
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.

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 and Melanie