Monday, April 16, 2018

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

This is another 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.  So I didn't make a video of this one since you can just go to our web site and listen to the video of the Phoebe Chromatic there. 

What it does have is 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.  The big dipper is only a part of Ursa Major, you can see it in the loower center of the photo. 

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

Thanks for looking!
Chris Foss

17/16/8 Phoebe Chromatic experimental material complete package $650.00 plus free shipping

When we come upon a new material we like to try it out and see how it works on a hammered dulcimer.  The top and back of this dulcimer are Meranti marine plywood, and it is wonderful material.  No patches, no voids, just premium material and it works just fine for a hammered dulcimer.  It is also pretty, looking vaguely like mahogany.  We probably won't be incorporating it into our line, though.  Too expensive and difficult to source, but now we know. 

At any rate, this is a good dulcimer, have a listen to the video:

$650.00 as a complete outfit with free shipping to anywhere in the 48 contiguous states. If you are somewhere else, we can subtract the $35 standard shipping charge from whatever your shipping quote is.  The complete outfit includes this dulcimer, case, stand of your choice choose standing or sitting, double face hammers, T- handle tuning wrench, electronic tuner, and book/video Mel Bay's You Can Teach Yourself Hammered Dulcimer.

If you are interested in this dulcimer, you'll need to call or email. Our phone is 563-571-5296. Email is

Thanks for looking!
Chris and Melanie

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Spring Into Hammered Dulcimer Sale! $50.00 off plus FREE SHIPPING on16/15 Phoebe Complete Outfit! Now Through April 30

This offer is for Natural 16/15 Phoebe Complete outfit ordered in November or December 2017.  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,

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 Foss