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. Below that are five courses used for low bass. The tuning of these is optional within a certain range, but I like to tune 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 I tune that second note from C down to B and I can get a G major arpeggio over four full octaves! A really versatile small dulcimer!
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. Since it fits in the case with the stand and stays in tune well, it is easy to grab and go with, so it has become one of my favorites to take to our local jam every Monday evening. I really like the clear ring, and my friends do too. There hasn’t been any of our hundreds of tunes that I couldn’t play. Since I am the jam leader, they need to be able to hear me, and that hasn’t been a problem. The Chickadee Chromatic is just a good little work horse dulcimer.
Top and back are durable Baltic Birch laminate, the rails are Cherry, the pin blocks are Hard Maple, and the bridges are Walnut. It is 38″ long, and 15 3/4″ wide, and will weigh about 12 pounds.
The Chickadee Chromatic Dulcimer can be purchased dulcimer only (includes hammers and tuning wrench) or as a package (case, stand, hammers, tuning wrench, tuner, book).
*If out of stock in the showroom you may still order and we will have one drop shipped directly to you from Songbird Dulcimers.
Songbird Chickadee Chromatic Package
Hammered Dulcimer Stand
Snark Chromatic Tuner
Hammered Dulcimer Instruction Book