THIS IS SONGBIRD'S TOP-OF-THE-LINE HAMMERED DULCIMER! The Finch Pro is the flagship of Songbird's Multiple Section Soundboard solid top hammered dulcimer models. The top consists of 7 individual boards connected by tight fitting tongue and groove joints which are not glued. This allows the wood to shrink or swell as needed with changes in humidity and makes for a much happier, more stable instrument. All the sound holes are in the back on these dulcimers, there are 6 all together. Cutting a hole in the top would sacrifice the strength of the joints.
The top of the Finch Chromatic Pro is solid Genuine Mahogany (not Sapele) which is wonderful stuff! It makes for a sound that is big, rich and open. There are other mahoganies used by some other builders as a substitute, but they are not the same as Genuine Mahogany.
The sides of the Finch Chromatic Pro are Curly Maple. The bindings are Wenge, a dark, almost purple wood from Africa, and the bridges are made to match. There is a 3 layer purling line around the inside of the bindings to help frame the lovely mahogany top. Overall color scheme is a harmonious red. The top will eventually darken to a rich dark red. The back is laminated Birch for strength.
Not only is this dulcimer beautiful, it is also durable. Take it anywhere and don’t worry about it. It will probably still be in tune when you get there. Dry conditions? No problem. Serious humidity? Takes it in stride. Not having to keep your dulcimer humidified in winter, or struggle with wild swings of tuning as weather changes. Remarkably stable! Also fairly light at 16 pounds. 42” long by 19 inches wide. Fully Chromatic over 3 octaves, and more than a 4 octave range.