Bowed Psaltery

 

The Cabin Creek Bowed Psaltery, handmade for ease of playing, easy on the pocketbook, big on sound and quality of workmanship and available in 3 sizes -- Soprano, Alto and Baritone. Each Bowed Psaltery is signed, numbered and dated

A frequently asked question is "What is the easiest instrument to play?" The answer is, the Bowed Psaltery. It looks complicated because it has so many strings, but you only bow one string at a time. Cradling the instrument in your arm, you draw the bow over a string, playing a note, and then move the bow to another string playing another note. Nothing could be easier.

The bowed psaltery has a chromatic scale with natural tones (do, re, me) on one side and the sharps and flats on the other. The sound created is hauntingly beautiful and indeed an instrument anyone can play.

Included with each instrument:

  • A very easy instruction/ song book
  • Horse hair bow
  • Rosin
  • Tuning wrench
  • A note chart that attaches alongside the strings showing the notes
  • A quality padded nylon case with pocket and 2 carrying straps

Extra strings, bows, horse hair, rosin and electronic tuner/pickup are available--see the accessories page

Note: I highly recommend tuning this instrument with an electronic tuner. It makes tuning much faster and easier, I couldn't live without mine (see accessory page)

 

EACH BOWED PSALTERY LISTED BELOW IS FOR SALE RIGHT NOW!

 

Soprano Bowed Psaltery

  • Two octaves - G to G twice
  • 24 Strings
  • 18 inches long

This bowed psaltery is constructed entirely of CHERRY with a dove soundhole

The sound is very pleasing, melodic, balanced and medium soft

Item # SOPBP1007......$215

BUTTERNUT (white walnut) graces the top of this bowed psaltery with a wheat soundhole

The back and sides are cherry

The sound is very pleasing, melodic and medium soft

Item# SOPBP1008......$215

This soundboard of this soprano bowed psaltery is BUTTERNUT (white walnut)

It has a few small worm holes on the upper end

The sound hole is a Pennsylvania Dutch hex sign

The sides are wormy oak and the back is chestnut

The sound is hauntingly beautiful, not too crisp nor too mellow, just right

Item# SOPBP1011......$215

The soundboard of this bowed psaltery is a very beautiful piece of RED SPRUCE with a wheat patterned soundhole

The sides and back are cherry

The sound is balanced, melodic and hauntingly beautiful

Item# SOP1003......$215

This bowed psaltery is topped with an attractive piece of deep brown chocolate BLACK WALNUT

The back and sides are nicely figured wormy maple

The sound is warm, clear and medium soft a real nice personal instrument

Item# SOPBP1004......$215

This bowed psaltery has a deep brown straight grained piece of WESTERN RED CEDAR for the soundboard

The back and sides are a piece of fancy curly maple

The sound has a nice medium warm and clear ring to it

Item# SOP1005......$215

This entire bowed psaltery is constructed of CHERRY

The sound hole is a wheat motif

The sound is clear, crisp and resonates well

Item# SOPBP988......$215

The soundboard of this bowed psaltery is a nicely colored piece of MAHOGANY with a fleur de lis sound hole

The back and sides are cherry

The sound is very pleasant and satisfying, being melodic and warm

Item# SOPBP1012......$215

This bowed psaltery has a SASSFRASS soundboard with two dark brown streaks running from the bottom upwards on both edges of the top, creating an interesting look

The sides and back are ash

The sound hole is a dove

The sound is very sweet not too much of or too little of anything just a pleasant sounding bowed psaltery

Item# SOPBP1014......$215

CURLY TULIP POPLAR is the wood of choice for this bowed psaltery soundboard

It has a wheat patterned sound hole

The sides are cherry and the back is agathis (from Indonesia)

The sound is quite balanced, warm, neither too crisp nor too mellow, creating a very pleasant sound

Item# SOPBP1015......$215

BUTTERNUT (white walnut) with a couple of worm holes scattered throughout is the soundboard of this soprano bowed psaltery

The back and sides are Ash

It has a Celtic cross sound hole

The sound is balanced, clear, warm and very pleasant

Item# SOPBP1016......$215

This entire soprano bowed psaltery is constructed of BLACK WALNUT with a fleur de lis sound hole

Even though the whole instrument is black walnut, the soundboard is a much lighter color with an interesting look

The sound is very sweet and melodic, not too crisp and not too mellow, just a pleasant sound

Item# SOPBP1018......$215

 

Alto Bowed Psaltery

  • G to G plus extra high note to A and extra low note to F
  • 30 Strings
  • 19 1/2 inches long

This entire alto bowed psaltery is constructed of BLACK WALNUT

It has a curly maple bridge and a fleur de lis soundhole

The sound is quite, warm, clear and balanced

Item# ALTOBP383.....$235

The soundboard of this bowed psaltery is an outstanding piece of AMBROSIA (wormy) MAPLE with multiple colored streaks of blues, tans and browns

The back and sides are black walnut

It has a fleur de lis sound hole

The sound is balanced from top to bottom, melodic and good sounding

Item# ALTOBP384......$235

Straight-grained WESTERN RED CEDAR graces the top of this bowed psaltery

It has a newly designed dragonfly for the sound hole

The rest of the instrument is black walnut

The sound is crisp and clear on the upper end becoming more mellow moving down towards the bottom

It is medium loud

Item# ALTOBP387......$235

The sound board of this bowed psaltery is a very clear piece of YELLOW POPLAR with a Celtic knot sound hole

Its color is more green than yellow with a hint of brown throughout

The sides and back are ambrosia (wormy) maple

There are some worm holes on the left and right sides, true to its name, adding some interest

The sound is crisp, clear, balanced and medium loud

Item# ALTOBP371......$235

The soundboard of this bowed psaltery is WESTERN RED CEDAR with a Pennsylvania Dutch hex sign for the sound hole

The sides and the back are black walnut

The sound is quite balanced, clear, full and medium loud

Item # ALTOBP388......$235

This entire alto bowed psaltery is constructed of CHERRY with a dove sound hole

There are 4 small knot holes on the soundboard, none of which will cause any problems in the future

There is also a knot in the wood on the back, again not causing any worry

The sound is crisp, clear with some sustain

Item # ALTOBP364......$235

This soundboard is an interestingly grained piece of RED CEDAR

It has a dove sound hole

The rest of the instrument is black walnut

The sound is clear and crisp on the upper end becoming more mellow and with more sustain as one moves down the scale, producing a pleasant sounding instrument

Item # ALTOBP390......$235

The soundboard and sides of this bowed psaltery are CHERRY with the back being Mahogany

It has a Celtic knot sound hole

The sound is quite balanced, clear and even with some sustain on the lower notes

Item # ALTOBP393......$235

 

Baritone Bowed Psaltery

  • G to G plus extra half octave down to C
  • 33 Strings
  • 22 inches long
baritone bowed psaltery 340 top
baritone bowed psaltery 340 back
baritone bowed psaltery 349 Top
baritone bowed psaltery 349 Back baritone bowed psaltery 349 Fissure

The soundboard of this bowed psaltery is BUTTERNUT (white walnut) with a humming bird patterned sound hole

The back and sides are black walnut

The sound is alive and resonant with a nice mellow sound on the lower end

It is also loud, but not over powering

Item # BARBP340......$265

The soundboard of this baritone model bowed psaltery is straight grained WHITE CEDAR with a wheat patterned sound hole

The sides are cherry and the back is mahogany

There is a natural fissure in the wood on the left side (see photo) which causes no problems

The sound is evenly balanced from top to bottom not too mellow or too bright. It has a rich medium-loud sound

Item # BARBP349......$265

baritone bowed psaltery 347 top
baritone bowed psaltery 347 back
baritone bowed psaltery 354 Top
baritone bowed psaltery 354 Back

The soundboard of this bowed psaltery is a pretty piece of wormy RED OAK with a single fleur de lis sound hole

The sides are cherry and the back is an Indonesian wood called agathis

The sound is rich, melodic and lively

It has nice sustain on the lower end which diminishes as you move up the instrument. It is also medium loud

Item # BARBP347......$265

The soundboard of this bowed psaltery is a piece of YELLOW POPLAR that is actually creamy red

It has a dove patterned sound hole

The sides and back are red oak

The sound is balanced with some overtones but not too much

It is somewhat brisk on the upper end but not screechy. It is medium loud

Item # BARBP354......$265

baritone bowed psaltery 348 Top
baritone bowed psaltery 348 Back
baritone bowed psaltery 333 Top
baritone bowed psaltery 333 Back

The soundboard of this bowed psaltery is WHITE CEDAR with a fleur de lis sound hole

The grain of the wood in the middle of the top is reddish tan with the edges being creamy white

The back and sides are cherry

The sound is nicely mellow on the lower half and brisk on the upper end

The entire instrument has good sustain and is medium loud

Item # BARBP348......$265

The soundboard and sides of this baritone Bowed Psaltery are CHERRY with an agathis back

The sound hole is a single fleur de lis

The sound is clear, crisp, with good sustain and medium loud

Item # BARBP333......$265

baritone bowed psaltery 322 Top
baritone bowed psaltery 322 Back
baritone bowed psaltery 345 Top
baritone bowed psaltery 345 Back

The soundboard is RED CEDAR with a hummingbird soundhole

There is a small natural knothole in the center of the instrument causing no problem whatsoever

The back and sides are black walnut

The sound is crisp, clear, balanced and medium loud

Item # BARBP322......$265

The soundboard of this baritone Bowed Psaltery is RED OAK with a wheat patterned sound hole

The back and sides are wormy red oak

The sound is even and balanced from top to bottom with some sustain. It is medium loud and has a nice sound

Item # BARBP345......$265

baritone bowed psaltery 351 Top
baritone bowed psaltery 351 Back
baritone bowed psaltery 356 Top
baritone bowed psaltery 356 Back

The soundboard of this baritone Bowed Psaltery is CHERRY with a Celtic knot sound hole design

The back and sides are oak

The back has a large knot hole, creating a lot of interest. It is in no way compromising the integrity of the instrument

The sound is quite clear, lively and balanced with the lower end sounding quite mellow

Item # BARBP351......$265

The soundboard of this baritone Bowed Psaltery is a very interesting piece of SPALTED POPLAR with a Celtic knot sound hole design

The back and sides are black walnut

The sound is very melodic and balanced with the lower end being quite mellow. It has some sustain and is medium loud

Item # BARBP356......$265

baritone bowed psaltery 357 Top
baritone bowed psaltery 357 Back
baritone bowed psaltery 337 Top
baritone bowed psaltery 337 Back

The soundboard of this baritone Bowed Psaltery is ALASKAN YELLOW CEDAR with a humming bird for the sound hole

The back and sides are black walnut

The sound is very pleasant with a nice mellowness on the lower end. It is a very good sounding instrument

Item # BARBP357......$265

The soundboard of this baritone bowed psaltery is YELLOW POPLAR

Though technically the wood is yellow poplar, in reality it is greenish brown with a couple of very dark brown streaks on both sides of the top, creating an interesting visual

The sound hole is a fleur de lis

The rest of the instrument is black walnut

The sound is clear, crisp and balanced. The lower end is nicely mellow and the instrument is medium loud

Item # BARBP337......$265

baritone bowed psaltery 334 Top
baritone bowed psaltery 334 Back baritone bowed psaltery 334 Crack

The soundboard and sides of this baritone bowed psaltery are CHERRY with a dove sound hole

The back is mahogany

The sound is balanced with the upper end clear and crisp, becoming mellow and full as you move down the scale, producing a beautiful sound

While drilling the tuning pinholes the 3 holes on the left side (the last 3 sharp/flat notes) split - - just the soundboard wood not the solid wood underneath. I reglued the split so there is no structural problem that will cause the tuning pins to lose their grip, just a visible crack line, so I am reducing the instrument from $265.00 to $245.00

Item # BARBP334......$245