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

The soundboard of this Bowed Psaltery is a light to medium WESTERN RED CEDAR with a dove soundhole

There is a small dark knothole at the very bottom middle edge causing no problem whatsoever, except being visible

The back and sides are black walnut

The sound is ethereal, sweet and moderately soft

Item # SOPBP975......$215

The sound board of this bowed psaltery is a unique piece of SASSAFRAS

There are 2 very dark streaks about 1 from both sides and about wide going about 1/3 of the way up the instrument, giving a one-of-a-kind look

The sides are curly maple and the back is maple

The sound hole is a Pennsylvania Dutch hex

The sound is very clear, balanced and crisp but not brassy at all

Item# SOPBP990......$215

This bowed psaltery is graced with a beautiful piece of straight grained RED SPRUCE from Whitetop Mountain where I live

The soundhole has a wheat motif

The back and sides are black walnut

The sound is very even from top to bottom with a haunting, ethereal tone

Item# SOPBP986......$215

The sound board of this bowed psaltery is a totally clear piece of RED CEDAR with a dove sound hole

The back and sides are beautiful curly maple

The sound is crisp, clear and medium loud

Item# SOPBP992......$215

The soundboard of this bowed psaltery is light medium shade of WESTERN RED CEDAR with a hummingbird soundhole

The sides are cherry and the back is laminated deep red mahogany

The sound is medium loud with a clear rich tone

Item# SOPBP977......$215

This gal is a two toned brunette BUTTERNUT for the top and black walnut for everything else

The soundhole is a large dove

The sound is melodic and hauntingly beautiful

Item# SOP336......$215

This soundboard is BUTTERNUT with goodly amount of wormholes most of which are longitudinal creating surface indentations but not going all the way through the top

They surely add character to the instrument without causing any structural problem whatsoever

The sides and back are oak which complements the top

The sound is warm, on the quieter side and very sweet

Item# SOPBP916......$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

The soundboard is nicely grained, deep CHERRY with a wheat soundhole

The back and sides are also cherry

The sound is moderately bright and clear

Item# ALTOBP110.....$235

The soundboard is moderately grained CHERRY with a wheat soundhole

The sides are cherry with a small knot hole on the upper left side (see image)

The back is Indonesian agathis

The sound is typically cherry bright

Item# ALTOBP119......$235

The soundboard of this alto bowed psaltery is a unique combination of alternating creamy-white and medium-brown grain patterned elm, creating a very intersting and unique look

The soundhole is a Pennsylvania Dutch Hex design

The back and sides are nicely grained black walnut

The sound is medium lous and crisp with moderate overtones and resonance

Item# ALTOBP344......$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 sound board of this bowed psaltery is a nicely grained piece of WHITE CEDAR with a Pennsylvania Dutch hex sound hole

The back and sides are cherry

The bottom right side of the back exhibit some burl pattern giving it a distinctive look (see photo)

The sound is crisp, clear and medium loud

Item # ALTOBP363......$235

The sound board of this bowed psaltery is straight grained WESTERN RED CEDAR with a dragonfly sound hole

The back and sides are ambrosia (wormy maple)

The back has different shades of light to medium brown coloration with a couple of grayish-blue streaks providing a unique look.(The darkness on the lower back in the photo actually is a shadow.)

The sound is bright, rich, crisp and medium loud

Item # ALTOBP367......$235

The soundboard of this bowed psaltery is CHERRY with a hummingbird cut out for the soundhole

The sides are also cherry with the back being mahagony

The sound is very clear, balanced and hauntingly beautiful

Item # ALTOBP362......$235

This entire bowed psaltery has the look of CHERRY, which it is

A Fleur de lis soundhole graces the top of this instrument

The sound is clear, balanced and crisp yet not brassy on the upper end and mellow but not too much so on the lower end. Just a nice sounding bowed psaltery

Item # ALTOBP370......$235

This sweetheart is a total redhead (CHERRY) toped with a hummingbird soundhole

Her voice is nice and even, not screechy or brassy, but melodic and pleasing

This redhead is a real keeper

Item # ALTOBP287......$235

 

Baritone Bowed Psaltery

  • G to G plus extra half octave down to C
  • 33 Strings
  • 22 inches long
baritone bowed psaltery 314 top
baritone bowed psaltery 314 back
baritone bowed psaltery 274 Top
baritone bowed psaltery 274 Back

The soundboard of this baritone bowed psaltery is a unique and very interesting piece of WORMY POPLAR

The back and sides are black walnut

It has a dove sound hole

The sound is even and balanced and medium loud

Item # BARBP314......$265

The soundboard is a very straight-grained light-brown WESTERN RED CEDAR with a wheat motif sound hole

The back and sides are cherry

The sound is very lively with some overtones and sustain

It is moderately loud

Item # BARBP274......$265

baritone bowed psaltery 315 top
baritone bowed psaltery 315 back
baritone bowed psaltery 320 Top
baritone bowed psaltery 320 Back

The soundboard of this baritone bowed psaltery is WHITE CEDAR with a butterfly sound hole

The back and sides are beautiful cherry

The sound is quite balanced, pleasant and medium soft

Item# BARBP315......$265

This baritone bowed psaltery is constructed of BUTTERNUT (white walnut)

The back and sides are maple

The sound sole is a wheat design

The sound is even, balanced and sweet

Item # BARBP320......$265

baritone bowed psaltery 324 Top
baritone bowed psaltery 324 Back
baritone bowed psaltery 316 Top
baritone bowed psaltery 316 Back

The soundboard of this bowed psaltery is BUTTERNUT (white walnut) with two natural sound holes, emanating from two knots

The back and sides are black walnut

The sound is even, sweet and medium loud

Item # BARBP324......$265

This bowed psaltery has a CURLY MAPLE soundboard with a Celtic knot sound hole

The sides and back are cherry

The sound is crisp, clean and lively. There are more overtones and increasing sustain as one plays from high to low

Item # BARBP316......$265

baritone bowed psaltery 322 Top
baritone bowed psaltery 322 Back
baritone bowed psaltery 317 Top
baritone bowed psaltery 317 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 bowed psaltery is clear, almost non-existent, creamy white MAPLE with a dove sound hole

The back and sides are cherry

The sound is even and balanced. It is also crisp but not shrill

Item # BARBP317......$265

baritone bowed psaltery 328 Top
baritone bowed psaltery 328 Back
baritone bowed psaltery 327 Top
baritone bowed psaltery 327 Back

Natural knotholes are featured on the nicely grained WHITE CEDAR soundboard of this bowed psaltery

The sides and back are cherry

The sound is crisp, clear, balanced and warm

Item # BARBP328......$265

The soundboard of this baritone bowed psaltery is WORMY AMERICAN CHESTNUT

The chestnut was rescued from an old elementary school that was demolished in the late 1970s in Ashe County, NC

The sides and back are wormy oak

The sound hole is a fleur de lis

The sound is middle of the road not too bright and not too mellow. It is a very even sounding bowed psaltery

Item # BARBP327......$265

baritone bowed psaltery 319 Top
baritone bowed psaltery 319 Back
baritone bowed psaltery 329 Top
baritone bowed psaltery 329 Back

The soundboard of this bowed psaltery is AMERICAN CHESTNUT

This chestnut was rescued from an old elementary school that was demolished in the late 1970s in Ash County, NC

The back and sides are black walnut and the sound hole is a Pennsylvania Dutch hex design

The sound is clear, crisp and balanced. There is more sustain and overtone as one moves down the instrument

Item # BARBP319......$265

The soundboard of this bowed psaltery is a pretty piece of CHERRY with a Celtic knot sound hole

In fact, the entire instrument is constructed of cherry

The sound is clear, clean and lively. The lower notes are surprisingly nice and mellow with some sustain and overtone

Item # BARBP329......$265