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

The soundboard of this soprano bowed psaltery is a pretty piece of RED CEDAR with a wheat sound hole

The back and sides are ambrosia (wormy) maple that are nicely grained

The sound is hauntingly beautiful and ethereally a very nice sounding bowed psaltery

Item# SOPBP366......$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

The soundboard of this bowed psaltery is RED CEDAR with a humming bird for the sound hole

The sides and back are curly maple

The sound of this bowed psaltery is very pleasant, crisp but not shrill

It is medium loud and balanced

Item# SOPBP992......$215

This bowed psaltery has a very straight-grained, medium-brown WESTERN RED CEDAR soundboard with a swirl sound hole

The back and sides are curly maple

The sound is clear, clean, lively and rich sounding

Item# SOP993......$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 very interesting grained BLACK WALNUT with a humming bird sound hole

The rest of the instrument is also black walnut

The sound is very warm, balanced and hauntingly beautiful

Item# SOPBP997......$215

Nicely grained SASSAFRAS graces the top of this bowed psaltery

It has a Pennsylvania Dutch hex sign sound hole

The back and sides are black walnut

The sound is sweet, quite balanced with some over tones and sustain and all in all just a nice sounding bowed psaltery

Item# SOPBP998......$215

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

The soundboard is fancy-grained and quite striking

The sound is crisp, balanced and lively with some over tones and sustain

Item# SOPBP999......$215

This bowed psaltery is made entirely from CHERRY with a very distinctive natural sound hole

The sound is alive, clear, lively and pleasing

Item# SOPBP1000......$215

The soundboard of this soprano bowed psaltery is a light to medium-brown WESTERN RED CEDAR with a fleur de lis sound hole

The back and sides are cherry

The sound is soft, sweet and ethereal. Its sound is not loud but rather pleasantly personal

Item# SOPBP1002......$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 bowed psaltery soundboard is straight-grained, medium-reddish MAHOGANY with a hummingbird sound hole

The sides and back are cherry

The sound is hauntingly beautiful and very melodic

Its sound is medium with just the right amount of sustain and overtones

Item# ALTOBP360.....$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 bowed psaltery is WESTERN RED CEDAR

The sound hole is a natural knot hole

The back and sides are black walnut

The sound is crisp, clear and alive with some overtones and sustain

Item# ALTOBP365......$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, sides and back of this bowed psaltery are BLACK WALNUT

It is also graced with a Pennsylvania Dutch hex sound hole

The sound is clean, clear and alive. It has a good amount of sustain and overtone

Item # ALTOBP369......$235

This bowed psaltery’s soundboard is a medium brown SASSAFRAS with a Celtic cross sound hole

The back and sides are a fancy grained curly maple

The sound is clear and balanced with quite a bit of sustain and overtones. It is also medium loud

Item # ALTOBP372......$235

The makeup of this bowed psaltery is all CHERRY

It has a Pennsylvania Dutch hex motif sound hole

The sound is crisp, clear and rich sounding

Item # ALTOBP373......$235

This entire bowed psaltery is constructed of CHERRY with a fleur de lis sound hole

The sound is very clear, balanced and crisp with some sustain

Item # ALTOBP375......$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

The soundboard of this alto bowed psaltery is a deep red MAHOGANY with a Celtic knot sound hole

The back and sides are cherry

The sound is clear, balanced and crisp, but not shrill

Item # ALTOBP376......$235

 

Baritone Bowed Psaltery

  • G to G plus extra half octave down to C
  • 33 Strings
  • 22 inches long
baritone bowed psaltery 331 top
baritone bowed psaltery 331 back
baritone bowed psaltery 332 Top
baritone bowed psaltery 332 Back

This entire instrument is constructed of CHERRY

It has a distinctive celtic knot soundhole

The sound is medium loud, crisp but not screechy, clean yet lively

Item # BARBP331......$265

This bowed psaltery is made entirely from CHERRY

A fancy celtic knot graces the soundboard

The sound has some overtones and sustain though the notes are clear, clean and rich

Item # BARBP332......$265

baritone bowed psaltery 315 top
baritone bowed psaltery 315 back
baritone bowed psaltery 335 Top
baritone bowed psaltery 335 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 soundboard is a pretty piece of RED OAK with a single fleur de lis for the soundhole

The sides are cherry and the back is mahogany

The sound is clear and crisp on the upper end but not shrill and its tone is quite pleasing throughout

Item # BARBP335......$265

baritone bowed psaltery 338 Top
baritone bowed psaltery 338 Back
baritone bowed psaltery 339 Top
baritone bowed psaltery 339 Back

The soundboard of this bowed psaltery is a pinkish red POPLAR with a dove soundhole

The back and sides are black walnut. It also has a black walnut tip adding interest

The sound is full, rich and loud with a goodly amount of overtones and sustain – a fine sounding instrument

Item # BARBP338......$265

The soundboard of the bowed psaltery is a pretty shade of CHERRY with a fleur de lis soundhole

The sides are oak and the back is Indonesian Agathis

The sound is very even from top to bottom with some sustain

This instrument has a very sweet sound

Item # BARBP339......$265

baritone bowed psaltery 322 Top
baritone bowed psaltery 322 Back
baritone bowed psaltery 341 Top
baritone bowed psaltery 341 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 a fancy grained and striking piece of AMBROSIA (wormy) MAPLE with a celtic knot soundhole

The back and sides are black walnut

The sound is full, rich and melodic with some sustain and overtones

Item # BARBP341......$265

baritone bowed psaltery 342 Top
baritone bowed psaltery 342 Back
baritone bowed psaltery 346 Top
baritone bowed psaltery 346 Back

The unusual soundboard of this bowed psaltery is WORMY ELM with a PA Dutch Hex sign soundhole

The back and sides are a nice piece of wormy oak

This is a very interesting looking instrument – not for one who doesn’t like a lot of character

The sound is pretty even from top to bottom and not screechy or too mellow – just right

Item # BARBP342......$265

The soundboard and sides of this bowed psaltery are CHERRY

The back is mahogany

The sound is clear and clean and crisp but not screechy

It is balanced with neither end standing out over the other – a nice medium loud sound

Item # BARBP346......$265

baritone bowed psaltery 353 Top
baritone bowed psaltery 353 Back
baritone bowed psaltery 355 Top
baritone bowed psaltery 355 Back

A multi colored and grained piece of POPLAR graces the top of this bowed psaltery

This wood is on its way to becoming spalted but it’s not there yet – just a beautiful piece of wood

The top around the PA Dutch Hex design soundhole is depressed slightly and hardly noticeable

The back and sides are a pretty piece of oak

The sound is clear with some overtones and sustain with a balanced medium loudness

Item # BARBP353......$265

This soundboard is a piece of MAPLE with a lot of tiny cats paws covering the top

It has a single fleur de lis for a soundhole

The back and sides are black walnut

The sound is especially responsive and mellow on the lower 2 octaves

The upper ˝ octave is more bright and clear, overall a good sounding instrument.

Item # BARBP355......$265