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 is a creamy, light tan POPLAR with a very close patterned grain

The soundhole is in the shape of a butterfly

The back and sides are a rich brown color and the wood is black walnut

Item # SOPBP916......$199

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......$199

The AMERICAN CHESTNUT sound board with a Celtic cross sound hole which graces the top of this bowed psaltery was rescued from an old school torn down in Ashe County , NC in the late 1970s

The sides and back are oak which compliments the chestnut very well

The sound is clear, balanced, warm and not too loud

Item# SOPBP991......$199

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......$199

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......$199

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......$199

The sound board of this instrument is straight grained YELLOW POPLAR with a Celtic knot sound hole

The wood is actually more green than yellow. It contrasts nicely with the black walnut back and sides

The sound is warm, balanced and not too loud

Item# SOPBP994......$199

This soundboard is a medium shde of BUTTERNUT with a dove soundhole

There are a couple of very insignificant worm holes on the top

The back and sides are black walnut

The sound is a warm, balanced and clear. It is a perfect instrument for inhouse playing enjoyment

Item # SOPBP984......$199

This bowed psaltery has a MAHOGANY sound board with a dove sound hole

The wood is very clear and pretty with nondescript grain pattern

The sides are solid cherry and the back is a laminated piece of nicely grained cherry

The sound is very warm, sweet and not very loud

Item# SOPBP995......$199

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......$199

The sound board of this bowed psaltery is straight grained WESTERN RED CEDAR

It is a medium shade of brown with an intricate designed Celtic knot sound hole

The sides and back are black walnut

The sound is warm, sweet and on the lower side of medium

Item# SOPBP996......$199

This entire bowed psaltery is constructed of BLACK WALNUT with a wheat patterned sound hole

There is a lighter tan streak running the entire length of the instrument creating an interesting look

The sound is warm, clear, balanced and not too loud

Item # SOPBP997......$199

This entire bowed psaltery is made from CHERRY

It has a hummingbird sound hole

There are 2 small knot holes on either side of the sound hole and one under the bridge. These cause no problems whatsoever, only adding interest

The sound is crisp, clear and medium loud

Item# SOPBP1001......$199

 

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.....$219

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......$219

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......$219

The soundboard is a greenish-brown YELLOW POPLAR with a plain grain, with a wheat soundhole

The back and sides are a beautiful piece of black walnut

The sound is a very pleasant medium-loud with a nice mellow lower end with little overtones

Item# ALTOBP80......$219

The sound board of this bowed psaltery is a reddish MAHOGANY with a dove sound hole

The sides are cherry with a laminated mahogany back

The sound is balanced, rich and pleasing

Item # ALTOBP361......$219

The soundboard is a medium reddish tan WESTERN RED CEDAR which contrasts nicely with the cherry of the back and sides

The soundhole is a hummingbird

The sound is medium loud with hints of, but not overpowering, overtones. Its tone is quite even throughout but a little brighter on the upper end

Item # ALTOBP334......$219

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......$219

The soundboard of this bowed psaltery is a nicely grained creamy whilte ASH

The soundhole is a dove ascenting up through the grain of the wood

The back and sides are black walnut

The sound is clear with a good amount of sustain which is very clear and not muddled

It is medium loud and balanced

Item # ALTOBP356......$219

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......$219

The sound board of this bowed psaltery is BLACK WALNUT with a dove sound hole

It has a very distinctive grain pattern creating much interest

The sides and back are maple that is creamy with tan streaks running vertically from top to bottom

The sound is very even and balanced from top to bottom, not too loud and very pleasant

Item # ALTOBP374......$219

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

What makes this top interesting is that there is a creamy white streak running the entire length of the instrument

There are also 2 small knot holes on either side of the instrument just above the sound hole

The back and sides are black walnut

The sound is crisp, full with some sustain and medium loud

Item # ALTOBP368......$219

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......$219

 

Baritone Bowed Psaltery

  • G to G plus extra half octave down to C
  • 33 Strings
  • 22 inches long
baritone bowed psaltery 282 top
baritone bowed psaltery 282 back
baritone bowed psaltery 274 Top
baritone bowed psaltery 274 Back

This bowed psaltery has a light creamy-tan WHITE CEDAR soundboard with a classic fleur de lis sound hole

The back and sides are a pretty shade of cherry

The sound is nicely mellow on the lower half of the instrument and becomes increasingly crisp and clear with some sustain on the upper end

Item # BARBP282......$249

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......$249

baritone bowed psaltery 280 top
baritone bowed psaltery 280 back
baritone bowed psaltery 300 Top
baritone bowed psaltery 300 Back

This bowed psaltery is all CHERRY with a hummingbird sound hole

The soundboard has a few worm holes scattered about giving this instrument some distinctive character

The sound is clear and even from top to bottom

It is also moderately loud

There is not a lot of overlapping of notes where one note is still playing when the next note is bowed

Item# BARBP280......$249

This bowed psaltery is constructed completely of CHERRY with the top being a quality laminate

It has a fleur de lis sound hole pattern

The sound is very even and balanced from top to bottom, very clear, melodic and crisp

Item # BARBP300......$249

baritone bowed psaltery 290 Top
baritone bowed psaltery 290 Back
baritone bowed psaltery 297 Top
baritone bowed psaltery 297 Back

The soundboard is a nicely grained medium brown shade of SASSAFRAS

It has a Pennsylvania Dutch Hex soundhole

The back and sides are oak with nice grain and color

The sound is very pleasing, neither too bright nor too mellow

Item # BARBP290......$249

The sound board of this bowed psaltery is SPALTED POPLAR making for a very unique top

There are tiny knot holes creating black streaks and designs throughout the sound board

The back and sides are black walnut, which has several tiny wormy holes on the upper end and complementing the top

The sound hole is a Celtic knot

The sound is even pitched from top to bottom and nicely mellow on the lower end. The whole instrument resonates with a nice blend of overtones and sustain

Item # BARBP297......$249

baritone bowed psaltery 298 Top
baritone bowed psaltery 298 Back
baritone bowed psaltery 310 Top
baritone bowed psaltery 310 Back

This baritone bowed psaltery is made completely with CHERRY

It also has a single fleur de lis sound hole

The back has a small solid knot hole on the lower back causing no problem whatsoever now or in the future

The sound is even from top to bottom with some sustain and a clear crisp sound

Item # BARBP298......$249

The sound board of this bowed psaltery is a beautiful piece of RED CEDAR

There are some lighter streaks running vertically from top to bottom creating a nice look and contrast

The back and sides are black walnut

The sound hole is a dove motif

The sound is nicely mellow on the lower end and not too bright on the upper end. There are some overtones and sustain, making for a nice sound

Item # BARBP310......$249

baritone bowed psaltery 311 Top
baritone bowed psaltery 311 Back
baritone bowed psaltery 299 Top
baritone bowed psaltery 299 Back

The sound board of this unique bowed psaltery is YELLOW POPLAR with a dark streak running the entire length of the instrument which was created by a couple of worm holes about 1/3 of the way down from the top

The sound hole is a single fleur de lis

The back and sides are black walnut. There is a small natural imperfection on the left side near the bottom

The sound is very even from top to bottom, sweet and medium loud

Item # BARBP311......$249

The entire instrument is constructed with CHERRY

The sound board is a cherry laminate with an attractive grain pattern

The sound hole is a fancy Celtic knot design

The sound is medium loud, clear, crisp with pleasant amounts of sustain

Item # BARBP299......$249