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 soundboard is beautiful red MAHOGANY with a fleur de lis soundhole

The back and sides are cherry

The sound is very warm, balanced and pleasant

Item # SOPBP394......$245

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......$245

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......$245

This entire soprano bowed psaltery is constructed of red OAK

There are a few small worm holes scattered throughout the instrument adding a little interest

The sound hole is a single fleur de lis

The sound is on the quieter side while at the same time being warm and sweet

Item# SOP1013......$245

The sound board of this soprano bowed psaltery is a piece of SPALTED POPLAR with a Pa Dutch Hex sound hole design

The back and sides are beautifully grained wormy maple

The sound is even and balanced from end to end with no note standing out as too shrill or too mellow

Item# SOPBP1017......$245

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......$245

The sound board of this instrument is RED CEDAR with a wheat patterned sound hole

It also has a black walnut tip on the pointed end adding interest

The back and sides are black walnut

The sound is medium soft to medium loudness with some sustain and overtones It has a pleasant sound

Item# SOPBP1019......$245

The sound board of this soprano bowed psaltery is a very curly piece of TULIP POPLAR with a wheat motif sound hole

If you like curly wood then this instrument might take a second look

The rest of the instrument is cherry including the tip of the bowed psaltery

The sound is full, rich, clean, balanced and melodic meaning that this is a good looking and sounding bowed psaltery

Item# SOPBP1026......$245

BUTTERNUT (white walnut) graces the top of this soprano bowed psaltery

It has a Pa Dutch Hex sound hole design

The back and sides are red oak with a few worm holes scattered around adding interest

The sound is warm, clear, sweet and very pleasant

Item# SOPBP1021......$245

Straight grained brown WESTERN RED CEDAR is the sound board choice for this soprano bowed psaltery

The sound hole is wheat patterned

The sound is brisk, clean, full and resonant. This is a fine sounding instrument

Item# SOPBP1022......$245

The sound board of this soprano bowed psaltery is constructed of AMERICAN CHESTNUT

There are a half dozen small worm holes around the butterfly sound hole

There is also a black walnut tip on the pointed end giving some interest

The back and sides are red oak blending well with the chestnut sound board

The sound is very balanced, even and warm. It is melodic, on the softer side of medium and just plain good sounding

Item# SOPBP1024......$245

This sound board is straight grained medium brown colored WESTERN RED CEDAR with a swirl sound hole

The back and sides are cherry

There is a little grouping of tiny worm holes at the bottom right side about 4 inches from the bottom causing no problem just some interest

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

Its a little louder than some of the other soprano bowed psalteries

Item# SOPBP1025......$245

 

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 of this alto bowed psaltery is a pretty piece of RED OAK with a Pennsylvania Dutch hex sound hole

It has a few scattered very tiny worm holes

The back and sides are black walnut

The sound is very even throughout with some sustain

It is melodic with a pleasant sound

Item# ALTOBP386......$265

The soundboard of this all red-toned alto bowed psaltery is perfectly straight-grained MAHOGANY with a Celtic knot sound hole

The back and sides are nicely figured cherry. The mahogany and cherry blend very well together, making a very attractive instrument

The sound is balanced from top to bottom with a clear and pleasant sound a nice sounding instrument indeed

Item # ALTOBP392......$265

 

Baritone Bowed Psaltery

  • G to G plus extra half octave down to C
  • 33 Strings
  • 22 inches long
baritone bowed psaltery 358 top
baritone bowed psaltery 358 back
baritone bowed psaltery 359 Top
baritone bowed psaltery 359 Back

The soundboard of this baritone bowed psaltery is BLACK WALNUT

It has a fleur de lis sound hole

The back and sides are a contrasting ash

The sound is loud, full, rich and resonant

Item # BARBP358......$295

The soundboard of this baritone bowed psaltery is an interesting piece of AMERICAN CHESTNUT

It has a nice grain pattern with 2 small knot holes above the Pennsylvania Dutch hex sign sound hole, causing no problem. It does, however, provide interest

The back and sides are wormy maple with nice grain pattern and several small worm holes

The sound is very even from top to bottom, creating a very pleasant sound

Item # BARBP359......$295

baritone bowed psaltery 360 top
baritone bowed psaltery 360 back
baritone bowed psaltery 361 Top
baritone bowed psaltery 361 Back

The soundboard of this baritone bowed psaltery is clear MAPLE with a single fleur de lis sound hole

The back and sides are cherry

The sound is full, rich and medium loud

Item # BARBP360......$295

The soundboard of this baritone bowed psaltery is CURLY CUCUMBER with a fleur de lis sound hole

There are a couple of tiny matching knot holes midway in the center of the top

The sides are cherry and the back is laminated cherry

The sound is warm, clear and very resonate . a nice sounding instrument

Item # BARBP361......$295

baritone bowed psaltery 362 Top
baritone bowed psaltery 362 Back
baritone bowed psaltery 333 Top
baritone bowed psaltery 333 Back

The soundboard of this baritone bowed psaltery is a piece of medium-reddish-brown shade of MAHOGANY

The back and sides are cherry and a perfect match for the mahogany soundboard

The sound hole is a wheat pattern

The sound is very melodic, responsive and pleasing

Item # BARBP362......$295

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......$295

baritone bowed psaltery 363 Top
baritone bowed psaltery 363 Back
baritone bowed psaltery 364 Top
baritone bowed psaltery 364 Back

The soundboard of this baritone bowed psaltery is straight-grained WESTERN RED CEDAR with a wheat patterned sound hole

The back and sides are cherry

The sound is even from top to bottom, not too loud and hauntingly beautiful

Item # BARBP363......$295

A beautiful piece of AMBROSIA (wormy) MAPLE graces the top of this baritone bowed psaltery

It has a fleur de lis sound hole

The back and sides are medium-brown ash

The sound is full, rich, loud and bright on the upper end

Item # BARBP364......$295

baritone bowed psaltery 351 Top
baritone bowed psaltery 351 Back
baritone bowed psaltery 365 Top
baritone bowed psaltery 365 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......$295

The soundboard of this baritone bowed psaltery is a beautiful piece of SPALTED POPLAR with a Pennsylvania Dutch hex sound hole design

The sides and back are a uniquely grained ash

The sound is very lively, loud and rich

Item # BARBP365......$295

baritone bowed psaltery 366 Top
baritone bowed psaltery 366 Back
baritone bowed psaltery 367 Top
baritone bowed psaltery 367 Back baritone bowed psaltery 367 knot hole

The soundboard of this baritone bowed psaltery is straight-grained WESTERN RED CEDAR with a Celtic knot sound hole

The back and sides are straight-grained ash

The sound is full, rich, some sustain and overtone and loud

Item # BARBP366......$295

This baritone bowed psaltery soundboard is WESTERN RED CEDAR with a wheat patterned sound hole

The back and sides are a nicely grained piece of ash

There is a small knot hole on the left side with a seasoned crack emanating from it causing no problem, It is just visible

The sound is clean, lively, full and somewhat bright on the upper end

Item # BARBP367......$295

baritone bowed psaltery 369 Top
baritone bowed psaltery 369 Back
baritone bowed psaltery 370 Top
baritone bowed psaltery 370 Back

The soundboard of this baritone bowed psaltery is BLACK WALNUT with a Pennsylvania Dutch hex sound hole

The back is creamy white ash

The sound is full, clean and lively

Item # BARBP369......$295

The soundboard of this baritone bowed psaltery is a very interesting and unusual piece of SPALTED POPLAR

This is a one-of-a-kind soundboard

The sound holes are natural knot holes that highlight this soundboard top

The back and sides are creamy white ash

The sound is clear, brisk and responsive with some overtones and sustain

Item # BARBP370......$295

baritone bowed psaltery 371 Top
baritone bowed psaltery 371 Back

This entire baritone bowed psaltery is constructed of CHERRY

The sound holes are natural knot holes that have been cleaned up

The sound is balanced, warm and clear with a softer loudness

Item # BARBP371......$295