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......$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

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......$215

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......$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

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......$215

The sound board of this soprano bowed psaltery is a light tan colored MAHOGANY with a fleur de lis sound hole

The back and sides are spalted maple

The sound is hauntingly beautiful, balanced from top to bottom and medium loud

Item# SOPBP1020......$215

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......$215

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......$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

The sound board of this instrument is a nicely grained piece of creamy white ASH

It has a hummingbird sound hole

The back and sides are cherry

The sound is very melodic, warm and clear. It is medium loud and very good sounding

Item# SOPBP1023......$215

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......$215

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......$215

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......$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 alto bowed psaltery is constructed of three different woods

The soundboard is a piece of spalted POPLAR with two long dark brown streaks running from the base to a couple of inches above the sound hole. The sides are multi-colored spalted maple and the back is black walnut

The sound hole is a single fleur de lis

The instrument has a haunting element to it making it easy to listen to. It is medium loud, clear and balanced

Item# ALTOBP382.....$235

The soundboard of this alto bowed psaltery is light to medium-brown BUTTERNUT (white walnut)

The sound hole is a Pennsylvania Dutch hex sign design

The back and sides are a beautiful piece of black walnut

The sound is medium loud, balanced and pleasant sounding

Item# ALTOBP385......$235

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......$235

CURLY CUCUMBER graces the top of this alto bowed psaltery with a Celtic knot sound hole

The back and sides are black walnut

The sound is clear, balanced and alive with medium loudness

Item# ALTOBP389......$235

The soundboard of this alto bowed psaltery is RED CEDAR with a classic Celtic knot sound hole

The back and sides are black walnut

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

The lower half of the instrument becomes increasingly more mellow

Item # ALTOBP391......$235

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......$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