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Baritone Bowed Psaltery / #367R

Baritone Bowed Psaltery / #367R

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. (Price: $325)

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Alto Bowed Psaltery / #414

Alto Bowed Psaltery / #414

The soundboard is a beautiful piece of RED MAHOGANY with a hummingbird soundhole. The sides are curly maple which contrasts nicely with the luscious mahogany top. (Price: $290)

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Alto Bowed Psaltery / #413

Alto Bowed Psaltery / #413

The soundboard is an interestingly grained piece of CHERRY with a dove soundhole. The back and sides are maple with some curl. (Price: $290)

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Alto Bowed Psaltery / #409

Alto Bowed Psaltery / #409

A nice piece of BLACK WALNUT graces the top of this alto bowed psaltery. It has a wheat patterned sound hole. The back and sides are a nicely contrasting piece of oak. (Price: $290)

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Alto Bowed Psaltery / #401

Alto Bowed Psaltery / #401

Price: $290 $145 This instrument has a RED CEDAR soundboard with an ash back and sides. The soundhole is a hummingbird. There is a narrow seasoned crack on the right side extending for a couple of inches on the back causing no problem whatsoever. The sound is crisp,...

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Alto Bowed Psaltery / #399

Alto Bowed Psaltery / #399

This bowed psaltery has a contrasting BLACK WALNUT soundboard and a maple back with celtic knot soundholes. The strings shimmer in the photo because the camera couldn’t correct the steel strings and the dark background. There is also a small knot on the back causing no structural problem only providing character. (Price: $290)

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Soprano Bowed Psaltery / #1047

Soprano Bowed Psaltery / #1047

The soundboard is BUTTERNUT with a few tiny worm holes on the upper end. It has a wheat patterned soundhole. The back and sides have a very nice piece of curly maple with interesting grain. (Price: $265)

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Soprano Bowed Psaltery / #1060

Soprano Bowed Psaltery / #1060

The soundboard of this soprano bowed psaltery is distinctive looking SPALTED POPLAR. It has a Fleur de lis patterned sound hole. The sides and back are maple, and the sound is crisp, clean and balanced. (Price: $265)

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Soprano Bowed Psaltery / #1026

Soprano Bowed Psaltery / #1026

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. (Price: $265)

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Soprano Bowed Psaltery / #1019

Soprano Bowed Psaltery / #1019

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. (Price: $265)

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Soprano Bowed Psaltery / #1015

Soprano Bowed Psaltery / #1015

CURLY TULIP POPLAR is the wood of choice for this bowed psaltery sound board. It has a wheat patterned sound hole. The sound is quite balanced, warm, neither too crisp nor too mellow, creating a very pleasant sound. (Price: $265)

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Hammered Dulcimer / #493

Hammered Dulcimer / #493

The soundboard is BALTIC BIRCH with wheat motif soundholes. The sides are black walnut and the back is Baltic birch. The sound is sweet and pleasant with moderate overtones. (Price: $375)

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Hammered Dulcimer / #502

Hammered Dulcimer / #502

BALTIC BIRCH comprises the soundboard and back of this hammered dulcimer. It has swirl sound holes and the sides are maple. The sound is very pleasant with a centrist sound, not too loud and bright or too mellow. (Price: $375)

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