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Bowed Psalteries

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!

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Soprano Bowed Psaltery

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 / #1042

Soprano Bowed Psaltery / #1042

The soundboard of this psaltery is a beautiful piece of straight grained red MAHOGANY. The soundhole has a fleur di lis design. The back and sides are cherry which perfectly matches the top. (Price: $265)

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Soprano Bowed Psaltery / #1041

Soprano Bowed Psaltery / #1041

Price: $265 A very nice piece of BLACK WALNUT graces the top of this instrument. Its soundhole is a Pa. Dutch Hex sign. The back and sides are constructed from maple. There are some worm holes scattered on both the back and sides. They create no problem only add...

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Soprano Bowed Psaltery / #1029

Soprano Bowed Psaltery / #1029

The soundboard of this bowed psaltery is BUTTERNUT (white walnut) with a dove soundhole. The back and sides are wormy oak. The dozen worm holes are harmless and add character to the instrument. (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 / #1059

Soprano Bowed Psaltery / #1059

SASSAFRAS is the soundboard of choice for this soprano bowed psaltery. It has a dove sound hole and the sides and back are ash. The sound is quite balanced, alive and responsive. (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 / #1032

Soprano Bowed Psaltery / #1032

This soprano bowed psaltery soundboard is WESTERN RED CEDAR. It also has an overlay Celtic cross as its sound hole. The sides are ash and the back is maple. The sound is clear, crisp and full. (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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Alto Bowed Psaltery

Alto Bowed Psaltery / #415

Alto Bowed Psaltery / #415

The soundboard is medium WESTERN RED CEDAR. It has a swirl design for the soundhole. The back and sides are maple with a small knothole smack in the middle of the back. It is harmless and looks kinda neat. (Price: $290)

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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 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, full...

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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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Baritone Bowed Psaltery

Baritone Bowed Psaltery / #384

Baritone Bowed Psaltery / #384

The soundboard is a medium shade WESTERN RED CEDAR with a wheat patterned soundhole. The back and sides are beautifully patterned curly maple. (Price: $325)

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Baritone Bowed Psaltery / #367

Baritone Bowed Psaltery / #367

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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Baritone Bowed Psaltery / #389

Baritone Bowed Psaltery / #389

This baritone bowed psaltery is constructed completely of CHERRY. It has a dove patterned sound hole. There is a small knot hole on the back causing no problem, just an interesting characteristic. (Price: $325)

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