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Walter is retiring from making instruments. The instruments listed on the website right now are the LAST INSTRUMENTS available from Walter.
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Walt also has around 100 bones & spoons to sell. Feel free to ask about adding some of these fun rhythm instruments to your order!
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
- 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
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)
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)
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...
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)
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)
Straight grained brown WESTERN RED CEDAR is the sound board choice for this soprano bowed psaltery. The sound hole is wheat patterned. (Price: $265)
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)
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)
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)
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)
Alto Bowed Psaltery
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)
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)
The soundboard is an interestingly grained piece of CHERRY with a dove soundhole. The back and sides are maple with some curl. (Price: $290)
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)
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...
This bowed psaltery has a BLACK WALNUT soundboard with a wheat patterned soundhole and maple back and sides. (Price: $290)
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)
Baritone Bowed Psaltery
The soundboard is a light reddish brown MAHOGANY with a fleur de lis soundhole. The back and sides are nicely curled maple. (Price: $325)
The soundboard is medium brown SASSAFRAS with a fleur de lis soundhole. The back and sides are curly maple. (Price: $325)
The soundboard is nicely grained book matched WHITE CEDAR. It has a wheat patterned soundhole. The back and sides are red oak. (Price: $325)
The soundboard of this baritone bowed psaltery is very straight-grained WESTERN RED CEDAR with a wheat patterned sound hole. (Price: $325)
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)
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)
The soundboard and sides of this baritone Bowed Psaltery are CHERRY with an agathis back. The sound hole is a single fleur de lis. (Price: $325)