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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)

All of the instruments have been sold for now, but we have some new inventory coming soon!

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Soprano Bowed Psaltery

(SOLD) Soprano Bowed Psaltery / #1042

(SOLD) 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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(SOLD) Soprano Bowed Psaltery / #1029

(SOLD) 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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Alto Bowed Psaltery

(SOLD) Alto Bowed Psaltery / #415

(SOLD) 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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(SOLD) Alto Bowed Psaltery / #367

(SOLD) Alto Bowed Psaltery / #367

The sound board of this bowed psaltery is straight grained WESTERN RED CEDAR with a dragonfly sound hole. The back and sides are ambrosia (wormy maple). (Price: $290)

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Baritone Bowed Psaltery