Soft Case for an Alto Bowed Psaltery with 3/4" pin spacing $45 plus $15 shipping
(no shipping charge if ordered with a psaltery)
This black soft carrying case is only available for my new Alto Bowed Psaltery with 3/4"pin spacing and instruments of similar size 22" x 81/2" x 1 3/4" (with pins 2 1/2"). The case has handles, shoulder strap and an external pocket for accessories with a separate sleeve dedicated for the bow. If you plan on moving the instrument about, I highly recommend you get a case. This case has a small logo of a mountain on one end (not shown).
Soft Case for an Alto Bowed Psaltery with 7/8" pin spacing and a Classic Alto with 1" pin spacing $45 plus $15 shipping
(no shipping charge if ordered with a psaltery)
This grey soft carrying case is available for my new Alto Bowed Psaltery with 7/8" pin spacing and my Classic Alto with 1" pin spacing and any bowed psaltery of a similar size 24” X 9” X 2” (with pins 2 1/2"). The case has a black padded interior with a comfortable handle and an external zippered pocket for your bow, rosin and tuning wrench.
Semi-Hard Case (Two Sizes) $135 plus $15 shipping (no shipping charge if ordered with a psaltery)
This is a rectangular semi-hard case with an exterior pocket which will work just fine for either my Baritone or Alto Bowed Psalteries. The large version actually has enough size to accomodate both a Baritone and an Alto Bowed Psaltery. The smaller version of this case fits my new Altos. Since these cases are rectangular, you will need to add a piece of foam or something to keep the psaltery in place. For an extra $35, I can create a compartment which will keep the psaltery in place and create a space for your bow (see photo). I don't have these in stock, but can order them as needed.
Bowed Psaltery Stand $25 plus $15 shipping
These stands are for displaying your instrument and setting them while on stage as you perform. These are designed for my psalteries but will fit other instruments. Lip woods vary.
There are three sizes"
Small is 7 1/2" wide with a 1 3/4" gap (fits my Alto with 3/4" pin spacing)
Medium is 9" wide with a 2 1/8" gap (fits my Vintage Alto and Alto with 7/8" pin spacing)
Large is 11" wide with a 2 3/8" gap (fits both size Baritones)
Bowed Psaltery Rosin
$3 shipping $5
Bowed Psaltery Bow $30 plus $5 shipping
My bows are most often made of Maple (shown) but I occasionally have bows in Cherry or Walnut. Check with me before placing an order. They are 17" or 15" long and strung with genuine horsehair. My bows are not adjustable. I no longer replace hair in old bows. With shipping it is about the same price to just buy another new bow. Note: If you already have a bow that you like, deduct $30 from the price of any of my bowed psalteries.
Walnut 17" and 15" bow
T Wrench $22 - $5 shipping
Small Gooseneck $10 - $5 shipping
Extra Tuning Wrench
If you may need to replace the one that got lost or you want a spare. Both of them fit a tuning pin with a square head measuring .16 inches.
Snark ST-8 HZ Clip-on Chromatic Tuner :
$20 plus $5 shipping
Super accurate, chromatic clip-on tuner with Hertz-tuning mode
Easy-to-read, rotating color display makes it easy to see when you've hit the sweet spot on each note
Rubber-padded, spring-loaded clip securely attaches to a headstock or pins
Pitch can be calibrated from 415 to 466Hz
Bowed Psaltery Tripod Platform $40 for the Alto or Soprano size. $45 for a Baritone platform plus $15 shipping (no shipping charge if ordered with a psaltery)
This platform enables you to support the instrument for playing with two bows. There is 1/4"/20 threaded insert in the back which fits all tripods. A connector comes with any tripod you buy. It is a quick connect (see photo) that is normally attached to a camera but you would attach it to the platform. The quick connect enables the platform to be "attached" to the tripod. There are also three plastic standoffs which protect the back of the instrument as well as let it contribute to the tone. The hardwood edge keeps the instrument from falling off. The outside height of the lip is 1" with about 5/16" of lip to hold the psaltery on the stand. If your psaltery needs a higher lip, specify that when you order.
If you'd like me to make a platform that fits your unique bowed psaltery, send an outline of your instrument on a piece of newspaper plus a check for $55 (If you live in VA, add 5.3%). I suggest send an outline even if you already own one of my psalteries.
This photo shows the quick connect that would be screwed into the threaded insert on the back of your platform. You can just leave this quick connect attached to the platform. This enables you to quickly attach the platform to the tripod. Almost all tripods have quick connect pads. If you still want to use your tripod for a camera, just buy an extra quick connect pad.
Bowed Psaltery Internal Pickup $85 installed
The pickup includes a 1/4" phono input connected to the same film piezo pickup I use on my hammered dulcimers. The pickup is installed without an internal pre-amp. It will work but the signal is improved if used with an external pre-amp (not included). The jack is located on the left side of the instrument for right hand players. It can be reversed if you are left handed. I only install these pickups on instruments I make to order.
The Bowed Psaltery Handbook
by Kendra Ward and Bob Bence $21 plus $5 shipping
The Bowed Psaltery Handbook is a complete instruction method designed to help beginning bowed psaltery players master this wonderful instrument!
The Bowed Psaltery Handbook includes: Bowed Psaltery History, Playing Tips, Frequently Asked Questions, Music Theory, How to Hold the Instrument, Playing Scales, and Playing Basic Melodies, and a repertoire section with six Christmas songs, six Hymns, and six folk and traditional classics! There is even a section on Playing Back-up! Each lesson builds on the lessons that proceed it, and makes it easy to master the fundamentals!
Including the "Repertoire" section, The Bowed Psaltery Handbook includes over 30 songs for you to play!
Extra Strings - .25 cents a ft (specify sizes below)
#1 (.010) wire
#2 (.011) wire
#3 (.012) wire
Enough wire to completely restring a Soprano - $10 plus $2 shipping
To completely restring an Alto - $12 plus $2 shipping