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Bowed Psaltery Accessories

Bowed Psaltery case
Bowed Psaltery case
#1 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)

Bowed Psaltery case
Bowed Psaltery case
Bowed Psaltery case
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 and protect your psaltery from the tuning wrench, rosin and bow (although these can be kept in the pocket. For an extra $35, I can create a separation which will keep the psaltery in place and create a space for your accessories.  I don't have these cases in stock, but can order them as needed.  

Bowed Psaltery  semi-hard case
Bowed Psaltery  semi-hard case
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 upright stand
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 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.

Bowed Psaltery bow
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.

T style tuning wrench
Gooseneck tuning wrench

Small Gooseneck  $10 - $5 shipping 

T Wrench $22 - $5 shipping 

Snark ST-8 HZ Clip-on Chromatic Tuner : 

$20 plus $5 shipping

  • Super accurate, chromatic clip-on tuner with Hertz-tuning mode

  • Vibration-sensing 

  • 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

Electronic tuner
Bowed Psaltery Tripod Platform  $45 for the Alto or Soprano size. $50 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 $60 (If you live in VA, add 5.3%). I suggest you send an outline even if you already own one of my psalteries.

Bowed Psaltery Platform
Bowed Psaltery Platform
Bowed Psaltery Platform

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 can be 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. 

For those of you purchasing a bowed psaltery with a pickup, I recommend that you also purchase a wireless transmitter and receiver.  This enables you to amplify your instrument without a cable.  There are a lots of quite  inexpensive versions of these available much like the ones shown on the right..

Piezo pickup
Bowed Psaltery pickup
Bowed Psaltery instructional book
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 Plain Wire 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 a Classic Alto - $12 plus $2 shipping 

Extra Wound Strings go  here
#2 Soft Case for an Alto Bowed Psaltery with 7/8" pin spacing or 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.  

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