Bowed Psalteries - Current Stock

I make three sizes of bowed psalteries; the Soprano, Alto and the Baritone. Each section below has photos of what I currently have available.  Some of the Altos have more decorative woods in the frame which affects the price slightly. Contact me to reserve a particular bowed psaltery. Don't forget to include the inventory #.  I will hold the instrument until I receive a check, which is my preferred method of payment, or you can pay through my ordering page.  E-mail  or call me if you have questions on what you are considering.  Don't forget about cases and accessories.

 

Visiting my shop

You are always welcome to visit my shop to try out any of my instruments. Just call or send an E-mail with a date and time you'd like to stop by. Evenings and weekends are possible but obviously need to be scheduled. I do have a small showroom and try to keep the instruments tuned and ready. It helps to specify the type and size instrument you are interested in prior to your visit. 

Custom Orders

If you don't see the exact psaltery you'd like, I can make any size psaltery custom in your choice of woods. If you have me build a custom instrument using my sound holes designs  (the star or comet) or just a simple circular hole, the cost is the same as I normally charge. I can also make them left handed at no extra charge.  You just have to wait a bit longer. If you want an individualized custom  sound hole design, special woods and or a unique tuning scheme, visit my Custom Bowed Psaltery Page.  Custom instruments usually take 2-3 weeks. 

Note: Baritone Bowed Psalteries are usually only built to custom order. 

Included with each psaltery
  • An Owner's Manual

  • Tuning and String gauge chart

  • Horsehair bow

  • Rosin

  • Extra wire

  • Gooseneck Tuning Wrench

  • A  soft case adds $55

 Soprano Bowed Psalteries (two octaves) $200

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#9S Mahogany soundboard, Teak back and sides with Curly Maple pin block facing. $200

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#9S Sides
#9S Sides

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#9S Pin Block Facing
#9S Pin Block Facing

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#9S Mahogany soundboard, Teak back and sides with Curly Maple pin block facing. $200

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#1S Spruce soundboard, Teak back and sides with Leopardwood pin block facing. $200

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#1S Sides
#1S Sides

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#1S Pin block facing
#1S Pin block facing

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#1S Spruce soundboard, Teak back and sides with Leopardwood pin block facing. $200

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#4S Spruce soundboard, Walnut back and sides with Leopardwood pin block facing. $200

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Side view

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Pin block facing

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#4S Spruce soundboard, Walnut back and sides with Leopardwood pin block facing. $200

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#4 Cedar soundboard, Walnut back and sides and Curly Maple pin block facing. $300

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Back

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Pin Block facing

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#4 Cedar soundboard, Walnut back and sides and Curly Maple pin block facing. $300

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#8 Cedar soundboard, Mahogany back and sides and Curly Birch pin block facing. $300

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sides

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pin block facing

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#8 Cedar soundboard, Mahogany back and sides and Curly Birch pin block facing. $300

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#7 Spruce soundboard, Cuban Mahogany back and sides and Mahogany pin block facing. $375

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Sides

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Pin Block Facing

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#7 Spruce soundboard, Cuban Mahogany back and sides and Mahogany pin block facing. $375

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#5 Redwood soundboard, Cherry back, Birdseye Maple sides and Leopardwood pin block facing. $350

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sides

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pin block facing

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#5 Redwood soundboard, Cherry back, Birdseye Maple sides and Leopardwood pin block facing. $350

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#6 Spruce soundboard, Cuban Mahogany back and sides and Curly Maple pin block facing. $375

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sides

The story of the mahogany in this psaltery. Years ago I played music with a fellow who’s father had dismantled a massive door in a monastery in up-state NY. His father gave him all the pieces. He built a harp with some of it but then was moving to the west coast so he sold me the rest. I’ve been using it for various instruments over the years but never in a bowed psaltery. I decided I needed to use it as I’m getting on. One of the pieces which I still have has the key hole in it.

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pin block facing

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#6 Spruce soundboard, Cuban Mahogany back and sides and Curly Maple pin block facing. $375

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#3 Spruce soundboard, Walnut back and sides and Curly Birch pin block facing. $300

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Sides

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Pin block facing

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#3 Spruce soundboard, Walnut back and sides and Curly Birch pin block facing. $300

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#2 Mahogany soundboard with Walnut back and side, Curly Maple pin block with a custom Celtic sound hole design. 7/8" string spacing. I can obtain a semi-hard rectangular case which would add $125 to the price. $625 (sold)

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sound hole design
sound hole design

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pin block facing

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#2 Mahogany soundboard with Walnut back and side, Curly Maple pin block with a custom Celtic sound hole design. 7/8" string spacing. I can obtain a semi-hard rectangular case which would add $125 to the price. $625 (sold)

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