Custom Bowed Psalteries

If you'd like to have me build an instrument with exactly the woods and characteristics you'd like, please review the wood possibilities and send me your ideas. I can even build psalteries with a different range. Contact me with information on what notes you are looking for. Within the models I offer the price of Custom designs will be determined by your choices (see the list below). I can do custom sound holes in these instruments like my hammered dulcimer sound holes. The only designs I will repeat are Celtic. I have a number of those to choose from. You are also welcome to generate one of your own sound hole designs making your psaltery truly unique. You can read more on this process here.  

 

I offer an internal pickup as an option. You can see details on the pickups in Accessories. Although I can do Custom Sopranos, most people order Custom Altos or the Baritone which have a greater range. The tone of the Custom Psalteries for the most part is no different than my standard bowed psalteries. Ordering a Custom Bowed Psaltery just gets you unique personal visual aesthetics.

 

Options with prices:
  • Custom Alto base price with your choice of wood for sides - $350

  • Custom Baritone base price - $550

  • Figured or exotic woods on both back and sides - $75

  • Figured or exotic woods for soundboard - $45

  • Painted or stained soundboard - $45

  • Custom sound hole - $75

  • Abalone rim around sound hole design - $75

  • Internal pickup - $75

  • Left handed orientation (No extra charge)
     

Email to get an exact quote plus shipping.

To start an order, all I need is a $200 deposit with the balance due upon completion of the instrument. Allow 2-3 weeks to get your psaltery.

Examples of Custom Bowed Psalteries

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James Jones Instruments

1384 Coltons Mill Rd

Bedford, VA 24523-5259

540-586-6319 

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