Bowed Psaltery

 

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)

 

EACH BOWED PSALTERY LISTED BELOW IS FOR SALE RIGHT NOW!

 

Soprano Bowed Psaltery

  • Two octaves - G to G twice
  • 24 Strings
  • 18 inches long

The soundboard of this soprano bowed psaltery is CHERRY with a Celtic cross sound hole

The back and sides are wormy maple

The sound is very melodic, pleasant and warm

Item # SOPBP1027......$245

The soundboard of this soprano bowed psaltery is medium brown BUTTERNUT (white walnut) with a humming bird sound hole

The back and sides are red oak with some worm holes on the bottom left side

The sound has a warm, clear and balanced voice

Item# SOPBP1030......$245

This soprano bowed psaltery soundboard is WESTERN RED CEDAR

It also has an overlay Celtic cross as its sound hole

The sides are ash and the back is maple

The sound is clear, crisp and full

Item# SOPBP1032......$245

This entire soprano bowed psaltery is constructed of red OAK

There are a few small worm holes scattered throughout the instrument adding a little interest

The sound hole is a single fleur de lis

The sound is on the quieter side while at the same time being warm and sweet

Item# SOP1013......$245

The sound board of this soprano bowed psaltery is a piece of SPALTED POPLAR with a Pa Dutch Hex sound hole design

The back and sides are beautifully grained wormy maple

The sound is even and balanced from end to end with no note standing out as too shrill or too mellow

Item# SOPBP1017......$245

This bowed psaltery has a deep brown straight grained piece of WESTERN RED CEDAR for the soundboard

The back and sides are a piece of fancy curly maple

The sound has a nice medium warm and clear ring to it

Item# SOP1005......$245

The sound board of this instrument is RED CEDAR with a wheat patterned sound hole

It also has a black walnut tip on the pointed end adding interest

The back and sides are black walnut

The sound is medium soft to medium loudness with some sustain and overtones It has a pleasant sound

Item# SOPBP1019......$245

The sound board of this soprano bowed psaltery is a very curly piece of TULIP POPLAR with a wheat motif sound hole

If you like curly wood then this instrument might take a second look

The rest of the instrument is cherry including the tip of the bowed psaltery

The sound is full, rich, clean, balanced and melodic meaning that this is a good looking and sounding bowed psaltery

Item# SOPBP1026......$245

CHESTNUT graces the soundboard of this soprano bowed psaltery

The sound hole is an intricate Celtic Cross

The sides and back are black walnut

The sound is sweet, balanced and hauntingly beautiful

Item# SOPBP1034......$245

Straight grained brown WESTERN RED CEDAR is the sound board choice for this soprano bowed psaltery

The sound hole is wheat patterned

The sound is brisk, clean, full and resonant. This is a fine sounding instrument

Item# SOPBP1022......$245

This soprano bowed psaltery has SASSAFRAS for its soundboard

The back and sides are maple

The sound hole is a Fleur de lis

The sound is medium soft with a sweet, balanced and even voice

Item# SOPBP1048......$245

The soundboard of this soprano bowed psaltery are book-matched pieces of BUTTERNUT with a natural sound hole

The sides and back are ash

The sound is full,rich and medium loud

Item# SOPBP1051......$245

SASSAFRAS is the soundboard of choice for this soprano bowed psaltery

It has a dove sound hole

The sides and back are ash

The sound is quite balanced, alive and responsive

Item# SOPBP1059......$245

The soundboard of this soprano bowed psaltery is distinctive looking SPALTED POPLAR

It has a Fleur de lis patterned sound hole

The sides and back are maple

The sound is crisp, clean and balanced

Item# SOPBP1060......$245

CURLY TULIP POPLAR is the wood of choice for this bowed psaltery sound board

It has a wheat patterned sound hole

The sides are cherry and the back is agathis (from Indonesia)

The sound is quite balanced, warm, neither too crisp nor too mellow, creating a very pleasant sound

Item# SOPBP1015......$245

 

Alto Bowed Psaltery

  • G to G plus extra high note to A and extra low note to F
  • 30 Strings
  • 19 1/2 inches long

The soundboard of this alto bowed psaltery is a pretty piece of RED OAK with a Pennsylvania Dutch hex sound hole

It has a few scattered very tiny worm holes

The back and sides are black walnut

The sound is very even throughout with some sustain

It is melodic with a pleasant sound

Item# ALTOBP386......$265

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)

The back has different shades of light to medium brown coloration with a couple of grayish-blue streaks providing a unique look (The darkness on the lower back in the photo actually is a shadow)

The sound is bright, rich , crisp and medium loud

Item # ALTOBP367......$265

The soundboard of this alto bowed psaltery is a beautiful and very clear piece of RED CEDAR with a Celtic knot sound hole

The back and sides are a gorgeous curly maple

The sound is very pleasing, warm and clear

This is a beautiful instrument with a good sound

Item# ALTOBP397......$265

This RED CEDAR topped alto bowed psaltery is two-toned with half of the top a creamy white and half red cedar

Book matching makes for an interesting soundboard

The sides and back are maple and very curled

The sound hole is a Fleur de lis

The sound is a blend of tasteful, clear notes on the upper end and a vibrant bass with some overtones and sustain on the lower end, making for a pleasant sounding psaltery

Item # ALTOBP398......$265

This alto bowed psaltery is made entirely of CHERRY

The soundboard is exquisite with some fancy grain and deep color

It has a Celtic cross sound hole

There is a knot on the bottom edge of the whole-note side (see photo) but it does not create a structured problem. It is just there, adding character to this outstanding looking instrument

The sound is very responsive with a clear, crisp voice

Item# ALTOBP405......$265

This entire alto bowed psaltery is constructed of CHERRY

It has a butterfly sound hole

The sound is very even and balanced and hauntingly beautiful

Item # AltoBP 406

Item # ALTOBP406......$265

A nice piece of BLACK WALNUT graces the top of this alto bowed psaltery

It has a wheat patterned sound hole

The back and sides are a nicely contrasting piece of oak

The sound is medium soft, even and balanced throughout, making for a good instrument for personal playing

Item# ALTOBP409......$265

This interesting alto bowed psaltery has a SPALTED POPLAR soundboard with a swirl sound hole

The ash back compliments the poplar soundboard

There are a couple of very small knot holes on the side of the lower end as well as a couple of seasoned cracks in the same area (see photo)

The sound is quietly soft and hauntingly beautiful. This would be a good choice for personal playing

Item # ALTOBP410......$265

WORMY MAPLE is the soundboard choice for this alto bowed psaltery with a Celtic knot sound hole

There is a small seasoned crack on the lower side of the whole note side creating no structural problem

The back is a complimentary piece of ash

The sound is a mixture of bright on the upper end and mellow sounds on the lower end, making for a very interesting and full sound

Item# ALTOBP411......$265

The soundboard of this alto bowed psaltery is a very straight-grained piece of light-to-medium WESTERN RED CEDAR

The sound hole is a newly-designed dragon fly

The sides and back are very-curly maple

The sound is on the quiet side with a very balanced warm sound

Item # ALTOBP1036......$265

The soundboard of this alto bowed psaltery is very red MAHOGANY

It has a single Fleur de lis sound hole

This top matches perfectly with the cherry sides and back

The sound is medium soft, melodic and sweet

Item# ALTOBP1050......$265

 

Baritone Bowed Psaltery

  • G to G plus extra half octave down to C
  • 33 Strings
  • 22 inches long
baritone bowed psaltery 358 top
baritone bowed psaltery 358 back
baritone bowed psaltery 379 Top
baritone bowed psaltery 379 Back

The soundboard of this baritone bowed psaltery is BLACK WALNUT

It has a fleur de lis sound hole

The back and sides are a contrasting ash

The sound is loud, full, rich and resonant

Item # BARBP358......$295

The soundboard of this baritone bowed psaltery is SASSAFRAS

There is a humming bird sound hole

The sides and back are ash

The sound is on the softer side with a medium pleasant voice

Item # BARBP379......$295

baritone bowed psaltery 360 top
baritone bowed psaltery 360 back
baritone bowed psaltery 382 Top
baritone bowed psaltery 382 Back

The soundboard of this baritone bowed psaltery is clear MAPLE with a single fleur de lis sound hole

The back and sides are cherry

The sound is full, rich and medium loud

Item # BARBP360......$295

The soundboard of this baritone bowed psaltery is very straight-grained, light-to-medium brown WESTERN RED CEDAR

It has a wheat patterned sound hole

The sides and back are curly maple

The sound is medium loud, full and balanced

Item # BARBP382......$295

baritone bowed psaltery 388 Top
baritone bowed psaltery 388 Back
baritone bowed psaltery 333 Top
baritone bowed psaltery 333 Back

The soundboard of this baritone bowed psaltery is a very interesting piece of SPALTED MAPLE with a humming bird sound hole

The sides and back are nicely-grained curly maple

The sound is tasteful, balanced and medium loud

Item # BARBP388......$295

The soundboard and sides of this baritone Bowed Psaltery are CHERRY with an agathis back

The sound hole is a single fleur de lis

The sound is clear, crisp, with good sustain and medium loud

Item # BARBP333......$295

baritone bowed psaltery 391 Top
baritone bowed psaltery 391 Back
baritone bowed psaltery 392 Top
baritone bowed psaltery 392 Back

This baritone bowed psaltery is constructed entirely of CHERRY

There is a Celtic cross sound hole

The sound is very balanced from end to end and responsive, showing off its pleasing sound

Item # BARBP391......$295

RED CEDAR graces the soundboard of this baritone bowed psaltlery

The sound hole is a Pennsylvania Dutch hex pattern

The sides and back are curly maple

The sound is very even, balanced and clear. This is a nice bowed psaltery

Item # BARBP392......$295

baritone bowed psaltery 396 Top
baritone bowed psaltery 396 Back
baritone bowed psaltery 365 Top
baritone bowed psaltery 365 Back

This baritone bowed psaltery soundboard is CHERRY with a dove patterned sound hole

The sides and back are a complimentary red oak

The sound is very even and balanced with a nicely warm and clear voice

Item # BARBP396......$295

The soundboard of this baritone bowed psaltery is a beautiful piece of SPALTED POPLAR with a Pennsylvania Dutch hex sound hole design

The sides and back are a uniquely grained ash

The sound is very lively, loud and rich

Item # BARBP365......$295

baritone bowed psaltery 400 Top
baritone bowed psaltery 400 Back
baritone bowed psaltery 367 Top
baritone bowed psaltery 367 Back baritone bowed psaltery 367 knot hole

The soundboard of this baritone bowed psaltery instrument is a unique piece of POPLAR

It has a wheat patterned sound hole

The back and sides are a matching piece of ash

The sound is full, rich and moderately loud

Item # BARBP400......$295

This baritone bowed psaltery soundboard is WESTERN RED CEDAR with a wheat patterned sound hole

The back and sides are a nicely grained piece of ash

There is a small knot hole on the left side with a seasoned crack emanating from it causing no problem, It is just visible

The sound is clean, lively, full and somewhat bright on the upper end

Item # BARBP367......$295

baritone bowed psaltery 369 Top
baritone bowed psaltery 369 Back
baritone bowed psaltery 370 Top
baritone bowed psaltery 370 Back

The soundboard of this baritone bowed psaltery is BLACK WALNUT with a Pennsylvania Dutch hex sound hole

The back is creamy white ash

The sound is full, clean and lively

Item # BARBP369......$295

The soundboard of this baritone bowed psaltery is a very interesting and unusual piece of SPALTED POPLAR

This is a one-of-a-kind soundboard

The sound holes are natural knot holes that highlight this soundboard top

The back and sides are creamy white ash

The sound is clear, brisk and responsive with some overtones and sustain

Item # BARBP370......$295