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

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

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

 

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

This bowed psaltery has a contrasting BLACK WALNUT soundboard and a maple back with celtic knot soundholes

The strings shimmer in the photo because the camera couldn’t correct the steel strings and the dark background

There is also a small knot on the back causing no structural problem only providing character

The sound is balanced, has moderate sustain and a pleasant sound

Item# ALTOBP399......$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

This bowed psaltery has a BLACK WALNUT soundboard with a wheat patterned soundhole and maple back and sides

The sound is warm, not too loud or shrill – just a pleasant sounding instrument to play

Item# ALTOBP400......$265

This instrument has a RED CEDAR soundboard with an ash back and sides

The soundhole is a hummingbird

There is a narrow seasoned crack on the right side extending for a couple of inches on the back causing no problem whatsoever

The sound is crisp, full and with a good amount of sustain. It is also medium loud

Item # ALTOBP401......$265

This bowed psaltery is made of all CHERRY and has a wheat motif soundhole

The sound is clean, clear, crisp and rich

It has some sustain and is medium loud

Item# ALTOBP402......$265

This bowed psaltery has a deep red CHERRY soundboard with a very curly maple back

It has a wheat patterned soundhole

The sound is medium loud with a balanced and clean sound

Item # ALTOBP407......$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

If you are looking for a unique one of a kind instrument then this one which has a very distinctive SPALTED POPLAR soundboard with a Pennsylvania Dutch Hex soundhole might be for you!

The back is a nice piece of ash

The sound is pleasing, tasteful and neither too loud or soft. It just has a nice sound

Item # ALTOBP408......$295

 

Baritone Bowed Psaltery

  • G to G plus extra half octave down to C
  • 33 Strings
  • 22 inches long
baritone bowed psaltery 404 top
baritone bowed psaltery 404 back
baritone bowed psaltery 387 Top
baritone bowed psaltery 387 Back

This baritone bowed psaltery soundboard is a historic piece of YELLOW POPLAR rescued from the original log house build on my farm in the early part of the 20th century

The sound hole is a fleur de lis

The back and sides are ash

There is a small knot on the bottom end, just below the tuning pins. I guarantee it is not hurting the instrument

The sound is full, rich and moderately loud. The lower end is nicely mellow and the upper end is crisp though not shrill

Item # BARBP404......$295

This soundboard of this baritone bowed psaltery is an interesting piece of SPALTED YELLOW POPLAR with a Pennsylvania Dutch hex sound hole

The sides and back are a piece of nicely curled maple

The sound is pleasantly sweet with a balanced ring to it

Item # BARBP387......$295

baritone bowed psaltery 372 top
baritone bowed psaltery 372 back
baritone bowed psaltery 382 Top
baritone bowed psaltery 382 Back

The soundboard of this baritone bowed psaltery is perfectly straight-grained WESTERN RED CEDAR with a wheat patterned sound hole

The sides and back are curly maple

The sound is very even and balanced, producing a clean, pretty sound

Item # BARBP372......$295

WESTERN RED CEDAR graces the top of this baritone bowed psaltery

It also has a distinctive wheat patterned sound hole

The back and sides are a pretty piece of curly maple

The sound is full, rich and moderately loud with good amount of overtone, but not enough to over power it

Another good sounding instrument

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 389 Top
baritone bowed psaltery 389 Back
baritone bowed psaltery 392 Top
baritone bowed psaltery 392 Back

This baritone bowed psaltery is constructed completely of CHERRY

It has a dove patterned sound hole

There is a small knot hole on the back causing no problem, just an interesting characteristic

The sound is full, rich, somewhat brisk and moderately loud

Item # BARBP389......$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 390 Top
baritone bowed psaltery 390 Back
baritone bowed psaltery 365 Top
baritone bowed psaltery 365 Back

This entire baritone bowed psaltery is made of CHERRY with a fleur de lis sound hole

The sound is clean, balanced and melodic

It is not as bright as most cherry bowed psalteries

Item # BARBP390......$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 394 Top
baritone bowed psaltery 394 Back
baritone bowed psaltery 367 Top
baritone bowed psaltery 367 Back baritone bowed psaltery 367 knot hole

The soundboard of this baritone bowed psaltery is an interesting piece of BLACK WALNUT

It has an uniquely dark streaked inverted V on the top with a single fleur di lis sound hole

The sound is very balanced from top to bottom and has a pleasant warm sound

Item # BARBP394......$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 381 Top
baritone bowed psaltery 381 Back
baritone bowed psaltery 398 Top
baritone bowed psaltery 398 Back

The soundboard of this baritone bowed psaltery is book-matched SASSAFRAS with a wheat motif sound hole

The back and sides are maple with some curl and an undeveloped, benign knot hole towards the top (see photo)

The sound is sweet and balanced – a fine sounding instrument

Item # BARBP381......$295

This entire baritone bowed psaltery is constructed of MAPLE

The top and back have two different grain patterns

The sound hole is a wheat pattern

The sound is clear, melodic, balanced and just a nice sounding instrument

Item # BARBP398......$295

baritone bowed psaltery 399 Top
baritone bowed psaltery 399 Back
baritone bowed psaltery 403 Top
baritone bowed psaltery 403 Back

The soundboard of this baritone bowed psaltery is very straight-grained WESTERN RED CEDAR with a wheat patterned sound hole

The sound is moderately loud, resonate with some overtones and sustain – a joy to play

Item # BARBP399......$295

Nicely grained BLACK WALNUT comprises the top of this baritone bowed psaltery

It has a uniquely patterned humming bird for the sound hole

The back complements the black walnut with fancy grained ash

The sound is sweet, not too bright or mellow, just right. It has some overtones and sustain, but again not overpowering

Item # BARBP403......$295