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Bowed Psaltery
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This instrument is one of the easiest bowed instruments to play, and its eerie, icy bowed pslatery with bowmagical tone is very enchanting, for me it conjures up the time time between autumn and winter,  the first frosts, of Christmas and the new year.

Origins
This Chromatic version of this Instrument date backs to the 20th century where it was first developed as an easier violin like instrument for children to play in schools.  Plans were available in the 1960s from people like Edgar Stahmer in Germany and his friend in England Ronald Roberts who published a book for making musical instruments.  In the 1980's and 90's Zachary Taylor made and played and publicized these instruments by making the plans available in  magazines and in his book "Making early instruments"  The early Music shop in Bradford has also played a big part in the UK by selling instrument and bow kits.

Click here for the Yahoo Bowed Psaltery Forum group for players and makers alike.

I make these instrument in a variety of domestic timbers,  maple, walnut, cherry with Spruce or cedar tops  from £300 including a case and bow


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Bowed Psaltery Instruments made
to order

I endeavor to make a small number of these instruments a year to commission mostly.
 The standard is Maple and Spruce soundboard,  though I can offer Walnut and cedar.

Bowed Psaltery in G chromatic Tuning
original
model-bowed psalteryWith 24 notes, this updated early model comes complete with bow, case and rosin.  handcrafted in Maple and Spruce made to commission but 2 -3 months waiting time for this instrument from ordering this instrument costs incl. delivery

 UK £300      Europe €360   USA $500   

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Bowed Psaltery Bow

standard psaltery bowMedium bow, 524mm long with 80 hairs made of beechwood, steamed to an arch, Mongolian horsehair,  choice of white or black hair.    comes with small cake of rosin.
£30    one month from order to delivery

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Bowed Psaltery Pair of bows
pair of beech bows for psalteryset of two smaller sized bows, 440mm long with 80 hairs made of beechwood, steamed to an arch, Mongolian horsehair,  choice of white or black hair.    comes with small cake of rosin. played one in each hand.
£45 for a pair    one month wait from order

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