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Bowed Psalteries

bowed psaltery groupA bowed psaltery for every size and budget. 
TK O'Brien's instruments are handcrafted in the U.S. by skilled craftsmen.  Bookmatching on the top enhances the look of the wood grain pattern.  Beautiful to look at, easy and fun to play. Soundclips of each size for comparison.

Psaltery Specs
Wood choices for the soundboard vary at any given time and include walnut, sassafras, butternut, spruce, alder, and cherry.   Wood samples are shown below. Wood for the back varies but is usually walnut.  Pin blocks are hard maple for tuning pin stability. Bridge and side rails are walnut. The soundhole has an intricate Celtic Knot design. Black dots under the C notes are used for reference points.

What's Included
We package each instrument with a walnut bow, rosin, spare wire, gooseneck tuning wrench, beginners instructional/song booklet  TK O'Brien's Guide to Playing the Bowed Psaltery, note guide strips and a nice padded heavy duty nylon carrying case.  3 year warranty. 

 

PLEASE NOTE: The photos shown below are representative of what walnut wood often looks like but actual appearance can ond often does vary. They are not instruments that we currently have in stock. They are pictured to give you an idea of the size difference of the 3 models.

To see photos of some of the instruments we have in stock at the moment click here.

Soprano 24 string

Soprano 30 string

Baritone 30 string

24 String Bowed Psaltery


Soundclip of Karin Lyle playing "Shady Grove" on the
soprano 24 string

30 String Soprano Psaltery


Soundclip of Karin Lyle playing "Greensleaves" on the
soprano 30 string

30 String Baritone Psaltery


Soundclip of Karin Lyle playing Amazing Grace on the baritone 30 string

Soprano 24 String
Bowed Psaltery
Item # BP24

Qty:   Price: $209.00


Wood Options:


 

Soprano 30 String
Bowed Psaltery
Item # BP30

Qty:   Price: $249.00


Wood Options:


Baritone 30 String
Bowed Psaltery
Item # BP30X

Qty: Price:$349.00


Wood Options:


The soprano 24 string is 18 inches long, 7 inches wide at the base and has a 1 1/2 inch soundbox.  Weight approx. 2 1/4 lb. It's smaller size makes it ideal for children and small adults.

On the right side, the natural notes start at G (first G above middle C) and go up 2 octaves higher to G.

The top wood and usually the back wood is bookmatched. The top wood is usually available in Walnut and Butternut. The back and sides are Walnut.

Best Seller. The soprano 30 string is 20 + inches long, 7 1/2 inches wide at the base and has a 1 1/2 inch soundbox. Weight approx. 2 3/4 lb

On the right side the natural notes start at F (first F above middle C) and go up 2+ octaves higher to A.

The top wood and usually the back wood is bookmatched. The top is usually available in Walnut, Cherry, Butternut, Alder, and Spruce. The back and sides are Walnut.

The baritone 30 string is 25 inches long, 9 inches wide at the base, and has a 2 inch soundbox. Weight approx. 4 1/4 lb

On the right side, the natural notes start at F (first F below middle C) and go up 2 octaves higher to A.  This psaltery uses a combination of wound and plain steel ball end string. 

The top and back wood is bookmatched. The top is available in Walnut or Basswood. The back and sides are Walnut. Baritone in Basswood shown below.

Wood Samples
  Appearance of wood varies in grain and tone. 
These samples will give you a close approximation of the actual wood. 
Sound clips are on 30 String Soprano model.

sassafras
Sassafras

walnut
Walnut
spruce
Spruce

 


 

cherry
Cherry
alder
Alder

Basswood

Baritone shown in Basswood

Package Contents

Package Contents. Black case is for the soprano psalteries.

Baritone Case

Green case is for the baritone.

 

Side View

Side view of the 30 string soprano.

 

 

 


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