Bowed Psaltery Instruments

A bowed psaltery for every size and budget. We have 24 string sopranos, 30 string sopranos and 30 string baritone psaltries.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. Visit the FAQ page for more information on the instrument. We have soundclips of each size for comparison. They are available on each instrument page.

Psaltery Specs
Wood choices for the soundboard vary at any given time and include walnut, sassafras, butternut, spruce, alder, and cherry. 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.

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Alder
24 String Bowed Psaltery24 String Bowed Psaltery

24 String Bowed Psaltery

This soprano 24 string bowed psaltery is our smallest model at 18 inches long, 7 inches wide at the base and has a 1 1/2 inch soundbox.   Weight approx. 2 1/4 lb. Made in US.

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24 String Soprano (BP24)
$209.00
OUT OF STOCK

Butternut
30 String Bowed Psaltery Soprano30 String Bowed Psaltery Soprano30 String Bowed Psaltery Soprano30 String Bowed Psaltery Soprano30 String Bowed Psaltery Soprano

30 String Bowed Psaltery Soprano

Our best selling bowed psaltery.  The size of this soprano offers up a full sound. It measures 20 + inches long, 7 1/2 inches wide at the base and has a 1 1/2 inch soundbox. Weight a...See more

30 String Soprano (BP30)
$249.00

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Baritone Bowed Psaltery Small
30 String Bowed Psaltery Baritone30 String Bowed Psaltery Baritone30 String Bowed Psaltery Baritone30 String Bowed Psaltery Baritone30 String Bowed Psaltery Baritone30 String Bowed Psaltery Baritone30 String Bowed Psaltery Baritone

30 String Bowed Psaltery Baritone

The baritone has beautiful rich tones. It has 30 strings, is 25 inches long, 9 inches wide at the base, and has a 2 inch sound box. Weight approx. 4 1/4 lb.

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30 String Baritone (BP30X)
$349.00

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