Bowed Psaltery Accessories

Bowed Psaltery Case (Two Sizes)

This dark green soft carrying case is available for my Alto Bowed Psaltery and instruments of similar size 26" x 9" x 1 3/4" (2 3/4" with pins). The case has handles, shoulder strap and a external pocket for accessories with a seperate sleeve dedicated for the bow. Only in the dark green. If you plan on moving the instrument about, I highly recommend you get a case. This soft case is $45 shipping $12

For the same price I have almost identical cases for the Soprano Bowed Psaltery 22" x 81/2" x 1 3/4" (with pins 2 1/2"). The only difference is the Soprano case is black and and has a small logo of a mountain on one end.

Bowed Psaltery Stand

These stands are for displaying your instrument and setting them while on stage as you perform. These are designed for my psalteries but will fit other instruments. There are two sizes; the smaller Soprano is 7 1/2" wide in front with the distance inside of the lip 1 3/4" to the upright back while the larger Alto is 9" wide and a 2 1/8" gap inside.

$15 shipping $12

Bowed Psaltery Bow

You can purchase an extra bow. It is made from a variety of hardwoods, 17" long and strung with genuine horsehair. I no longer replace hair in old bows. With shipping It is about the same price to just buy another new bow.

$20 shipping $5

Bowed Psaltery Rosin

Extra rosin.

$3 shipping $3

Bowed Psaltery Tripod Platform

This platform enables you to support the instrument for playing with two bows. There is 1/4"/20 threaded insert in the back which fits all tripods. There are also three plastic standoffs which protect the back of the instrument as well as let it contribute to the tone. The hardwood edge keeps the instrument from falling off.

If you'd like me to make a platform that fits your unique bowed psaltery, send an outline of your instrument on a piece of newspaper plus a check for the total. Even if you if already own one of my alto's, I suggest you send the outline just to make sure it will fit. $40 plus $12 shipping

This photo shows the quick connect that is
screwed into the threaded insert which then
is clipped on the tripod. The attachment to your tripod may vary.

Shown clipped to pins. You would move it once to tune the whole instrument
Cherub Electronic Tuner
  • Compact size with 360 degree rotating display

  • Operates as a clip-on or free-standing tuner (Dual Mode) in other words it can be a mic or read the vibrations directly off the instrument

  • Lighted LCD display turns to green when string is in tune but also has a "needle" to indicated when you are getting close

  • You can set the calibration of A from A=430HZ to A=450HZ

  • Works for all acoustic instruments

  • Battery included

  • Automatic battery shutoff

Price $20 plus $5 shipping

Bowed Psaltery Internal Pickup

The pickup includes a 1/4" phono input connected to the same film piezo pickup I use on my hammered dulcimers. The pickup is installed without a internal pre-amp. It will work but the signal is improved if used with an external pre-amp (not included). The jack is located on the left side of the instrument for right hand players. It can be reversed if you are lefthanded. I only install these pickups on instruments I make to order. $75 installed

The Bowed Psaltery Handbook
by Kendra Ward and Bob Bence

The Bowed Psaltery Handbook is a complete instruction method designed to help beginning bowed psaltery players master this wonderful instrument!

The Bowed Psaltery Handbook includes: Bowed Psaltery History, Playing Tips, Frequently Asked Questions, Music Theory, How to Hold the Instrument, Playing Scales, and Playing Basic Melodies, and a repertoire section with six Chrismas songs, six Hymns, and six folk and traditional classics! There is even a section on Playing Back-up! Each lesson builds on the lessons that preceed it, and makes it easy to master the fundamentals!

Including the "Repertoire" section, The Bowed Psaltery Handbook includes over 30 songs for you to play!

$21 shipping $5

Extra Tuning Wrench

The instrument comes with the T-Handle tuning wrench but you may need to replace the one that got lost or you want a spare. All of them fit a tuning pin with a square head measuring .16 inches.

Large Gooseneck $22

T-Handle $16

Small Gooseneck $8

shipping $3

Extra Strings - .15 cents a ft (specify sizes below)

  • #1 (.010) wire
  • #2 (.011) wire
  • #3 (.012) wire
  • Enough wire to completely restring a Soprano - $8
  • To completely restring an Alto - $10

shipping $2

Tuning Charts and Owner's Manual

Ordering Information

Printable Order Form for ordering by check and regular mail