11-13-13 I completed the listing for the newest curly redwood/walnut Baritone bowed psaltery today. 11-8-13 Five new Tenor psalteries added to the site today. 10-11-13 All the sound clips are finished, except one, for the songs in Donna Malus's Psaltery Strings Music Book. Hope you have bought your copy. The clips are here. 10-8-13 I have added a new page for sound clips of the songs in the Psaltery Strings Music Book Vol. 1 by Donna Malus. This is to help folks that are coming to the Gathering next month. We plan to use the songs from this book in our jams. These won't be the only songs we play, but will be a great source of tunes to learn together, in the same keys, timing and versions.
I am working on finishing up six new Tenor and four new 2 1/2 Octave Soprano psalteries. They will be up on the site very soon. Two of the Tenor psalteries will have a wood I have never used for Tenor soundboards. Beautiful and very colorful. Installing pickups in two of the tenor models and in one of the 2 1/2 octave sopranos.
Scroll down to view a new graphic showing a piano keyboard, and the range of every psaltery I build, color coded. Great way to compare. Interesting that all of them have quite a few notes in common. I get the idea that some folks were mistaken in thinking that one starts where another ends. This just isn't the case, and I hope this helps to clear up that misunderstanding.
8-31-13 Up late last night adding all the new Psaltery Bows to the site. There are single bows and matched pairs. I had so many to add, I had to make a second page to get them all listed. Prices start at $20. Great, lightweight bows that are comfortable to hold and a pleasure to play your psaltery with. The synthetic hair bows are already haired. The bows that will accept horsehair are left bare, except for just a few, until you tell me which you want, black or white horsehair, or synthetic. Horsehair can't be used on the fixed tension bows, only synthetic. Horsehair bows need a method to adjust the tension. If you have ever played outside on a humid day, using a horsehair bow, you already know what I mean. 2-20-13 I have some more tunes from a recent jam with my friends up in the Cumberland Gap area. I am playing a D Tenor, since most all the songs were in D. The D tenor sounds great with the dulcimers and I can even play the faster tunes, up to speed, not having to reach across to the left side for the C# and F# notes I need. They are tuned into the scale along the right. Four to five dulcimer players, two guitars, a mandolin, upright bass, and Terry was switching out between dulcimer, banjo, and the dobro. Hope you enjoy the tunes, I just want to share how the bowed psaltery works great jamming with others. 2-6-13 I have the page ready to tell the story of a new series of bowed psalteries I have started building. It is the Chestnut Series, so click that to find out more about them. One of the first is already listed on the Tenor page. 1-4-13 - I have added my thoughts on the types of bow is best for the bowed psaltery. Go to the Psaltery Bows page and scroll down to the red print to see my opinions. This stemmed from a discussion I was having the other day. I could see the common misconceptions and thought I should post an explanation of my thinking on the subject. I have also been asked where to find my adjustable tripod attachments for mounting a psaltery to a camera tripod, for double bowing. That info is at the bottom of the Tenor page. Just go there and scroll down past the instrument listings. Four new Tenor Bowed Psalteries are almost complete. Two of them have internal pickups built in. Should be ready by early next week.
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Here in my little corner of the "web" you will find -
- Handcrafted Bowed Psalteries
- Pride in Workmanship and Service
I have been building and playing bowed psalteries for the past 32 years. A love of music and woodworking began at an early age. At my fathers side, I became familiar with walnut, cherry, cedar and other woods native to North America. I gained great love and respect for the use of these materials The projects we completed provided the skills required for creating the beautiful instruments you find here today. My love for music came from my mother, she is very talented and can play the piano really great by ear. Quality and service are my top priorities. My long experience in playing the bowed psaltery gives me the knowledge to know what works well and what doesn't. My goal is to create the very best bowed psalteries available anywhere.
I love to tinker and come up with new designs. Some new ideas come out of my own head. I do listen to customers, many design changes have come from customer comments and wishes.
Please take a moment to browse the site. See the variety of figured woods used. Listen to the samples of my recordings. Visit my workshop page and see where these wonderful instruments are made. I take pride in offering lots of sound clips and videos, showing how my psalteries sound and are played. I even give you some sound clip examples of each psaltery I list for sale. I believe I am the only builder that offers this on their web site. The only better way to shop and compare, is to be standing in my workshop trying them out in person. You are even welcome to travel to East Tennessee to do that. I do all this because I am very proud of the quality bowed psalteries that I build and want you to be able to judge them for yourself.
Enjoy your time here, come back and visit often.
2014 East Tennessee Bowed Psaltery Gathering
Oct. 31 - Nov. 2
at Cove Lake State Park, Caryville, TN
just off I-75 Exit 134
Details coming soon
Green is Soprano
Blue is 2 1/2 Octave Soprano
Yellow is Tenor
Red is Baritone
Purple is D Tenor
Orange is D Psaltery
Here's how the voices of all the different models of psalteries I build, compared to the piano keyboard in pitch. You can clearly see that they all have quite a few notes in common. Some folks are confused by the names soprano, tenor, and baritone, but they are just names to distinguish each model I build. Other builders may have a different opinion of what they call the psalteries they build. The important thing to consider is the range of notes, from the lowest to the highest. This will tell you what to expect. The first sound clip listed by each psaltery I offer for sale, gives you something to listen to and hear the entire range of notes. Every builder should do the same, so you have a chance to hear and compare. Even with some of the notes overlapping, there are still differences in tone. The has a lot to do with the size of the psaltery soundbox and the type and size of strings used.