The soundboard and back plate are both made from a new wood for me.  I have used curly cherry and quilted maple in the past, and always thought it was beautiful, but this quilted cherry really knocked my socks off.  I was lucky enough to get one board large enough to build only two baritone psalteries.  Hopefully more will become available, but for now this is very limited.   The source I get this from notifies his customers of new listings on his site, and you better be fast.  The best boards are marked sold in a matter of minutes.  

The body of this psaltery is made of hard maple, that also has some slight figuring.  One change I have recently made, is to use a thin piece of quartersawn douglas fir for the back.  It is pretty much hidden except for the part you can see along the outside edge.  You can also see it inside the rear sound hole through the back plate.  This change should give a slight increase in volume.  It is a fragile wood, but is protected by the cherry back plate.

The radial carved designs around both sound holes and also the threaded insert for the tripod mount, have been handcarved.  I use a very small 1/8 inch gouge chisel to do this.  I have done several different things for soundhole decoration over the years, but have settled on this as my favorite.  I use this same design on all of my tenor and baritone psalteries.  The reason I do this around the tripod mount, is that the tripod quick release plate will dent the wood in this area.













      Ringing Strings Bowed Psalteries  

handcrafted by Rick Long
Clinton, Tennessee
(865) 660-4026
psalteryman@gmail.com


12-19-15  I don't currently have any new baritone psalteries available.  I am in the process of building one on special order of curly amnbrosia maple/maple.  One of the last ones I made was of the same wood.  It was a beauty and had great tone.  Here's a couple of pictures, click on them to enlarge -

















9-1-13  I have added a graphic showing the range of notes for the baritone psaltery as compared to the piano.

There are 37 wound strings on each one of these baritone psalteries.  The lowest note is C below middle C and the psaltery has three full octaves.  They are 30" long, 9" wide, and just over 3" thick not including the pins and strings.  Everything you need is included except a tripod and tuner.  I will give you a recommendation of a great tripod to use with these baritones.  It can't just be any old camera tripod, it will take a heavy duty model with an all metal head.  I recommend an electronic tuner to use while tuning.  They are inexpensive and really make tuning easy.

There is an attached back plate that allow for mounting the psaltery on a tripod without losing any vibration of the back of the psaltery.  The back plate is fastened only around the outside edges.  They included piezo internal pickup is standard and gives you the option to amplify this psaltery.  I show you how all this works on the DVD.  I'll be posting a video soon to demonstrate this and the sound you can get.

The included two hour DVD is dedicated to this psaltery only.  It covers everything you will need to know and learn about this psaltery.  The tripod mount and two bows get you set up to double bow.  This is a great way to play the bowed psaltery, really opens up the possibilities of what can be done on a bowed psaltery.  It takes it to the next level.
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  • Top: Curly Redwood
  • Back: Black Walnut
  • Price: $1190
  • Item No. CRWAB018 SOLD






Price includes:
Two Bows
Tuning wrench
Rosin
Extra Strings
Two hour Instructional DVD
Internal Piezo Pick Up
Tuning Chart
Special Picks
Padded Case

Tripod is not included

More videos showing the baritone psaltery on the How to Play page.
Scroll on down the page to see the listings
of the baritone psalteries that are available.
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The soundboard is made of curly redwood.  The body and back plate, of this psaltery, are black walnut.  One change I have recently made, is to use a thin piece of western red cedar for the back.  It is pretty much hidden except for the part you can see along the outside edge.  You can also see it inside the rear sound hole through the back plate.  This change should give a slight increase in volume.  It is a fragile wood, but is protected by the walnut back plate.

The radial carved designs around both sound holes and also the threaded insert for the tripod mount, have been handcarved.  I use a very small 1/8 inch gouge chisel to do this.  I have done several different things for soundhole decoration over the years, but have settled on this as my favorite.  I use this same design on all of my tenor and baritone psalteries.  The reason I do this around the tripod mount, is that the tripod quick release plate will dent the wood in this area.

The curly redwood is one of my favorite woods to use.  I love the dark rich color and interesting patterns in the grain.



To Order -

Email me at -
psalteryman@gmail.com

or Call -
865-660-4026
To Order -

Email me at -
psalteryman@gmail.com

or Call -
865-660-4026
Click pictures to enlarge
  • Top: American (Wormy) Chestnut
  • Back: Black Walnut
  • Price: $1260 SOLD
  • Item No. WCWAB04






Price includes:
Two Bows
Tuning wrench
Rosin
Extra Strings
Two hour Instructional DVD
Internal Piezo Pick Up
Tuning Chart
Special Picks
Padded Case

Tripod is not included
Click pictures to enlarge


The soundboard is made of american chestnut.  The body and back plate, of this psaltery, are black walnut.  One change I have recently made, is to use a thin piece of quartersawn douglas fir for the back.  It is pretty much hidden except for the part you can see along the outside edge.  You can also see it inside the rear sound hole through the back plate.  This change should give a slight increase in volume.  It is a fragile wood, but is protected by the walnut back plate.

The radial carved designs around both sound holes and also the threaded insert for the tripod mount, have been handcarved.  I use a very small 1/8 inch gouge chisel to do this.  I have done several different things for soundhole decoration over the years, but have settled on this as my favorite.  I use this same design on all of my tenor and baritone psalteries.  The reason I do this around the tripod mount, is that the tripod quick release plate will dent the wood in this area.



To Order -

Email me at -
psalteryman@gmail.com

or Call -
865-660-4026
Click pictures to enlarge
Click pictures to enlarge
The chestnut used for this psaltery is a special piece.  This is one of the first in a special series of instruments and bows being built from an actual complete piece of the structure the chestnut was reclaimed from.  All the american chestnut I have used before now came from individual boards that had already been removed, nails pulled, and offered for sale.  I was in Asheville, NC fifteen years ago and stopped by a business that specialized in antique architectural items salvaged from old buildings.  I found these two complete barn/stall doors leaning against the wall and know right away they were chestnut.  I bought them, brought them home and stored them away for future use.  Well the future is here.  Here's a link to the whole story about this new Chestnut Series.

Beautiful new walnut on this tenor.  The rich, dark color is fantastic.


I really love the rich colors of this baritone.  The deep dark reds of the redwood look great with this new batch of walnut I found here in East Tennessee.  The walnut has lots of color and character when you look closely.  I got it from a small farm just east of Knoxville.  A man and his sons have one of the portable sawmills and are a great source of local wood.  I'll be visiting them again.
  • Top: Curly Maple
  • Back: Maple
  • Price: $1420 SOLD
  • Item No. CMMAB001


















I love these all light psalteries.  This one has some extreme curly maple on the soundboard and also the back plate.  The body is also maple that has some light figure, the bridge out of the same board.  I recently found both of these boards on a visit to Jeffries Woodworks, a great local lumber business.

It's a visual treat, but also has a great voice with strong tone and volume.  This psaltery also has the same western red cedar back that my other recent baritone models have had.  Lots of resonance.  Listen to the sound clips and hear for yourself.  The best way to listen is using headphones or ear buds.  Sometimes computer speakers don't let you hear all the nuances of the sound and tone.
To Order -

Email me at -
psalteryman@gmail.com

or Call -
865-660-4026
Price includes:
Two Bows
Tuning wrench
Rosin
Extra Strings
Two hour Instructional DVD
Internal Piezo Pick Up
Tuning Chart
Special Picks
Padded Case

Tripod is not included
Click pictures to enlarge
Click pictures to enlarge
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The three sound clips below are with the psaltery amplified through a guitar amp
The three sound clips below are with the psaltery amplified through a guitar amp
  • Top: Quilted American Cherry
  • Back: Maple
  • Price: $1530 SOLD
  • Item No. QCMAB01






Price includes:
Two Bows
Tuning wrench
Rosin
Extra Strings
Two hour Instructional DVD
Internal Piezo Pick Up
Tuning Chart
Special Picks
Padded Case

Tripod is not included
Click pictures to enlarge
To Order -

Email me at -
psalteryman@gmail.com

or Call -
865-660-4026
Click pictures to enlarge
Click pictures to enlarge
The red line shows the note range of the baritone psalteries I build.  C3 through C6.  There is some confusion for some folks when comparing instruments from different builders.   Besides listening to the first sound clip for each psaltery I list, where you can hear the entire range of the psaltery, you can now see that range in how it compares to a piano keyboard.  Look for this same graphic on the home page of this site.  It shows every psaltery I build, compared to the piano keyboard.
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There has been a recent price increase on the baritone psalteries.  A newly designed case is included with the instruments when purchased.  These new cases offer much better protection for your investment. These are made right here at Ringing Strings, in my new sewing studio.