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The Bowed Psaltery is a beautiful sounding instrument with rich history. Roosebeck Psalteries feature a handcrafted Lacewood body with a rounded edge for added comfort and a lighter feel for easier handling. The soundboard is Spruce. You'll find them to have a solid feel, while producing crisp tonal quality. Roosebeck Psalteries are available in left and right handed models and sizes including Soprano, Alto, and Baritone. All on sale with Free Shipping.
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It's Easy to Play the Bowed Psaltery DVD by Jan & John Hagerman It's Easy to Play the Bowed Psaltery DVD by Jan & John Hagerman

Featured on numerous television and cable programs, recording artists Jan and John Hagerman lead you from beginning through advanced psaltery playing techniques as well as how to care for and maintain your instrument. Covers how to hold your instrument and bow, basic bowing techniques, what to do if you don't read music, how to change a string, playing with two bows, playing with other instruments, and more. Free instructional booklet included with DVD.

List Price: $24.95
Sale Price: $22.95
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Roosebeck Bowed Soprano Psaltery Roosebeck Soprano Psaltery, Right-Handed

Featuring a thinner body with rounded edges for comfort & playability, this right-handed Roosebeck Soprano Bowed Psaltery has 22 strings, ranging C5 - A6. Constructed with a spruce soundboard on a body of Lacewood. The single sound hole features an intricately carved sheesham rosette. Tuning: C5 - A6 Overall dimensions: 7.5" in width by 20.5" in length Body/Bowl: 15.5" x 1.5" X 5.5". Strings at Bridge 4.0" width Scale Length 13.0 inches longest string. Extra String Set, Psaltery Bow, Tuning tool, & Rosin Included. Free Shipping.

List Price: $199.00
Sale Price: $179.95
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Roosebeck Alto Psaltery, Left-Handed Roosebeck Alto Psaltery, Left-Handed

Featuring a thinner body with rounded edges for comfort & playability, this left-handed bowed psaltery has 30 strings, ranging F4-Bb6. Constructed with a spruce soundboard on a body of lacewood. The single sound hole features an intricately carved sheesham rosette. Tuning: F4 - Bb6 Overall dimensions: 7.5" in width by 20.5" in length Body/Bowl: 20.5"x1.5"X7.5" Strings at Bridge 5.5" width Scale Length 17.5 inches longest string. Extra String Set, Psaltery Bow, Tuning tool, & Rosin Included. Free Shipping.

List Price: $279.00
Sale Price: $239.95
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Roosebeck Alto Psaltery Roosebeck Alto Psaltery, Right-Handed

Featuring a thinner body with rounded edges for comfort & playability, this right-handed bowed psaltery has 30 strings, ranging F4-Bb6. Constructed with a spruce soundboard on a body of lacewood. The single sound hole features an intricately carved sheesham rosette. Tuning: F4 - Bb6 Overall dimensions: 7.5" in width by 20.5" in length Body/Bowl: 20.5"x1.5"X7.5" Strings at Bridge 5.5" width Scale Length 17.5 inches longest string. Extra String Set, Psaltery Bow, Tuning tool, & Rosin Included. Free Shipping.

List Price: $279.00
Sale Price: $239.95
3 in stock
Roosebeck Baritone Psaltery, Left-Handed Roosebeck Baritone Psaltery, Left-Handed

Featuring a thinner body with rounded edges for comfort & playability, this left-handed bowed Roosebeck Baritone Psaltery has 37 strings, ranging from C3 - C6. Constructed with a spruce soundboard on a body of lacewood. The single sound hole features an intricately carved sheesham rosette. Tuning: C3 - C6. Overall dimensions: Body/Bowl: 29.5" L X 1.5"H X 10.12" W. Strings at Bridge: 7.87" wide. Scale length: 25.75 inches . Extra String Set, Psaltery Bow, Tuning tool, & Rosin Included. Free Shipping.

List Price: $349.00
Sale Price: $289.95
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Roosebeck Baritone Psaltery, Right-Handed Roosebeck Baritone Psaltery, Right-Handed

Featuring a thinner body with rounded edges for comfort & playability, this right-handed Roosebeck Baritone Bowed Psaltery has 37 strings, ranging from C3 - C6. Constructed with a spruce soundboard on a body of lacewood. The single sound hole features an intricately carved sheesham rosette. Tuning: C3 - C6. Overall dimensions: Body/Bowl: 29.5" L X 1.5"H X 10.12" W. Strings at Bridge: 7.87" wide. Scale length: 25.75 inches . Extra String Set, Psaltery Bow, Tuning tool, & Rosin Included. Free Shipping.

List Price: $349.00
Sale Price: $289.96
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The Bowed Psaltery is a beautiful sounding melody instrument producing a clear and ethereal sound. The psaltery is also a very easy to play. The psaltery bow is held in the dominate hand and only one string is played at a time, being bowed between the Hitch Pins. You may choose to play your psaltery with two bows, one in each hand. With that technique, each bow plays one side of the instrument. Playing the Psaltery may seem daunting until you understand the placement of the notes. Look at the psaltery and you will see the Hitch Pins along one side are evenly spaced (like white keys on a piano). On the opposite side the Hitch Pins are arranged in groups of 3 and 2 with spaces between (like the black keys on a piano). Bowing the evenly spaced strings plays the natural notes. Sharps and flats are played by reaching the bow over to the opposite side of the instrument. A Right-Handed Psaltery has the natural notes on the right side, the Left-Handed Psaltery has the natural notes are on the left side. The Bow must be rosined before it can play the strings. To rosin up the bow, rough up the surface of the new rosin, a key or nail file works will. Rosin the ends of the hairs first, in short fast strokes, then rosin the full length from end to end. Rotate the rosin cake under the hairs as you drag the bow across. This rotation will maintain a flat surface and prevent a deeply grooved rosin which can damage bow hairs. A properly rosined bow will have rosin powder evenly distributed throughout the hair. Never handle the hair of the bow with your hands. Oils from your skin will leave permanent slick spots that will inhibit retention of the rosin powder. Clean your bow with a soft dry cloth after each use. Occasionally, wipe the playing area of the strings. Rosin which is allowed to accumulate too heavily, especially on the undersides of the strings, will adversely affect the tone and playability of the instrument.