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RWC Finished and Kit Bowed Psaltery

 

Plucked Psaltery = Hog-nose Psaltery

The psaltery (the name coming from the Greek word 'Psalterion') probably filtered into Europe from the Near East during the crusades.

Illustrations dating from the 12th century onwards depict the instrument in many different forms offering the possibility that a bowed psaltery could have been played in these early times.

However, the triangular bowed psaltery that is in common use today is a modern folk instrument, fully chromatic with diatonic notes on the right hand side and semitones on the left. [more about the Bowed Psalteries]

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RWC Finished and Kit Bowed Psaltery

 

RWC Plucked Psaltery
Our Bowed Psalteries are available in three qualities: 'maestro', 'weekender' and 'funday'.

We produce three sizes of our 'maestro' psalteries: soprano, alto and tenor and the soprano in the other series.

Each instrument is hand built to special order in our own workshops in Toledo (Spain) and comes with 12 months warranty.

The 'maestro' bowed psalteries are made from fine quality solid timbers: English sycamore for the back / framework and selected Swiss pine for the soundboard.

Strung in fine gauge steel music wire the psaltery has a sweet 'singing' tonal quality.

Each instrument comes complete with a simple fixed arch bow, tuning lever and soft carrying case.

The soprano is the smallest, measuring only 38cm in length, and the most popular size of psaltery. It has a fully chromatic two octave range f - f''.

The alto measures a little under 50cm in length and has a fully chromatic two octave range Bb - bb'.

The tenor is the largest size of psaltery at slightly over 60cm long and has a fully chromatic two octave range F - f'.


The 'Weekender' Psaltery is a soprano bowed psaltery, wire strung, with a fully chromatic range of 2 octaves f' - f'''.

Our special laminated Pine tonewood is used for the soundboard with sycamore and laminated birch for the framework and back of the instrument.


The 'funday' finished psaltery is a soprano bowed psaltery, the most popular size for this instrument with a fully chromatic range of 2 octaves f - f''.

Built by our craftsmen to the same high standards as our other instruments the 'funday' bowed psaltery comes in a choice of Natural, Charcoal, Magenta, Cyan or Lemon colours.

Bow and case are extra options.


A fixed arch bow suitable for most psalteries. The bow has a sycamore 35cm stick (the standard length for a psaltery) with location slots at either end to hold the knotted ends of the dark horse hair.

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RWC 'Weekender' Bowed Psaltery Kit

 

Plucked Psaltery Kit
The same range of bowed Psalteries are offered in kit form for home assembly.

The Bowed Psaltery Kits are the simplest of all our stringed instruments to build.

The price includes the license to build one instrument for private use.

A fully dimensioned plan and instruction manual take the builder through the construction of the instrument in a clear and concise manner, with 'step by step' photographs further illustrating each stage.

All the kits Include free access to our customer 'Helpline' should you need any advice on construction, setting-up or playing.

In the 'maestro' bowed psaltery Kits Swiss pine, sanded to thickness, is supplied for the soundboard ready for glueing onto the sycamore framework pieces when assembled.

The back is veneered in mahogany and rosewood, offering the builder a choice of matching or contrasting with the mahogany veneer supplied for finishing the sides.

Tuning pins, tuning lever, steel stringing and a template with drill bit complete the kit.

The kits include the Psaltery Bow Kit.

The Soprano is 17cm wide, 38cm long. Range: ¿f - f''?.

The Alto is 18cm wide, 49cm long. Range: ¿f - f''?.

The Tenor is 20cm wide, 61cm long. Range: ¿f - f''?.

A soft padded case is available as an optional extra.


The 'Weekender' Psaltery kit builds into a soprano bowed psaltery, wire strung, with a fully chromatic range of 2 octaves f' - f'''.

It is one of a range 'Weekender' kits which have been designed for ease of assembly, practicality and economy. They are enjoyable to build and can be finished, as the name implies, in a weekend or two.

All the parts are supplied cut to size.

The parts supplied are made from the best quality materials chosen for their ease of use and tonal qualities. Our special laminated Pine tonewood is used for the soundboard with sycamore and laminated birch for the framework and back of the instrument.


The 'funday' soprano bowed psaltery kit can be assembled in one day and requires no woodworking ability. All you have to do is apply a coat of satin polyurethane varnish (not provided) to bring out the natural beauty of the wood grain.

Top quality birch ply is supplied shaped and hollowed to provide a surprisingly resonant yet stable body. The holes for the bridge pins and tuning pins are pre-drilled ready for you to hammer in the pins and fit the strings.

We even supply the bow stick ready to attach the bow hair.

Now the only decision to make is which colour to choose - Natural, Charcoal, Magenta, Cyan or Lemon!

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RWC 'Funday' series of Bowed Psalteries

 

Plucked Psaltery Plan
You can make the same range of our 'maestro' instruments from scratch, following detailed step-by-step instructions through the construction process in a clear and concise manner.

A fully dimensioned plan and a set of photographs illustrates each stage.

The price includes the license to build one instrument for private use.

 


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