Based on my vast experience of replacing ONE string ;)I recreated the steps I went thru replacing my broken string. It may not be how a professional does it but I tried to redo what I saw on the other non-broken strings.Hope this helps anyone else…Continue
Does anyone know how to rehair an early Kingslake bow? It has an adjustment much like the Song in the wood one, but the hairs are glued into the tip like a violin bow. I took it to a violin shop and they didn't know what kind of glue was used. It…Continue
Started by Richard Switzer in Are there any "jam" sessions near you that include the bowed psaltery?. Last reply by Dawn Wilson May 11. 31 Replies 0 Likes
Dave and Paulette Lucas host a psaltery jam at their cabin at Tannehill Ironworks State Park near Birmingham, AL. It is usually the last Saturday of the month, they also give lessons and are willing to play other times they are there. Check out…Continue
Hi - I play in the UK for a West Gallery Quire who use music from the 1750's to 1850's appox. When they sing unaccompanied they use shape note music - mostly American - and I wonder if there is much use made of shape-notes in the USA. I would be…Continue
The preferred horse hair of professional violinists is said to be "White Siberian" horse hair. Adapted to the cold and harsh environment the horse's tail hairs grow sturdy and have the right grip. More on grip later. Next is other natural white…Continue
Yesterday I was contacted by Bob Jensen of Jensen Photography. Bob was the official photographer for the Nottingham Festival in California (FaceBook page…Continue
This is a new Psaltery I purchased from Rick a couple of months ago. For $650.00. I bought 2 Psaltery's at the time. A D psaltery and this Tenor. As I am trying to also learn the dulcimer I don't need both of these. It is quilted maple/ walnut…Continue
For those of you who have the Psaltery Strings Music Book, Rick Long has put sound clips for each song on his web site. Practicing along with the sound clip can be very fun and make practice more fun. It is particularly helpful if you don't know a…Continue
I've tried quite a few kinds of bows including violin bows. My favorites are the light weight ones that Rick Long makes and I must have 5 or six sets including 2 double connected bows. Synthetic is OK but can be rather worthless in high humidity. Was playing outside on a rainy day under a trailer awning and couldn't get any sound with those! Like no rosin at all no sound. Dark horsehair seems to grab the strings best in situations like that. Tend to prefer the horsehair now since then.…Continue
First my disclaimer: I have never built any Bowed Psalteries, I am just an avid BP player and sometimes a luthier groupie! I have however adjusted the pins, strung, and restrung hundreds of Bowed Psalteries new and old. I see older BP's that had wound strings put on them. Often the wound on wire has worn to breaking and unraveling where it goes over the top of the rail pin. If you look at an AutoHarp you will see they have the wrapping stop before the core sting goes over the bridges to…Continue
I'm just dropping a line to invite you to our 4th Tuesday of the month folk music jam in Downey, CA, U.S.A. You can find details at www.Celticana.net. Hope we can make music together!
Hi Robert. Thanks for your comment. On what size of psaltery do you use .012? The should be some relationship beetween the size of the instrument and the gauge(s) used, otherwise strings would be rather too tight (and break easily) or too loose to produce sound. Do you find that is the case? The strings are attached with piano-style loop to small nails on the side of the psaltery. I will send more pictures where you can see the details.
Brenda, I believe we have the same issue here. So…
Ok. Here you can see a few pictures of Capa's psalteries, made in Sant Sebastià de Montmajor, Catalonia, Europe. The one on the left needs to be restrung, and the other two need tuning, but they are almost finished. For any questions please contact me at saltiri d'arc.
Capa is the nickname for José Antonio Caparrós, who has his own page on this site. I am using his material with his knowledge and permission, as he has difficulty both with computers and English... I am incorporating my knowledge of piano stringing and my music experience into his beautiful psalteries, but all the woodwork must be credited to him only.
We are working on the stringing now. I would love to hear people's preferences and issues,as we are having doubts deciding the best gauges for each size of psaltery. As you know, Capa has his own way of attaching the strings to the far end without using hitch pins. Any comments from the members of this site?