I have a 2/1/2 octave bowed psaltery. On the two shortest strings, G & F#, I get only a dead, scraping sound. I think I have enough rosin on the bow because as I bow up the strings (lower notes) the sound is quite sweet. I tried replacing those two strings but it didn't help. Any suggestions?
I have the same problem. The G won't even register on the electronic tuner.
Hopefully, someone will have a solution. Thanks for the reply.
I had a similar problem when I switched to a tackier rosin. When I switched back to normal rosin the problem went away. You may want o clean those strings in case they have oil from you hands on them. Then get a new coat of rosin on those strings.
Thanks for the reply. I totally replaced the strings and cleaned them with a rag damp with paint thinner. The rosin I have is for violin, viola, cello. Is that what I should be using?
I was hoping one of the Bowed Psaltery builders would have a comment on this issue but here is mine. There are a lot of poorly built Bowed Psalteries out there. I see many with beautiful boxes but have the strings on the high notes too short to work properly. The shortest string shouldn't be any shorter than one and one quarter inch long, any shorter it gets hard for the string to have enough room to resonate. You should also look at the notch on top of your rail pin, is it angled straight with the direction of the string? Is the notch too deep? Is it a tight fit and pinching the string? I would ask who built your bowed psaltery and would you put up a picture of it here so we can see if we can spot the problem.
My pastry looks brand new but it is not.. It was made by Schuenhut and they no longer make psalteries. The G string is 4.5 inches from hitch pin to tuning pin and the F# string is almost 6 inches. The grooves in the hitch pins are very shallow - I can't see them and can barely feel them with my fingernail.