Hi. Newbie here. I'm looking to buy a psaltery. Have my eye on a Unicorn Strings but saw this one on the builder's list from Cricket Fiddle It is refurbished but looks nice.
I see that Unicorn uses two pins/one string ... does this make it difficult to tune? Any thoughts on these two builders?
In case you don't catch this, one of our new members, Lisa, has a James Jones and posted a picture of herself with the psaltery. It looks huge : ) Anyway, I asked for her feedback on the instrument and she gave it. Here's the link if you idn't already read it.
I'm sure Lisa would be happy to answer any questions you have about the instrument.
Yes, happy indeed! I have had it since last August. It's an Alto and it is a larger size which gives it a full range. Here's the specs from his website:
The fuller sounding Alto has the same range as the Soprano plus an additional 1/2 octave going down to a C (32 strings). The Alto's body size is 26" x 9" x 1 3/4" (2 3/4" with pins) and is 3 lbs.
I had a pretty quick turnaround time as I recall. I did order the case and extra bow.