I'm spending the day in the workshop. Got the heaters going and it's about 60 degrees in here. A good place to be when it looks like this outside.
It's been a while since my little workshop looked like this.
I've been putting the strings on a few psalteries after building and finishing the bridges. Experimenting with piezo pickups. I've got my amplifier plugged in and sitting on my router table. I'm testing with different placements of the piezo disc and also different mounting adhesives and foam tape. I'm also playing with some of the piezo film material to use for a pickup. So far that has given me problems with terrible feedback, I'm using the shielded wire as suggested. I may need to shield the soldered connections for it to work. The piezo discs work great with no, or very little, tendency to feedback. I just got in some flush mount input jacks that I really like.
Glad the neighbors are far enough away to not hear all this racket I'm making.
After getting everything hooked up how I wanted it, I started practicing tunes. Beautiful Savior (Fairest Lord Jesus) is a beautiful tune double bowed on the psaltery.
If you ever amplify your psaltery try adding some chorus effect to the sound. It really smooths out the sound of an amplified psaltery. Some guitar amps have that built in, or you can add it through an effects pedal. I also use a preamp that I attach to the tripod. That lets you adjust the volume, treble, and bass without stepping over to the amp.