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?
Thanks for your suggestions - I'll try them.
Frances, forgive me for coming to this late. You never said what gauge strings your using. The string lengths are good, so try a very light gauge string like .009 to .010. Heavier strings just don't vibrate well at 5 or 6" VSL. Unlike the violin where you want rosen free strings the psaltery is the opposite, add rosen to the strings as well as the bow... Robert
Thanks for the reply. Am using .010 strings.