Hi to all.  My psaltery arrived this afternoon.  I have not had time to work with it yet, but it is gorgeous.  The bows are so beautiful!  I was wondering how the bows are carried?  There is a flap on the inside of the instrument case, but I have two bows.  Does anyone have a bow case, or some other way of storing and transporting the bows?  Thanks to all for any information.

Regards,

Sue

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Congratulations Sue!!! You'll love it. The case I have from Rick for the baritone has a place for two bows. I'm not sure what your case looks like. Why don't you ask Rick what he would suggest.
Hi Donna thanks for the reply. Do you have pockets in your case that you slip your bows into and they are held securely, or do you put them under the little flaps inside the case?
Regards,
Sue
My Rick Long case has two zipper pockets on the outside of the case that each takes one of my bows. My other case has a large outer pocket with an envelope to slip a bow into. It only takes one. This envelope is inside a larger pocket and I put a second bow in the pocket outside of the envelope. It's not as protected but I don't have anything else in there.
I doubt that is much help for you though.
Hi Donna,
I have not had time to examine the case. There might be a pocket that I missed. If not, I will either have to find something else or make something to keep the bows in.
Regards,
Sue
Hi Sue, that's great news! Congrats! Can't wait to see some pics if you can post them.

My psalteries came with one of two kinds of cases:

The rectangular ones with the internal flaps store the bows under the flaps. They have a small outside pocket for rosin, wrench, and tuner, but aren't long enough for the bow. There are actually four flaps in the case, so I guess you could carry four bows.

The fitted, triangular shaped cases that have an external pocket. Inside that pocket is a long sleeve that holds the bows. While they are intended for a single bow, I've always cheated and put two bows in there with no problems. I suppose that's not the best way though. Some say they can get tangled up or damaged, but that has not happened to me yet. Your mileage may vary.

Anyway, I've never seen the need to carry a separate bow case, although that would probably be handy if I had a lot of bows and extra stuff to lug around. I really wish someone would sell hard shell cases. I've seen a couple in pictures, but they aren't commercially available as far as I know.
Hi Tim,
my case, rectangular, has flaps on the inside, but when the bow was put in and the case closed, the bow kind of fell out an lay on top of the psaltery. I havent had much time to work with it. What brand of case do you have? Im not sure if the horse hair is supposed to go up when the bow is inserted under the flaps? That makes sense, as it would keep the rosin off the psaltery. Im so excited to try it. Hope to find time today! The psaltery is beautiful as are the bows.
Regards,
Sue
Hi Sue, The bows should be tucked under the bottom flap, rosined hair first, before you put the psaltery in the case. A good way to keep them separated and off of the psaltery is to use a small terry cloth hand towel, you can get a black one at Walmart for a couple of dollars. Lay that, folded, in the bottom of the case and let it overlap the flap that the bows are under. This gives you a little extra padding in the case and also give you a soft towel to wipe off the back and sides of the psaltery after playing. This time of year sweaty hands aren't good for a lacquer finish.

You are correct that keeping the rosined hair stored under this flap will keep the rest of the case clean.

I often forget to mention this and will be adding it to the "Start Here" sheet. Glad you asked.
Well, there we have it. Couldn't ask for a more definitive answer from a more qualified source!

I have two of Rick's soprano instruments: a standard chromatic and my custom diatonic. I carry them both in the same case. They nest together and fit nicely in the rectangular case.
Hi Rick,
thanks for the information. Im glad to find out how to put the bows in correctly. I didnt want to damage my psaltery.
Regards,
Sue

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