Bowed Psaltery Kit
RWC 'Weekender' Bowed Psaltery Kit
The same range of bowed Psalteries are offered in kit form for home
The Bowed Psaltery Kits are the simplest of all our stringed instruments
The price includes the license to build one instrument
for private use and 12 months free access to our 'helpline' for advice on construction, setting up, playing
To ensure success, even for the first time builder, each kit includes:
A fully dimensioned working template,
A manual with clear and concise step-by-step full assembly instructions.
A set of photographs illustrating further each stage.
In the 'maestro' bowed psaltery Kits Swiss pine, sanded to
thickness, is supplied for the soundboard ready for glueing onto the
sycamore framework pieces when assembled.
The back is veneered in mahogany and rosewood, offering the builder a
choice of matching or contrasting with the mahogany veneer supplied for
finishing the sides.
Tuning pins, tuning lever, steel stringing and a drill bit
complete the kit.
The kits include the Psaltery Bow Kit.
The Soprano is 17cm wide, 38cm long. Range:
¿f - f''?.
The Alto is 18cm wide, 49cm long. Range:
¿f - f''?.
The Tenor is 20cm wide, 61cm
long. Range: ¿f - f''?.
A soft padded case is available as an optional extra.
The 'Weekender' Psaltery kit builds into a soprano bowed psaltery,
wire strung, with a fully chromatic range of 2 octaves f' - f'''.
It is one of a range 'Weekender' kits which have been designed for ease
of assembly, practicality and economy. They are enjoyable to build and can
be finished, as the name implies, in a weekend or two.
All the parts are supplied cut to size.
The parts supplied are made from the best quality materials chosen for
their ease of use and tonal qualities. Our special laminated Pine tonewood
is used for the soundboard with sycamore and laminated birch for the
framework and back of the instrument.
The 'funday' soprano bowed psaltery kit can be assembled in one
day and requires no woodworking ability. All you have to do is apply a coat
of satin polyurethane varnish (not provided) to bring out the natural beauty
of the wood grain.
The 'funday' range of instrument kits have been designed with the
complete beginner in mind requiring the very minimum of assembly skills.
Top quality birch ply is supplied shaped and hollowed to provide a
surprisingly resonant yet stable body. The holes for the bridge pins and
tuning pins are pre-drilled ready for you to hammer in the pins and fit the
We even supply the bow stick ready to attach the bow hair.
Now the only decision to make is which colour to choose - Natural,
Charcoal, Magenta, Cyan or Lemon!