Diatonic Bowed Psaltery in D With bow and case

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Diatonic Bowed Psaltery in D With bow and case



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Broader and shorter in length than the usual Chromatic Bowed Psaltery, with its distinctive Gothic shape, the Diatonic Bowed Psaltery was designed to be a more Harmonious musical instrument, like an Irish harp.


New improved model in D With 15 notes,D-d This diatonic model comes complete with simple pinewood case, bow and rosin. handcrafted in Tulip wood, maple and Spruce, strung with wire treble and viola bass strings, this instrument costs made to order.

I always use Hard maple for the Tuning pin block at the bottom for problem free tuning. easy to play and beautifully toned instrument!


The strings are arranged in a fan pattern, this was to make the bowing a little more fluid with the geometry of the human arm. Tuned to a white note scale rather like the old Irish harp, the instrument resonates sympathetically as different combinations are played. new2014 diatonic bowed psaltery As well as being a bowed instrument, this psaltery, like its medieval ancestor, responds well to plucking and also hammering.( see playing notes ) This instrument is suitable for folk, sacred and early music. The tuning Diatonic in the key of D is : D E F# G A B( bass side) and C# d e f# g a b c# d" (Treble) I have made these also in the key of G, C and F.
I designed this instrument in the early 1990's, initially to play Scottish pipe music and to get a more harmonic sound like the Irish harps I had started making but soon saw the potential as a folk instrument and changed the key to D.

The instrument was recently re-scaled and improvements made to the design including the use of plain steel treble strings, Viola bass strings, This means the D model no longer fits into a briefcase for travel but I build a case to fit and it still is a compact instrument for its pitch.

Now comes with fitted case and a pair of bows.

"The psaltery arrived today and is BEAUTIFUL. Thank you so much! It is amazingly resonant and I love the little harmonics it leaves hanging in the air at the end of a note. The curved edges really make a difference in how naturally you can move from note to note, in an arc rather than a straight line, and it's really lightweight and comfortable to hold. What a great design. It's beautifully made and the tulip wood is unusual and beautiful, with a grain/colour unlike any other instrument I've got. I'm absolutely thrilled with it, thank you!" Rebsie Fairholm UK .

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Chris Welsh 18 May, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

The lyre is beautifully crafted and is very loud. I could not be more pleased. It was exactly what I was expecting to get. Michael had great communication with me through the whole process. Thank you so much.

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Anna P 01 Aug, 2020

5 out of 5 stars

I’m so happy with my new bows. Thanks for all the help and advice too.

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Alma Sills 17 Aug, 2020

5 out of 5 stars

I ordered the 6 string lyre strings a while back, and didn't receive them (yay for global pandemics), so I contacted Mr. King. Since he was sending them out of his own pocket, I decided to purchase a set of kravik strings as well since I had planned on building one after the Anglo Saxon style lyre was complete. I'm blown away by how courteous and helpful he's been since the beginning, and I wish I could give more stars on the rating. I can finally finish my lyre and get to playing. Thank you again

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Clare 15 Feb, 2019

5 out of 5 stars

Beautifully crafted item, allowed my bowed psaltery to really spring into life.

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