Roosebeck Psaltery, Soprano, Left-Handed
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The Bowed Psaltery is a very beautiful melody instrument and also a very easy instrument to play.
The notes on a psaltery are similar to those on a piano. The natural notes, or white keys, are on one side and the sharps and flats, or black keys, are on the other. Each string plays one note. The Left-Handed Psaltery has the natural notes (white keys on the piano) on the left side, and the accidental notes (black keys on the piano) are on the right side. Using the psaltery bow, move across each string to play that particular note. The sound is beautiful, clear and almost ethereal.
You hold the left-handed Psaltery in the right hand and bow with the dominate left hand. You can actually play any Psaltery with two bows, one in the left hand and one in the right. Each bow playing one side of the instrument, or leapfrogging up one side of the instrument. It helps to have a little talent and a stand to hold the psaltery when attempting this trick.
This left-handed psaltery has 22 strings and a spruce soundboard with rosewood back and sides. The single sound hole features an intricately carved rosewood rosette.
It also comes with a psaltery bow, tuning tool and rosin.
Tuning: C5 - A6
Longest string length: 13"
Overall dimensions: 5.3" in width by 15" in length
Made in Pakistan.
SPECIAL NOTE - No Warranty on Strings: Manufacturers recommend that you change the strings on your instrument as soon as you receive it. During the long journey to your home the elements affect the strings and may shorten their life expectancy and reduce their sound quality. On occasion, a string may fail during this trip; therefore, it is recommended that you purchase a replacement set of strings and consider changing them as soon as possible. Learning to change strings should be the first lesson learned when embarking on the journey of playing a new instrument.