Yes, the instrument I was playing is called a bowed psaltery.
I got in from Unicorn Strings:
According to further research I and others have done, it is not in fact a
bowed psaltery, which was 'invented' in the 1930's, and has an arched bridge
like a violin, but a bowed zither.
As such it is a period instrument, played with one bow, it is played in a
I'm sure, if they could have figured out how to hold the instrument, they
would have played with 2 bows.
I am planning to be at Fox Hunt again this year, and I will have my
'psaltery' with me.
If you would like to have a lesson on how to play, just ask.
Sent: Thursday, September 13, 2007 12:22 PM
Subject: [Ayreton] Musical Instrument
Last event in Foxvale I saw a gentle play an instrument with two
little bow like sticks. Looked like a dulcimer was but was not. She
told me what it was but I forgot what she called it. I would like to
She said it is very easy to play. I would like this gentle to get in
touch with me and give me some info on it and a possible website.
Lady Eleanor (smile)
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