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Roosebeck Psaltery Bow

3.9 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews

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Product Description

Wooden bow with nylon for the psaltery. Rosin for bow (VR200 D'Addario Rosin) sold separately. Never handle the hair of the bow with your hands. Oils from your skin will be absorbed by the bow hairs and leave permanent slick spots on the hair. The bow hair, whether it is made of real horsehair or synthetic fibers, will be slick. In order to grab the strings it will need to be coated with rosin.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 4 x 4 x 24 inches
Item Weight 1.6 ounces
Shipping Weight 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Manufacturer Roosebeck
ASIN B0009V9X4O
Item model number PSAB
Customer Reviews
3.9 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #14,613 in Beauty (See Top 100 in Beauty)
Date first available at Amazon.com February 19, 2008

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I have a walnut and maple handmade Psaltry ordered from a well-known couple who have made old-fashioned instruments for years at the Tamarack Artisans Hall in West Virginia. So, I am used to the longer, handmade walnut bows with real horsehair strings!
The Roosebeck bow was smaller and has white polyester strings that were not all tightened to the same tension that I was used to using. I suppose you can use scissors to cut-off loose strings??
I tried-out the Roosebeck bow, but went back to the comfortable feeling of my handmade, longer bow.
I returned the Roosebeck Bow to Amazon and had no problems getting a refund.
The Roosebeck bow would be more suitable for beginnig psaltry players. Once you get used to an old-style walnut-bow's size and tone, it may be harder to switch over to factory produced bows. Other customers may enjoy this smaller bow. The price is of Roosebeck Bow is much lower of course than that of a handcrafted wooden and horsehair bow, so some people may want to try the small Roosebeck bow for that reason.
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At first, I was disappointed with this bow, because it had synthetic strings rather than horsehair. But try as I might I could not find anyone who had horsehair bows in stock, so I was stuck with this one, which is identical to the one I got with my Stringed Psaltery from Lark of the Morning in California. The horsehair has more tooth, it is better in producing a tone. To satisfy myself, I bought some violin bows of horsehair, but they are entirely too long. I had also gotten the violin bows because there was no way to adjust the tension on the Psaltery bow. But I pushed on. I then discovered using the rosin and all fears about tooth and tightness disappeared. The Psaltery and bow were now in sync with one another, and I was happy

The finish on this bow is very nice, a darker brown, not the blond I find on so many instruments these days. There is a way to tighten the threads on the bow. But I am not adventuresome enough to try, as there seems to be remarkably little forgiveness in the design.

For all but the most accomplished professional, I recommend this bow (and get lots of rosin.)
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The hair is loose because the bow has no tension on it. The knots are glued tight so there is no adjustment to it. Don't bother with this one.(Update) They sent a replacement, it is no better than the first one.
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It is pretty and works ok. I didn't read the print where it says it is not real horse hair. Maybe our strings are old and sharp, haven't changed them out yet, but when we play our ukelin the bow leaves behind white stuff that is scrapping off on the strings. The ad says what it is I just didn't read. It matches our ukelin nicely.
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I am very pleased with my 2 new bows. They were exactly as described in the ad and even nicer than I expected!! iI bought two so I can learn how to play harmony while playing the melody.
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When I first received this bow, I thought it was too long for my bowed psaltery, but after I learned to play, I realized it was the right size. I am enjoying it very much. Thank you !
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Exactly as expected....the product arrived on time, packaging was good, and it worked just as advertised. I would recommend this bow....
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