minstrel: Re: minstrel-digest V1 #882

Paula bookwyrm at ureach.com
Fri Apr 21 15:54:57 PDT 2000

> -

> From: 
Debra=Grove%SSD_FINAID%MSCD at Bansrvr3.mscd.edu 
(Debra Grove)
> Date: Wed, 19 Apr 2000 16:27:54 -0600 (MDT)
> Subject: Re: minstrel: new topic/psaltry
> From: Christopher Gregory (Richard Crowder) 
<krummhorn at hotmail.com>, on 
> 4/19/00 4:21 PM:
> To: Incognito_SMTP at InfoTech@MSCD["Minstrel List" 
<minstrel at pbm.com>]
> > A member of our household is interested in 
acquiring a bowed psaltry. 
> I have
> > heard some debate of the "period-ness" of this 
instrument.  Could folk
> here
> > enlighten me, so that I may pass the 
information to her?
> >
> I know that the plucked psaltery is incredibly 
period, but I think the
> use
> of a bow on a triangular psaltery is a 20th 
century invention.
> Thank you.  I was fairly sure the triangular 
sort was modern; 

According to Musica Antiqua, the triangular 
psaltery is period: "Southern Europe, influenced 
by Moorish Spain, prefered the trapezoidal psaltry 
with three or
four strings to a note. Northern psalteries tended 
to be triangular or wing-shaped and single or

There is a link to their website from the SCA 
Music page and there is a bibliography at the 
bottom of the psaltery page, so you can verify it. 
 The URL is: 

It may not be the last word in authenticity, but 
they site seems to be a good source for period 
instruments of all sorts.


PS  From this site, I was also reassured to find 
that 12/11 hammered dulcimers with two bridges are 

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