minstrel: Psaltery plectrum

warden warden_2 at comcast.net
Tue Jun 27 11:12:55 PDT 2006

I think the plural is plectra but I'm not sure.

I do know that early harpsichords used quills for the plucking of the 
strings, so maybe there is a lead there.  There is documentation from 
the 1300s on the construction.

Good luck!

Teleri Barod wrote:
> For fun, I've picked up one of those "music maker"
> psalteries.  
> Five or six years ago, I saw someone playing a
> psaltery at the EK Royal Bardic competition in
> Delaware.  I think it *may* have been Gregory Blount
> of Isenfir, but I'm not sure.  The gentleman in
> question was playing the psaltery and using quills as
> plectrums (plectri?).  
> I've gotten myself a pair of turkey quills from the
> craft shop and they do seem to work pretty well.
> Does anyone know if this is documentable?  (New World
> source of quills aside for the moment... )  If it was
> Gregory, I suspect that it is. :)
> Thank you,
>  - Teleri
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