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BOWED PSALTERY

   
Definition: Box zither; A 20th Century (probably) adaptation of the psaltery in a triangular shape allowing for bowing on alternate sides. Other psalteries are usually plucked.
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BOWS

Bows for stringed instruments are generally made from hardwood sticks with a wooden 'frog' at one end where the player holds it. A small hank of horse hair is stretched from the frog to the tip. A sticky substance called rosin is used to make the hair grip the strings of the instrument and force the vibrations from it. The Bow...read more