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EMS Plucked Psaltery with Padded Case

5 reviews
£204.17 excluding VAT (UK Export Price)

The EMS plucked psaltery is a well made inexpensive instrument with a typical 'pigsnout' shape. Played either by resting on the lap or leaning against the chest and plucked either with fingers or with a quill. Made from solid beech wood and spruce soundboard.

The EMS plucked psaltery comes with a carrying bag and a tuning key.

Tuning Schedule
(including string gauges)

g a b c 
d e f# g a b c d e f# g a b c d e f# g

Bold red text for 0.52mm strings

Bold black text for 0.36mm strings

Italic text for 0.30mm strings (shortest string
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Kay Y.
United Kingdom United Kingdom

medieval plucked psaltry

l am still tuning it in. but l think it will be lovely.quite loud very well made and authentic looking love the rosettes.l can't wait until it holds its tuning. just a few more day. then l can play my lovely early music solos on it. l am happy with my purchase.

Kathryn W.
United Kingdom United Kingdom

EMS Plucked Psaltery - good starting instrument

The instrument plays very well and once tuned stays stable (especially the longer you have it). A small number of pegs seem to slip slightly (i.e. those strings have a habit of going out of tune quicker than others, but this doesn't affect performance). I didn't have a problem tuning it up, but I am a musician and I have a good sense of pitch. I didn't use a tuner, but tuned the G against another instrument and then used that to tune all the Gs. Then I worked on the notes a fourth and fifth from that, and then all their octaves, and so on. Seems to work for me! I'm sure other tuning methods are available. Psaltery is so very versatile! You can play it in so many ways, including finger picking, using feather quills or plectra, strumming to make chords (like an autoharp - using your left hand to dampen the ones you dont want). You have to be a bit careful to not spike yourself with the end of a metal string when taking the instrument out of the case! I really like the spare strings and the tuning handle works very well. I had to send back the padded case as it had a broken zip pull but that issue was very quickly resolved.

Lucia C.
United Kingdom United Kingdom

Plucked Psaltery

Well made and looks nicer than the photo shown. Happy with purchase.

Jean-Paul G.
France France

Plucked psaltery

The instrument has a good quality/price ratio and its sound very well. I needed various hours to tune it. Using the tuning provided by the EMS I brooke a string so I decided to changed the tuning model to (from bottom to top) d-e-f#-g-a-b-c-d-e-f#-g-a-b-c-d-e-f#-g-a-b-c-d. It works very without any risk ok string breaking.

Hans B.

Good quality, perfect wood, good sound, good balance of price and prduct