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Archie Smith Welcomes You!
Welcome to Archie Smith Instruments, Here you will find information on the different types of instruments that I make. Please use the links at the bottom of the page to navigate the site. Most pictures on the site enlarge if you just click on them. Now let me tell you a little bit about me.
In the tradition and spirit of the fine Old World Craftsmen, I work alone. I plan and design, “scout out” sources (from over the world) and acquire the varied and specific materials that I want. I then cut, saw, resaw, bookmatch, glue, sign, date, number, drill, clamp, trim, carve, cut out and prepare various materials for inlay, do the inlay work itself, shape, sand, spray, buff, press in anchors, screw in tuners, string, tune and play my instruments. (I also sweep up the sawdust.)
I make three types of instruments- the mountain or lap dulcimer, the bowed psaltery and the plucked psaltery All three are wooden string instruments and all three have their own type of “voice”.Read More
Featured Instruments for Sale
You will, no doubt, notice a shift in direction for Archie Smith Instruments with the new emphasis on “on line sales.” An explanation for this is found in my latest post – Aging Has Reared It’s Head.
ALL of my bowed psalteries and dulcimers are one-of-a-kind. While some may be made from the same type of wood, no two will look or sound exactly alike. The Standard bowed psaltery has no binding or inlays and has 6 coats of Classical Instrument Lacquer. The Signature Series has the same basic construction but has binding (usually Holly or Ebony), inlays and 18 coats of Classical Instrument Lacquer (this takes about a month for the finishing process rather than about a week for the Standard). All bowed psalteries come with a case, etc. (please see photo etc. among photos of featured instruments.
I will offer FREE SHIPPING for the time being and all of my instruments are guaranteed for my working life – I will either repair or replace a defective instrument.