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The Parkstone Melody Saw is available in 3 sizes, 22", 26" and 30" and is made from fully ground carbon steel 80. This specially made saw uses incredibly flexible steel and allows the saw to be played with a bow when placed between the knees. The saw does have teeth but these are NOT sharpened or set as with normal woodcutting saws. We also take around 4" of the teeth off from the bottom end of the saw to ensure these do not catch on your clothes whilst playing.
We have developed our range of Musical Saws with the assistance of Charles Hindmarsh, The Yorkshire Musical Saw Player (www.playthesaw.co.uk) and have even got a guide that is available with these saws to help you get started. Our range is intended to cater for beginners and more advanced players with a range of budgets and catered for.
The 22" saw is more of a soprano saw and maybe somewhat easier for a child to play/beginner.
The 26" is a mid range saw but does cover a good range from A (below middle C) to top C.
The 30" is a bass saw and is capable of 2 and a half octaves - bottom F to top A
Please check our other website: www.musicalsaws.co.uk for the info on ranges (on the more info part of the site)
The length of the saw changes the depth of the sound.
We have two handle options which means we can cater for all budgets. This saw's original specification as per Roberts & Lee Saws (who made these this way prior to us purchasing this company), has a handle made from American Black Walnut. We have also added a beech handle range (standard handsaw handle shape) to offer a different budget option.
These saws can be played using any bow, I have selected a range of standard violin bows. We also have a "cheat" available which is the wood attachment often used to help bend the blade. This makes playing much more comfortable as the thumb can tire after playing for a while. Please select this if needed.
This is a great gift item for any musically inclined person, or anyone who fancies trying something a little different!
We have supplied these to many musicians across the UK and further away, including Sheffield's own Richard Hawley (Pulp member and 6 solo alblums including Cole's Corner, Lady's Bridge and his latest album Truelove's Gutter). Hawley's grandfather was a musical saw player which inspired him to use this instrument in his song "Don't Get Hung Up in Your Soul" (on the Truelove's Gutter album) played by David Coulter. Hawley bought 3 musical saws from us as a gift!
Bow not included with saw but are available as a separate option (see below).
To listen to some great examples of some of my personal favourites of people playing the Musical Saw, these can be found on the internet....
Austin Blackburn from Britain's Got Talent who played "You Raise Me Up" to the Judges....
Ian Harris on "Love is The End" by Keane, taken from their album "Perfect Symmetry". Amazing as a live version.....All prices are shown exclusive of VAT