A metal with an almost mirror-like natural finish, bardsteel grants a number of benefits to any instrument constructed with it. While performing with the instrument, the performer gains a +4 untyped bonus to perform checks, as well as the +1 competence bonus from masterwork. In addition, instruments constructed in this manner are strong enough to function as weapons. They deal 1d6 points of bludgeoning damage, count as silver for the purposes of damage reduction, and are treated as masterwork.

The cost of a bardsteel instrument is 500 GP above the regular price of the instrument. This includes the price of masterwork.