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Bubba Jordan replied to David Foley's discussion Just purchased my first psaltery
"Congrats Dave!! Now oooohh the wait.lol"
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Just purchased my first psaltery

Just bought my first psaltery from the Early Music Shop in Saltaire in the UK. They were an absolute pleasure to deal with and my instrument should arrive next Monday or Tuesday.I've got a book of basic introductory music and am quite excited now to see how far I can get with my extremely limited skills.I'll keep you posted!Best Wishes,DavidSee More
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robert schuler posted a status
"Captain Pugwash theme. Otherwise known as the Trumpet Hornpipe."
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Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey posted a status
"Sibylline shows us how to tune a Bowed Psaltery in 6 minutes! See her Youtube video....https://youtu.be/dQjE6R0VSZA"
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Two By Two at Spring Creek Psalteries

On our drive home from First Community Church of God we stopped at our friends shop to stop in and say hello. He builds some really wonderful instruments. Ch...
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Janet K. Bishop posted a status
"Hi everyone; I just got my baritone bowed psaltery from Rick Long; it almost makes me weep the sound is so beautiful."
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Feb 5
NaloMeli commented on Terry Butler's blog post Favorite bows.
"I ordered two 10 inch bows from Westman Instruments for double bowing. Also am hitting up my niece for some horse tail hair to re-hair my other bow. She has a herd of rescued race horses and an Appaloosa so I think I'll have some nice…"
Feb 5
SUE C WHEELER commented on Terry Butler's blog post Favorite bows.
"I just bought two 13" bows from Rick Long, cherry, with recessed knots, black horsehair. They are wonderful!!!!"
Feb 5
Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey posted a video

"THE QUEEN'S JIG" on Bowed Psaltery

A pleasant Playford English Country Dance tune.
Feb 4
robert schuler replied to robert schuler's discussion Tenor and Baritone psalteries for sale
"Yes its still available. I sent you a friends requist. This will allow us to e mail each other... Robert."
Feb 3
NaloMeli replied to robert schuler's discussion Tenor and Baritone psalteries for sale
"Hello, I was wondering if the Baritone found a home yet.  What would the shipping be to Central, SC? Peace, Nalo"
Feb 3
Terry Butler commented on Terry Butler's blog post Favorite bows.
"ringingstrings.com and just ask Rick Long about the cost of mini bows.  I started out with 10" but have gone up to about 11" as I can hold notes a bit longer.  :)  His standard bows are about 14" though, I think, with…"
Feb 2
NaloMeli commented on Terry Butler's blog post Favorite bows.
"Do you know where I might find some shorter bows for two handed playing? Or where I might find plans? Peace, Nalo"
Feb 2
Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey posted a status
""We Poor Laboring Men" sung with Bowed Psaltery...https://youtu.be/0CfFQJK8e_E"
Feb 2
robert schuler replied to SUE C WHEELER's discussion using amplification
"The EP01 soundboard transducer with end pin jack. These are simple to install and easy to use. Basically you stick it onto the soundboard... Robert..."
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Lisa Davidson commented on Donna Malus's blog post A Rose by any other name.....
"I read somewhere that the original word was Freiheit (Freedom), and that Beethoven had to change it to Freude (Joy) to keep the masters happy.  I hope this is true!"
Jan 31
SUE C WHEELER replied to SUE C WHEELER's discussion using amplification
"is this what you use? http://schattendesign.com/dulcimer.htm  Thanks, Robert. I've just started exploring."
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Just purchased my first psaltery

Started by David Foley in General BP Forum. Last reply by Bubba Jordan 12 minutes ago. 1 Reply

Just bought my first psaltery from the Early Music Shop in Saltaire in the UK. They were an absolute pleasure to deal with and my instrument should arrive next Monday or Tuesday.I've got a book of basic introductory music and am quite excited now to…Continue

Tenor and Baritone psalteries for sale

Started by robert schuler in For Sale. Last reply by robert schuler Feb 3. 2 Replies

Greetings, although I primarily build and sell mountain dulcimers, I occasionally build BP's. I am selling two identical models I built in 2007. They are in new condition and had been sitting on the shelf unused but kept up to pitch. Both are 25…Continue

using amplification

Started by SUE C WHEELER in How can I ..... ?. Last reply by robert schuler Feb 1. 3 Replies

does anyone have advice for amplification. When I play in jams or church, I'm told I need a pick up. I am totally ignorant of such things!Continue

Sheet music

Started by Mandy B in General BP Forum. Last reply by Greg Westman Jan 29. 4 Replies

Does anyone know if there is an arrangement of Muzettas Waltz for BP?

a treasure of PDF possibilities

Started by SUE C WHEELER in Sheet Music to Share. Last reply by Brenda Mangan Jan 26. 5 Replies

I have been chasing sheet music. As I have been playing with a hammered dulcimer group once a month, I am always looking for stuff on their playlist. I have found title after intriguing title here:…Continue

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Anybody from Scotland?

Started by Jacqui Adams in General BP Forum Jan 14. 0 Replies

I'm wondeing if anybody from Scotland in in this group.I have not seen or heard of any psaltery players around here and I live in the Scottish Borders. A friend thinks there is a Blind player in Glasgow area. It would be nice to meet others although…Continue

Unicorn strings psaltery on ebay for a fundraiser

Started by Wendi Schwartz in For Sale. Last reply by Audrey Lamoreaux Dec 28, 2015. 5 Replies

Hello, I hope posting this is ok. I donated a practically new Unicorn Strings Celtic dark wood psaltery with two bows, a case, rosing, and several books to a friend's ebay fundraiser. Here is the link…Continue

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Austin, Texas - live psaltery capital of the world?

Started by julie stiles in Are there any "jam" sessions near you that include the bowed psaltery?. Last reply by SUE C WHEELER Dec 28, 2015. 3 Replies

anyone else in Austin?  i know i'm working on a couple of friends to get/learn psalteries.  maybe someone else out there wants to join in?  Continue

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Christmas playing

Started by SUE C WHEELER in General BP Forum. Last reply by julie stiles Dec 27, 2015. 5 Replies

Any one playing for their church's Christmas program? Solo or in group? Yes, I'm searching for some ideas. I can do lots of tunes by ear, and my first spontaneous gig with the ladies who were hanging greens was very well received. I am…Continue

Your learning to play WHAT!

Started by Bubba Jordan in General BP Forum. Last reply by SUE C WHEELER Dec 21, 2015. 3 Replies

Yep I was actually asked this in a MUSIC STORE the other day.I don't know who in shock the most,him the owner's son for asking,or me being asked by him.This is a family owned music store quite nice I might add.With a large area for teaching many…Continue

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Bowed Psaltery Origins Continued: The Bladder Fiddle

Posted by Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey on January 28, 2016 at 7:30am 0 Comments

  Please see this YouTube video of traditional Baltic instruments being played...https://youtu.be/hMrumB7xMWE   Established authoritarian Musicology has long held that "There were no bowed musical instruments in Europe before Byzantine versions were introduced in the 10th century AD"! The Bladder Fiddle Family represents a long tradition of playing a bowed bass instrument of usually only two strings and often not fingered at all but instead played…

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high on bowed psaltery!!

Posted by SUE C WHEELER on December 26, 2015 at 8:42pm 0 Comments

When I bought my psalteries this summer, I imagined I would enjoy playing, and at some point might be competent enough to play at church or maybe a farmers' market. I had no idea how quickly doors would open for me to share the pleasure it has brought me. Almost immediately, I was able to contribute music to a family event.  My relations were superlative in their praise of my few tunes-- Amazing Grace, and I can't remember what else. I got plenty of practice trying to explain the instrument…

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Continuing my journey with bowed psalteries

Posted by SUE C WHEELER on November 8, 2015 at 1:57pm 4 Comments

I obtained my Baritone Roosebeck Psaltery on Aug 8, 2015, and my Cabin Creek Alto on October 19, 2015. I realize this is adding family members rather rapidly, but I'm guessing there's folks out there that understand this! I love the low tones of the baritone, and the fact that I never "run out" of notes. It seems that 37 strings is quite a luxury. On the other hand, the little cherry Cabin Creek is easier to play and to carry around. While exploring options, the friendly attention from the…

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Bowed Psaltery Relative: The Dan Bau

Posted by Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey on August 21, 2015 at 7:30pm 0 Comments

 The Bowed Psaltery consists of a scale of individual strings each tuned to a specific pitch and arranged to be played upon one at a time by a bow. Each individual string is a musical instrument in its self called a Monochord. Monochords are the earliest stringed instruments with all other stringed instruments progressing from that first development. Many different Monochords were developed by many cultures through out history. One of these, the Vietnamese Dan Bau, sometimes described as a…

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My bowed psaltery debut, plus I'm all set up!

Posted by SUE C WHEELER on August 21, 2015 at 6:54am 0 Comments

Ten days after acquiring my bowed psaltery (baritone), I was able to play some tunes as my cousins scattered ashes--both of their parents had died last year. The service was brief, informal, but beautiful, on the banks of the Sauble River.The guitar player and I each found a seat on moss covered tree limbs. I was told my music was very significant. Amazing Grace, Simple Gifts, Come by the Hills, and a little noodling. In other news, my James Jones platform came yesterday and I'm all set up…

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Your Bowed Psaltery Adventures: Things People Say!

Posted by Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey on July 17, 2015 at 11:30am 3 Comments

  When you bravely take your Bowed Psaltery out in public you have to be prepared to say, "It's a Bowed Psaltery" while playing and explain about it little, so many people are amazed they have never seen one before and need to know "What is that?" RIGHT NOW! "Do you ever play the strings in the middle?" Is a pretty common question. You get all possible reactions ranging from complete indifference to absolute "Stop that and go away or I will hurt you." But you will find many people are…

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The Passing of Jean Ritchie

Posted by Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey on June 4, 2015 at 1:30pm 1 Comment

 http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/03/arts/music/jean-ritchie-who-revived-appalachian-folk-songs-dies-at-92.html?_r=0  If you look at one of the photos with this article about Jean Ritchie's life you might notice a Bowed Psaltery in the back ground. Jean and I crossed paths at different folk events often enough that she remembered my name and encouraged my Bowed…

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Favorite bows.

Posted by Terry Butler on April 30, 2015 at 9:34pm 4 Comments

I've tried quite a few kinds of bows including violin bows. My favorites are the light weight ones that Rick Long makes and I must have 5 or six sets including 2 double connected bows. Synthetic is OK but can be rather worthless in high humidity.  Was playing outside on a rainy day under a trailer awning and couldn't get any sound with those!  Like no rosin at all no sound.  Dark horsehair seems to grab the strings best in situations like that.  Tend to prefer the horsehair now since then.…

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problem with wound strings Greg you're sort of right but if you use flatwound strings it does work on a pasaltery.I have used them on a psaltery.The only trouble is you have to drill out the hole in …

Posted by Mouth Bow on April 8, 2015 at 3:24pm 0 Comments

problem with wound strings
Greg you're sort of right but if you use flatwound strings it does work on a pasaltery.I have used them on a psaltery.The only trouble is you have to drill out the hole in the zipper to get the string through the hole if you're wanting a deep bass on a bowed psaltery like Alto flatwound is the way to go you'll feel it through the instrument.it ran shivers down me it was so beautiful of a sound. Continue

Problems Using Wound String On A Bowed Psaltery

Posted by Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey on March 24, 2015 at 9:55pm 4 Comments

  First my disclaimer: I have never built any Bowed Psalteries, I am just an avid BP player and sometimes a luthier groupie! I have however adjusted the pins, strung, and restrung hundreds of Bowed Psalteries new and old. I see older BP's that had wound strings put on them. Often the wound on wire has worn to breaking and unraveling where it goes over the top of the rail pin. If you look at an AutoHarp you will see they have the wrapping stop before the core sting goes over the bridges to…

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Spring Creek Psalteries - Sharon & Terry Kirby

http://www.springcreekpsalteries.com/

330-323-0618

From the Wood - Wayne Gaydos

765-468-7387

http://fromthewoodsinstruments.com/

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Waynie Psaltery - Wayne Simms

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Prairie Psaltery - Richard Celata

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Loon Song Psalteries-Charlie Marshall

http://www.loonsongpsalteries.com/

 

New Tradition Dulcimers- Dan Daniels

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Jon Williams Psalteries
(386) 853-0944

Westman Instruments - Tish & Greg Westman
http://www.westmaninstruments.com

Ringing Strings - Rick Long
http://ringingstrings.com

Michael J King Instrumetns - Diatonic Psalteries
http://www.michaeljking.com/psalterymaking.htm

Inspired Instruments – Carol and Joe Esch
http://www.windridgefarm.us/bowedpsaltery.htm

James Jones Instruments
http://www.jamesjonesinstruments.com/bowedpsaltery/bowedpsaltery.html

Omega Strings – Richard Spencer
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Master Works Bowed Psalteries - Russell Cook
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Paul G.Sykes - MS  

Located in Hattiesburg
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601-583-4115

 

Gregg Schneeman - California
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Peter Tommerup - California
San Francisco Bay Area
Bowed Psaltery and other Instruments
408-867-4324
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Celeste Howard Ray
Bowed Psaltery lessons via Skype
347-796-4484
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Maureen Barnes - Illinois
Bowed Psaltery lessons in Bloomington, IL
309-828-7957
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Dona Benkert -
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Lessons at Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago, IL
Phone: 773.728.6000
& Folk-Lore Center, Warrenville, IL
Phone: 630.393.1247
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Tish Westman - West Virginia
Lessons at Tamarack, Beckley, WV. Wednesday workshops also available for individual classes and to teach at festivals.
Sunday "Jam" 3:30 to 6:00. All instruments welcome, play mostly Old Time, Celtic & Gospel Music, not opposed to trying any tune called, once did a rap on Bowed Psalteries.
1-304-575-0998
tishwestman@yahoo.com
www.westmaninstruments.com

Rick Long - Tennessee
Lessons at Rick's home/workshop in Clinton, 30 mins N of Knoxville
(865) 660-4026
http://www.ringingstrings.com/lessons.html

Karla Armstrong - Pennsylvania
Karla plays a variety of instruments and does workshops as well. Please visit her web site for additional information or contact her via the web site or the information below.
(717) 632-8099
karlaarms@upontheharp.com
http://upontheharp.com

Carol Esch - Kentucky
Lessons in Carol's home/workshop south of Lexington.
606-676-0128
esch@qx.net
http://www.windridgefarm.us/bowedpsaltery.htm

Honey Smith Walls - Florida
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Melbourne, FL
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