I'm in a discussion with a customer that is ordering two custom psalteries. One of his requests is for me to change the notes that I mark with dots. I have always marked the C's on the chromatic psalteries with a single dot. I recently started…Continue
Hi..I can't find a lot of information on the net about bass bowed psalteries, but I would love to have one that goes down at least to the C below middle C, and further down would be even better. Are there any used ones for sale that are close to…Continue
I wanted to share this with all of you in case anyone would like to help Archie Smith out.Archie Smith builds bowed psalteries. I believe he mainly sells on his site and at Art Shows. Not too long back Archie had an injury and severed three of his…Continue
Well, after what seemed like forever, I finally acquired my new psaltery instruments. I went to the little mountain instrument shop about a block from my shop and checked out the psalteries that he had. He did not have the one I was hoping to…Continue
January 2013 already.....this months sheet music is The Cruel War. I remember hearing this as a young girl during those wonderful folk music years of Joan Baez, Peter, Paul and Mary and so on!…Continue
The sheet music for March 2013 is "Tennessee Waltz" Bear in mind that it is not Public Domain (hard to believe) so this is for education and personal use only.The sheet music PDF file is in the body of this message and two MP3s are attached. One…Continue
May's song is "Minutet in G" but many of you will remember the song from the 60's as "Lover's Concerto". I liked it then and I like it now! This is the arrangement I did for the Bowed Psaltery Symphony in March this year. It's not particularly hard,…Continue
Howdy everyone, I'm just testing the wireless setup on my laptop as I continue to get ready to leave Phoenix before it gets hot here again. Since my retirement this last year my mantra is "NO more PHX summers!" I am heading for the Az HIGH COUNTRY and perhaps beyond that. I am hoping to play my psaltery at a variety of venues in the small towns across northern AZ. If I can get into a couple of the renaissance festivals that occur late in the season I may find my way to Charlotte NC or down…Continue
Hello! Bowed Psaltery Folks! I'm the fortunate owner of an incredible Black Bog Oak Bowed Psaltery recently built for me by Rick Long. The wood has been Carbon Dated to be nearly 2,000 years old and turned out beautifully with Rick's fine craftsmanship- FAR more than I'd ever imagined it would. I'm with Brooks Hill Music and we build Plucked Psalteries, Hammered Dulcimers, AutoHarps and do wood turning items- but, having seen his workmanship, we only trusted Rick to build my Bowed…Continue
I recently had a great experience building a new tenor psaltery. The great thing about it was, I had the opportunity to work with some extremely rare wood. I was asked to build the psaltery using some 2000 year old black bog oak found in Mississippi.
I had only heard of bog oak from hearing the news of the log found in the UK last year. You can see the pictures of it being excavated from the farmland on this web site…Continue
I've added a new song which, whilst not strictly a 'psaltery song' like my others, it does feature the BP in the intro and outro as an atmospheric instrument. The song is 'Winterfold Wood' which I wrote and recorded with my songwriting partner Chris Maxfield - we perform as Reed Maxfield. Chris plays guitars on the track and I sing and play the BP as well as an antique autoharp which we used as an effect. Winterfold was written about a forest near where I live and the myths and legends that…Continue
Yesterday, I went to my sister's home to make tamales and catch up with my Sister, Elaine her husband, Greg and my brother, Gabe. Gabe who is a very talented guitarist/songwriter brought his Ibanez and I bought my baby Psaltery. We played Silent NIght, Jingle Bells, Feliz Navidad and God Rest Ye Merry…Continue
It was a beautiful day in Vallejo, CA. I took out my Electric bike, put my baby Psaltery in the bike's basket and away we went. IT was a gorgeous day, sunny, cool and crisp. I went to the waterfront, parked my bike and went to Panama Red, the coffee place at the Ferry building and found a place to practice my…Continue
I didn’t know what empirical meant, when someone mentioned that it describes how I have always worked and designed the psalteries I build. I was happy to find out it meant to experiment and observe to arrive at a solution. A name for my madness.
It was interesting to read Richard’s post on String Theory 101 that was posted the other day. It’s great to share knowledge, especially on this great forum, and I do want to learn all that I can. I wanted to add my thoughts and relate how I…Continue
Hello there! I have never been away, Neither informatics nor English are my stong point. I found a neighbour that speaks English and is helping me out. Over the next weeks I will try to record something on one of the psalteries I have in making right now so everyone of you will get an idea of what the sound is like.
Furthermore any questions you may have, feel free to ask; I will be happy to answer all of them.
All the best from La Rectoria in Sant Sebastia de…Continue