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Lillian Morgan Evans is now a member of Psaltery Strings
Sep 7
Brenda Mangan posted an event

QuaranTUNE 5.0 at The comfort of your own home, online through Zoom.

October 8, 2021 to October 9, 2021
QuaranTUNE Dulcimer Festival (virtualdulcimerfest.com)with classes in Bowed Psaltery given by Tish Westman and Brenda Mangan. No registration fee, individual classes cost $10.30. Online through Zoom. Registration opens Sunday Sept 5th.See More
Sep 1
Shari Oliver is now a member of Psaltery Strings
Aug 27
Pam Greene joined Grace Thompson's group
Aug 24
Donna Malus commented on Donna Malus's video
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RIck Long on Bowed Psaltery - Cove Lake State Park

"Hi Mary,  The first song is Sally Gardens (Down by the Sally Gardens) second song I'm not 100 % sure but I believe it's Tammy's in Love, and the third is Wayfaring Stranger.  The bowed psaltery is difficult to record and I…"
Aug 23
Pam Greene is now a member of Psaltery Strings
Aug 23
Mary Jividen commented on Donna Malus's video
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RIck Long on Bowed Psaltery - Cove Lake State Park

"Yes, this is very beautiful and thank you very much for sharing this.  What are the names of the three songs played?  Does Rick Long make and sell psalteries such as this one?  I do agree with Andre Landrum that there is too much amp…"
Aug 22
Mary Jividen updated their profile
Aug 22
Profile IconPatience Powell, Mary Jividen, Sharon Davis and 2 more joined Psaltery Strings
Aug 21
bob pryor posted a blog post

Folk week

hi allIn just over a weeks time is the start of Broadstairs folk week. Bands every night. Folk dancing and Morris men in the streets. A large folk sales area. And best of all . People who have not seen each other for over a year, this time two. Sit in the seafront gardens and play. And I'll be doing the same.MagicSee More
Jul 28
Rick Long posted a discussion

New Psaltery Builder

My nephew began as my new apprentice in March of this year.  He had spent the last sixteen years in Japan as an English teacher.  His name is Matthew Balaam Long and is my brother's son.  I have been slowing down my production in preparation for retirement, or what I call "semi-retirement".  For years I had been wanting to pass on my knowledge of building and playing bowed psalteries.  Matthew was always my first choice in my family, but I thought that he was settled into staying in Japan.  All…See More
Jun 29
Steve Lloyd posted a status
"Free LH Bowed Psaltrey. Needs C string. Includes two bows, rosin, booklet and a dvd. $25 postage Email stevelloyd1954@gmail.com"
Jun 17
Brenda Mangan replied to Tim Hoke's discussion Double bowing
"I teach double bowing on line using Zoom. "
Jun 10
Carmel C Harmon posted a status
"Improve my psaltry playing"
Jun 8
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May 25
julie stiles replied to Joyce Hibbard's discussion Need a Stand for a Baritone Psaltery
"Joyce, did you ever find a good stand for your baritone, or did you end up selling it?"
May 16
Tim Hoke posted a discussion

Double bowing

Are there any resources out there for learning to use two bows, or am I on my own? I'm not quite ready to tackle it yet; I'm still new at this instrument, but at some point, I'll want to try it.See More
May 13
Brenda Mangan commented on Brenda Mangan's event QuaranTUNE 4.0
"This is a great event. There is still time to register. Classes are only $10 per one hour session with no extra fees. Bowed psaltery classes of all levels are still available. Join in the fun in the comfort of your on home. "
May 11
Brenda Mangan posted an event

QuaranTUNE 4.0 at The comfort of your own home, online through Zoom.

June 3, 2021 to June 6, 2021
May 11

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New Psaltery Builder

Started by Rick Long in General BP Forum Jun 29. 0 Replies

My nephew began as my new apprentice in March of this year.  He had spent the last sixteen years in Japan as an English teacher.  His name is Matthew Balaam Long and is my brother's son.  I have been slowing down my production in preparation for…Continue

Double bowing

Started by Tim Hoke in How can I ..... ?. Last reply by Brenda Mangan Jun 10. 1 Reply

Are there any resources out there for learning to use two bows, or am I on my own? I'm not quite ready to tackle it yet; I'm still new at this instrument, but at some point, I'll want to try it.Continue

Need a Stand for a Baritone Psaltery

Started by Joyce Hibbard in How can I ..... ?. Last reply by julie stiles May 16. 11 Replies

I am seeking instructions to build or perhaps a diagram of a stand that I can put my Baritone Psaltery in.  It was built with no support insert so it is not able to have a screw mechanism in the back. Continue

Tags: Stands, Psaltery

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 julie stiles Mar 8. 7 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

Tags: texas, austin

extended psaltery

Started by John O'Neill in Wood, Strings, Pins and Bows. Last reply by Gail Van Amberg Jan 23. 1 Reply

Having built a Psimple Psaltery I want more. Has anyone built an extended bowed psaltery with range ambition of D4 to ? Quite happy with diatonic and stand-mounted. 15mm string spacing for pluck/hammer in addition to bowing. Tell me the problems,…Continue

Tags: design, range, extended, build

Lone Silent or Squealing String

Started by Kay F in General BP Forum. Last reply by Kay F Dec 17, 2020. 4 Replies

Am hoping that someone has an answer for me! On the right side of my psaltery, in the middle range, I have 1 sting , B, that stays silent when played. Or squeals - arggggh. Am not doing anything different from nearby strings when playing them. Any…Continue

Used Unicorn Strings Psaltery for sale

Started by Cathi Costa in For Sale Apr 28, 2020. 0 Replies

Unicorn Strings, 30 string— with note markers, one bow. Comes with original packaging as well as soft case (a $45. value.) Recently restrung, in great condition. $150. Plus shipping.Continue

Tags: soft, case, With, Strings, Unicorn

Spring Creek Psaltery

Started by Pam Rossetti in For Sale Jan 12, 2020. 0 Replies

Terry Kirby psaltery, bow,soft case and stand with tripod ..need to sell due to finances, perfect..350..less than a year oldContinue

Admin?

Started by Diane E Baumer in General BP Forum. Last reply by Donna Malus Nov 17, 2019. 3 Replies

Sorry to put this here but I haven't been able to find an admin contact.  I've been getting email, spammed from this site - thought someone should be aware.  If admin wants to message me, I can provide the information.Thanks!DianeContinue

Need string help

Started by Pamela Haskin in How can I ..... ?. Last reply by Gregg E. Schneeman Oct 4, 2019. 3 Replies

I have a Dave Lucas soprano bowed psaltery and one of the shirt high note strings snapped. Does anyone know what gauge string I need? And where can I buy a string?

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Folk week

Posted by bob pryor on July 28, 2021 at 1:39am 0 Comments

hi all

In just over a weeks time is the start of Broadstairs folk week. Bands every night. Folk dancing and Morris men in the streets. A large folk sales area. And best of all . People who have not seen each other for over a year, this time two. Sit in the seafront gardens and play. And I'll be doing the same.

Magic

New Psaltery

Posted by Stephen Ingraham on January 8, 2021 at 4:25am 0 Comments

My new psaltery came yesterday. Song of the Wood from Jerry Read Smith. Book matched Western Red Cedar top, maple frame and cherry back. Right around 2 pounds for 2.5 octaves. Beautiful instrument and sounds sweet from top to bottom. :) Exactly what I was looking for. …

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Thank You All at the Bowed Psaltery Christmas Gathering

Posted by Nozomi Nose on December 13, 2020 at 10:18pm 1 Comment

I, too, had a GREAT TIME joining in Bowed Psaltery Christmas Gathering.  I would like to thank the instructors for their suggestive workshops and wonderful performances at the concert, and those who made extraordinary effort technically to make this event happen. 

Since I joined East Tennessee Bowed Psaltery Gathering last year, it is a big support for me to know there is a very friendly and supportive bowed psaltery playing community in the U.S.A. and it is a great pleasure for me to…

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2020 Bowed Psaltery Christmas Gathering

Posted by Mary Megrant on December 11, 2020 at 5:18pm 1 Comment

I am having a good time! Attended three workshops today. All three were taught by Tish Westman. I am so glad that I did this. It is much easier for me to be enthusiastic about music in a supportive musical community. It makes a HUGE difference in counteracting all the negativity I have been fed over the years about my musical abilities.

My new “vintage” bowed psaltery

Posted by Stephen Ingraham on November 25, 2020 at 7:17pm 2 Comments

I bought a “vintage” bowed psaltery from a gentleman in South Carolina via Reverb.com. It is a Brent Clark made in 1994...and looks almost exactly like a Noteworthy psaltery...except that it is walnut both front and back. 32 stings, alto. I unstrung it, cleaned it up, and restrung it with a set of multiple gauge guitar strings...probably heavier than I needed, but I did not know any better at the time. It is now settling after its first tuning. :) Though I learned a lot already in setting it…

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New Strings?

Posted by Liese Alexandra Connell on November 14, 2020 at 7:23am 0 Comments

Where can I buy new strings for my psaltery?

App that as a psaltery ringtone

Posted by Mouth Bow on September 17, 2020 at 3:29pm 0 Comments

I don't know if you are aware of it but in the ringtone app with Google play store there is Musical Instruments Free 

 Best Ringtones apps

In their strings they have Psaltery one with a photo of bowed Psaltery but they pocket it but they also have Dulcimer both hammer and strum I use the strum I like the song Whiskey Before Breakfast. If you are interested check out the app maybe the members can get…

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We are safely back in Japan

Posted by Nozomi Nose on October 31, 2019 at 3:54am 2 Comments

So, we are now safely back in Japan with the memories of the wonderful experiences we had at the East Tennessee Bowed Psaltery Gathering 2019. Again, WE THANK YOU VERY MUCH for your friendship and hospitality. Our experience at Cove Lake State Park motivated us a great deal for us to work even harder for better performances and hence promoting bowed psaltery even further in Japan.

So see you again, surely on the internet and hopefully at future Gatherings! If you ever have a chance to…

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Nozomi Nose Coming To ETBPG!

Posted by Gregg E. Schneeman on October 6, 2019 at 8:13am 1 Comment

 Its very exciting news that Nozomi Nose, the best Bowed Psaltery Player in the world, is flying all the way from Japan to attend and perform at the East Tennessee Bowed Psaltery Gathering Oct.24 - 26! I'm planning on driving there from California rather than fly so I can bring more instruments and gear, there is a camp ground right there in the park and a wide range of Motels nearby. Please see "EVENTS" here on Psaltery Strings for more information. 

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Amplified Psaltery with Cello Strings built by Rick Long

This video is a personal favorite because it shows a unique type of bowed psaltery with a gorgeous sound. When I heard it I broke out in goose bumps!

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Members who build bowed psalteries for sale

Spring Creek Psalteries - Sharon & Terry Kirby

http://www.springcreekpsalteries.com/

330-323-0618

From the Wood - Wayne Gaydos

765-468-7387

http://fromthewoodsinstruments.com/

to see his work visit

http://shop.indianaartisan.org/collections/musical-instruments

Waynie Psaltery - Wayne Simms

http://www.wayniepsaltery.com/

 

Prairie Psaltery - Richard Celata

http://www.prairiepsaltery.com/

 

Loon Song Psalteries-Charlie Marshall

http://www.loonsongpsalteries.com/

 

New Tradition Dulcimers- Dan Daniels

http://www.newtraditionsdulcimers.com/index.html

 

Psalteries by Dave- Dave Lucas  

http://www.davespsaltery.com/

 

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
http://www.omegastrings.com/

Master Works Bowed Psalteries - Russell Cook
http://masterworksok.com/

Members that teach Bowed Psaltery

Paul G.Sykes - MS  

Located in Hattiesburg
Contact Paul at
 pgsykes1@hotmail.com

or call him at

601-583-4115

 

Gregg Schneeman - California
Contact Gregg here on Psaltery Strings
greggschneeman@psalterystrings.com

 

Peter Tommerup - California
San Francisco Bay Area
Bowed Psaltery and other Instruments
408-867-4324
ptommerup@juno.com

 

Celeste Howard Ray
Bowed Psaltery lessons via Skype
347-796-4484
Skype name celesteray88

 

Maureen Barnes - Illinois
Bowed Psaltery lessons in Bloomington, IL
309-828-7957
dulcimergal98@yahoo.com
http://www.dulcimerdreams.com/

 

Dona Benkert -
Illinois

Lessons at Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago, IL
Phone: 773.728.6000
& Folk-Lore Center, Warrenville, IL
Phone: 630.393.1247
http://www.folk-lorecenter.com/

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
e-mail Honey for more info honey@offthewalls.us
Melbourne, FL
http://www.offthewalls.us/Psaltery.htm

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Please sign up on the bowed psaltery players list

Tish's list is a valuable resource when searching for other players. http://www.westmaninstruments.com/Bowed_Psaltery_List.html

If you are already on Tish's list, why don't you stop in and update your info? While your there take a look to see if there are new players in your area. Who knows, you might get together and make a recording.

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