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Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey commented on Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey's blog post Your Bowed Psaltery Adventures: Things People Say!
" When I am at a Renaissance Faire there's many a Sultry Wench, but I still tune up with my favorite Psaltery Wrench. "
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New B.S

" Yes, if I got my hands on one of these, I would take all the strings off, lower the rail pins turning down the longest pin lowering its hole closer to the face at least by half. I would put on that string, look across it to lower the next pin…"
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New B.S

"Hi Bob, soory for my late request. I´m just reading your comments to our common BP. I hawe the same problem with the instrument. There is very difficult to tune the instrument.  I can not tune the higher strings (g,f,e) and the general…"
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my regular B S

" If you compare the rail pin heights on this one to your Romanian BP you'll see these are lower, and this one has the strings going over a good hard wood nut bridge. The Romanian looks like the nut bridge has steel rod cap. Steel strings…"
Jul 19
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my regular B S

This is normal B S, made by Lucy & wood grove of England. Bought at a bootfair back in the early 70th after seeing Pete of the yetties play one on stage of the old Marlow theatre, Canterbury. And I've loved them ever since.
Jul 19
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New B.S

"Hi, I've tried my normal  bow but it still sounds like a cat in pain. Never mind I'll  keep working at it. It's  a challenge. Got the Broadstairs folk fest coming up. Like to have got it sorted  for that."
Jul 19
Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey commented on Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey's blog post Your Bowed Psaltery Adventures: Things People Say!
" "What are the strings on the bow?" is a pretty common question."Horse Tail" I told one woman who worriedly then asked, "Do you have to kill the horse to get the hairs? " No of course not", I reassured her,…"
Jul 18
David Murton commented on Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey's blog post Your Bowed Psaltery Adventures: Things People Say!
"I am still learning to play & when a friend asked to hear it I managed to get more odd squeaks & squawks than usual. He said it should be called a blowed assault on the ears. I asked what tune he thought I should learn next & he said try…"
Jul 18
Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey posted a blog post

Your Bowed Psaltery Adventures: Things People Say!

  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! 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 delighted  to hear it played (in tune), and given a chance enjoy how easy it is to…See More
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New B.S

"Hi, I've tried my normal  bow but it still sounds like a cat in pain. Never mind I'll  keep working at it. It's  a challenge. Got the Broadstairs folk fest coming up. Like to have got it sorted  for that."
Jul 17
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New B.S

" Bob, from what I can see the rail pins are unnecessarily tall. Without having to replace all the strings you can very carefully let the tension down while holding on to the extra slack and keeping the wrapping on the tuning pin straight and…"
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"How does  yours play?"
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"Hi I have the same psaltery."
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Started by sam willliams in How can I ..... ?. Last reply by sam willliams Jul 3. 2 Replies

I would like to get a copy of moon river in key ofD if someone has itContinue

Bowed psaltery players in France

Started by Mai-Lin Bardoux in How can I ..... ? Jul 3. 0 Replies

Hello,I'd love to contact other bowed psaltery players in France, I live in the Lot, in Figeac.Messages in French or English.Mai-Lin BardouxContinue

New instrument

Started by bob pryor in How can I ..... ?. Last reply by robert schuler Jun 11. 1 Reply

HiJust bought  a new instrument. A Romania made and being new I've  had to tune it. Not only does  it not sound anything  like my old one. It's  not got that lovely  deep sound. But the bow of course  is new. No matter how much I try to rub some…Continue

Tune Learning YouTube Site: " Fabio Vetro"

Started by Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey in How can I ..... ?. Last reply by Brenda Mangan May 28. 1 Reply

  Fabio Vetro teaches tunes in English and Italian playing the same tune on Ocarina, keyboard, Recorder, and sometimes Penny Whistle slowly with notes showing and later up tempo with sheet music with notes lettered! He covers Renaissance, Irish,…Continue

Instructions for REPLACING A BROKEN STRING

Started by Ann Tucker in How can I ..... ?. Last reply by Charlie Marshall May 22. 13 Replies

Based on my vast experience of replacing ONE string ;)I recreated the steps I went thru replacing my broken string. It may not be how a professional does it but I tried to redo what I saw on the other non-broken strings.Hope this helps anyone else…Continue

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Rehairing bows

Started by ellen Bruny in The Bow. Last reply by Dawn Wilson May 12. 4 Replies

Does anyone know how to rehair an early Kingslake bow?  It has an adjustment much like the Song in the wood one, but the hairs are glued into the tip like a violin bow.  I took it to a violin shop and they didn't know what kind of glue was used.  It…Continue

Psaltery Jams

Started by Richard Switzer in Are there any "jam" sessions near you that include the bowed psaltery?. Last reply by Dawn Wilson May 11. 31 Replies

Dave and Paulette Lucas host a psaltery jam at their cabin at Tannehill Ironworks State Park near Birmingham, AL. It is usually the last Saturday of the month, they also give lessons and are willing to play other times they are there. Check out…Continue

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Shape note singing

Started by hilary ANNE hughes in General BP Forum May 3. 0 Replies

Hi - I play in the UK for a West Gallery Quire who use music from the 1750's to 1850's appox.  When they sing unaccompanied they use shape note music - mostly American - and I wonder if there is much use made of shape-notes in the USA.  I would be…Continue

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800+ Members

Started by Rick Long in How can I ..... ? May 3. 0 Replies

Congratulations Donna Malus!!  Over 800 members here now.  That would be quite a crowd, if we were all in one place at a time.Continue

Kinds of Horse Hair-Real and Synthetic

Started by Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey in Wood, Strings, Pins and Bows. Last reply by Gregory Walters Apr 30. 3 Replies

  The preferred horse hair of professional violinists is said to be "White Siberian" horse hair. Adapted to the cold and harsh environment the horse's tail hairs grow sturdy and have the right grip. More on grip later. Next is other natural white…Continue

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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! 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 delighted  to hear it played (in tune), and given a chance enjoy how easy it is…

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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 0 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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Psalteries welcome at our folk music jam on 4th Tuesdays in So, Cal. U.S.A.

Posted by Bea Romano on March 3, 2015 at 3:39pm 0 Comments

Hello Everyone!  

I'm just dropping a line to invite you to our 4th Tuesday of the month folk music jam in Downey, CA, U.S.A.  You can find details at www.Celticana.net.  Hope we can make music together!

Bea

health

Posted by K.Keller on December 5, 2014 at 11:10am 3 Comments

Had a needle biopsy yesterday which indicates that I do not have cancer! Am celebrating today!!!!

The Passing of Pete Shutler of the Yetties

Posted by Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey on September 30, 2014 at 1:00pm 5 Comments

 It is with a feeling of great loss I call the attention of the world wide Bowed Psaltery community to the passing of Pete Shutler of the English folk group the Yetties, September 23,2014. Pete was a multi-instrumentalist and singer but also the most famous Bowed Psaltery player of the 20th century. On the Yetties' albums he played "King of the Fairies",a medley of "Parson"s Farewell and Hundson House he called "Beau Psaltery", "Coventry Carol", and other tunes on the Bowed Psaltery. One…

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What I'm working on at the moment

Posted by Ruth Lawrence on September 18, 2014 at 12:57pm 3 Comments

Well this year is going fast! But I've been finding some time here and there to practice BP. I play mountain dulcimer with friends as a sort of ad hoc string band on a weekly basis. A few weeks ago I took the BP in to show it off. It was universally liked as a "cool" interesting instrument with an interesting sound. The double bass player naturally laughed his head off at my tiny little bow.

So the BP has been enlisted to accompany a contemporary christian hymn called Revelation Song.…

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Rosining Your Bow

Posted by Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey on July 24, 2014 at 10:30pm 4 Comments

 If you try to play with a brand new bow with brand new horse hair on a brand new string nothing will happen. No sound whatsoever. Often a luthier will when the hair has been properly a fixed to the bow use prepowdered rosin and work it in thoroughly coating every hair, as besides supplying traction where it meets the string it also acts as weather proofing and preservative, it was part of the mummification process used by the Egyptians. For a normal getting ready to play rosining hold the…

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Lessons at Tamarack, Beckley, WV. Wednesday workshops also available for individual classes and to teach at festivals.
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