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The Bow

I finally got all the strings on my new (used) psaltery replaced and all tuned with electronic tuner left over from my bagpiping days. Now can't get any sound when I use the bow! I ran it through a chunk of beeswax, could the problem be that I need to find a block of harder resin?See More
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Tom Cox replied to Tom Cox's discussion notation program
"thanks for the info I'll check it out."
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Rick Long replied to Tom Cox's discussion notation program
"Hi Tom,  Finale does that, but is expensive.  I use a less expensive program that will place the Note name in round part of the note. There are two versions and I have Notation Composer, so…"
Apr 12
Tom Cox posted a discussion

notation program

What is the best program to use to write music for bowed psaltry? I need something that has the note name in the note. tabledit does not have a bowed psaltry option. and I need music in "D" to play with our dulcimer group>ThanksTomSee More
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"How Can I Keep From Singing" on Bowed Psaltery

My Bowed Psaltery version. According to Wikipedia 1868 is the first known publication of the original words, later the hymn was written for it by American Ba...
Mar 25
SUE C WHEELER replied to SUE C WHEELER's discussion selling nice Cabin Creek Alto
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Becca replied to SUE C WHEELER's discussion selling nice Cabin Creek Alto
"I see this is an old post, did you sell it?"
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Hanging Bowed Psalteries in the workshop.

"The one on the far left with the wild walnut figure is already sold. The walnut model on the far right is still available -- a little less ornate still beautiful. The F-hole tenor in the back I may need to keep for myself (I've kind of fallen…"
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Alto F-hole Psaltery Build

Alto Bowed Psaltery in genuine mahogany with dark walnut binding. 25 strings, chromatic tuning (G6 to G4). Lutz “kermodie” spruce soundboard with hand carved F-holes, mother of pearl note markers, and a violin varnish finish. Under construction in…
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The Bow

Started by Frances Bercher in The Bow 5 hours ago. 0 Replies

I finally got all the strings on my new (used) psaltery replaced and all tuned with electronic tuner left over from my bagpiping days. Now can't get any sound when I use the bow! I ran it through a chunk of beeswax, could the problem be that I need…Continue

notation program

Started by Tom Cox in How can I ..... ?. Last reply by Tom Cox Apr 17. 2 Replies

What is the best program to use to write music for bowed psaltry? I need something that has the note name in the note. tabledit does not have a bowed psaltry option. and I need music in "D" to play with our dulcimer group>ThanksTomContinue

selling nice Cabin Creek Alto

Started by SUE C WHEELER in For Sale. Last reply by SUE C WHEELER Mar 25. 2 Replies

Priced for you to try for a first psaltery or a nice gift for an instrument lover.  Has as sweet dove at soundhole.  Cherry.  $95 plus shipping!!Continue

MeetUp Group for Psaltery Players in Japan

Started by Dave Holeton in General BP Forum Feb 19. 0 Replies

Tanezaki san (Tanezaki Riko) contacted me to let me know she has started a meet up group for psaltery players in Japan.  We are welcome to join the meet up and follow some of the activities for psaltery players in Japan and leave comments for those…Continue

Bowed Psaltery Gathering

Started by Gail Van Amberg in General BP Forum Feb 9. 0 Replies

Just want to let people know that there will be a Bowed Psaltery Gathering at Cove Lake October 25 - 28, 2018. I'm lining up the teachers - Rick Long will be teaching along with others. If you have something you would like to see happen or would…Continue

bach on bowed psaltery?

Started by SUE C WHEELER in How can I ..... ? Feb 4. 0 Replies

Know anyone whose tried Bach Cello Suites on bowed psaltery?Continue

Builder Info Wanted

Started by Gene Griner in General BP Forum. Last reply by Brenda Ruth Fisher Feb 3. 1 Reply

Does anyone know of a link to a website for Randy Colby Psaltery Builder?????? Any contact info will be appreciated.

New students welcome!

Started by Karen B in Psaltery Teachers Dec 8, 2017. 0 Replies

I gave a first lesson today to a new student, and we both were thrilled with her progress--good bowing, ability to hear the tunes, and a willingness to experiment with angle for both the bow and psaltery to get increasing comfort and quality sound…Continue

Southern California's "Harvest Festival of Dulcimers"

Started by Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey in Are there any "jam" sessions near you that include the bowed psaltery? Nov 6, 2017. 0 Replies

 This very next weekend I will be giving a Bowed Psaltery workshop and jamming with a lot of good folks at Harvest of Dulcimers (as I like to call it) again this year, see "EVENTS" for more details. Its rather sad that this little Folk fest is well…Continue

Lodging near Tannehill state park

Started by Liz in General BP Forum. Last reply by Liz Apr 18, 2017. 2 Replies

I would like to attend the June psaltery gathering at Tannehill, however all of the cabins are already rented. Does anyone have suggestions on a good nearby hotel?


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Sheet music for "A Walk beside the Placid Waters"

Posted by Ron Zuckerman on August 12, 2017 at 1:00pm 1 Comment

The sheet music for my original composition "A Walk beside the Placid Waters" is available here:

It is for soprano psaltery, baritone psaltery, guitar, and bass

The Magic of Evart

Posted by SUE C WHEELER on July 16, 2017 at 9:15pm 0 Comments

Just seven dollars for one day's admission and an excuse to spend a couple nights up north. What would keep me away from the Original Dulcimer Players Club's annual Funfest? Uh, I just got home from it.

This is the third time I've gone. The first time, I dropped by for twenty minutes, the second time I spent most of the day, and this year I spent the entire day, including supper, and the start of the…


Cleaning soundboard

Posted by Meridee Kramb on April 17, 2017 at 1:33pm 0 Comments

I've been away from my psaltery for awhile and I'm wondering

Grab a psaltery (which one?) and go!!

Posted by SUE C WHEELER on November 27, 2016 at 8:32pm 0 Comments

Well, don't I feel like a musician! Lugging my gear all over town today! This morning I played my new baritone (Thanks Terry Butler and Rick Long). I was playing for our church's music leader to see if he had a place for me on the Christmas program. Oh, yes, he was quite enthusiastic. Then, he let me sit in on the music group and fudge a few songs. Getting better at thinking on my feet and not losing my way.

These sorta-skills were put to the test as I played with the hammer dulcimer…


Organizing a new players group

Posted by Charlie Marshall on September 10, 2016 at 3:53pm 1 Comment

I'm in the planning stages of attempting to organize a small players group here in the local area.  I currently play with one other psaltery player on a monthly basis which is fine but I would like to improve on that and invite beginners to join in.  I have built up an inventory of instruments, some new and some gently used, that I would be willing share with new players to get them started.

In addition to the instruments, I plan on providing free instruction at a level which will…


I'm still playing

Posted by bob pryor on September 6, 2016 at 1:10pm 2 Comments

I've been missing from here for some time. But some times life seems so busy. I'm off down to dorset on my hols shortly. I'm taking my Bs. I've had this daft idea about playing on the top of Cerne abbas. Also pay my respects to the last resting place of Pete shutler. The man who made fall in love with the BS.

sadly missed.  

I have so many Questions

Posted by David Hamilton on August 28, 2016 at 12:04am 8 Comments

If was to buy sheet music what would I get Violin. I would like to play some modern songs like the Beatles, Kansas, maybe Led Zepplin. You know shake the world up. I know someone  who plays Rock n roll on his accordion. I have really  only been seriously playing the psaltery for a few days and have learned all the xmas songs that my grandbaby and I plan on playing at her school and church this season. I have already purchased  2 other psalteries a xylophone and a autoharp to see…


Looking for B.Psaltery players

Posted by Joyce Hibbard on August 9, 2016 at 7:54am 1 Comment

I live in Michigan's thumb area, and I am looking for B.P.Players in my area to get together to jam and practice. I will travel 30 to 50 miles, if need be, to get together. Anyone out there interested ?


Posted by SUE C WHEELER on July 19, 2016 at 8:00pm 2 Comments

A year ago I ventured into the Hammered Dulcimer festival at Evart, Michigan.

This was the beginning of me-as-a bowed-psalterist.

I’m staggered by how much I’ve been able to play and learn this year.  I’ve accumulated reams of sheet music, but also picked out tune after tune by ear. I’ve memorized a couple pieces. I’ve participated in both a workshop and a festival with Tish Westman, and had gratis…


My Waynie Bowed Psaltery

Posted by Linda Rodgers on February 27, 2016 at 10:09pm 0 Comments

I received my new absolutely beautiful Waynie Ultimate Bowed Psaltery yesterday 26 Feb. 2016. The workmanship and attention to detail is nothing short of marvelous !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I chose Purpleheart wood and Wayne combined it with Curly  or Flame Maple. WOW !!!!!!!!!!!!! My baby is one class act Psaltery !!!!!!!!!!!!! If you haven't checked out wayniepsaltery please do so !!!! You will not regret it !!!!!!!!!!

Linda Rodgers

Oklahoma City, OK 



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Members who build bowed psalteries for sale

Spring Creek Psalteries - Sharon & Terry Kirby


From the Wood - Wayne Gaydos


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Waynie Psaltery - Wayne Simms


Prairie Psaltery - Richard Celata


Loon Song Psalteries-Charlie Marshall


New Tradition Dulcimers- Dan Daniels


Psalteries by Dave- Dave Lucas


Jon Williams Psalteries
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Westman Instruments - Tish & Greg Westman

Ringing Strings - Rick Long

Michael J King Instrumetns - Diatonic Psalteries

Inspired Instruments – Carol and Joe Esch

James Jones Instruments

Omega Strings – Richard Spencer

Master Works Bowed Psalteries - Russell Cook

Members that teach Bowed Psaltery

Paul G.Sykes - MS  

Located in Hattiesburg
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Gregg Schneeman - California
Contact Gregg here on Psaltery Strings


Peter Tommerup - California
San Francisco Bay Area
Bowed Psaltery and other Instruments


Celeste Howard Ray
Bowed Psaltery lessons via Skype
Skype name celesteray88


Maureen Barnes - Illinois
Bowed Psaltery lessons in Bloomington, IL


Dona Benkert -

Lessons at Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago, IL
Phone: 773.728.6000
& Folk-Lore Center, Warrenville, IL
Phone: 630.393.1247

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.

Rick Long - Tennessee
Lessons at Rick's home/workshop in Clinton, 30 mins N of Knoxville
(865) 660-4026

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

Carol Esch - Kentucky
Lessons in Carol's home/workshop south of Lexington.

Honey Smith Walls - Florida
e-mail Honey for more info
Melbourne, FL

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