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Brenda Mangan replied to Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey's discussion Tune Learning YouTube Site: " Fabio Vetro"
"Thanks, this seems like it will be very helpful. :)"
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Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey posted a discussion

Tune Learning YouTube Site: " Fabio Vetro"

  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, Italian, and well known popular tunes. I think other Bowed Psaltery players will find his lessons helpful...https://youtu.be/1vEPdfxwmjISee More
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Healers

This is a nondenominational group for BP players working in a healing function, whether directly or as in a support role.See More
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Ungarescha - Branle dei Cavalli

"I love hearing the bowed psaltery in an ensemble! Beautiful use of the instruments!"
Monday
Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey updated an event

21st Harvest Festival of Dulcimers-Costa Mesa CA at Presbyterian Church of the Covenant

October 10, 2015 from 9am to 8pm
 Gregg Schneeman will be leading 2 hours of Bowed Psaltery workshops for beginner to advanced BP players. Loaner psalteries, bows, string fixing and tuning will be provided.See More
Saturday
Charlie Marshall replied to Ann Tucker's discussion Instructions for REPLACING A BROKEN STRING
"Jennifer, The hitch pin layout of your psaltery indicates that it is a 25 stringed right-hand "alto" model.  The likely tuning of the longest string is a G4 (lowest note) and the shortest string would be tuned…"
May 22
Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey posted an event

21st Harvest Festival of Dulcimers at Presbyterian Church of the Covenant 2850 Fairview Rd Costa Mesa CA 92626

October 10, 2015 from 9am to 8pm
 Gregg Schneeman will be leading 2 hours of Bowed Psaltery workshops for beginner to advanced BP players. Loaner psalteries, bows, string fixing and tuning will be provided.See More
May 22
Jennifer Kahly replied to Ann Tucker's discussion Instructions for REPLACING A BROKEN STRING
"Thank you!  Is there anything more you can tell me about this psaltry?  is it a tenor etc?  Thank you for your kind and timely help!"
May 22
Charlie Marshall replied to Ann Tucker's discussion Instructions for REPLACING A BROKEN STRING
"Jennifer, After viewing the photo of your psaltery, I'm quite sure that the string that will work for you is a .012 inch solid wire.  My octave mando uses this size for it's "E" and the psalteries I build also use this size…"
May 22
Grasset-Saruwatari posted an event

New website at France and Japan

May 22, 2015 at 6pm to August 1, 2015 at 7pm
I'm proud to anunce the creation of my new website. Please take a look and say to me if you like it.FriendlyJodël Grasset-Saruwatarihttp://www.jodel-grasset.frSee More
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Psaltery Concert at Tokyo Japan

July 6, 2015 from 2:30pm to 4pm
Hello to all Psaltery players.We are very happy to announce that we will have Jodël Grasset-Saruwatari from France, who is also a member of Psaltery Strings, and Sally Lunn (a Plucked Psaltery player) in our Psaltery Concert held in Tokyo on July 6.  Our concert is from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  If you are around Tokyo feel free to visit us!See More
May 22
Jennifer Kahly replied to Ann Tucker's discussion Instructions for REPLACING A BROKEN STRING
"It is 21 1/2 inches long the string that broke is the second fron the left looking directly at the instrument.   "
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Charlie Marshall replied to Ann Tucker's discussion Instructions for REPLACING A BROKEN STRING
"Jennifer, There is a slide show posted on the first page of my web site that may be helpful in replacing the broken string.  I utilize three string sizes on my alto psalteries.  The shorter strings are .008", the middle of the…"
May 20
Jennifer Kahly replied to Ann Tucker's discussion Instructions for REPLACING A BROKEN STRING
"Ok, I have pilfered one ok my husbands extra banjo strings.  .25 mm LEO10 A'Addario Loop end strings  plain steel.  Will that work?  Thanks a bunch!  I have seen the great info out there on how to change a string.…"
May 19
Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey replied to Ann Tucker's discussion Instructions for REPLACING A BROKEN STRING
"If its a standard size Bowed Psaltery .010 is probably what you need, but if you take the broken string to a music store they can check it with a string gager. "
May 19
Jennifer Kahly replied to Ann Tucker's discussion Instructions for REPLACING A BROKEN STRING
"How do I know what size string to use?  My daughter and I are trying to replace a string on the Psaltry we have so that she can learn to play it.  Neither of us has ever replaced a string on anything. Thank you!  "
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Jennifer Kahly is now a member of Psaltery Strings
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Tune Learning YouTube Site: " Fabio Vetro"

Started by Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey in How can I ..... ?. Last reply by Brenda Mangan 13 hours ago. 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

Tags: notes, shape

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

Fantastic Image of Greg Schneeman

Started by Donna Malus in Bowed Psaltery for Hire. Last reply by Philippa Anne Reed Apr 29. 8 Replies

Yesterday I was contacted by Bob Jensen of Jensen Photography. Bob was the official photographer for the Nottingham Festival in California (FaceBook page…Continue

Tags: portrait, psaltery, streichpsalter, psalteries, psaltry

Tenor Psaltery (made by Rick Long) with Ringing Strings Psaltery.

Started by Brenda Owens in For Sale. Last reply by Yvonna Arnold Apr 10. 6 Replies

This is a new Psaltery I purchased from Rick a couple of months ago. For $650.00. I bought 2 Psaltery's at the time. A D psaltery and this Tenor. As I am trying to also learn the dulcimer I don't need both of these. It is quilted maple/ walnut…Continue

For Sale or Trade: Left-handed Bowed Psaltery

Started by S. Oravec in For Sale. Last reply by S. Oravec Apr 10. 3 Replies

SOLD, and on its way to a loving home.Continue

Tags: Cabin, Creek, Messick, Walter, psaltery

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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

Strings

Posted by saltiri d'arc on February 7, 2015 at 3:00am 4 Comments

Hi Robert. Thanks for your comment. On what size of psaltery do you use .012? The should be some relationship beetween the size of the instrument and the gauge(s) used, otherwise strings would be rather too tight (and break easily) or too loose to produce sound. Do you find that is the case? The strings are attached with piano-style loop to small nails on the side of the psaltery. I will send more pictures where you can see the details.

Brenda, I believe we have the same issue here. So…

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Capa's psalteries

Posted by saltiri d'arc on February 3, 2015 at 5:11am 1 Comment

Ok. Here you can see a few pictures of Capa's psalteries, made in Sant Sebastià de Montmajor, Catalonia, Europe. The one on the left needs to be restrung, and the other two need tuning, but they are almost finished. For any questions please contact me at saltiri d'arc.

By the way...

Posted by saltiri d'arc on February 3, 2015 at 5:00am 0 Comments

Capa is the nickname for José Antonio Caparrós, who has his own page on this site. I am using his material with his knowledge and permission, as he has difficulty both with computers and English... I am incorporating my knowledge of piano stringing and my music experience into his beautiful psalteries, but all the woodwork must be credited to him only.

Changing profile photo

Posted by saltiri d'arc on February 3, 2015 at 12:57am 0 Comments

I am not able to add a profile picture to my page.  I have tried with different photos and I get an error message. Any hints?

Stringing

Posted by saltiri d'arc on February 3, 2015 at 12:52am 4 Comments

We are working on the stringing now. I would love to hear people's preferences and issues,as we are having doubts deciding the best gauges for each size of psaltery. As you know, Capa has his own way of attaching the strings to the far end without using hitch pins. Any comments from the members of this site?

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

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Loon Song Psalteries-Charlie Marshall

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Jon Williams Psalteries
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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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Paul G.Sykes - MS  

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601-583-4115

 

Gregg Schneeman - California
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Peter Tommerup - California
San Francisco Bay Area
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408-867-4324
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Celeste Howard Ray
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347-796-4484
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Maureen Barnes - Illinois
Bowed Psaltery lessons in Bloomington, IL
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Lessons at Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago, IL
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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
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Rick Long - Tennessee
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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
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Carol Esch - Kentucky
Lessons in Carol's home/workshop south of Lexington.
606-676-0128
esch@qx.net
http://www.windridgefarm.us/bowedpsaltery.htm

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