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Brenda Mangan commented on Brenda Mangan's event QuaranTUNE Dulcimer Festival 2.0
"Registration for the QuaranTUNE Festival classes opens today, July 26, at 3 pm Central time. Classes for bowed psaltery are offered my myself and Tish Westman for only $10 per class. Check it out."
Jul 26
julie stiles replied to julie stiles's discussion Austin, Texas - live psaltery capital of the world?
"still no such luck. with the quarantining tho, i've made a few videos with my psaltery, that's been fun...would love to have co-conspirators, tho! anyone use the acapella app?"
Jul 14
julie stiles posted a video

(Just A) Closer Walk With Thee

Alto bowed psaltery, Merlin Seagull, tenor Outdoor Uke. Arr 2020 jbs.
Jul 14
julie stiles updated their profile
Jul 14
Nozomi Nose commented on Nozomi Nose's video

Greetings from Nozomi Nose and Jun Tainaka

"Thank you Brenda.  Sorry for responding you late.  We hope QuaranTUNE Dulcimer Festival will be a big success.  Nozomi Nose & Jun Tainaka"
Jul 6
Brenda Mangan commented on Nozomi Nose's video

Greetings from Nozomi Nose and Jun Tainaka

"Hello to both of you. It is so good to hear your kind messages and uplifting song. We can all use some "Sunny Side of Life" during these times. The best of well wishes to you Nozomi and Jun. ~Brenda Mangan"
Jun 17
Brenda Mangan posted an event

QuaranTUNE Dulcimer Festival 2.0 at online

August 28, 2020 to August 30, 2020
Online festival August 28-30, 2020. Classes include the bowed psaltery, also mountain dulcimer, hammered dulcimer, ukulele, and more. For more info see the FaceBook page or the websitewww.QuaranTUNEDulcimerFestival.comSee More
Jun 17
Nozomi Nose commented on Nozomi Nose's video

Greetings from Nozomi Nose and Jun Tainaka

"We thank you again for your kindness and hospitality at the Bowed Psaltery Gathering 2019. Nozomi Nose & Jun Tainaka."
Jun 13
Nozomi Nose commented on Claire Favro's video

I Can't Wait by Kieran Kane

"Great harmony of the bowed psaltery, guitar, and the vocals! Let’s hope for the things will get better."
Jun 13
Nozomi Nose commented on Claire Favro's video

Night in That Land by Johnny Cunningham

"Beautiful! I understand this is a Scottish tune. Sounds beautiful when played on bowed psaltery! I want to learn this tune myself."
Jun 13
Nozomi Nose posted videos
Jun 12
Cathi Costa posted a discussion

Used Unicorn Strings Psaltery for sale

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.See More
Apr 28
Claire Favro updated their profile
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Claire Favro posted videos
Apr 18
Pamela Zell posted a blog post
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Larry Thrasher updated their profile
Mar 15
Cathi Costa is now a member of Psaltery Strings
Mar 12
Nozomi Nose posted videos
Feb 26
Steve Lloyd joined Grace Thompson's group
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Rebecca Gremmer is now a member of Psaltery Strings
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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 Jul 14. 6 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

Used Unicorn Strings Psaltery for sale

Started by Cathi Costa in For Sale Apr 28. 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. 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


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?

Psaltery Stand

Started by Frances Bercher in General BP Forum. Last reply by Frances Bercher Sep 24, 2019. 3 Replies

Does anyone know where I can find a stand to place my psaltery in when not playing it? I have one for my ukulele and it keeps the instrument out, in sight, and ready to play. I saw a nice one on ebay but it included a psaltery which I don't need.…Continue

Sheet Music for October 2013 - Clergy's Lamentation

Started by Donna Malus in Sheet Music of the Month. Last reply by Robert Myers Sep 7, 2019. 11 Replies

It seems I'm on a Turlough O'Carolan is Clergy's Lamentation, probably my favorite O'Carolan melody. We played it one year at the symphony and may play it again next year.It is a lamentation so it would be played slowly, but I have heard…Continue

Psaltery Strings Music Book Volume 2

Started by Donna Malus in Bowed Psaltery Books and Articles. Last reply by Robert Myers Sep 7, 2019. 11 Replies

I've started work on PS Music Book Vol. 2 and was wondering what songs you might like to see in Volume 2.Please post your suggestions here, I'd love to hear from you. Remember, songs must be in the Public Domain. If you're not sure, I'll double…Continue

Amazing Grace 2 bows

Started by Darrell Atkins in General BP Forum Jul 4, 2019. 0 Replies

hi- anyone have tab for Amazing Grace using 2 bows (seemingly 1 lead & 1harmony)  similar to the beautiful arrangement that Gregg Schneeman performs on YouTube? I play it in 3 different keys but with a single bow, Gregg’s is a much fuller,…Continue

A question about restringing

Started by Mechelle Fox in General BP Forum. Last reply by robert schuler Jun 23, 2019. 1 Reply

I was wondering if it would be possible to restring my Roosebeck baritone psaltery with all phosphor bronze wound strings. Do they even come in a thin enough gauge to be used on the higher end of the range? Any opinions or information would be…Continue


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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…


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. 

"Bowed Psaltery Arrive Early At Evart Michigan Dulcimer Funfest"

Posted by Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey on April 29, 2019 at 6:00pm 0 Comments

 Hi fellow Bowed Psaltery enthusiasts! I'm suggesting people arrive as early as they can for the Original Dulcimer Players Funfest at Osceola County Fairgrounds in Evart Michigan July 18, 19, & 20 2019. I will be there the weekend before and other campers are beginning to arrive so jamming gets under way with more people showing up all the time. There has been increasing interest in the Bowed Psaltery at ODPF and this year we are hoping for a even bigger Bowed Psaltery presence! Camping…



Posted by Darrell Atkins on April 1, 2019 at 4:15pm 0 Comments

anyone have tab they care to share for:  I can’t help falling in love with you? 

lonesome psaltery?

Posted by SUE C WHEELER on September 22, 2018 at 7:08am 0 Comments

I really have been sort of neglecting my psalteries. The baritone is cumbersome to pack and unpack, but I take it to the mountain dulcimer jam in Pickney 2x a month. I've been taking banjo lessons to justify my impulse purchase at Beckley last spring.  We're coming along slowly. Plus I've started an Etsy business ( ; Not bad for a PWP who sometimes has to juggle her good hours…


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…




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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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Clergy's Lamentation




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Members who build bowed psalteries for sale

Spring Creek Psalteries - Sharon & Terry Kirby


From the Wood - Wayne Gaydos


to see his work visit

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
(386) 853-0944

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
Contact Paul at

or call him at



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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