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Congratulations to Spring Creek Psalteries!

I want to extend a big "congrats" to Sharon and Terry Kirby of Spring Creek Psalteries. Their beautiful psaltery took best in show at the 2…

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Melanie Williams.

Hello.  I'm sorry I haven't visited this site as often as I used to visit.  It seems I'm busier now that I retired than I was before I reti…

Started by Dave Holeton

5 Mar 1, 2022
Reply by Dave Holeton

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…

Started by Rick Long

0 Jun 29, 2021

Lone Silent or Squealing String

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 w…

Started by Kay F

4 Dec 17, 2020
Reply by Kay F


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…

Started by Diane E Baumer

3 Nov 17, 2019
Reply by Donna Malus

Psaltery Stand

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 instrumen…

Started by Frances Bercher

3 Sep 24, 2019
Reply by Frances Bercher

Amazing Grace 2 bows

hi- anyone have tab for Amazing Grace using 2 bows (seemingly 1 lead & 1harmony)  similar to the beautiful arrangement that Gregg Schne…

Started by Darrell Atkins

0 Jul 4, 2019

A question about restringing

I was wondering if it would be possible to restring my Roosebeck baritone psaltery with all phosphor bronze wound strings. Do they even com…

Started by Mechelle Fox

1 Jun 23, 2019
Reply by robert schuler

Need Help

How do I tell the difference between soprano, alto and baritone psalteries?

Started by Frances Bercher

0 May 18, 2019

Question of Curiosity

How much do you practice?  Do you practice daily and how long do you practice.   Just curious. :)

Started by Kathy Adkins

0 May 16, 2019

Dead Strings

I have a 2/1/2 octave bowed psaltery. On the two shortest strings, G & F#, I get only a dead, scraping sound. I think I have enough ros…

Started by Frances Bercher

15 Dec 17, 2018
Reply by Frances Bercher


Featured Video

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!

Featured Song

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featured sheet music!

Clergy's Lamentation




What is Psaltery Strings worth to you?
A dollar a month?
Your help to offset the cost of keeping our Community alive is appreciated.

Thank you.



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

Visit Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer

Please sign up on the bowed psaltery players list

Tish's list is a valuable resource when searching for other players.

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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