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"Best Ever" bumper stickers for psaltery lovers

My current one is "A Psaltery & Battery"    I get a lot of looks and smiles as I commute daily in the Washington, DC area. Of course, D…

Started by Maureen Callanan

2 Dec 22, 2016
Reply by Maureen Callanan


Oh,no! I cut all the strings because they were rusty, have new wire but don't know which pins to go to. 2 1/2 octave, 32 strings. Could som…

Started by Frances Bercher

5 Nov 14, 2016
Reply by Frances Bercher

Psaltery Strings

Received my e-bay psaltery today - looks pretty good but strings are rusty so don't want to touch the bow to them. It is a soprano - does a…

Started by Frances Bercher

6 Nov 9, 2016
Reply by Rick Long

Question Regarding Playing in a Group

Dear Friends, I brought my new baritone psaltery to my autoharp group today, thinking I could play along with the group.  I can play at ho…

Started by Janet Pohl

5 Oct 26, 2016
Reply by Janet Pohl

Your learning to play WHAT!

Yep I was actually asked this in a MUSIC STORE the other day.I don't know who in shock the most,him the owner's son for asking,or me being…

Started by Bubba Jordan

9 Oct 4, 2016
Reply by Janet Pohl

My Bowed Psaltery Workshop in Costa Mesa CA...

 Almost time for the "Harvest Festival of Dulcimers" where I will be giving one official Bowed Psaltery workshop and otherwise will be jamm…

Started by Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey

1 Sep 14, 2016

Roosebeck instruments

Does anyone have any comments about Roosebeck instuments. I know the saying you get what ya pay for. I am looking at this baritone BP    ht…

Started by David Hamilton

1 Aug 23, 2016

Just purchased my first psaltery

Just bought my first psaltery from the Early Music Shop in Saltaire in the UK. They were an absolute pleasure to deal with and my instrumen…

Started by David Foley

9 Mar 8, 2016
Reply by Gordon Whittington

Sheet music

Does anyone know if there is an arrangement of Muzettas Waltz for BP?

Started by Mandy B

4 Jan 29, 2016
Reply by Greg Westman

Anybody from Scotland?

I'm wondeing if anybody from Scotland in in this group.I have not seen or heard of any psaltery players around here and I live in the Scott…

Started by Jacqui Adams

0 Jan 14, 2016


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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

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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