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I see music for the BP written in key of D or c  - where do I locatethat on my BP? I have 20+ years of playing competitive bagpipes but the…

Started by Frances Bercher

2 May 25
Reply by Frances Bercher

Tuning Question

My sister and I both purchased bowed psalteries during her visit from Alaska to NC.  We started learning together, and both bought Snark tu…

Started by Cynthia Phillips

3 Apr 9
Reply by Frances Bercher

Need some dimensions

Bowed Psaltery friends, I have a commission to build a Bass Bowed Psaltery, something I've never built.  What are the approximate dimensio…

Started by Alan Eggleston

2 Dec 20, 2018
Reply by Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey

Change my profile

How do you change the CITY and STATE part of your profile? The information did not appear to be available on the MYPAGE/PROFILE page. I rec…

Started by Larry Thrasher

0 Dec 13, 2018

My latest psalteries, psaltery stands, and other accessories

 Hello everyone.  I hope you are spending a wonderful autumn season.  And I hope those who suffered from the hurricane recover from the dam…

Started by Kato Makoto

2 Sep 28, 2018
Reply by Kato Makoto

BP jewelry

How can I reach Terry Butler about the beautiful BP jewelry? I'd like to get the pin :-) Sharon Fidler 

Started by Sharon Fidler

1 Jun 18, 2018
Reply by Karen Palmer

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 ha…

Started by Tom Cox

2 Apr 17, 2018
Reply by Tom Cox

bach on bowed psaltery?

Know anyone whose tried Bach Cello Suites on bowed psaltery?

Started by SUE C WHEELER

0 Feb 4, 2018

Playing Right-Handed Bowed Psaltery with Left Hand

My family was given a lovely Westman Soprano psaltery at the same time that we were ordering a James Jones Alto. Both are right-handed inst…

Started by Beth Folkemer

3 Feb 18, 2017
Reply by Brenda Mangan

bow problems

Hi all. finally tuned my new BS in. But have been using my original bow. And it plays fine. but the bow is new, and just slides across the…

Started by bob pryor

3 Dec 19, 2016
Reply by bob pryor


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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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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

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Gregg Schneeman - California
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San Francisco Bay Area
Bowed Psaltery and other Instruments


Celeste Howard Ray
Bowed Psaltery lessons via Skype
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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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