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The Bow

I finally got all the strings on my new (used) psaltery replaced and all tuned with electronic tuner left over from my bagpiping days. Now…

Started by Frances Bercher

12 Jan 30, 2019
Reply by Frances Bercher

An Article about Rosin from Strings Magazine

The Differences Between Dark and Amber Rosin JANUARY 5, 2004 Deciphering what it is, how it’s made, and which one is right for you By…

Started by Donna Malus

0 May 1, 2016

Rehairing bows

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 in…

Started by ellen Bruny

4 May 12, 2015
Reply by Dawn Wilson

How tight should the bow hair be.

I have just finished building my first psaltery and being a bit impatient I quickly made a bow with 2 thin pieces of pine laminated to form…

Started by David Murton

4 Mar 28, 2015
Reply by Serenity

Problems with Bowing

I am a beginner with a Folkcraft psaltry and bow.  The bow is brand new.  I am not sure why there is hardly any sound when I bow psaltry. …

Started by Lori Hartman

3 Dec 11, 2014
Reply by Lori Hartman

Building some BP bows

Howdy - I've decided that I want to build 2 or 3 pairs of bows to replace the ones that I have had for the last ten years. The wood will be…

Started by Ron Housley

7 Apr 5, 2014
Reply by Jeremy Main

Rosin the Beau (or bow!!!)

I have just got a Gewa bow and I have never used rosin on a hair bow before.  It hasn't got any rosin on it and I wonder if anybody has adv…

Started by hilary ANNE hughes

5 Oct 26, 2013
Reply by Jeremy Main

Rosin question

 I just got my first bowed psaltery from Unicorn Strings and it came with a cake of rosin that is very hard (not tacky at all).  Is that th…

Started by Jacque Ridgway

2 Feb 8, 2013
Reply by Jacque Ridgway

playing with 'real hair' bows

a neophyte observation:   While at the Gebhard Woods festival recently, I purchased two BP bows from Wayne Simms.  He uses real horse hair,…

Started by glen scratchley

2 Mar 27, 2012
Reply by Jeremy Main

protecting the bow

Hello. Just wondering how you guys protect your bows. Do you put them in your gigbag? Do you do something else? I'm worried that pulling th…

Started by Rob Ball

8 Nov 26, 2011
Reply by Terry Butler


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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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Lessons at Tamarack, Beckley, WV. Wednesday workshops also available for individual classes and to teach at festivals.
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