Wood, Strings, Pins and Bows (23)

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Tuning Issue

Anyone familiar with tuning a David Kingslake psaltery?  He carved symbols into the wood by each hitch pin: the right side is clear; the le…

Started by Gay Kang

0 Dec 12, 2021

extended psaltery

Having built a Psimple Psaltery I want more. Has anyone built an extended bowed psaltery with range ambition of D4 to ? Quite happy with di…

Started by John O'Neill

1 Jan 23, 2021
Reply by Gail Van Amberg

Cello Psaltery Build

I am looking to build a cello sized psaltery.  My two big questions are string size and hitch pin spacing.  Any advise, plans, ideas please…

Started by Bill

1 Mar 5, 2019
Reply by robert schuler

breaking strings

I have a unicorn strings Psaltry (had it since 1993). I enjoyed the sound very much until I had to replace the highest string. I am having…

Started by Amy Adams

3 Aug 19, 2016
Reply by Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey

Unicorn Strings Psaltery restring

Hi, I'm new to the bowed psaltery and just got a 1985 Unicorn Strings Psaltery. I need to replace some strings. I know the present system o…

Started by Barbara Wingert

2 May 19, 2016
Reply by Barbara Wingert

Kinds of Horse Hair-Real and Synthetic

  The preferred horse hair of professional violinists is said to be "White Siberian" horse hair. Adapted to the cold and harsh environment…

Started by Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey

3 Apr 30, 2015
Reply by Gregory Walters

Baritone Psaltery String Sizes

First a disclaimer... I'm not a luthier, I'm a avid woodworker.  BUT, I love make music, either by playing or building!  I'm trying to find…

Started by Susy Q

7 Mar 24, 2015
Reply by Susy Q

Broken string on Roosebeck Alto

Hi, I was tuning my Roosebeck Alto when the high E string broke. I was being quite careful and was tuning the right string but it's a new…

Started by Linda Hamilton

1 Dec 22, 2014
Reply by Linda Hamilton

Note Position Markers

I'm in a discussion with a customer that is ordering two custom psalteries.  One of his requests is for me to change the notes that I mark…

Started by Rick Long

34 Sep 29, 2014
Reply by Paul Sykes

New guy, new psaltery

Hello!  I posted this elsewhere before finding my way here.  Please forgive the redundancy if you've read this before. I'm a guitar and uku…

Started by Ray Weston

9 Jan 12, 2014
Reply by Charlie Marshall


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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 honey@offthewalls.us
Melbourne, FL

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