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Anyone in the Netherlands who can fix my BP?

Hey all! I live in the Netherlands and I inherited a bowed psaltery. I would love to play it. However, the strings are really old, as well…

Started by Niek de Gier

0 Sep 17, 2015

Sound clips to play along with for the Psaltery Strings Music Book - Thanks to Rick Long

For those of you who have the Psaltery Strings Music Book, Rick Long has put sound clips for each song on his web site. Practicing along wi…

Started by Donna Malus

2 Apr 1, 2015
Reply by Yvonna Arnold

Sheet Music for January 2013 - The Cruel War

January 2013 already.....this months sheet music is The Cruel War. I remember hearing this as a young girl during those wonderful folk musi…

Started by Donna Malus

2 Jan 14, 2014
Reply by W H Holthaus

Sheet Music for February 2013 - Rush in the Pepper

February's song is "Rush in the Pepper". It will help you practice your scales which is always a good thing. I don't doubt that it could be…

Started by Donna Malus

11 Feb 28, 2013
Reply by Celeste Howard

Newbie with nervous breakdown...

Hello <waves nervously> This morning the postie brought the new toy - another Ebay accident, I am sure you all know the syndrome... I…

Started by Janey

25 Jan 11, 2013
Reply by Erich C.

Rick Long and Friends!

Rick Long has some wonderful MP3 recordings I'd like to share. He also has a bit of advice that I think is important for all of us.  Let me…

Started by Donna Malus

6 Jan 11, 2013
Reply by Jeremy Main

Rick Long and Friends continued

Here are the other three!

Started by Donna Malus

0 Jan 6, 2013

figured it out!

here's me on my new bp from Unicorn Strings (second-hand at least, 2003 model): o…

Started by julie stiles

0 Dec 27, 2012

Bulk strings in UK?

Having been inspired by discussions here which say that changing from plain strings to wound means you can lower the voice of the instrumen…

Started by Blanche Rowen

22 Apr 18, 2012
Reply by Jeremy Main

2011 Second Annual Bowed Psaltery Symphony

Workshops...April 7,8,9, Performance April 10, 2011 We are all set, I think.....  We have all the Noted Note sheet music with sound files,…

Started by Tish Westman

16 Apr 13, 2011
Reply by Donna Malus


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

Click on the title for the current
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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