I live in the UK and I would like a baritone psaltery but can't find any here - I would like to try one to see if it's what I hope for.  Also if I buy one, do they have wound strings or would I have to replace strings? I would be really grateful if anybody knows the best way to find one - if I can't get to try one then is there a site I could buy from and would send one.  ? Thanks for any help = Anne

Views: 650

Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion

Thanks - Thomann haven't got the Gewa bow and I will contact Rob Haydn Clark and see what he can suggest = Anne

Pick and Boch have violin-style psaltery bows for 40 euros.  I use them and they work well.  No problems at all.  Here's a link:



I've had a look at the Sussex Harmony site and have had a listen to the music.  Very nice.  I looked for a picture of you playing the psaltery and it's a pity I couldn't find one, though. 

Thanks Celine - I will look up the bows you mention.  The pictures on the Sussex Harmony site are a bit out-of-date so the members have changed.

I really love the music - just playing makes one feel good.  The Musical Director sends the programme of the next event and so it helps to ensure I practise the things we are going to play.  We practise every Thursday and tomorrow I am going to try using the lower registers and see how I feel about it.

Thanks again = Anne

Thanks to all who advised about a baritone psaltery - I am thinking to follow Jeremy's suggestion and get a GEWA bow as they are now available.  I have a bow from Rick Long and I would be grateful to know the length of a GEWA bow and also the width of the hairs - I don;t want to replicate the one I have - thanks for any information = Anne

I have just reread Jeremy's notes about the GEWA bow so I have the information.  It's a bit longer than mine but I think I could  manage it - it's the fast passages I need to watch - thanks anyway


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 honey@offthewalls.us
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. http://www.westmaninstruments.com/Bowed_Psaltery_List.html

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.

© 2020   Created by Donna Malus.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service

To add a scrolling message to your NingBar, change this text, and add the code to your Custom Code Box. If you want, you can add simple links like this: Visit JenSocial This is a great way to make announcements to your site visitors.