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"Thanks. I'm getting good sound out of all but the two shortest strings on each side."
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Mouth Bow replied to Frances Bercher's discussion The Bow
"If ever you get ahold of some good violin bow hair used what works good to clean it and get the old rosin and dirt out of it I was taught to use Woolite if it works good on Kashmir and alpaca it must work good on horse hair I've strung up mini…"
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Mouth Bow replied to Frances Bercher's discussion The Bow
"Hey Greg for whatever it's worth turpentine will dissolve beeswax on a Q-tip but I would also follow it up with some denatured alcohol. I use a combination of turpentine and beeswax when I seal wood for spar varnish I did this on that very…"
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The Bow

Started by Frances Bercher in The Bow. Last reply by Frances Bercher Jan 30. 12 Replies

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 can't get any sound when I use the bow! I ran it through a chunk of beeswax, could the problem be that I need…Continue

Need some dimensions

Started by Alan Eggleston in How can I ..... ?. Last reply by Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey Dec 20, 2018. 2 Replies

Bowed Psaltery friends,I have a commission to build a Bass Bowed Psaltery, something I've never built.  What are the approximate dimensions?  The one I saw in a YouTube video looks about 36" tip to base, and maybe 10-12" at the base.Also, what…Continue

Dead Strings

Started by Frances Bercher in General BP Forum. Last reply by Frances Bercher Dec 17, 2018. 15 Replies

I have a 2/1/2 octave bowed psaltery. On the two shortest strings, G & F#, I get only a dead, scraping sound. I think I have enough rosin on the bow because as I bow up the strings (lower notes) the sound is quite sweet. I tried replacing those…Continue

Change my profile

Started by Larry Thrasher in How can I ..... ? Dec 13, 2018. 0 Replies

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 recently moved to Mountain View, AR.Thanks.Continue

More information needed

Started by Alan Eggleston in Psaltery Builders and Merchants Dec 5, 2018. 0 Replies

Hello again.  I am wondering about the dimensions for an alto, tenor ad baritone bowed psaltery.  All I ave ever built were sopranos.  This summer I was commissioned for one, and just finished one for another customer.  Both are 21" long, and 7"…Continue

Tom Fellenbaum Psalteries

Started by Donna Malus in Psaltery Builders and Merchants. Last reply by Robert Myers Dec 1, 2018. 2 Replies

Hi All, a friend of mine who hasn't signed up here yet was looking for any and all information and feedback on Tom Fellenbaum psalteries.I know a few of you out there own them and would love to hear from you about how and when you got your psaltery,…Continue

bowed psaltery gathering Oct 25

Started by Gail Van Amberg in General BP Forum Oct 1, 2018. 0 Replies

24 days left to register for the Gathering. Agenda is on this page and Facebook. You can expect to meet nice people, learn new music, and have a good time.Continue

My latest psalteries, psaltery stands, and other accessories

Started by Kato Makoto in How can I ..... ?. Last reply by Kato Makoto Sep 28, 2018. 2 Replies

 Hello everyone.  I hope you are spending a wonderful autumn season.  And I…Continue

Bowed Psaltery Gathering

Started by Gail Van Amberg in General BP Forum. Last reply by Brenda Mangan Sep 17, 2018. 6 Replies

Just want to let people know that there will be a Bowed Psaltery Gathering at Cove Lake October 25 - 28, 2018. I'm lining up the teachers - Rick Long will be teaching along with others. If you have something you would like to see happen or would…Continue

BP jewelry

Started by Sharon Fidler in How can I ..... ?. Last reply by Karen Palmer Jun 18, 2018. 1 Reply

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


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lonesome psaltery?

Posted by SUE C WHEELER on September 22, 2018 at 7:08am 0 Comments

I really have been sort of neglecting my psalteries. The baritone is cumbersome to pack and unpack, but I take it to the mountain dulcimer jam in Pickney 2x a month. I've been taking banjo lessons to justify my impulse purchase at Beckley last spring.  We're coming along slowly. Plus I've started an Etsy business ( ; Not bad for a PWP who sometimes has to juggle her good hours…


Sheet music for "A Walk beside the Placid Waters"

Posted by Ron Zuckerman on August 12, 2017 at 1:00pm 1 Comment

The sheet music for my original composition "A Walk beside the Placid Waters" is available here:

It is for soprano psaltery, baritone psaltery, guitar, and bass

The Magic of Evart

Posted by SUE C WHEELER on July 16, 2017 at 9:15pm 0 Comments

Just seven dollars for one day's admission and an excuse to spend a couple nights up north. What would keep me away from the Original Dulcimer Players Club's annual Funfest? Uh, I just got home from it.

This is the third time I've gone. The first time, I dropped by for twenty minutes, the second time I spent most of the day, and this year I spent the entire day, including supper, and the start of the…


Cleaning soundboard

Posted by Meridee Kramb on April 17, 2017 at 1:33pm 0 Comments

I've been away from my psaltery for awhile and I'm wondering

Grab a psaltery (which one?) and go!!

Posted by SUE C WHEELER on November 27, 2016 at 8:32pm 0 Comments

Well, don't I feel like a musician! Lugging my gear all over town today! This morning I played my new baritone (Thanks Terry Butler and Rick Long). I was playing for our church's music leader to see if he had a place for me on the Christmas program. Oh, yes, he was quite enthusiastic. Then, he let me sit in on the music group and fudge a few songs. Getting better at thinking on my feet and not losing my way.

These sorta-skills were put to the test as I played with the hammer dulcimer…


Organizing a new players group

Posted by Charlie Marshall on September 10, 2016 at 3:53pm 1 Comment

I'm in the planning stages of attempting to organize a small players group here in the local area.  I currently play with one other psaltery player on a monthly basis which is fine but I would like to improve on that and invite beginners to join in.  I have built up an inventory of instruments, some new and some gently used, that I would be willing share with new players to get them started.

In addition to the instruments, I plan on providing free instruction at a level which will…


I'm still playing

Posted by bob pryor on September 6, 2016 at 1:10pm 2 Comments

I've been missing from here for some time. But some times life seems so busy. I'm off down to dorset on my hols shortly. I'm taking my Bs. I've had this daft idea about playing on the top of Cerne abbas. Also pay my respects to the last resting place of Pete shutler. The man who made fall in love with the BS.

sadly missed.  

I have so many Questions

Posted by David Hamilton on August 28, 2016 at 12:04am 8 Comments

If was to buy sheet music what would I get Violin. I would like to play some modern songs like the Beatles, Kansas, maybe Led Zepplin. You know shake the world up. I know someone  who plays Rock n roll on his accordion. I have really  only been seriously playing the psaltery for a few days and have learned all the xmas songs that my grandbaby and I plan on playing at her school and church this season. I have already purchased  2 other psalteries a xylophone and a autoharp to see…


Looking for B.Psaltery players

Posted by Joyce Hibbard on August 9, 2016 at 7:54am 1 Comment

I live in Michigan's thumb area, and I am looking for B.P.Players in my area to get together to jam and practice. I will travel 30 to 50 miles, if need be, to get together. Anyone out there interested ?


Posted by SUE C WHEELER on July 19, 2016 at 8:00pm 2 Comments

A year ago I ventured into the Hammered Dulcimer festival at Evart, Michigan.

This was the beginning of me-as-a bowed-psalterist.

I’m staggered by how much I’ve been able to play and learn this year.  I’ve accumulated reams of sheet music, but also picked out tune after tune by ear. I’ve memorized a couple pieces. I’ve participated in both a workshop and a festival with Tish Westman, and had gratis…




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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


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

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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

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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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