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BP jewelry

How can I reach Terry Butler about the beautiful BP jewelry? I'd like to get the pin :-)Sharon Fidler See More
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Frances Bercher replied to Frances Bercher's discussion The Bow
"That is a good idea. Thanks"
May 30
Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey replied to Frances Bercher's discussion The Bow
"You don't want to get paint thiner any where near the finish on the wood of your bowed psaltery! The only way I can think of to deal with your problem: Use a lot of Q tips, try to heat them somehow and then rub the cotton head length wise…"
May 30
Frances Bercher replied to Frances Bercher's discussion The Bow
"Thanks. I'm going to try to clean the psaltery strings with paint thinner. I ordered a hank of synthetic horsehair which a reviewer said made 4 bow strings, so if I can't get the strings clean I'll be able to restring the psaltery and…"
May 30
Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey replied to Frances Bercher's discussion The Bow
" I personally prefer horsehair but some bows are designed to use synthetic horsehair and that's what they get. "
May 30
Frances Bercher replied to Frances Bercher's discussion The Bow
"Thanks - now I know. Do you recommend horsehair or synthetic horsehair for the bow?"
May 30
Frances Bercher replied to Frances Bercher's discussion The Bow
"Thanks. "
May 30
Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey replied to Frances Bercher's discussion The Bow
"Hello Frances, I'm sorry to tell you, you will have to replace the horse hair, it won't work to just try to rosin over the wax, and it will be hard to remove the wax contaminating your psalteries metal strings. If you try to use a new…"
May 29
Frances Bercher replied to Frances Bercher's discussion The Bow
"Thanks for your reply. I've got the right kind of rosin now - I'll give it a try and hope the beeswax didn't ruin the string."
May 29
SUE C WHEELER replied to Frances Bercher's discussion The Bow
"HI, Frances, What the bow needs is violin or cello rosin.   I'm afraid you may need to start with a new bow."
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BP jewelry

Started by Sharon Fidler in How can I ..... ?. Last reply by Karen Palmer on Tuesday. 1 Reply

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

The Bow

Started by Frances Bercher in The Bow. Last reply by Frances Bercher May 30. 9 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

Sheet Music

Started by Frances Bercher in General BP Forum May 24. 0 Replies

I am new to the psaltery and am wondering about sheet music. I have a 2 1/2 octave psaltery which I have been able to tune. The sheet music shows "key" the music is to be played in, also minor chords. Which would these be? ThanksContinue

notation program

Started by Tom Cox in How can I ..... ?. Last reply by Tom Cox Apr 17. 2 Replies

What is the best program to use to write music for bowed psaltry? I need something that has the note name in the note. tabledit does not have a bowed psaltry option. and I need music in "D" to play with our dulcimer group>ThanksTomContinue

selling nice Cabin Creek Alto

Started by SUE C WHEELER in For Sale. Last reply by SUE C WHEELER Mar 25. 2 Replies

Priced for you to try for a first psaltery or a nice gift for an instrument lover.  Has as sweet dove at soundhole.  Cherry.  $95 plus shipping!!Continue

MeetUp Group for Psaltery Players in Japan

Started by Dave Holeton in General BP Forum Feb 19. 0 Replies

Tanezaki san (Tanezaki Riko) contacted me to let me know she has started a meet up group for psaltery players in Japan.  We are welcome to join the meet up and follow some of the activities for psaltery players in Japan and leave comments for those…Continue

Bowed Psaltery Gathering

Started by Gail Van Amberg in General BP Forum Feb 9. 0 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

bach on bowed psaltery?

Started by SUE C WHEELER in How can I ..... ? Feb 4. 0 Replies

Know anyone whose tried Bach Cello Suites on bowed psaltery?Continue

Builder Info Wanted

Started by Gene Griner in General BP Forum. Last reply by Brenda Ruth Fisher Feb 3. 1 Reply

Does anyone know of a link to a website for Randy Colby Psaltery Builder?????? Any contact info will be appreciated.

New students welcome!

Started by Karen B in Psaltery Teachers Dec 8, 2017. 0 Replies

I gave a first lesson today to a new student, and we both were thrilled with her progress--good bowing, ability to hear the tunes, and a willingness to experiment with angle for both the bow and psaltery to get increasing comfort and quality sound…Continue


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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…


My Waynie Bowed Psaltery

Posted by Linda Rodgers on February 27, 2016 at 10:09pm 0 Comments

I received my new absolutely beautiful Waynie Ultimate Bowed Psaltery yesterday 26 Feb. 2016. The workmanship and attention to detail is nothing short of marvelous !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I chose Purpleheart wood and Wayne combined it with Curly  or Flame Maple. WOW !!!!!!!!!!!!! My baby is one class act Psaltery !!!!!!!!!!!!! If you haven't checked out wayniepsaltery please do so !!!! You will not regret it !!!!!!!!!!

Linda Rodgers

Oklahoma City, OK 



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!

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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
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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