Bea Romano
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Do you own a bowed psaltery?
yes, 2. I had a huge Omega Strings but we did not bond well. He now live in BOrrego Springs, CA with Connie.
How did you discover the bowed psaltery?
Greg Sheenan
Who built your bowed psaltery?
Unicorn Strings, and Song of the Woods.
How long have you played the bowed psaltery?
I have 'owned' psalteries for 15 or so years.
Do you perform with the bowed psaltery?
yes - Silent Night for our Christmas program with my band.
Otherwise, privately for my own enjoyment. I would like to learn more.
Do you build bowed psalteries for sale?
Do you teach the bowed psaltery?
How did you find out about our Psaltery Strings network?

Bea Romano's Blog

Psalteries welcome at our folk music jam on 4th Tuesdays in So, Cal. U.S.A.

Posted on March 3, 2015 at 3:39pm 0 Comments

Hello Everyone!  

I'm just dropping a line to invite you to our 4th Tuesday of the month folk music jam in Downey, CA, U.S.A.  You can find details at  Hope we can make music together!


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At 4:32pm on January 27, 2019, Mouth Bow said…

I apologize for taking so long to reply I just got a notice did I was still a member and read the email.

At 4:14pm on January 27, 2019, Mouth Bow said…
  1. Hi Bea at the time I was playing around and trying to develop a baritone bowed psaltery with flat-wound I was looking at the psaltery backwards as if the PIN what's a bridge and the bridge end was the nut on the tuning end plus the flat-wound would be a real nice bow surface over a round wire look at a violin steel bass string and it's flat wound.
  2. But I don't recommend everybody going out in trying it because depending on the construction of the psaltery some may not take the wound string it'll be too much .
  3. The other thing I honestly have to say Greg and I have differences of opinions but I do respect his opinion he taught me a lot and I think I taught him a few things. Greg is a fantastic person if I had a problem with an instrument I'd take it to him he's been doing this for one heck of a long time so he should know.
At 1:05pm on October 6, 2013, Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey said…

  Bea- Your too modest! Besides Bowed Psaltery Bea is an excellent Hammer Dulcimer multi instrumentalist with her group "When Pigs Fly!" Welcome to Psaltery Strings,Bea and try to say nice things about me!

At 12:08pm on October 6, 2013, Bonnie Blue Crouse said…


At 11:44am on October 6, 2013, Donna Malus said…

Welcome to Psaltery Strings Bea!

We don't have many members fro CA, I'm so pleased to see another one.

Gregg is quite the player and a character

I hope you enjoy the site, please feel free to post.



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Members who build bowed psalteries for sale

Spring Creek Psalteries - Sharon & Terry Kirby


From the Wood - Wayne Gaydos


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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
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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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