Brian M Nusser
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Started Oct 20, 2015 0 Replies

I have been noticing the continually growing number of people from Ohio who are becoming members of this group, and just wondering if some type of "event/gathering" in Ohio has ever been considered?

Would a Video Tripod work??!!...

Started this discussion. Last reply by Charlie Marshall Feb 23, 2015. 8 Replies

I am considering purchasing a mount for my Psaltery so that it can be attached to a tripod, acting as a stand. (This might "date" me!!, but,...) I have an old tripod for an old "full-sized" RCA VHS…Continue

More of a "Where Can I....?" Question!!....

Started this discussion. Last reply by Debbie Jones Dec 21, 2014. 5 Replies

Hello,      My name is Brian Nusser, and have just joined "Psaltery Strings", having just received my first psaltery as a surprise Christmas gift (2013). I absolutely love the sound of the…Continue


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Do you own a bowed psaltery?
Yes, since 12/25/2013
How did you discover the bowed psaltery?
At Backwoods Fest in Thornville, Ohio in 9/2013
Who built your bowed psaltery?
Walter Messick, Cabin Creek Musical Instruments, Mouth of Wilson, VA
How long have you played the bowed psaltery?
Since 12/25/2013
Do you perform with the bowed psaltery?
No, not yet!
Do you build bowed psalteries for sale?
Do you teach the bowed psaltery?
How did you find out about our Psaltery Strings network?
Via an Internet Search

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At 5:27pm on May 3, 2015, Mary Lee Montgomery said…
Thanks for the welcome. I just got my psaltery this weekend at the Central Ohio Folk Festival. I play mountain dulcimer but was seduced by the sound of the psaltery.
At 4:59pm on March 1, 2015, Roxanne Haney said…

Hi Brian,  We found our psaltries at the Atwood Fall Festival at Atwood Lake in Carrol County.  There's something about the sound of a psaltery playing thru the hills on a cool fall day.  I just had to have one.  I've had it for 4-5 month and can't put it down.  I play at least 2 hours a day.  I simply love it.

At 8:07pm on February 22, 2015, Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey said…

 I got one of Rick Longs BP Tripod stands and it works great with any tripod, my Psaltery is a little larger than most but it  adjusts to even tiny bowed psalts. It can be kind of shakey playing on a tp. I prefer to be able to stroll and play so I don't use it all the time but I like having the option. I have a black BP I was setting up on its black tripod and a guy walked in, looked at what I was doing and said "What are you going to play there, a bicycle seat?"

At 5:25pm on January 30, 2014, Sherry Senior said…

Thank you! 

At 3:23pm on January 27, 2014, Bonnie B Nicklaus said…

Hi Brian--thanks for the welcome :-)

I too have been contemplating going to the Beckley event...It would be great to go down with another "newbie"! You are right, it is not too far of a trip. The one that Rick Long puts on is a couple hours further, but it sounds nice too. I'm already enjoying playing with my new toy even after only 2 days...I'd really like to figure out how to not make my high F and G squeak though I keep putting rosin on but it is driving me crazy!!

At 9:34am on January 25, 2014, Bonnie Blue Crouse said…

The two closest motels were the Comfort Inn and the EconoLodge. Some of our workshop might be held in one of their the meeting rooms. Tish Westman will negotiate for a discounted group rate and she'll post the information as soon as she knows. My home near Hinton is about a 40-minute drive and I plan to commute except for Saturday night when we work late and start early on Sunday morning. You can go ahead and sign up for the symphony so you can receive the e-mail notifications, then decide whether you want to attend or not.

At 9:33pm on January 19, 2014, Bonnie Blue Crouse said…

Brian, I am very sorry to hear about your wife. Grief does not unfold in a straight line; I'm sure you'll experience many ups and downs as you reshape your life. It has been a year - "only" a year - and most people who know about grief will tell you that there is no right or wrong way to deal with loss. In a way, that is kind of liberating, since you can give yourself permission to take the steps you are ready to take, and sit out or postpone the ones that remind you you're not ready.

I hope the bowed psaltery brings you as much joy as mine does, and I hope you'll consider taking a few days off and adding your own joyful noise to the gathering in Beckley. The "symphony" is actually a four-day workshop for people who share a common love for the ringing strings of a quirky little instrument most people have never heard of. When I said enrollment is open to people from beginners to pros, I was being truthful. The music list is published ahead of time so people who want to can rehearse, but we learn so much in those 4 days that even without preparation, we somehow manage to grow in our skills so much that by Sunday, we are ready for the public to come hear the results. It is a unique opportunity (plus the food at Tamarack is awesome!). Please do consider it.

At 7:55pm on January 19, 2014, Bonnie Blue Crouse said…

So you got your bowed psaltery as a Christmas present? I note that the person who built it lives in Mouth of Wilson which is just a few miles from a farm I own near Shatley Springs in Ashe County, North Carolina. You may want to check out the bowed psaltery symphony that takes place every year at Tamarack in Beckley, West Virginia. It is an excellent opportunity for players at all skill levels, rank beginner to seasoned expert. Look on the for details.

At 7:13pm on January 19, 2014, Bonnie Blue Crouse said…



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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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