Claire Favro
  • Female
  • Poulsbo, WA
  • United States
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Do you own a bowed psaltery?
How did you discover the bowed psaltery?
heard one at friends' house
Who built your bowed psaltery?
Masterworks in OK.
How long have you played the bowed psaltery?
2 years
Do you perform with the bowed psaltery?
Do you build bowed psalteries for sale?
Do you teach the bowed psaltery?
How did you find out about our Psaltery Strings network?
googled for info

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At 2:11am on January 20, 2014, Nozomi Nose said…

Dear Claire-san,

Thank you very much for your message.  I am so delighted to know that you enjoyed my video so much.  Please say hello to your husband. 

Watching your video, I was wondering why the tapestry behind you in your video has an oriental design.  Now that you told me you had lived in Japan, I understood.  Makoto Kato, who is my guitar and bowed psaltery teacher and who is also a member of Psaltery Strings, has his guitar and psaltery school in Meguro, which, I guess, is not so far from Midorigaoka. 

I hope we can develop a wonderful friendship through music. 


 P.S. I would be honored to send you my friend request. 


At 9:05pm on June 19, 2013, Bonnie Blue Crouse said…


At 6:11pm on June 19, 2013, Donna Malus said…

Welcome to Psaltery Strings Claire!

Please share some of your psaltery experiences with us! I hope you enjoy the site and visit often.



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Amplified Psaltery with Cello Strings built by Rick Long

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Members who build bowed psalteries for sale

Spring Creek Psalteries - Sharon & Terry Kirby


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Westman Instruments - Tish & Greg Westman

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Omega Strings – Richard Spencer

Master Works Bowed Psalteries - Russell Cook

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Paul G.Sykes - MS  

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Gregg Schneeman - California
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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
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Melbourne, FL

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