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used Unicorn Strings psaltery for sale

Started this discussion. Last reply by Debra Burrell Jan 10, 2015. 1 Reply

Unicorn Strings Celtic model, 30 strings—2 & ½ octaves, with note markers, onebow. Recently restrung, in excellent condition. $185 plus shipping.I have another just like this that I play all the…Continue

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adjusting to a second bowed psaltery

Started this discussion. Last reply by Debra Burrell Sep 27, 2013. 6 Replies

I've searched the discussions and can't find an answer to my question: how hard is it to adjust to a second instrument?I've been considering buying a tenor bowed psaltery for some time.  The spacing…Continue


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Do you own a bowed psaltery?
I own two.
How did you discover the bowed psaltery?
A friend had one.
Who built your bowed psaltery?
My first psaltery was made by Unicorn Strings. My second one, a tenor, was made by Rick Long of Ringing Strings. I gave it to my niece. The third, also a tenor, was made by Dave Lucas.
How long have you played the bowed psaltery?
Since 2010, but the first year was very casual.
Do you perform with the bowed psaltery?
Yes, I've performed with a dulcimer group and with a dulcimer partner as a volunteer music therapist for a local hospice. I've also played at my church a few times.
Do you build bowed psalteries for sale?
Do you teach the bowed psaltery?
How did you find out about our Psaltery Strings network?
Internet search

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At 9:19pm on October 6, 2013, Cindy Adams said…

Hi Debra,

No, I never purchased a psaltry. I attended the Bluff Park Art Show this weekend and looked for the man who used to sell them there but did not see him. I would probably need to get one second-hand. I would love to barter for one! I have a keyboard I would trade for one! Anyway, thanks for offering to let me borrow your psaltry. I am so busy with piano teaching right now but would love to attend a jam session sometime! Happy music-making! Cindy

At 9:14am on June 22, 2012, Donna Malus said…

Welcome to Psaltery Strings Debra!  I hope you find the site helpful and fun. Please feel free to post.



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Members who build bowed psalteries for sale

Spring Creek Psalteries - Sharon & Terry Kirby


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Waynie Psaltery - Wayne Simms


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Master Works Bowed Psalteries - Russell Cook

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Bowed Psaltery lessons in Bloomington, IL


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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
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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.
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