Frances Bercher
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  • Racine, WI
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Sheet Music

Started 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…Continue

The Bow

Started this discussion. 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…Continue

Restringing

Started this discussion. Last reply by Frances Bercher Nov 14, 2016. 5 Replies

Oh,no! I cut all the strings because they were rusty, have new wire but don't know which pins to go to. 2 1/2 octave, 32 strings. Could someone post up-close pic of strung top? Or advise?Continue

Psaltery Strings

Started this discussion. Last reply by Rick Long Nov 9, 2016. 6 Replies

Received my e-bay psaltery today - looks pretty good but strings are rusty so don't want to touch the bow to them. It is a soprano - does anyone know where I might find a graduated-diameter set of…Continue

 

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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."
May 29
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At 6:08pm on August 7, 2016, Bonnie Blue Crouse said…

Welcome!

At 6:58pm on August 2, 2016, Brenda Mangan said…

Welcome, Frances.

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Welcome to Psaltery Strings Frances!

 
 
 

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