Hi Frank, I"ve heard of Archie Smith's Bowed Psalteries but I've not seen one so close up pictures would help. The rail pins not having holes if you look at one of the strings still attached I think you will see he created a loop the right size to go around the pin being very careful not to leave the end of the string poking out to snag the hair on your bow. Another builder that uses hitch pins instead of tuner pins on the rail is Rick Long. You may be able to order replacement strings by gage ready made from him, otherwise the loop end string available at a normal music store is not the right size loop and won't work. I don't have a string wrap tie winder set up but Rick does. If your Psaltery is over 5 years old it may be due for a complete restringing. I have heard Archie retired so I guess you can't send it back to him. It might be cheaper and less time consuming to just get a new Bowed Psaltery.
Dona Benkert -
Illinois Lessons at Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago, IL
& Folk-Lore Center, Warrenville, IL
Phone: 630.393.1247 http://www.folk-lorecenter.com/
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.
1-304-575-0998 email@example.com www.westmaninstruments.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org http://upontheharp.com
If you are already on Tish's list, why don't you stop in and update your info? While your there take a look to see if there are new players in your area. Who knows, you might get together and make a recording.