Gail Wallace
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Started this discussion. Last reply by K.Keller Nov 21, 2014. 3 Replies

Hi folks!  Finally have my new BP (2 1/2 octave from Song of the Wood) - stopped at their shop on our way down to FL for the winter.  However, last summer I bought a Unicorn Celtic psaltery on e-bay…Continue

Buying my first BP. Need help choosing an instrument.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gail Wallace Jul 12, 2014. 4 Replies

Hi. I'm a new member who does not own a BP yet.  I've been looking on-line at both new and used.  I need some guidance.  I play the piano and hammered dulcimer, and a couple of years ago played my…Continue


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Do you own a bowed psaltery?
looking to buy
How did you discover the bowed psaltery?
Friend has one that I've played and loved
Who built your bowed psaltery?
How long have you played the bowed psaltery?
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?
On the web while looking for bowed psaltery makers

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At 9:40am on July 17, 2014, Bonnie Blue Crouse said…

Unless you are disabled in some way, the 32-note bowed psaltery can be held in one hand and the bow in the other. I know the Westman instruments are a bit more compact than some others I've seen (some BP makes like theirs especially elongated). When we have our annual Bowed Psaltery Symphony, held in West Virginia, people come from all over the country and they bring instruments made by 15-20 different luthiers. I myself am strongly considering moving to a 32-note but there is nothing wrong with the 25-note. I won't play enough to justify keeping it; I will sell it or give it my daughter-in-law. I will say that the Westmans are great people to talk to about your choice of instrument. If they felt someone else could serve you better, they would refer you to them. One more possibility, you can ask if you can buy the psaltery on trial. If it does not suit you, the seller might be agreeable to a return or a trade-in. But don't be afraid of the 32-note for reasons of size. Most peole who play right-handed hold their BP in their left hand, narrow end resting on their palm and the wider end resting on their arm or chest. The only people who need to use a stand are the ones who play with 2 bows at a time. Good luck, B.

At 7:45am on July 15, 2014, Bonnie Blue Crouse said…

Welcome! I'm excited that you will be getting your first instrument. If no one has suggested it yet, take a look at to see some very special work. Greg & Tish Westman built my bowed psaltery and everyone who sees it falls in love. It is gorgeous but also has an amazing sound that I just love. They do custom orders, too, if there's not one already made that is what you need. Mine is a 25-note but that's not all they make. Anyway, whichever instrument you end up buying, I hope it brings you pleasure.


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Members who build bowed psalteries for sale

Spring Creek Psalteries - Sharon & Terry Kirby


From the Wood - Wayne Gaydos


to see his work visit

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
Contact Paul at

or call him at



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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