Janine Allen
  • Greer, SC
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Betsy Kopyc left a comment for Janine Allen
"Thank you, Janine. I just got the Psaltery a week ago and have already played twice at my church...no one ran out....so an auspicious beginning. I am looking forward to seeing what this group has to say. Thanks for welcoming me."
Dec 5, 2016
Janine Allen commented on David Hamilton's blog post I have so many Questions
"When I started, I found that the  easy electronic keyboard books by Hal Leonard were very helpful,  they have classics, Elvis , gospel, folk and many others.  I also recommend Donna Missigman's book.  She's not…"
Sep 21, 2016
Janine Allen posted a status
"Thanks I've actually been here for several years but was unable to access it lately & signed yp again :) Hope to see you in TN next month!"
Sep 16, 2016
Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey left a comment for Janine Allen
"Welcome to Psaltery Strings Janine, looking forward to hearing more from you!"
Sep 16, 2016
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"Hey there Janine! Glad you are here. :)"
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"Welcome to Psaltery Strings Janine!!!!"
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Profile Information

Do you own a bowed psaltery?
Yes, 3
How did you discover the bowed psaltery?
From a friend
Who built your bowed psaltery?
Bill Berg, Masterworks & Rick Long.
How long have you played the bowed psaltery?
Off & on 10+ years
Do you perform with the bowed psaltery?
Do you build bowed psalteries for sale?
Do you teach the bowed psaltery?

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At 7:36am on December 5, 2016, Betsy Kopyc said…

Thank you, Janine. I just got the Psaltery a week ago and have already played twice at my church...no one ran out....so an auspicious beginning. I am looking forward to seeing what this group has to say. Thanks for welcoming me.

At 1:08am on September 16, 2016, Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey said…

Welcome to Psaltery Strings Janine, looking forward to hearing more from you!

At 8:56pm on September 15, 2016, Bonnie Blue Crouse said…


At 8:05pm on September 15, 2016, Brenda Mangan said…

Hey there Janine! Glad you are here. :)

At 9:55am on September 15, 2016, Donna Malus said…

Welcome to Psaltery Strings Janine!!!!


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Amplified Psaltery with Cello Strings built by Rick Long

This video is a personal favorite because it shows a unique type of bowed psaltery with a gorgeous sound. When I heard it I broke out in goose bumps!

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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 honey@offthewalls.us
Melbourne, FL

Visit Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer

Please sign up on the bowed psaltery players list

Tish's list is a valuable resource when searching for other players. http://www.westmaninstruments.com/Bowed_Psaltery_List.html

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.

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