Jon Williams
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Do you own a bowed psaltery?
Who built your bowed psaltery?
I build full time
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?
Google Search

Hey guy's. Hears a neat tip. go to look under music and articles and click Tab. You get a list of 747 free songs. All songs in the DAA tuning ( Ionion)

will play on your psaltery. The bottom row of numbers are melodies and the middle row harmony.

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At 1:01pm on April 22, 2012, NaloMeli said…

Hi, your psalteries on this network are lovely. Do you have a website? I'm a newbie here, and will be just learning how to play as soon as mine arrives.



At 10:29pm on July 14, 2011, Honey Smith Walls said…

Wow Jon!  Your psalts are beautiful!!!!!  Any chance we can get together and jam?  I'm in Melbourne, FL and need some inspiration! I perform, teach, and LOVE the psalt.  Let's get together and play!!!

At 5:52am on March 28, 2011, Philippa Anne Reed said…

What a wonderful vocation to have. Something felt 'right' to me when I first held my BP and started playing - like a sense of coming home, musically. 

There is certainly a lot of love and care going into your instrument making - it comes across in your pictures! 

At 8:21pm on March 25, 2011, Tish Westman said…

Hi Jon,   I bought my very first Bowed Psaltery from you many years ago and I want to thank you for bringing this wonderful instrument into my life.  Thank-you very, very much.

Love Tish

At 7:43am on March 24, 2011, Philippa Anne Reed said…
May I ask how you got into making psalteries - it's such an unusual thing to you build other instruments too? They are real works of art.
At 4:31am on March 24, 2011, Philippa Anne Reed said…
What beautiful psalteries Jon, I love the one with the hummingbirds - just delightful!
At 7:47pm on March 22, 2011, Donna Malus said…
Jon, please give me your shop or web info so that I can list you as a builder! Very pretty psalteries, nice work.
At 4:31pm on March 21, 2011, Bonnie Blue Crouse said…
You build bowed psalteries for sale? What is the name of your company?
At 12:20pm on March 21, 2011, Donna Malus said…

Welcome to Psaltery Strings Jon!  We hope you enjoy the site and visit often. Please don't hesitate to comment, ask question or post!



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Amplified Psaltery with Cello Strings built by Rick Long

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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

Visit Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer

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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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