Karen J. Miklia
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  • Cleveland, SC
  • United States
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Do you own a bowed psaltery?
yes- 3
How did you discover the bowed psaltery?
saw in a music store
Who built your bowed psaltery?
Tish Westman
Tom Fellenbaum
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?
surfing network

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At 9:00pm on September 7, 2010, Theresa Emmons said…
Hi Karen! Thanks for the warm welcome!
At 11:47pm on August 21, 2010, Donna Malus said…
It makes my day to hear that you enjoy the site. I do love the psaltery and have been thrilled to share it with others on this web site as well as in person. Hopefully we will get to meet sometime.
I don't know how much you travel, but in the spring the "Second Annual Bowed Psaltery Symphony" will be held in West Virginia. It's an all bowed psaltery weekend, ending with a concert on Sunday. More will be posted about it as time passes.

Keep on practiing!
At 10:57pm on August 19, 2010, Lori Mawhorter said…
Thanks, Karen.
At 12:47pm on August 18, 2010, Janine said…
Hi Karen, Welcome! I'd love to get together. I've always wanted to try one of the Omega Strings instruments. There's someone else out near you that plays the BP, I'll have to check my email to see if I can find out who it is.I've been through Pumkintown. Once in a while we go to Haygood Mill on the 3rd Sat for the music & I've wanted to come to the Pumpkintown Opry. If you haven't met Rick Long,he's usually in Asheville twice a year for the Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands. Email me @ psaltharp@aol.com & we'll arrange to get together. Janine
At 6:55pm on August 3, 2010, Donna Malus said…
Hi Karen and welcome to Psaltery Strings!
We're thrilled to have you join and hope that you enjoy the site and visit often.

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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 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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