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Putting note markers on the BP

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jeremy Main Aug 7, 2013. 1 Reply

Hello, All,I would like to tap into your collective knowledge & experience for suggestions as to how to mark the notes on my BP in such a way as to not mar the finish when removed and to look…Continue

$18.00 Cases for psaltery

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tim Smith Feb 7, 2013. 1 Reply

My psaltery did not come with a case, and I searched the net for one, and did not really find a suitable one that I knew would fit. My first choice would've been hardshell, and second choice heavily…Continue

Advice for a newbie?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Madelyn Aug 7, 2013. 62 Replies

Hello, All. I just joined and haven't figured out how to properly use this site, so if not doing something right, I hope you'll have patience and let me know.Background: 1st instrument is piano,…Continue

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Profile Information

Do you own a bowed psaltery?
How did you discover the bowed psaltery?
through my autoharp group
Who built your bowed psaltery?
Charles Rodgers Jr
How long have you played the bowed psaltery?
Since late 2012
Do you perform with the bowed psaltery?
Not yet
Do you build bowed psalteries for sale?
Do you teach the bowed psaltery?
How did you find out about our Psaltery Strings network?
google & facebook

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At 4:57pm on October 29, 2012, Bonnie Blue Crouse said…

Welcome! I'll put in a plug for Westman Instruments. They are excellent. I've played in the Bowed Psaltery Symphony, a four day workshop followed by a performance for the public, and I got to see a lot of bowed psalteries from all kinds of instrument makers. The Westman psalteries are impressive. Of course, I do have a bias - they built mine, and everybody loves it.

At 8:09am on October 27, 2012, Donna Malus said…

Welcome to Psaltery Strings Madelyn!

The autoharp has always fascinated me, there just aren't enough hours in the day for another instrument, besides psaltery I've been dabbling in lap dulcimer, tin whistle and Native American flute.

I hope you find the site interesting and helpful. If you have questions you don't find answers for please don't be shy about asking!



Featured Video

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!

Featured Song

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Clergy's Lamentation




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Your help to offset the cost of keeping our Community alive is appreciated.

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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

Please sign up on the bowed psaltery players list

Tish's list is a valuable resource when searching for other players.

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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