Mary K Ball
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  • Youngstown, OH
  • United States
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Brian M Nusser left a comment for Mary K Ball
"Welcome, Fellow Ohioan!!! Enjoy the Journey!!!!"
Jul 12, 2016
Mary K Ball posted a status
"Thanks Brenda....looking forward to lots of playing!"
Apr 24, 2016
Brenda Mangan left a comment for Mary K Ball
"Welcome, Mary!"
Apr 20, 2016
Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey left a comment for Mary K Ball
"Welcome to Psaltery Strings, Mary! Such a great way to start being a Bowed Psaltery player, going to Psaltery Symphony!"
Apr 20, 2016
Donna Malus left a comment for Mary K Ball
"Welcome to Psaltery Strings Mary!  It was great sharing the symphony experience with you!   "
Apr 20, 2016
Mary K Ball is now a member of Psaltery Strings
Apr 20, 2016

Profile Information

Do you own a bowed psaltery?
How did you discover the bowed psaltery?
A friend got one and I saw it, played it & immediately fell to n live with it
Who built your bowed psaltery?
Terry Kirby-Massilon Ohio-I researched this for a long time and am extremely pleased with my instrument. I also purchased one for my 81 year old mother who also loved it at first sight!
How long have you played the bowed psaltery?
1 month
Do you perform with the bowed psaltery?
Today we are at the Psaltery Symphony at Tamarack in Beckley West Virginia-we are having daily workshops then psaltery symphony performance at tamarack.
Do you build bowed psalteries for sale?'s quite an art especially Terry Kirbys work!
Do you teach the bowed psaltery?
How did you find out about our Psaltery Strings network?
Through Terry & Sharon Kirby when I bought my psaltery.

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At 9:26pm on July 12, 2016, Brian M Nusser said…

Welcome, Fellow Ohioan!!! Enjoy the Journey!!!!

At 9:25pm on April 20, 2016, Brenda Mangan said…

Welcome, Mary!

At 9:38am on April 20, 2016, Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey said…

Welcome to Psaltery Strings, Mary! Such a great way to start being a Bowed Psaltery player, going to Psaltery Symphony!

At 9:01am on April 20, 2016, Donna Malus said…

Welcome to Psaltery Strings Mary!  It was great sharing the symphony experience with you!   


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!

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Clergy's Lamentation




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

Thank you.



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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