Richard Blumberg
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Do you own a bowed psaltery?
How did you discover the bowed psaltery?
Fredricksburg, TX Hill Country Music, Inc.
Who built your bowed psaltery?
Hill Country Dulcimers
How long have you played the bowed psaltery?
3 weeks
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?
Tish Westman referred us to it in her class at KMW 2014

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At 7:53am on September 26, 2014, susan ballard said…

Thanks Richard, 

It finally got here a couple days ago. I have been playing with it some. At least four strings are out of tune and I haven't been able to work up the courage to tune them.I'd like to watch at least once. I'll have to find someone that knows how. The strings that are in tune sound wonderful. 

I guess I should tell you all I can't read music, it is a very abstract concept to me. So one of my major downfalls is that if I don't know what the song sounds like, I can't play it and know that it's right !  That is so frustrating to me. Luckily, I have a little bit of an ear, and when I get to know my psaltrey better, that will help some. 

Anyway.. I'll be back soon, meanwhile I'll keep at it as much as I can.

Thanks again everyone for your kind words.

At 4:58pm on August 6, 2014, Dave Holeton said…

You're welcome Richard

I hope the information helps.


At 12:49pm on July 29, 2014, Dena Kraft said…
Thank you!
At 7:47am on July 12, 2014, Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey said…

 Welcome to Psaltery Strings R Blumberg! We are a bunch of people who love the Bowed Psaltery, please ask any questions you might have and let us know how your getting along with yours.


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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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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