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For Sale or Trade: Left-handed Bowed Psaltery

Started this discussion. Last reply by S. Oravec Apr 10, 2015. 3 Replies

SOLD, and on its way to a loving home.Continue

Tags: Cabin, Creek, Messick, Walter, psaltery

Left-handed Psaltery

Started this discussion. Last reply by Brongaar Mar 24, 2013. 2 Replies

Hi everyone! I was given a left-handed psaltery because I am left-handed, but I have learned to knit and play other instruments right-handed, and I would really like to do the same with the…Continue

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"I'm so sorry that I just now found your message.  I sold my Unicorn Strings soprano psaltery some time ago.  I've considered selling my Rick Long tenor psaltery, if that interests yous."
Dec 30, 2017

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At 5:55pm on December 30, 2017, Debra Burrell said…

I'm so sorry that I just now found your message.  I sold my Unicorn Strings soprano psaltery some time ago.  I've considered selling my Rick Long tenor psaltery, if that interests yous.

At 4:57pm on August 10, 2016, Celeste Howard said…

Hi Sandy,

Oh, I'm so sorry!  There's so much to do and I have been negligent with this sweet little site, and therefore, only getting your request now!  Are you still looking for lessons on BP?  Cheers!  Celeste

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At 3:58pm on March 17, 2013, Donna Malus said…

Welcome to Psaltery Strings!

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Members who build bowed psalteries for sale

Spring Creek Psalteries - Sharon & Terry Kirby



From the Wood - Wayne Gaydos



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Waynie Psaltery - Wayne Simms



Prairie Psaltery - Richard Celata



Loon Song Psalteries-Charlie Marshall



New Tradition Dulcimers- Dan Daniels



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Jon Williams Psalteries
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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

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Paul G.Sykes - MS  

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Gregg Schneeman - California
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Peter Tommerup - California
San Francisco Bay Area
Bowed Psaltery and other Instruments


Celeste Howard Ray
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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.
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Carol Esch - Kentucky
Lessons in Carol's home/workshop south of Lexington.

Honey Smith Walls - Florida
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Melbourne, FL

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