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Started this discussion. Last reply by Tom Cox Apr 17, 2018. 2 Replies

What is the best program to use to write music for bowed psaltry? I need something that has the note name in the note. tabledit does not have a bowed psaltry option. and I need music in "D" to play…Continue


Started this discussion. Last reply by Tom Cox Oct 30, 2015. 4 Replies

I just received my psaltry and have a question about the rosin. The psaltry was built in 1994 and the rosin that came with it is that old I'm sure. Should the rosin be somewhat soft? Mine is hard and…Continue


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Do you own a bowed psaltery?
How did you discover the bowed psaltery?
Ren Faire in Larkspur Colorado
Who built your bowed psaltery?
unicorn strings
How long have you played the bowed psaltery?
just starting
Do you perform with the bowed psaltery?
will play with our dulcimer group
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Do you teach the bowed psaltery?
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At 4:10pm on November 28, 2015, Liamna Pestana said…

Thanks you so much!

At 7:25am on November 28, 2015, Janet K. Bishop said…

Thank you so much; I haven't received my psaltery yet; am so excited; I hope it's never too late to teach an old lady new tricks.

At 8:46pm on November 27, 2015, John Dunn said…

I am watching a Unicorn  Strings psaltery, how are you enjoying yours, Tom?

At 8:42pm on November 27, 2015, John Dunn said…

Much appre4ciated Tom, many thanks.

I have found comprehensive  site so helpful in getting to understand a beautiful instrument. Just wish I was not so far away in the world. Wondering if there are other Aussies registered.  Must look exhaustively with fingers crossed.  Cheers. John  

At 4:08pm on September 12, 2015, Andre Landrum said…

Thank you very much for your welcome to the site and your comments. I am amazed at how friendly everyone is here. It is a welcomed change from other sites. I am a brand new player/beginner and have a lot to learn. If you have any suggested helps like you tube videos etc. that you recommend for an absolute beginner at playing any stringed instrument, please tell me about them.



At 7:15pm on September 6, 2015, Sharon Shoemaker said…

Thank you, Tom.  I look forward to learning a lot.

At 7:17pm on August 22, 2015, Bubba Jordan said…
Welcome to psaltery strings Mr.Cox.I also am new to the BP as well as to Psaltery strings.Folks here are so kind,it truelly is a wonderful site.Best to U,Have fun and enjoy.
At 10:37am on August 22, 2015, Bonnie Blue Crouse said…


At 5:45am on August 22, 2015, SUE C WHEELER said…

Welcome. I'm just starting out, too. I am learning a lot quickly, because of this group!!

At 12:40am on August 22, 2015, Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey said…

 Welcome to Psaltery Strings Tom! Quite a few of us play the Dulcimer as well, they sound pretty good together!


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