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Type of psaltery

Started this discussion. Last reply by Brenda Mangan May 19, 2022. 1 Reply

hiI play a 24 string instrument. I'd like a bit more range. What should I be looking for.ThanksBobContinue

bow problems

Started this discussion. Last reply by bob pryor Dec 19, 2016. 3 Replies

Hi all.finally tuned my new BS in. But have been using my original bow. And it plays fine.but the bow is new, and just slides across the strings with out a sound. How can it be treated to make it a…Continue

New instrument

Started this discussion. Last reply by robert schuler Jun 11, 2015. 1 Reply

HiJust bought  a new instrument. A Romania made and being new I've  had to tune it. Not only does  it not sound anything  like my old one. It's  not got that lovely  deep sound. But the bow of course…Continue

pete shuttler and the yetties

Started Oct 11, 2014 0 Replies

It is with sadness I must report the passing on the 21st sep of pete shuttler of the yetties. The english dorset folk group. Pete was a master of the Bs, and inspired large numbers of us to take part…Continue


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Brenda Mangan replied to bob pryor's discussion Type of psaltery
"Hello Bob, I have a 30 string by Rick Long. That makes it 2 1/2 octaves, which is a good range for me. It is the rare song that goes beyond that. So whatever maker you choose, I'd get at least 2 1/2."
May 19, 2022
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Type of psaltery

hiI play a 24 string instrument. I'd like a bit more range. What should I be looking for.ThanksBobSee More
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Folk week

hi allIn just over a weeks time is the start of Broadstairs folk week. Bands every night. Folk dancing and Morris men in the streets. A large folk sales area. And best of all . People who have not seen each other for over a year, this time two. Sit in the seafront gardens and play. And I'll be doing the same.MagicSee More
Jul 28, 2021

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dorset group the Yetties
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just started
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Folk week

Posted on July 28, 2021 at 1:39am 0 Comments

hi all

In just over a weeks time is the start of Broadstairs folk week. Bands every night. Folk dancing and Morris men in the streets. A large folk sales area. And best of all . People who have not seen each other for over a year, this time two. Sit in the seafront gardens and play. And I'll be doing the same.


I'm still playing

Posted on September 6, 2016 at 1:10pm 2 Comments

I've been missing from here for some time. But some times life seems so busy. I'm off down to dorset on my hols shortly. I'm taking my Bs. I've had this daft idea about playing on the top of Cerne abbas. Also pay my respects to the last resting place of Pete shutler. The man who made fall in love with the BS.

sadly missed.  

It never leaves you

Posted on June 13, 2014 at 2:19am 0 Comments

it s strange, ive not played my B s for some time, the other day I herd a track by my favourite west country group, the yetties, Lawn sunset. Played on the Bs. I just had to have a go and have a go at it. I sat on the end of the bed and lost myself in music for half hour. I'd forgotten how relaxing the B s could be. 

Bang goes the strings alteryof my ps

Posted on September 22, 2012 at 6:23am 4 Comments

A rise before before a fall. It goes like this. a forum member Janey very kindly went to the trouble of sending me some strings to replace my broken one, some thing i've never done. Read up on it, that's simple. Well the first string was. put it in and tuned it. ok. check other strings, one seemed flat. ajust string. BANG!
I must remember to make sure i'm turning the right string to the one I want to tune. Things are never simple.


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At 8:45am on December 31, 2015, Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey said…

 Hi Bob, I have remembered you requesting to hear "Danny Boy" on BP so here is my best attempt so far. This was at least my 60th take and best of 3 completed. Even so the video camera's audio seems to have had trouble recording some high notes, when I checked my Psaltery didn't sound like that in person. "Danny Boy" is a very serious tune let alone the words so I hope I did it justice. Let me know what you think. Happy New Year!

At 12:45pm on December 5, 2011, Donna Malus said…

Hi Bob! Welcome to Psaltery Strings. I hope you enjoy the site and visit often. Don't hesitate to ask questions, comment or post. Most importantly, visit often : )



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