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My new “vintage” bowed psaltery

I bought a “vintage” bowed psaltery from a gentleman in South Carolina via It is a Brent Clark made in 1994...and looks almost exactly like a Noteworthy psaltery...except that it is walnut both front and back. 32 stings, alto. I unstrung it, cleaned it up, and restrung it with a set of multiple gauge guitar strings...probably heavier than I needed, but I did not know any better at the time. It is now settling after its first tuning. :) Though I learned a lot already in setting it…


Added by Stephen Ingraham on November 25, 2020 at 7:17pm — No Comments

New Strings?

Where can I buy new strings for my psaltery?

Added by Liese Alexandra Connell on November 14, 2020 at 7:23am — No Comments

App that as a psaltery ringtone

I don't know if you are aware of it but in the ringtone app with Google play store there is Musical Instruments Free 

 Best Ringtones apps

In their strings they have Psaltery one with a photo of bowed Psaltery but they pocket it but they also have Dulcimer both hammer and strum I use the strum I like the song Whiskey Before Breakfast. If you are interested check out the app maybe the members can get…


Added by Mouth Bow on September 17, 2020 at 3:29pm — No Comments

We are safely back in Japan

So, we are now safely back in Japan with the memories of the wonderful experiences we had at the East Tennessee Bowed Psaltery Gathering 2019. Again, WE THANK YOU VERY MUCH for your friendship and hospitality. Our experience at Cove Lake State Park motivated us a great deal for us to work even harder for better performances and hence promoting bowed psaltery even further in Japan.

So see you again, surely on the internet and hopefully at future Gatherings! If you ever have a chance to…


Added by Nozomi Nose on October 31, 2019 at 3:54am — 2 Comments

Nozomi Nose Coming To ETBPG!

 Its very exciting news that Nozomi Nose, the best Bowed Psaltery Player in the world, is flying all the way from Japan to attend and perform at the East Tennessee Bowed Psaltery Gathering Oct.24 - 26! I'm planning on driving there from California rather than fly so I can bring more instruments and gear, there is a camp ground right there in the park and a wide range of Motels nearby. Please see "EVENTS" here on Psaltery Strings for more information. 

Added by Gregg E. Schneeman on October 6, 2019 at 8:13am — 1 Comment

"Bowed Psaltery Arrive Early At Evart Michigan Dulcimer Funfest"

 Hi fellow Bowed Psaltery enthusiasts! I'm suggesting people arrive as early as they can for the Original Dulcimer Players Funfest at Osceola County Fairgrounds in Evart Michigan July 18, 19, & 20 2019. I will be there the weekend before and other campers are beginning to arrive so jamming gets under way with more people showing up all the time. There has been increasing interest in the Bowed Psaltery at ODPF and this year we are hoping for a even bigger Bowed Psaltery presence! Camping…


Added by Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey on April 29, 2019 at 6:00pm — No Comments


anyone have tab they care to share for:  I can’t help falling in love with you? 

Added by Darrell Atkins on April 1, 2019 at 4:15pm — No Comments

lonesome psaltery?

I really have been sort of neglecting my psalteries. The baritone is cumbersome to pack and unpack, but I take it to the mountain dulcimer jam in Pickney 2x a month. I've been taking banjo lessons to justify my impulse purchase at Beckley last spring.  We're coming along slowly. Plus I've started an Etsy business ( ; Not bad for a PWP who sometimes has to juggle her good hours…


Added by SUE C WHEELER on September 22, 2018 at 7:08am — No Comments

Sheet music for "A Walk beside the Placid Waters"

The sheet music for my original composition "A Walk beside the Placid Waters" is available here:

It is for soprano psaltery, baritone psaltery, guitar, and bass

Added by Ron Zuckerman on August 12, 2017 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

The Magic of Evart

Just seven dollars for one day's admission and an excuse to spend a couple nights up north. What would keep me away from the Original Dulcimer Players Club's annual Funfest? Uh, I just got home from it.

This is the third time I've gone. The first time, I dropped by for twenty minutes, the second time I spent most of the day, and this year I spent the entire day, including supper, and the start of the…


Added by SUE C WHEELER on July 16, 2017 at 9:15pm — No Comments

Cleaning soundboard

I've been away from my psaltery for awhile and I'm wondering

Added by Meridee Kramb on April 17, 2017 at 1:33pm — No Comments

Grab a psaltery (which one?) and go!!

Well, don't I feel like a musician! Lugging my gear all over town today! This morning I played my new baritone (Thanks Terry Butler and Rick Long). I was playing for our church's music leader to see if he had a place for me on the Christmas program. Oh, yes, he was quite enthusiastic. Then, he let me sit in on the music group and fudge a few songs. Getting better at thinking on my feet and not losing my way.

These sorta-skills were put to the test as I played with the hammer dulcimer…


Added by SUE C WHEELER on November 27, 2016 at 8:32pm — No Comments

Organizing a new players group

I'm in the planning stages of attempting to organize a small players group here in the local area.  I currently play with one other psaltery player on a monthly basis which is fine but I would like to improve on that and invite beginners to join in.  I have built up an inventory of instruments, some new and some gently used, that I would be willing share with new players to get them started.

In addition to the instruments, I plan on providing free instruction at a level which will…


Added by Charlie Marshall on September 10, 2016 at 3:53pm — 1 Comment

I'm still playing

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.  

Added by bob pryor on September 6, 2016 at 1:10pm — 2 Comments

I have so many Questions

If was to buy sheet music what would I get Violin. I would like to play some modern songs like the Beatles, Kansas, maybe Led Zepplin. You know shake the world up. I know someone  who plays Rock n roll on his accordion. I have really  only been seriously playing the psaltery for a few days and have learned all the xmas songs that my grandbaby and I plan on playing at her school and church this season. I have already purchased  2 other psalteries a xylophone and a autoharp to see…


Added by David Hamilton on August 28, 2016 at 12:04am — 8 Comments

Looking for B.Psaltery players

I live in Michigan's thumb area, and I am looking for B.P.Players in my area to get together to jam and practice. I will travel 30 to 50 miles, if need be, to get together. Anyone out there interested ?

Added by Joyce Hibbard on August 9, 2016 at 7:54am — 1 Comment


A year ago I ventured into the Hammered Dulcimer festival at Evart, Michigan.

This was the beginning of me-as-a bowed-psalterist.

I’m staggered by how much I’ve been able to play and learn this year.  I’ve accumulated reams of sheet music, but also picked out tune after tune by ear. I’ve memorized a couple pieces. I’ve participated in both a workshop and a festival with Tish Westman, and had gratis…


Added by SUE C WHEELER on July 19, 2016 at 8:00pm — 2 Comments

My Waynie Bowed Psaltery

I received my new absolutely beautiful Waynie Ultimate Bowed Psaltery yesterday 26 Feb. 2016. The workmanship and attention to detail is nothing short of marvelous !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I chose Purpleheart wood and Wayne combined it with Curly  or Flame Maple. WOW !!!!!!!!!!!!! My baby is one class act Psaltery !!!!!!!!!!!!! If you haven't checked out wayniepsaltery please do so !!!! You will not regret it !!!!!!!!!!

Linda Rodgers

Oklahoma City, OK 

Added by Linda Rodgers on February 27, 2016 at 10:09pm — No Comments

Bowed Psaltery Origins Continued: The Bladder Fiddle

  Please see this YouTube video of traditional Baltic instruments being played...   Established authoritarian Musicologists have long held that "There were no bowed musical instruments in Europe before Byzantine versions were introduced in the 10th century AD."! The Bladder Fiddle Family sometimes called Basse de Flandre, Bumbass, and Poispil represents a long tradition of playing a bowed bass instrument of usually only…


Added by Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey on January 28, 2016 at 7:30am — No Comments

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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


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New Tradition Dulcimers- Dan Daniels


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Inspired Instruments – Carol and Joe Esch

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Omega Strings – Richard Spencer

Master Works Bowed Psalteries - Russell Cook

Members that teach Bowed Psaltery

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
Bowed Psaltery lessons via Skype
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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.
(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

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