A friend of mine loves to tease and poke fun at the bowed psaltery and my playing (maybe it's more about my skills then anything else ). It's not his type of music so I get it and ultimately he is supportive of my musical endeavors.
Recently he was at the airport and heard a familiar sound wafting through the air in an underground tunnel. He looked around and saw a woman playing a bowed psaltery with a jar out for donations. He approached her and asked if her instrument was a bowed psaltery, she acknowledged, in surprise, that it was and returned to playing. I think he was a little proud of himself for being one of the few people who actually knew what the instrument was.
So my point is? I'm not exactly sure myself. I was really happy to hear this little story, more excited than seems warranted.
I think my excitement was because this was a success story for Psaltery Strings and for all of us who are striving to get the bowed psaltery "out there" in the mainstream. The Bowed Psaltery Symphony was a big success, but these little ones, almost imperceptible ones, are successes as well and important in their own way. This was a baby step on the road to popularity, but a step never the less.