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At 6:58am on May 9, 2022, Nozomi Nose said…

Hello Gregg,

 Thank you for your e-mail. 

I, too, was honored to see you in person at ETBPG in 2019.  Considering the current Covid situation, I do think I was so lucky that I could participate in the Gathering.  All the people around me and myself are okay about the virus so far. 

 I was thrilled to read that you are sending me the bows you designed.  The bow-hair part of the bows I usually use is about 12 inches long.  As to my mailing address, if you copy the following, I am sure I can receive your bows. 


Nozomi Nose

9-28-3 Higashi-Koshigaya, 343-0023, JAPAN


I am looking forward to playing with your bows very much. 


At 7:35am on July 6, 2019, Nozomi Nose said…

Dear Gregg and Jean, 

I heard there was a big earthquake in California.  

I hope you got no damage from the earthquake.  


At 10:46pm on May 23, 2019, Diane E Baumer said…

Thank you so much!  

At 5:42pm on March 3, 2019, CHARLES GARFIELD AMBOY said…

G3..G6, so I can play Meditation from Thais. This instrument is a delight to play and is beautiful besides.  Chuck Amboy

At 10:37am on December 19, 2018, Gwendolyn Lafone said…
Thank you
At 4:42pm on December 3, 2018, Robert Myers said…

Another attempt to upload photos:

The Fellenbaum

The Lucas

Aha. Hope these are not too large.

At 4:33pm on December 3, 2018, Robert Myers said…


I am going to attempt to upload photos of my Fellenbaum and Lucas psalteries. Oops perhaps images are too big. What size H and W and pixil should I use to upload?

At 9:35am on December 1, 2018, Robert Myers said…

Gregg & Jean

Thanks for the welcome to Psalterystrings.

I am a 70 plus retired fellow who is spellingly (and obviously technologically) challenged. Took me nine attempts to log back in and change my password (I have lots of sticky notes but forget to list what they go to) to get back to you. Wife just took care of that for me.

I look forward to meeting new friends here and learning to play so new friends do not run away like my cat does as I practice.

Hope my attempt at changing Psaltery Pstrings from plain to wound and learning to play goes better than changing passwords.

Thanks again.

Now off to hear you play the songs  I see listed above.

At 10:20pm on November 30, 2018, Roberta Koepfer said…

Hi Gregg and Jean,

Thank you for the welcome!

I’m very new to the bowed psaltery, and looking forward to making friends here, and learning more about this lovely instrument.

Warm Regards,


At 6:48am on November 24, 2018, randy greenwell said…

Thank you. I am new to the world of bowed psaltery. I went to Gatlinburg Tn. in October to the craft guild show and was amazed with this instrument. I now have completed making six psalteries( two of these I had to scrap). The four I have now are for Christmas gifts. Thank you for the warm welcome.

At 6:47pm on June 20, 2018, CHARLES GARFIELD AMBOY said…
Jerry Beighley let me play his psaltery at Lisbon a few weeks ago. I wanted to play Meditation by Jules Massinet, but found no psaltery in production with its range. Finally found James Jones in Virginia, who is making one for me to run from G3 to G6 (E6 is needed for Meditation). Meanwhile I drew one out on paper so I can practice silently with stick for bow. Skye Boat Song for starters. Normally play piano and cello, so having to get my head straight. Chuck
At 10:25am on June 20, 2018, Alan B House said…

Thanks !

At 10:17am on June 20, 2018, Victoria (Torii) Orr said…

Thank you!

At 8:48am on June 20, 2018, Diane C. said…

Thanks! I'm just getting started with the psaltery. Pretty squeaky so far!

At 9:33pm on March 27, 2018, Maria Roberts said…

Thank you Gregg, I am just a beginner. But I really want to learn to play well. Greetings from Maria.

At 1:25pm on March 10, 2018, Andrew Spitzer said…

Thanks! I'm very happy to be here! I will add some pictures of my latest builds soon.

At 1:57pm on March 8, 2018, Tamara Tufts said…

Thank you, I will try that.

At 6:11pm on March 4, 2018, Linda D. Storey said…

Thank you for the Welcome!  A friend has loaned me her psaltery until I purchase mine this summer and I've been have such a great time learning to pay this instrument so I'm so looking forward to getting my own instrument!  In the meantime, I'm glad for the opportunity to be able to practice and play music on this wonderful instrument!


At 11:46am on March 4, 2018, Karmac said…

Thank you!

At 9:18am on March 4, 2018, Tamara Tufts said…

Thank you for the welcome !! This is a nice site and I have visited numerous times and am happy to now be a member.  The research I have done on-line, going to different builders sites and You Tube, where I've watched the wonderful videos of you and others play and teach, has convinced me this is the instrument for me.  I'm truly excited about getting my first bowed psaltery !!  

Since I live in small town Iowa, is there a way for me to find other players near me ? 


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