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At 3:12pm on June 4, 2016, Nicola Roberson said…

Thanks! Right now I'm taking it slow.


At 10:32am on May 12, 2016, Chris DeMuro said…

Thanks for the welcome!

At 9:07am on April 24, 2016, Mary K Ball said…

Thanks for the welcome and YES..the symphony was a great mom and I learned so much and had lots of fun!

At 5:49pm on March 30, 2016, Sharon Witts said…

I love it! I play it after a stressful day at work. I grew up playing the organ and this is a great substitute since I have not had an organ for about 24 years. I never thought of playing with 2 bows until I saw some of the videos! I am excited to learn that!

At 8:44pm on March 2, 2016, Frank Syster said…
Thanks Greg and Jean, I'm a newbie with this. My psaltery has a couple of broken strings and the hitch pins have no holes in them. I don't know how to tie the strings around the notch in the pin. Do you know of any videos that shows the procedure. I may have to send it up to you for repair if I can't figure it out. Thanks in advance for any help you can give me on this.
At 6:25pm on February 11, 2016, Sibylline said…

Thank you!

At 5:58am on February 3, 2016, NaloMeli said…

Thanks so much!  I'm thinking of getting a baritone and since it will be large, using two smaller bows (the ones I have now are 14 inches).  Peace, Nalo

At 2:06pm on February 2, 2016, Mike Higgins said…

Thank you! It's my pleasure to join!

At 8:32pm on January 30, 2016, Christine Jones said…

Thank you! Really nice to have your welcome. I enjoyed your videos on youtube when I was becoming inspired to buy an instrument. 

Best wishes


At 8:22pm on January 30, 2016, Lisa Davidson said…

Oh, that’s amazing!  I figured the bowed psaltery players must all live back East somewhere.  I’d love to try some different ones.  How great that you live right here!

Thank you!


At 10:07am on January 21, 2016, Maria Nowakowska said…

Thank you for your warm welcome, I'm happy to be here, I will not hesitate to ask you my BP questions! :-) 

At 9:39am on January 21, 2016, David Foley said…

Thank you for your warm welcome - it is much appreciated. I'm looking to purchase an instrument sometime in the next few weeks here in the UK. I'll keep you informed of what happens!

At 7:50am on January 4, 2016, Jacqui Adams said…

Thank you all for your welcomes. I managed to play Twinkle twinkle little star yesterday! First tune but from little acorns mighty oaks grow I hope. I do have a problem with tuning thePsaltery though and keeping it in tune. Had a quick look around this site and love it.

At 2:44pm on December 2, 2015, John Dunn said…

Thanks to all for a very warm welcome.  I am eagerly awaiting my b.p. Tracking it as it finally leaves the States for Oz. The Xmas parcel mail season is upon us so I must be patient. I will certainly post photos on its arrival.  No luck finding any information as to its maker.  Merry Xmas to all.   

At 7:56pm on November 28, 2015, Kathy Ford said…

Thanks for the welcome. Happy to be here.

At 2:57pm on November 26, 2015, John Dunn said…

Thank you for your kind welcome. I must confess the comments posted on my application for membership were somewhat tongue in cheek. Down under we cultivate dry humour in a hot summer climate. But meant in the friendliest of ways. I think this is a great site and I realise as a newcomer I have so much to learn - not daunted -and I eagerly await the arrival of my first psaltery acquired from a Florida member, Kathy, who has been most helpful, acquainting me of your group site. Best wishes to all.   

At 1:04pm on November 26, 2015, Liamna Pestana said…

Hi, Thanks for your cumpliments. Daniel Yost , my husband, is the first luthier who has built BP in Argentina . We are interested in their educational potential and we are in the process of establishing an educational project for all ages , which also use a relative Mountain Dulcimer : the epinette des Vosges . For this reason we are very happy to find this page and hopefully can help with advice and bibliographic material. We want to give a well place to these instruments. Soon we will have videos and more details of our project. The direction of Daniel is . This web has part of our artistic work , as well as some of the instruments that has built Daniel. 


At 3:39pm on September 27, 2015, Gina Miller said…
Tried but won't let me add jpeg???
At 3:35pm on September 27, 2015, Gina Miller said…
Thank you for the welcome!I'd add a pic if I knew how!!
At 7:27pm on September 7, 2015, Linda Cantwell said…

Jim used to build all of Russell Cook (MasterWorks) bowed psalteries; however, he hasn't built any for Russell in about five years. The one that I am getting from him this weekend is a tenor psaltery and was made for Russell, but it had an imperfection in it. He is doing some cleanup work on it as it was in a box in his workshop for several years. He is restringing it to me and refurbishing it since it has been sitting so long. I'm very excited to get it. When I get it, I will definitely post pictures. About 15 years ago, I had a soprano psaltery that I got from Russell when he was here in North Texas. I've known Russell a long, long time.

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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

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