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Newbie with nervous breakdown...

Started this discussion. Last reply by Erich C. Jan 11, 2013. 25 Replies

Hello <waves nervously>This morning the postie brought the new toy - another Ebay accident, I am sure you all know the syndrome...It's an Alto psaltery, made from an Early Music Shop kit. The…Continue

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Do you own a bowed psaltery?
How did you discover the bowed psaltery?
Heard someone playing one and fell in love
Who built your bowed psaltery?
It was built from an EMS kit by a gentleman in Yorkshire now sadly deceased.
How long have you played the bowed psaltery?
Do you perform with the bowed psaltery?
Do you build bowed psalteries for sale?
Do you teach the bowed psaltery?
How did you find out about our Psaltery Strings network?

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At 1:08pm on November 17, 2012, hilary ANNE hughes said…

It was good to hear from you - I know how you feel about playing alone !!! I have joined Sussex Harmony (you can see their website) and it is really good - at least I enjoy it and I don't think I disturb anybody.  

The music is really difficult but it makes me practice.   All of it is in four parts so I have o concentrate to know when to come in.  Also it's a lot of B and E flats and F sharp.  So I have to cross over a lot to the left side. I can't sing a note so I mime a lot.

We have a Carol concert in Brighton and I am a bit nervous as there is one bit where just the instruments play without any singing - there are two oboes, tenor recorder, cello and a ?crumhorn so I just hope they all turn up. I shall remember that I was told once that "right  notes are melody and wrong notes are harmony" .  

Keep in touch and tell me if you find any psaltery playing locally = Anne 

At 7:23pm on September 5, 2012, Bonnie Blue Crouse said…


At 6:26pm on September 5, 2012, Donna Malus said…

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Amplified Psaltery with Cello Strings built by Rick Long

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Members who build bowed psalteries for sale

Spring Creek Psalteries - Sharon & Terry Kirby



From the Wood - Wayne Gaydos



to see his work visit


Waynie Psaltery - Wayne Simms



Prairie Psaltery - Richard Celata



Loon Song Psalteries-Charlie Marshall



New Tradition Dulcimers- Dan Daniels



Psalteries by Dave- Dave Lucas  



Jon Williams Psalteries
(386) 853-0944

Westman Instruments - Tish & Greg Westman

Ringing Strings - Rick Long

Michael J King Instrumetns - Diatonic Psalteries

Inspired Instruments – Carol and Joe Esch

James Jones Instruments

Omega Strings – Richard Spencer

Master Works Bowed Psalteries - Russell Cook

Members that teach Bowed Psaltery

Paul G.Sykes - MS  

Located in Hattiesburg
Contact Paul at

or call him at



Gregg Schneeman - California
Contact Gregg here on Psaltery Strings


Peter Tommerup - California
San Francisco Bay Area
Bowed Psaltery and other Instruments


Celeste Howard Ray
Bowed Psaltery lessons via Skype
Skype name celesteray88


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 honey@offthewalls.us
Melbourne, FL

Visit Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer

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Tish's list is a valuable resource when searching for other players. http://www.westmaninstruments.com/Bowed_Psaltery_List.html

If you are already on Tish's list, why don't you stop in and update your info? While your there take a look to see if there are new players in your area. Who knows, you might get together and make a recording.

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