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What's your favorite range?

I've noticed that among some psaltery friends I know that they each have their preferences for the size and range of their instruments.  So…

Started by Tim Smith

13 Aug 21, 2010
Reply by Donna Malus

Is Everybody on Vacation?

Hey gang, what happened to all the lively chatter?  Is everyone off for the summer, or have we just asked every possible question?  How are…

Started by Tim Smith

11 Aug 9, 2010
Reply by Bobby McGoffin

A hard time choosing

Hi to all.  I am having a hard time picking which curly redwood psaltery to purchase from Ringing Strings.  I keep listening to the sound c…

Started by Sue K

3 Jul 15, 2010
Reply by Tim Smith

Are any of you going to be at Coshocton Dulcimer Days June 18th and 19th ?

Just checking to see who will be there. I'd  like to try to meet up with any and all of you that attend! I know Tish Westman will be there…

Started by Donna Malus

3 Jun 22, 2010
Reply by Tish Westman

Re-tuning for chords?

Sniffing around about the history of the psaltery, I came again to this page:   While I'm sure m…

Started by Tim Smith

6 Jun 9, 2010
Reply by Tim Smith

Newbie questions

Hello, I just joined the world of bowed psaltery with the purchase of a used Omega strings 25 string psaltery.  It has a beautiful sound, p…

Started by James

46 Jun 2, 2010
Reply by Tim Smith

What are the top folk songs to know?

I came across this web site This gentleman is a luthier, dulcimers and such, and has a tab list…

Started by Donna Malus

3 Apr 26, 2010
Reply by Jackie Hostetler

Condolances to the families and friends of the West Virginia Miners

The accident took place about 30 miles from Beckley, West Virigina, near where Tish Westman and I believe a couple other members of our gro…

Started by Donna Malus

1 Apr 7, 2010
Reply by Jackie Hostetler

A psaltery by any other name...

This was posted on a web site advertising various music work shops from Apple Mt.   What is a Bowed Psaltery? Come find out and learn the b…

Started by Donna Malus

2 Apr 6, 2010
Reply by John Henry Charles Crocker

A bowed psaltery for young children

This post would have fit under both of the other discussions here, so I started another. My grandson has Down Syndrome and is 16 months old…

Started by Donna Malus

13 Feb 24, 2010
Reply by Tish Westman


Featured Video

Amplified Psaltery with Cello Strings built by Rick Long

This video is a personal favorite because it shows a unique type of bowed psaltery with a gorgeous sound. When I heard it I broke out in goose bumps!

Featured Song

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Clergy's Lamentation




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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
Melbourne, FL

Visit Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer

Please sign up on the bowed psaltery players list

Tish's list is a valuable resource when searching for other players.

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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