Wood, Strings, Pins and Bows (22)

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My bs is some years old now, and over time a layer of fallout has fixed  its self to the wood under the strings.  It seems well glued on. W…

Started by bob pryor

5 Aug 10, 2013
Reply by Paul Sykes

My "ring" is missing!

Hey, everybody. I posted this on the general discussion board because in reviewing categories for forum questions, I simply overlooked this…

Started by Gordon Whittington

3 Aug 6, 2013
Reply by Charlie Marshall

Glue joint

I'm building my first bowed psaltery. Following the instructions in the "Simple Psaltery" book. I have glued the frame together, ready to i…

Started by Loren Woods

2 Nov 26, 2012
Reply by Jeremy Main

Tone wood

I am about to build my first bowed psaltery. I have finally assembled all of the materials. I had to wait for the tone wood (old growth red…

Started by Loren Woods

1 Nov 1, 2012
Reply by Charlie Marshall


I just finished building a BP from the Psimple Psaltry website.  It plays nicely and stays in tune and all, but it's a bit high for my tast…

Started by Farrell Bullock

35 Aug 13, 2012
Reply by Jeremy Main

Favorite Tuner?

This has to do with maintaining your psaltery and the all important aspect of tuning.   What are the tuners you use and favor?   I have use…

Started by Rick Long

13 Aug 4, 2012
Reply by Jeanne Kettler

Wound versus Plain Strings

Having never before played a psaltery, nor ever even touched one, I decided what the heck, I can build one of those.  So I did.  Here is th…

Started by Karl Mouck

26 Feb 15, 2012
Reply by Donna Malus

Re-installing sound hole rosette

Hi all, first post (and honestly the reason I finally sought out this forum).  I've got a problem, I have an approximately 14 year old Unic…

Started by Michael Valentine

6 Mar 27, 2011
Reply by Tish Westman

An Aid for Tuning

One of the hardest things about tuning a BP is to be able to pluck the one string you're trying to tune without sounding the ones next to i…

Started by Tim Smith

1 Nov 10, 2010
Reply by Donna Malus

How often to re-string?

Being a daunting task, or at least seemingly so, I have to admit I'm playing some shamefully old strings.  But unlike my mandolin and banjo…

Started by Tim Smith

8 Oct 13, 2010
Reply by Donna Malus


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Amplified Psaltery with Cello Strings built by Rick Long

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Members who build bowed psalteries for sale

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Bowed Psaltery lessons in Bloomington, IL


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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

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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.
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