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"That's wonderful news, God bless him and his doctors!   Also good to see your name a…"

Tim Smith replied Jul 6, 2014 to Good news about Archie Smith

2 Jul 6, 2014
Reply by Donna Malus

"Hi Carol!  Did you get a new amp yet or otherwise solve the problem?"

Tim Smith replied Sep 21, 2013 to BP Amp problems

8 Sep 23, 2013
Reply by Carol Ratliff

"I feel your pain.  There are a lot of beautiful looking instruments out there that p…"

Tim Smith replied Aug 23, 2013 to baritone bowed psaltery

2 Aug 23, 2013
Reply by Tim Smith

"I have tried a couple of different materials as a damper including some cotton batti…"

Tim Smith replied Mar 23, 2013 to A damper for a psaltery

9 Mar 24, 2013
Reply by Steve Read

"I have also experimented with dampers.  My design was a bit simpler.  Just a length…"

Tim Smith replied Mar 23, 2013 to A damper for a psaltery

9 Mar 24, 2013
Reply by Steve Read

"Thanks for that!  Finding cases is a pretty big problem.  I wish someone could post…"

Tim Smith replied Feb 7, 2013 to $18.00 Cases for psaltery

1 Feb 7, 2013
Reply by Tim Smith

"Cini, what the luthier was talking about is the acclimation of instruments that was…"

Tim Smith replied Feb 7, 2013 to Does humidity (or lack thereof) affect musical instruments ?

16 Feb 7, 2013
Reply by Tim Smith


Tim Smith replied Jan 24, 2013 to Practicing around in public

4 Jan 24, 2013
Reply by Tim Smith

"They're just small perforated containers that have a sponge of water inside.  The wa…"

Tim Smith replied Jan 10, 2013 to Does humidity (or lack thereof) affect musical instruments ?

16 Feb 7, 2013
Reply by Tim Smith

"My one limited experience with a scooped out psaltery wasn't very good.  I found the…"

Tim Smith replied Jan 8, 2013 to New BP Lover- Looking for First Purchase (and first build) -- Help ?

22 Jan 9, 2013
Reply by Jeremy Main


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!

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Clergy's Lamentation




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Your help to offset the cost of keeping our Community alive is appreciated.

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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

Please sign up on the bowed psaltery players list

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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