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"well, still no luck! however i'm excited to be attending the 2021 Bowed Psaltery Spring Gathering which will be virtual this year, so i can actually go! hooray!"
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QuaranTUNE Dulcimer Festival 3.0 at The comfort of your own home, online through Zoom.

February 5, 2021 to February 7, 2021
One hour classes for $10. A multitude of instruments including the Bowed Psaltery. Zoom is used for this online event. See More
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Gail Van Amberg replied to John O'Neill's discussion extended psaltery
"Yes, Spring creek Psalteries makes a cello Psaltery, it is about 4.5 ft tall"
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Song of the Woods Bowed Psaltery, first attempts

Just figuring out some songs on my new Song of the Wood Bowed Psaltery.
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New Psaltery

My new psaltery came yesterday. Song of the Wood from Jerry Read Smith. Book matched Western Red Cedar top, maple frame and cherry back. Right around 2 pounds for 2.5 octaves. Beautiful instrument and sounds sweet from top to bottom. :) Exactly what I was looking for. See More
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Charlotte Turner is now a member of Psaltery Strings
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John O'Neill posted a discussion

extended psaltery

Having built a Psimple Psaltery I want more. Has anyone built an extended bowed psaltery with range ambition of D4 to ? Quite happy with diatonic and stand-mounted. 15mm string spacing for pluck/hammer in addition to bowing. Tell me the problems, please.See More
Dec 24, 2020



Austin, Texas - live psaltery capital of the world?

Started by julie stiles in Are there any "jam" sessions near you that include the bowed psaltery?. Last reply by julie stiles Mar 8. 7 Replies

anyone else in Austin?  i know i'm working on a couple of friends to get/learn psalteries.  maybe someone else out there wants to join in?  Continue

Tags: texas, austin

extended psaltery

Started by John O'Neill in Wood, Strings, Pins and Bows. Last reply by Gail Van Amberg Jan 23. 1 Reply

Having built a Psimple Psaltery I want more. Has anyone built an extended bowed psaltery with range ambition of D4 to ? Quite happy with diatonic and stand-mounted. 15mm string spacing for pluck/hammer in addition to bowing. Tell me the problems,…Continue

Tags: design, range, extended, build

Lone Silent or Squealing String

Started by Kay F in General BP Forum. Last reply by Kay F Dec 17, 2020. 4 Replies

Am hoping that someone has an answer for me! On the right side of my psaltery, in the middle range, I have 1 sting , B, that stays silent when played. Or squeals - arggggh. Am not doing anything different from nearby strings when playing them. Any…Continue

Used Unicorn Strings Psaltery for sale

Started by Cathi Costa in For Sale Apr 28, 2020. 0 Replies

Unicorn Strings, 30 string— with note markers, one bow. Comes with original packaging as well as soft case (a $45. value.) Recently restrung, in great condition. $150. Plus shipping.Continue

Tags: soft, case, With, Strings, Unicorn

Spring Creek Psaltery

Started by Pam Rossetti in For Sale Jan 12, 2020. 0 Replies

Terry Kirby psaltery, bow,soft case and stand with tripod ..need to sell due to finances, perfect..350..less than a year oldContinue


Started by Diane E Baumer in General BP Forum. Last reply by Donna Malus Nov 17, 2019. 3 Replies

Sorry to put this here but I haven't been able to find an admin contact.  I've been getting email, spammed from this site - thought someone should be aware.  If admin wants to message me, I can provide the information.Thanks!DianeContinue

Need string help

Started by Pamela Haskin in How can I ..... ?. Last reply by Gregg E. Schneeman Oct 4, 2019. 3 Replies

I have a Dave Lucas soprano bowed psaltery and one of the shirt high note strings snapped. Does anyone know what gauge string I need? And where can I buy a string?

Psaltery Stand

Started by Frances Bercher in General BP Forum. Last reply by Frances Bercher Sep 24, 2019. 3 Replies

Does anyone know where I can find a stand to place my psaltery in when not playing it? I have one for my ukulele and it keeps the instrument out, in sight, and ready to play. I saw a nice one on ebay but it included a psaltery which I don't need.…Continue

Sheet Music for October 2013 - Clergy's Lamentation

Started by Donna Malus in Sheet Music of the Month. Last reply by Robert Myers Sep 7, 2019. 11 Replies

It seems I'm on a Turlough O'Carolan is Clergy's Lamentation, probably my favorite O'Carolan melody. We played it one year at the symphony and may play it again next year.It is a lamentation so it would be played slowly, but I have heard…Continue

Psaltery Strings Music Book Volume 2

Started by Donna Malus in Bowed Psaltery Books and Articles. Last reply by Robert Myers Sep 7, 2019. 11 Replies

I've started work on PS Music Book Vol. 2 and was wondering what songs you might like to see in Volume 2.Please post your suggestions here, I'd love to hear from you. Remember, songs must be in the Public Domain. If you're not sure, I'll double…Continue


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New Psaltery

Posted by Stephen Ingraham on January 8, 2021 at 4:25am 0 Comments

My new psaltery came yesterday. Song of the Wood from Jerry Read Smith. Book matched Western Red Cedar top, maple frame and cherry back. Right around 2 pounds for 2.5 octaves. Beautiful instrument and sounds sweet from top to bottom. :) Exactly what I was looking for. …


Thank You All at the Bowed Psaltery Christmas Gathering

Posted by Nozomi Nose on December 13, 2020 at 10:18pm 1 Comment

I, too, had a GREAT TIME joining in Bowed Psaltery Christmas Gathering.  I would like to thank the instructors for their suggestive workshops and wonderful performances at the concert, and those who made extraordinary effort technically to make this event happen. 

Since I joined East Tennessee Bowed Psaltery Gathering last year, it is a big support for me to know there is a very friendly and supportive bowed psaltery playing community in the U.S.A. and it is a great pleasure for me to…


2020 Bowed Psaltery Christmas Gathering

Posted by Mary Megrant on December 11, 2020 at 5:18pm 1 Comment

I am having a good time! Attended three workshops today. All three were taught by Tish Westman. I am so glad that I did this. It is much easier for me to be enthusiastic about music in a supportive musical community. It makes a HUGE difference in counteracting all the negativity I have been fed over the years about my musical abilities.

My new “vintage” bowed psaltery

Posted by Stephen Ingraham on November 25, 2020 at 7:17pm 2 Comments

I bought a “vintage” bowed psaltery from a gentleman in South Carolina via It is a Brent Clark made in 1994...and looks almost exactly like a Noteworthy psaltery...except that it is walnut both front and back. 32 stings, alto. I unstrung it, cleaned it up, and restrung it with a set of multiple gauge guitar strings...probably heavier than I needed, but I did not know any better at the time. It is now settling after its first tuning. :) Though I learned a lot already in setting it…


New Strings?

Posted by Liese Alexandra Connell on November 14, 2020 at 7:23am 0 Comments

Where can I buy new strings for my psaltery?

App that as a psaltery ringtone

Posted by Mouth Bow on September 17, 2020 at 3:29pm 0 Comments

I don't know if you are aware of it but in the ringtone app with Google play store there is Musical Instruments Free 

 Best Ringtones apps

In their strings they have Psaltery one with a photo of bowed Psaltery but they pocket it but they also have Dulcimer both hammer and strum I use the strum I like the song Whiskey Before Breakfast. If you are interested check out the app maybe the members can get…


We are safely back in Japan

Posted by Nozomi Nose on October 31, 2019 at 3:54am 2 Comments

So, we are now safely back in Japan with the memories of the wonderful experiences we had at the East Tennessee Bowed Psaltery Gathering 2019. Again, WE THANK YOU VERY MUCH for your friendship and hospitality. Our experience at Cove Lake State Park motivated us a great deal for us to work even harder for better performances and hence promoting bowed psaltery even further in Japan.

So see you again, surely on the internet and hopefully at future Gatherings! If you ever have a chance to…


Nozomi Nose Coming To ETBPG!

Posted by Gregg E. Schneeman on October 6, 2019 at 8:13am 1 Comment

 Its very exciting news that Nozomi Nose, the best Bowed Psaltery Player in the world, is flying all the way from Japan to attend and perform at the East Tennessee Bowed Psaltery Gathering Oct.24 - 26! I'm planning on driving there from California rather than fly so I can bring more instruments and gear, there is a camp ground right there in the park and a wide range of Motels nearby. Please see "EVENTS" here on Psaltery Strings for more information. 

"Bowed Psaltery Arrive Early At Evart Michigan Dulcimer Funfest"

Posted by Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey on April 29, 2019 at 6:00pm 0 Comments

 Hi fellow Bowed Psaltery enthusiasts! I'm suggesting people arrive as early as they can for the Original Dulcimer Players Funfest at Osceola County Fairgrounds in Evart Michigan July 18, 19, & 20 2019. I will be there the weekend before and other campers are beginning to arrive so jamming gets under way with more people showing up all the time. There has been increasing interest in the Bowed Psaltery at ODPF and this year we are hoping for a even bigger Bowed Psaltery presence! Camping…




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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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

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