Barbara Penn
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Website of Celtic Tunes

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jeremy Main Dec 21, 2012. 9 Replies

Thought I would share with you a website that I stumbled upon; it has mostly Celtic tunes, but a few non-Celtic ones as well.  Some songs have audio clips; all can be downloaded.  It is

Tags: jigs, airs, slow, tunes, Celtic

Bowed psaltery book for my new psaltery

Started this discussion. Last reply by Barbara Penn Jun 15, 2010. 14 Replies

Hi, Donna & Tim!If you would like to see/hear the psaltery that I chose,  go to and click on the button "Tenor"; mine is the last of the three and it says "sale pending".  All…Continue

Best-sounding psaltery

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tim Smith Jun 9, 2010. 11 Replies

My head is spinning trying to decide which psaltery to buy, so I  thought I would ask you experienced folks a question:if money were no object & you could buy the best sounding psaltery you've…Continue

Tags: psaltery, a, choosing, sound, best


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Do you own a bowed psaltery?
Am planning to buy one soon
How did you discover the bowed psaltery?
at a music festival
Who built your bowed psaltery?
I don't have one yet.
Do you perform with the bowed psaltery?
I don't have one yet.
Do you build bowed psalteries for sale?
Do you teach the bowed psaltery?

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At 6:43pm on June 24, 2010, Sue K said…
Hi Barbara,
I have been really pleased with Rick's quick responses to my emails. I wondered if the tone on yours ended up being what you thought it would be, and the quality and such. Did you get the double bows and the tripod plate? I have not played a bowed psaltery but I fell in love with them after accidentally stumbling upon them when I was online doing who knows what? I have really liked the sound samples on his website. Are they pretty accurate? Did you have a pickup put in yours? Any information would be greatly appreciated.
At 9:16am on June 5, 2010, Donna Malus said…
Hello Barbara!
Welcome to Psaltery Strings. I hope you enjoy the site and visit often. Don't hesitate to ask questions, sometimes it gets a little quiet and a question can spark a great conversation!

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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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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
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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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