Cindi Zechman
  • Female
  • Bethel, PA
  • United States
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Name that Tune

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jeremy Main Feb 20, 2013. 7 Replies

The bad thing about playing (mostly) by ear is that when a song pops into your head and you don't remember the title, you're kinda stuck when you want to actually check the right way to play…Continue

Does humidity (or lack thereof) affect musical instruments ?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tim Smith Feb 7, 2013. 16 Replies

I seem to be having more difficulty keeping my psaltery and dulcimers in tune now that winter is here and the woodstove fired up.  We keep a big pan of water on top and need to refill it daily but I…Continue

Epic Fail

Started this discussion. Last reply by Cindi Zechman Jan 31, 2013. 22 Replies

Trying to double bow without a proper holder, that is.  This time, instead of propping my psaltery on my lap & knees I got the bright idea to bring down my old artist easel from the attic and…Continue


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Profile Information

Do you own a bowed psaltery?
a Cabin Creek Alto (clearance model) and a Rick Long D tenor
How did you discover the bowed psaltery?
a friend from S.C. has one
Who built your bowed psaltery?
Walter Messick built the Cabin Creek
Rick Long built the D tenor
How long have you played the bowed psaltery?
started in fall of 2012
Do you perform with the bowed psaltery?
Do you build bowed psalteries for sale?
Do you teach the bowed psaltery?
How did you find out about our Psaltery Strings network?
Strrumelia sent me

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At 2:13pm on October 30, 2012, Janet Thompson said…

Hi there.  hope you survived Sandy well and safe.  

At 9:19am on October 9, 2012, Bonnie Blue Crouse said…


At 7:33pm on October 8, 2012, Donna Malus said…

Welcome to Psaltery Strings Cindi!

I hope you enjoy the site and find any information you might like about the bowed psaltery. If not, just ask and we'll do our best to get you what info you need.

Playing bowed psaltery has opened up a new and wonderful world for me and I enjoy it no end. I hope you decide to give one a try!



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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
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

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