Ed Tillman
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Do you own a bowed psaltery?
How did you discover the bowed psaltery?
I heard ther instrument played at jam sessions
Who built your bowed psaltery?
Greg & Tish Westman
Rick Long
Do you perform with the bowed psaltery?
Yes, I play the bowed psaltery with three dulcimer groups as well as solo performances
Do you build bowed psalteries for sale?
Do you teach the bowed psaltery?

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unidentified psaltery

Posted on February 18, 2010 at 7:19pm 0 Comments

Hi y'all, and greetings from not so sunny Florida.I just purchased a very nice BP and I'm trying to identify the maker. I tried the google approach to no avail. Perhapes someone in our BP community has heard, or is familiar with the company or builder(s) The information inside the sound hole is as follows:

Diamond Design

Richard Wilson

Denise Wilson

July 1991

Manitou, Michigan


The psaltery is 24 string and in excellent (but…


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At 11:58am on January 30, 2010, Donna Malus said…
Hi Ed!! Thanks for joining Psaltery Strings. I hope you find it useful, or at least fun.
At 11:12am on January 30, 2010, Tish Westman said…
Hello Ed and welcome to Psaltery Strings. My phone is charging at the moment but I will call you later today. I would like to see what is happening for sure and would need to have it for the stand anyway.
Send it to Tish Westman, Tamarack/Studio E, One Tamarack Park, Beckley, WV 25801.
At 10:13am on January 30, 2010, Rick Long said…
Hi Ed, Welcome, make yourself at home. Lots of like minded people on here and I can see it easily becoming the place to come to if you have any interest in the bowed psaltery.

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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.

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