Irene Gendron
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  • Browns Mills, NJ
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Do you own a bowed psaltery?
not yet
How did you discover the bowed psaltery?
saw one played at a church music jam
Who built your bowed psaltery?
How long have you played the bowed psaltery?
haven't yet
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?
checking psaltry on the internet

Irene Gendron's Blog

care of psaltery

Posted on March 21, 2014 at 5:37pm 3 Comments

I am interested to know how to clean the strings and peg of my psaltery. I know to use a soft brush (either paint or makeup) for the instrument.

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At 11:24pm on March 3, 2014, Bonnie Blue Crouse said…

So sorry you're having frustations with wrench not seating and with strings breaking. Your guitarist friend might have tried but might not have known anything else to try to fix the strings from breaking but if you can get it to another psaltery maker (other than the one who made it) maybe there is a simple fix that hasn't been seen yet by those who have looked. It is almost certain there is a remedy. Peope have been fixing and refixing instruments for as long as they have existed and someone will know how to make yours less frustrating for you to tend to. Are you comeing to the Tamarack workshop this month?

At 9:10am on February 22, 2014, Bonnie Blue Crouse said…

I grew up in a musical family. On my father's side, living in my grandmother's home, we had two pianos and every stringed instrument in the orchestra. Everyone took music lessons and was expected to play at least two instruments. My mother's people were Appalachian, and the musical roots were deep and complex, from dulcimers and homemade banjos to all sorts of mouth and percussion instruments. Her father was a luthier and made violins (fiddles) and banjos. I thought I'd seen, heard or played every instrument there was till I was walking through the Tamarack gallery in West Virginia one day and heard the bowed psaltery. It immediately claimed a place in my heart and I knew I had to have one. Tish and Greg Westman made mine to order and I was never so happy to treat myself to a present. I hope yours brings you as much joy as mine does.

At 11:26pm on February 18, 2014, Bonnie Blue Crouse said…

Welcome! I hope you find just the right instrument and fall in love with it as I have.


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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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