Katherine Rhoda
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  • Hiram, ME
  • United States
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Do you own a bowed psaltery?
How did you discover the bowed psaltery?
heard one at a John Roberts & Tony Barrand concert at Oberlin College ~1974
Who built your bowed psaltery?
I don't recall, and it's in storage right now. I more actively play some related instruments, the ukelin by the International Musical Corporation of Hoboken, NJ and the violin-guitar by the Marxochime Colony of New Troy, MI. I also own several different types of Marxolin by the Marxochime Colony.
How long have you played the bowed psaltery?
started with the ukelin ~1976
Do you perform with the bowed psaltery?
I perform mostly with the violin-guitar, and sometimes with the ukelin. FMI:www.katherinerhoda.com or look for me on YouTube
Do you build bowed psalteries for sale?
Do you teach the bowed psaltery?
How did you find out about our Psaltery Strings network?
Internet search for bowed psaltery history

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At 11:07pm on September 15, 2014, Brenda Mangan said…

Thank you for your comment on my video, Katherine. I have actually seen a marxaphone before and am excited to have a player of one in our group. I also went to your youtube channel and saw the violin-guitar, a very pretty sounding instrument also.

At 8:07pm on September 15, 2014, Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey said…

  I'm very pleased to welcome you to Psaltery Strings Katherine, your singing and song writing is wonderful, your Pianolin playing is great, but your Marxophone playing is magical! I don't think I've ever heard anyone play it better. And we have needed someone knowledgable about the Pianolin/Ukelin Bowed Fretless Zither group to write us some history notes.

At 6:38pm on September 15, 2014, Brenda Mangan said…

Welcome, Katherine!

At 11:46am on September 14, 2014, Bonnie Blue Crouse said…


At 9:54am on September 14, 2014, Donna Malus said…

Welcome to Psaltery Strings Katherine!


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Members who build bowed psalteries for sale

Spring Creek Psalteries - Sharon & Terry Kirby



From the Wood - Wayne Gaydos



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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 honey@offthewalls.us
Melbourne, FL

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