Richard Spencer
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String Theory 101

Started this discussion. Last reply by Donna Malus Dec 7, 2012. 25 Replies

I have been building Bowed Psalteries for about 20 years and shortly after I started I saw the need to understand why a string does what it does. I did my homework and studied string theory until I…Continue

 

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Do you own a bowed psaltery?
yes
How did you discover the bowed psaltery?
At a craft show in 1993
Who built your bowed psaltery?
Omega Strings
Do you perform with the bowed psaltery?
Not much
Do you build bowed psalteries for sale?
yes
Do you teach the bowed psaltery?
I have and I can but not lately

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Bowed Psaltery places 3rd in woodworking competition.

Posted on July 16, 2012 at 7:01pm 8 Comments

I recently entered a Bowed Psaltery in the largest juried woodworking competition in the country, "Design in Wood" in Del Mar, California. There are 24 categories  and over $25,000.00 in prize money.  I took 3rd place in the musical instrument category and I was thrilled. The instrument is made from Cherry Burl and is 37" long and 10" wide with 37 strings with 3 full octaves…

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At 9:03am on October 7, 2010, Meridee Kramb said…
Hello Richard. I'm in Pismo Beach, CA. There are only a few of us in CA on this psaltery site. Your instruments are beautiful. I'm brand new to the psaltery, so I'm working my way up to one of your beauties.
At 11:14am on March 2, 2010, Rick Long said…
Hi Richard, Good to see you here. Your name is familiar to me in the psaltery world, though we have never met. Good to see more builders and teachers joining. I have long admired your instruments when I've seen folks playing them at festivals and club meetings. I played next to a gentleman at a jam, a few years back, that was playing one of your smaller models. He was the only other person I had seen by that time using two bows to play. Everyone combined will make this "the" place to be if you have any interest in the bowed psaltery. Lots of good folks on here. Welcome!!
At 5:30pm on March 1, 2010, Donna Malus said…
Hi Richard,
Welcome to Psaltery Strings, it's great to have you in the group. I hope you find the site entertaining and fun, and as Greg says, your perspectives and offerings are most welcome!
At 11:17pm on February 28, 2010, Greg (Grego) Dana said…
Hi Richard.
Great to have you aboard, hope you're fit as a fiddle.
I don't know why your email to me bounced, but grego@gregoland.com is still my addy.
The psalteries you built for me continue to delight international audiences, and occasionally pop up on tv and radio.
Looking forward to your perspectives and offerings here.
 
 
 

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Members who build bowed psalteries for sale

Spring Creek Psalteries - Sharon & Terry Kirby

http://www.springcreekpsalteries.com/

330-323-0618

From the Wood - Wayne Gaydos

765-468-7387

http://fromthewoodsinstruments.com/

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http://shop.indianaartisan.org/collections/musical-instruments

Waynie Psaltery - Wayne Simms

http://www.wayniepsaltery.com/

 

Prairie Psaltery - Richard Celata

http://www.prairiepsaltery.com/

 

Loon Song Psalteries-Charlie Marshall

http://www.loonsongpsalteries.com/

 

New Tradition Dulcimers- Dan Daniels

http://www.newtraditionsdulcimers.com/index.html

 

Psalteries by Dave- Dave Lucas  

http://www.davespsaltery.com/

 

Jon Williams Psalteries
(386) 853-0944

Westman Instruments - Tish & Greg Westman
http://www.westmaninstruments.com

Ringing Strings - Rick Long
http://ringingstrings.com

Michael J King Instrumetns - Diatonic Psalteries
http://www.michaeljking.com/psalterymaking.htm

Inspired Instruments – Carol and Joe Esch
http://www.windridgefarm.us/bowedpsaltery.htm

James Jones Instruments
http://www.jamesjonesinstruments.com/bowedpsaltery/bowedpsaltery.html

Omega Strings – Richard Spencer
http://www.omegastrings.com/

Master Works Bowed Psalteries - Russell Cook
http://masterworksok.com/

Members that teach Bowed Psaltery

Paul G.Sykes - MS  

Located in Hattiesburg
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601-583-4115

 

Gregg Schneeman - California
Contact Gregg here on Psaltery Strings
greggschneeman@psalterystrings.com

 

Peter Tommerup - California
San Francisco Bay Area
Bowed Psaltery and other Instruments
408-867-4324
ptommerup@juno.com

 

Celeste Howard Ray
Bowed Psaltery lessons via Skype
347-796-4484
Skype name celesteray88

 

Maureen Barnes - Illinois
Bowed Psaltery lessons in Bloomington, IL
309-828-7957
dulcimergal98@yahoo.com
http://www.dulcimerdreams.com/

 

Dona Benkert -
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Lessons at Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago, IL
Phone: 773.728.6000
& Folk-Lore Center, Warrenville, IL
Phone: 630.393.1247
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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.
1-304-575-0998
tishwestman@yahoo.com
www.westmaninstruments.com

Rick Long - Tennessee
Lessons at Rick's home/workshop in Clinton, 30 mins N of Knoxville
(865) 660-4026
http://www.ringingstrings.com/lessons.html

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
karlaarms@upontheharp.com
http://upontheharp.com

Carol Esch - Kentucky
Lessons in Carol's home/workshop south of Lexington.
606-676-0128
esch@qx.net
http://www.windridgefarm.us/bowedpsaltery.htm

Honey Smith Walls - Florida
e-mail Honey for more info honey@offthewalls.us
Melbourne, FL
http://www.offthewalls.us/Psaltery.htm

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