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Bending notes on the BP...

Started this discussion. Last reply by Nozomi Nose Aug 18, 2013. 6 Replies

What?  Bending notes?  Yes, indeed.No, you can't do it directly with a single bow on a single string, like you can with a guitar string (push the string sideways with your fretting finger to bend the…Continue

My psaltery arrived!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Serenity Mar 22, 2013. 4 Replies

My Thomann D1006 Tenor arrived.  It's desperately out of tune (except for the B4 and A4 strings because I tuned them to see how the tuning worked...) but that's just an exercise, nothing to see, move…Continue

Where can I buy a bowed psaltery in / shipping to France?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Steve Read Feb 5, 2013. 15 Replies

Hello from an Englishman in France!I recently began learning the electric guitar, thanks to Ubisoft finally getting Rocksmith out in Europe.  Some of its limitations are less obvious than I'd…Continue


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Do you own a bowed psaltery?
Yes! (A Thomann D1006 Tenor)
How long have you played the bowed psaltery?
Since 2013-02-07
How did you find out about our Psaltery Strings network?
Google search for learning the bowed psaltery (future purchase)

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At 12:14am on February 4, 2013, Erich C. said…

Too late, I guess.... should have read ALL the entries before posting my obsolete comment. Sorry about that !!!

At 12:11am on February 4, 2013, Erich C. said…

Bon jour, I started late to follow this thread. But in my opinion the psalteries from Thoman/Germany are not really the quality one might want for an extended "love affair" with psaltery playing. I gor my first one from (another German dealer) and now I am trying to get rid of it because the instruments crafted in the US are better quality. I never thought it would be so easy to import one from a US manufaturer.

At 7:42pm on December 19, 2012, Bonnie Blue Crouse said…

Welcome! When do you think you might get your own bowed psaltery?

At 9:43am on December 16, 2012, Donna Malus said…

Welcome to Psaltery Strings Steve!

Don't hesitate to ask questions or post. We are happy to help you in any way we can. Most importantly, visit us often and enjoy the site. 



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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

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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

Visit Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer

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Tish's list is a valuable resource when searching for other players.

If you are already on Tish's list, why don't you stop in and update your info? While your there take a look to see if there are new players in your area. Who knows, you might get together and make a recording.

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