Tim Smith
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Tim Smith's Discussions

Octaves: To Fold or Not to Fold?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Philippa Anne Reed Jan 31, 2012. 9 Replies

What are the community's thoughts on folded octaves?   For those unfamiliar with the term, it basically means jumping up or down an octave when you run out of notes.  A lot of instruments fold the…Continue

An Aid for Tuning

Started this discussion. Last reply by Donna Malus Nov 10, 2010. 1 Reply

One of the hardest things about tuning a BP is to be able to pluck the one string you're trying to tune without sounding the ones next to it by mistake, especially if you use a guitar pick like I…Continue

Unicorn players chime in please!!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dave Holeton Oct 4, 2013. 18 Replies

Hey gang! Having had the privilege to play a lot of psalteries by almost all the biggest manufactures, I've realized that I have absolutely NO experience with Unicorn Strings.  Soooo...I'm saving up…Continue

Could someone post a pic please...

Started this discussion. Last reply by Donna Malus Jan 5, 2011. 5 Replies

...of the Song of the Wood psaltery hanger being used?  I can't for the life of me figure out how that works.  Here's the widget I mean: …Continue


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Do you own a bowed psaltery?
Yes, I've owned nearly a dozen, but currently have only three. I've played many more by most of the major shops.
How did you discover the bowed psaltery?
Ya know, I honestly don't remember. I'm just glad to have found it.
Who built your bowed psaltery?
Eric Meier (Phantasy Psalteries), Rick Long (Ringing Strings), Jerry Reed Smith (Song of the Wood), Russell Cook (MasterWorks), Richard Spencer (Omega Strings), The Early Music Shop (built in Pakistan), and a couple of no-name junk instruments from gift shops. I've played many others, and have tried most of the major labels.
Do you perform with the bowed psaltery?
No, not yet at least. I'm a full-time professional musician performing Irish folk music, but I haven't incorporated the BP into the act yet.
Do you build bowed psalteries for sale?
No, but it would be fun to try!
Do you teach the bowed psaltery?
Not intentionally, but I get a lot of questions and people bring their psalteries to our shows for free advise. :)

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At 8:16pm on February 7, 2011, Kathy Kennebrook said…
They have the 37 string up on their website, I can't wait to get to WV, I'd really like to have one of theirs whether a 32 string or a 37
At 1:31pm on May 6, 2010, Michele Edington said…
Hi Tim, We had a wonderful time. It was sure fun to play together and what a learning experience. They will be doing it again next year. Go to http://westmaninstruments.com/index.html for more info.
At 1:15pm on May 6, 2010, Kathy Kennebrook said…
Hi Tim- my Lucas Psaltery is a double back 24 string Psaltery. It sounds really awesome. It was that first one that I had purchased and played. I like it because the posts are a little higher and spaced well so it makes it really easy to play. I actually have this instrument for sale because I want to buy one of the baritone Psalteries that are out there or a Westman 37 string.
At 8:31pm on February 15, 2010, Tim Smith said…
Hi Donna, and thanks for the warm welcome. Thanks too for setting up a very nice BP site!

Hi Strumelia. No, I'm not that Tim Smith, but I do play banjo.
At 8:27am on February 15, 2010, Donna Malus said…
Hi Tim, Welcome to Psaltery Strings. We hope you find the site to be useful and fun.

Featured Video

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

or call him at



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

Visit Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer

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