barb taney
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Do you own a bowed psaltery?
How did you discover the bowed psaltery?
gift to me
Who built your bowed psaltery?
A luthier in coloado
How long have you played the bowed psaltery?
Do you perform with the bowed psaltery?
Do you build bowed psalteries for sale?
Do you teach the bowed psaltery?
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At 12:19pm on November 10, 2014, Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey said…

 Hi Barb, you were asking about tripod stands and at ETBPG this year just about everyone (including me) was getting a nice adjustable BP easel being built by Rick Long. You can see them in the videos now being put up from ETBPG. I bought mine and a case and other stuff as a package deal so I can't say for sure how much they go for, I do think it a good idea to tie your BP to it as one person accidentally knocked their BP off it! Rick's site... 

At 5:44pm on October 13, 2014, Gregg E. Schneeman & Jean Gaffey said…

Hi Barb, about your questions, what tripod etc. First I would ask if your Bowed Psaltery has a threaded hole in the back to receive a tripod. If it does it will attach to any camera tripod. I would suggest looking for one cheap at your local thrift store. Do not buy one with a plastic quick release mounting system, they break easy and often that's why they are there. Get one not to heavy and make sure the legs and adjustments all work. They are a pretty common thrift store find. The fanciest tripod I've seen was made in Germany called a "Magic Seven". It collapses small with its own little bag. If your Psaltery doesn't have a tripod mount hole you may have to have some kind of easel made to fit your Psaltery.

At 10:43pm on July 19, 2013, Bonnie Blue Crouse said…


At 8:55pm on July 19, 2013, Donna Malus said…

Welcome to Psaltery Strings Barb!
What a nice gift someone gave you, I hope you love playing the bowed psaltery as much as I do.



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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

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
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Melbourne, FL

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