ellen Bruny
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  • Barberton, OH
  • United States
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rehairing bows

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tim Smith Jan 13, 2011. 1 Reply

I tried to find David Kingslake when I first got my BP 2 years ago and discovered that he had died several years ago, so that is a deadend. {no pun intended}  Mine was first sold in 1984 - It is #40…Continue

jam session

Started this discussion. Last reply by Donna Malus Jan 8, 2011. 1 Reply

Had a ball at the Canton, OH jam session today.  Was really good to play with others.  I learned a lot.  Thanks Linda and Sue.  Ellen

Rehairing bows

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dawn Wilson May 12, 2015. 4 Replies

Does anyone know how to rehair an early Kingslake bow?  It has an adjustment much like the Song in the wood one, but the hairs are glued into the tip like a violin bow.  I took it to a violin shop…Continue

Got Brave!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Donna Malus Dec 28, 2010. 2 Replies

Well, I got brave.  Had to do a 15 minute prelude for Christmas Eve service.  Did 3 songs on bowed psaltry, 3 on soprano recorder, and 3 on lap harp.  Played Lo How A Rose, Greensleeves and Sweet…Continue


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Do you own a bowed psaltery?
How did you discover the bowed psaltery?
craft show
Who built your bowed psaltery?
David Kingslake/ Jeff Gaynor
How long have you played the bowed psaltery?
2 years
Do you perform with the bowed psaltery?
Do you build bowed psalteries for sale?
Do you teach the bowed psaltery?
How did you find out about our Psaltery Strings network?
coshocton Dulcimer Days

currently working on christmas music and fiddling with playing harmony on lap harp

Well, I tried sending some pictures by email.  Hope you get them. First time I tried it.

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Posted on October 11, 2011 at 10:59am 0 Comments

just wondered if there are any players in the Bushnell FL area.  Thinking about going for part of the winter and wondered if any groups play regularly there.  thanks

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At 5:19pm on February 14, 2011, Donna Malus said…

Hmmm, hadn't thought of that....what type of items do you think people would like if I brought a few things?

At 8:08am on November 13, 2010, Donna Malus said…
Welcome to Psaltery Strings Ellen! Please feel free to post, comment and ask questions. Visit often and please enjoy the videos and pictures as well as past discussions!

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!

Featured Song

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Clergy's Lamentation




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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

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Tish's list is a valuable resource when searching for other players. http://www.westmaninstruments.com/Bowed_Psaltery_List.html

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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