I hadn't considered a blog until I noticed that Donna had added the option. First off, big thanks to Donna for starting, moderating, and maintaining Psaltery Strings. I see it is growing everyday and can see it easily being "the" place to come to if you already love bowed psalteries or want to find out about them.
I have been a psaltery fanatic since the early 80's and it hasn't worn off yet. There's just something special about playing an instrument that has a mysterious background. There is definitely a history there, but who knows if we will ever truly know exactly what that is. I see photographs and videos from all over the world that show folks playing the bowed psaltery, so it is really more widespread than I first thought.
Anyone that has played their psaltery in public knows there are two very common questions that you will be asked. What kind of instrument is that? and What about the strings in the middle, when do you play those?
I guess a blog needs to have something to do with what I'm doing today. That seems to be fighting with my variable speed Delta drill press. It started slipping yesterday and the bit would stop when drilling, even though the motor was still running up to speed. Finally got it narrowed down to a set screw on the bottom pulley that had backed out. Wouldn't you know that when I was trying to tighten it the side of the hex screw inset broke off. I reckon that's a good excuse for a trip to Lowe's to see if I can find one that will work.
Until next time......