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At 5:55pm on May 8, 2018, Sharon Fidler said…

Donna, I've been watching your Youtube videos for quite a while and I thank you so much.  I just stumbled across the BP pin and necklace you made a while ago (I was looking for BP jewelry of some sort) and I fell in love!  More beautiful than I ever anticipated.  Do you still make them?  I fully appreciate how much work goes into them, so I expect you to charge properly for them!  Thanks for everything.

At 10:23am on March 24, 2018, Becca said…
Wanting to begin. Needing pro/con suggestions on size and makers.
At 10:27am on January 4, 2017, Lois Skiffington said…

Thank you.  Happy New Year.  Love of psalteries is contagious. 

At 12:13pm on December 9, 2016, janet vanhandel said…

Thanks for adding me as a friend.   I am new to the psaltery world as I have just acquired a James Jones psaltery and love the haunting sound.  My main love is the hammered dulcimer, but the psaltery is now being added to my love of musical instruments.   I will enjoy being on this website and reading others comments and questions. 

Janet VanHandel 

At 10:36am on December 5, 2016, Mary Clare said…

Thank you for the welcome! I recently met a lady at a living history event who was playing the bowed psaltery, and it looked like so much fun. I found one on ebay and am enjoying learning to play it very much.

At 12:24pm on December 4, 2016, Freda Moore said…

Thanks for the welcoming me. I have been playing for about a year and 1/2 and so enjoy finding other folks who play the bowed psaltery.

At 2:54pm on December 3, 2016, Betsy Kopyc said…

Thanks so much for welcoming me. I just bought the bowed psaltery, and am loving finding pieces to play. I live in Maine, so hope that through this forum I can find like-minded people in my area.

At 12:31am on November 15, 2016, Deborah Hart said…

Thank you for welcoming me Donna. I am new to this, but very. happy with my psaltery!

At 5:43pm on October 21, 2016, Kimberly Rankin said…
Thank you Donna.
At 7:39pm on October 11, 2016, Frances Bercher said…

I just posted some questions on this site  about the psaltery - hope someone can answer. Thanks

At 3:40pm on September 17, 2016, Norm said…

Thanks for the welcome. Maybe I will see you at the E. TN gathering.

At 3:46pm on August 29, 2016, Charla A. Wilson said…

Thank you! I won a bowed psaltery last night on ebay.  It was made by Archie Smith and I am so excited about it! Glad to be here!

At 7:00pm on August 23, 2016, William Sichina said…

I just ordered your book.  I know i will enjoy it.  Music books for the psaltry are hard to find.  Thank You.

At 5:48pm on August 22, 2016, William Sichina said…

Thank you.

At 6:29pm on August 19, 2016, Stacey Bevill said…

Thank you, Donna!

At 7:24am on August 3, 2016, David Hamilton said…

thanks for the welcome. I'm really looking for someone in or around Cincinnati,ohio to help me learn  this instrument  or a link to a how to book and or dvd videos

At 5:01am on July 21, 2016, Elynne Chudnovsky said…

Thank you for the welcome!

At 10:05am on July 16, 2016, Paul Heilman said…

Thanks for the welcome - and for the site itself.  I am foremost a classic banjo player so the psaltery doesn't get the time it deserves until I am getting ready to perform.

At 8:15pm on July 13, 2016, Maureen Callanan said…

Thanks for the welcome.  I am very impressed with your psaltery collection. I have one awesome baritone (Rick Long) and the original foreign one I bought as a "test." I never play that one any more but just in case of a nuclear disaster, I have a back-up.  : )


At 7:37am on June 26, 2016, Sue Martin said…


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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
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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

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