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At 12:30pm on April 19, 2014, Mary Ann Bissell said…

My husband just finished making a 37 string psaltery and I want to tune it to a baritone. How should the strings be tuned? would appreciate some help.

At 12:28pm on April 19, 2014, Mary Ann Bissell said…

Thanks for the welcome Bonnie.

At 5:54pm on April 9, 2014, L K Marshall said…

Some questions about psalteries:  How easily do the strings break?  How hard is it to re-string a psaltery?  Does a psaltery stay in tune pretty well? Are there good sources of music written for the psaltery, or do most people just convert tunes of their liking to use on the psaltery? It strikes me as a good medium for folk tunes (Irish, Celtic, etc.) and early music (Medieval, chant, etc.).

At 7:03am on April 8, 2014, Kelli Smith said…

Thanks for the welcome Bonnie!

At 5:47pm on April 6, 2014, L K Marshall said…

I play a little piano and am learning to play the recorder.  If I can get some sort of consistency (play each day, keep adding a new recorder note every few days, etc.), then I am going to reward myself with the psaltery I saw at the Indianapolis Art/Craft show last weekend.  I almost bought it then, but decided I must make myself more accountable before spending the money.  I loved the sound of the psaltery when the maker played a bit for us.  Today at church in one of the scriptures the psaltery was mentioned in a list of biblical instruments.  A positive omen?  LK Marshall

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At 10:12pm on April 4, 2014, Gale Blair said…

Thank you!  

At 11:18am on March 24, 2014, Walter Nelson said…

Thank you

At 6:39pm on March 4, 2014, Scott Meyer said…
Thank you
At 8:13am on March 4, 2014, Joyce Hibbard said…

Thank you Bonnie, and anyone else for the welcome in your group.  I really am hoping to find other Psaltery players in my area, or near by here in Michigan.  So many people never seen my instrutment before. When i preform in public I get a lot of questions about the psaltery; now I can tell them about checking out Psaltery Strings. I hope I am posting this in the right area.... Joyce

At 6:18pm on March 3, 2014, Irene Gendron said…

I received my psaltery a week ago. Went to tune it and broke a string. The wrench locked on the pin. Took it to music store and man there suggested a folk music store. Took it there and that man said he'd never seen anything like mine the way the strings were set and the wrench was locked. I didn't want to tell my friend that I bought one. I wanted to learn a bit first. But I told him an he said bring it over. He is a professional classic country singer/guitarist. He had extra strings and restrung it. He went to tune it and broke a string so I didn't feel too bad. The wrench locked because it was not seated all the way down. He restrung and carefully tuned it and then he pulled out his guitar and some songs with easy chords and I was actually able to accompany him on a few! I went to Albert Music Hall with him this past weekend and sat in the picking shed wishing I was good enough to play along. I just know that will happen quickly as I taught myself a couple simple tunes this week.  Irene

At 1:01pm on February 19, 2014, Irene Gendron said…

Thank you Bonnie for the welcome. I am looking forward to receiving my bowed psaltery. I heard one played at a church jam in south Jersey a month ago and fell instantly in love with the haunting sound.

At 1:09am on February 10, 2014, Sunny L Johnson said…

Thanks, Bonnie.

At 6:55pm on January 30, 2014, Sherry Senior said…

Thank you! 

At 5:47pm on January 29, 2014, Gerry Peck said…

I will write this again.I just got my psaltry at age 64.Even though I am.right handed I do many things left handed so I bought a left handed psaltry.It seems like I use a lot of resin on the bow.My question is how much is enough .Thanks.

At 5:39pm on January 29, 2014, Gerry Peck said…

I just  got my psaltry. I use a left handed one even though I am.right hand.It seems like I use an awful.lot of rising.Since In just started I'd this common and how much is enough!Thanks!

At 3:17pm on January 27, 2014, Bonnie B Nicklaus said…

Thanks Bonnie :) It is unusual to see another Bonnie!

At 1:40pm on January 25, 2014, Brian M Nusser said…
Ok, thanks for the info, Bonnie!

At 3:21am on January 25, 2014, Bill Strech said…

Thanks for the welcome, Bonnie.


At 1:05am on January 25, 2014, Brian M Nusser said…
I was looking at hotels in the Beckley WV area for the March gathering at the Tamarack. I am considering attending possibly, but was wondering if you knew which hotels were closest to it? Thanks!!

-Brian N

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