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10-26-16 The 2016 East Tennessee Bowed Psaltery Gathering starts tomorrow.  I'll have the pavilion building open by noon.  Tomorrow is for jamming only.  It is also my day to move in and get settled.  You can count on seeing me at some of the jams, when I have a chance.  The updated schedule is now up at the Gathering page.

The Gathering is Oct. 27-30 this year and is at Cove Lake State Park, in Caryville, TN.  This is the same location we have had it for many years.  Plenty of hotels close to the park.  Just search for "Caryville, TN hotels".

5-23-16  For the past year and a half, health problems in my family, have severly affected my business.  If you have visited my site, you will have noticed very little, to no activity.  This has been particularly hard to deal with, for my wife and I.

I have continued to build instruments, but on a very sporatic schedule.  This was usually geared toward special orders that came in from customers that had an idea of which model and the woods they wanted it to be made from.

This message is to let you know that I am still here.   For the time being, I am only accepting special orders.

I have left a few of the sold instruments listed.  This will give you an idea of the pricing, look, and sound of the various models.   It will also give you a feel for the species of woods I use.

Ringing Strings

handcrafted by
Rick Long
Clinton, Tennessee
(865) 660-4026

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Here in my little corner of the "web" you will find -

  • Handcrafted Bowed Psalteries
  • Accessories
  • Helpful Information
  • Pride in Workmanship and Service

I have been building and playing bowed psalteries for the past 34 years.  A love of music and woodworking began at an early age.  At my fathers side, I became familiar with walnut, cherry, cedar and other woods native to North America.   I gained great love and respect for the use of these materials  The projects we completed provided the skills required for creating the beautiful instruments you find here today.  My love for music came from my mother, she is very talented and can play the piano really great by ear. Quality and service are my top priorities.  My long experience in playing the bowed psaltery gives me the knowledge to know what works well and what doesn't.  My goal is to create the very best bowed psalteries available anywhere.

I love to tinker and come up with new designs.  Some new ideas come out of my own head.  I do listen to customers, many design changes have come from customer comments and wishes.

Please take a moment to browse the site.  See the variety of figured woods used.   Listen to the samples of my recordings.  Visit my workshop page and see where these wonderful instruments are made.  I take pride in offering lots of sound clips and videos, showing how my psalteries sound and are played.  I even give you some sound clip examples of each psaltery I list for sale.  I believe I am the only builder that offers this on their web site.  The only better way to shop and compare, is to be standing in my workshop trying them out in person.  You are even welcome to travel to East Tennessee to do that.  I do all this because I am very proud of the quality bowed psalteries that I build and want you to be able to judge them for yourself.

Enjoy your time here, come back and visit often.

Green is Soprano

Blue is Alto

Yellow is Tenor

Red is Baritone

Purple is D Tenor

Orange is D Psaltery
Here's how the voices of all the different models of psalteries I build, compared to the piano keyboard in pitch.  You can clearly see that they all have quite a few notes in common.  Some folks are confused by the names soprano, tenor, and baritone, but they are just names to distinguish each model I build.  Other builders may have a different opinion of what they call the psalteries they build.  The important thing to consider is the range of notes, from the lowest to the highest.  This will tell you what to expect.  The first sound clip listed by each psaltery I offer for sale, gives you something to listen to and hear the entire range of notes.  Every builder should do the same, so you have a chance to hear and compare.  Even with some of the notes overlapping, there are still differences in tone.  The has a lot to do with the size of the psaltery soundbox and the type and size of strings used.
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