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7-10-15  Yes, I'm finally back with a few new psalteries.  They are all quilted maple/walnut Tenor Psalteries.  I have been slowly progressing with them and finally have them ready to post to the site.  None of these have been spoken for, so first come first served.  My wife's health problems are still severely affecting my production of new instruments this year.  These three new ones have been in the works for around three months now.  I do have more on the way, but no way to predict a time when they will be ready.  They will also be tenor quilted maple/walnut models.  I was able to obtain a beauty of a quilted maple board, so I'm putting it to good use.  Yes, these are the most expensive tenor psalteries I build.  One of the first three has an internal pick-up installed.  These will also include a newly designed carrying case, built right here at the Ringing Strings shop.  This has brought about a $30 price increase for the tenor models, but the new cases are a better fit for my psalteries.  Designed and sewn by my sister and I.

5-12-15  12:20pm  Sixty-five folks have registered for the Gathering.  That's the limit for this year, registration is closed.

5-11-15  Fifty-seven folks have registered for the 2015 East Tennessee Bowed Psaltery Gathering.  That only leaves eight more spaces until I stop at my limit of sixty-five.  I am still be limited in my work on new psalteries by my wife's health problems.  We just returned home yesterday from another week in the hospital.  I continue to work in the shop when possible, so more new instruments on the way.  Those long hours spent at the hospital let my mind wander some.

3-21-15  Another update.  My wife was re-admitted to the hospital 1 1/2 days after being discharged on the 9th.  We spent another six days there, finally being sent home again this week.  We are hoping this will be her last  hospital stay, we are both tired and have had enough.  I have gotten back in the shop and have already shipped a few of the orders I had waiting.  I hope to get the remaining few finished in the next couple of weeks.  

3-8-15  Many of my friends are already aware of my wife's recent health problems.  Since Jan. 12 she has been in two different hospitals, other than six days at home in the first part of Feb.  I wanted to let everyone else know that I haven't disappeared, just that my priorities lie with helping my wife get  through this and back home.  She is now in the Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center for rehab and therapy.  Looks like we may get to go home tomorrow, where her care will continue with home health.  I need to apologize for any missed calls, unanswered emails, and and late orders.  When something like this happens, it is not only devastating to your normal life, but also when you are running a one person business, that business pretty much comes to a halt.   I'll be trying to get caught up next week, when I can get back into the shop to work again.  Thanks so much for your patience and support

2-3-15  Here's a video a local television station shot and aired of me in my workshop.  This was filmed back in December.

2-2-15  New today on the Psaltery Bows page.  Introducing my new featherweight bows.  A pair of horsehair bows weigh in a one ounce for the pair.  Impossible you say, go take a look for yourself.

2-1-15  Working on updating the Psaltery Bows page.

1-29-15  Another new item on the Accessories page.  Liquid Bow Rosin, check it out.

1-28-15  pictures and sound clips are up for the newest bowed psalteries I mentioned below.

1-27-15  New items on the Accessories page.  Pictures are also up for the newest Tenor psalteries, plus one each of the Soprano and Alto psalteries.

1-25-15  I have started working on a complete update of my website.  Lots of changes to make, new information, new ideas, and new products.  Check back often to see what's new.  Folks that like my new Ringing Strings Facebook page will have access to the latest info on what I'm working on.  It shgows up on there prior to making it to this website.  A few instruments have sold from that page before making to here.  The last baritone I built sold from my Facebook page.

2-20-13  I have some more tunes from a recent jam with my friends up in the Cumberland Gap area.  I am playing a D Tenor, since most all the songs were in D.  The D tenor sounds great with the dulcimers and I can even play the faster tunes, up to speed, not having to reach across to the left side for the C# and F# notes I need.  They are tuned into the scale along the right.  Four to five dulcimer players, two guitars, a mandolin, upright bass, and Terry was switching out between dulcimer, banjo, and the dobro.  Hope you enjoy the tunes, I just want to share how the bowed psaltery works great jamming with others.

Coleman's March                              Sugar Hill

Soldiers Joy                                      Southwind

My Old Kentucky Home                     Nail That Catfish to a Tree

Black Mountain Rag                           Come All Ye Fair and Tender Ladies

Whiskey Before Breakfast                  River (Bill Staines)

2-6-13  I have the page ready to tell the story of a new series of bowed psalteries I have started building.  It is the Chestnut Series, so click that to find out more about them. 

Shall We Gather at the River

Life's Railway to Heaven

Uncloudy Day

You are My Sunshine  

Spanish Fandango

The Fiddler has Played His Last Waltz of the Night

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.
2015 East Tennessee Bowed Psaltery Gathering
Oct. 29 - Nov. 1
at Cove Lake State Park, Caryville, TN
just off I-75 Exit 134

The registration limit has been reached for this years Gathering.  Sixty-five folks have registered and that was the limit.

 Don't plan to just show up, I'll have to be strict about turning folks away. I'm just not going to have it be too crowded for the attendees that have followed the rules.

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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