aka Small Box Marimbas.
The xylophone (meaning: wooden sound) is an instrument belonging to the percussion family. The body of this beautiful xylophone is made out of flame maple. Most xylophones on the market are built with a plywood body – these dont resonate. A solid maple body or resonant box helps to really drive the sound and push out the best tones possible. We choose flame maple for it’s beautiful grain pattern and distinct light refraction. Our xylophones come with 3 resonant chambers to enhance the responsiveness and tuning of each key. A unique feature that is specific to our xylophones is the curved box bottom. As we know, sound waves are not square, and the curve helps define the area within each resonant chamber enhancing the overall sound for each key.
For added structural support and a beautiful visual accent, we added corner splines to the edges of the xylophone box.
We use hand selected, kiln dried padauk for our keys. We import the rough lumber and mill it down ourselves, discarding the dull or dead sounding woods. Then we shape the keys to precises thicknesses, lengths, and curves to get the absolute best resonance from each and every key. We use a strobe tuner to aid us in tuning the final keys; we are typically able to get the keys to +/- 3 cents – there are 100 cents between notes and the normal human ear can only perceive a change in tone over 10 cents. In other words – our tuning is pretty darn accurate!
These xylophones are custom built per order so if you have a specific tuning in mind, we can match that. We do not keep these in stock, and typical turn around time is about 3-4 months.
If you’d like to find more information on how we build our xylophones, check out this blog post we did on the building of a xylophone.