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Resonators on North American Marimba

Monday, October 10th, 2011

One of the main differences between building a marimba in North America and making marimbas in Australia, is in the resonators. The materials available are simply a little different. That is one of the main reasons that I explain the principles in the building guides as well as use specific examples – to allow for [...]

Building A Modified 5 Octave Marimba in North America

Saturday, September 24th, 2011

Hi all Well the American Summer of 2011 saw me spend about five months in Saskatchewan, Canada. And as I now plan on doing this on a regular basis, it seemed only natural that I needed to make a marimba for use here – certainly you can’t just pop a five octave marimba in your [...]

P524 Concert Marimba Building Guide Completed

Thursday, November 26th, 2009

Hi all! – well the day has come at last – finally the building guide and all the instructional videos for this P524 marimba, are finished and now available to all. Get the Building Guide HERE Everything you need to build this exact instrument, or a marimba with any range from five to four octaves. [...]

Finishing the 5 Octave Marimba

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

This week saw me finish things up on the Five Octave Marimba project. Actually there are a few more things I will do slowly over the next few months, as I discover some of the subtlties of this particular instrument – BUT I have now arrived at the point where I can actually play the [...]

Making the Marimba Look Nice & Stringing the Bars

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

Welome back marimba building enthusiasts! In this installment of the 5octave marimba building blog I’ll go over some details of the final stages. I’ll cover: Staining and coating the frame with estapol. Spraypainting the resonator banks – you won’t believe they’re not metal! Using felt lining and rubber tubing to keep all the joints rattle [...]

Finalizing the Marimba Resonators

Monday, June 29th, 2009

Ok – so I’m still a week or two behind with this marimba building blog – I’m actually almost finished building now, but I’ll make another couple of posts to take you all through the processes. This post follows the last by about a week or so. Here’s what I managed to accomplish in that [...]

Marimba resonators and More!

Sunday, June 14th, 2009

Hi all… well last time I left you  it was almost two weeks ago and I’d just got to the interesting stage of putting the marimba together. I’d tuned a few of the easier resonators in the middle octaves and layed the bars out on the basic frame structure. The previous weekend was a “long [...]

Marimba nodes, frame & resonators

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

Hi all – it’s been just over a week since my last post, and I’ve managed to put together just a few hours this week to work on the 5 octave marimba project. Progress has been a mix of straight forward “business as usual” work for fast progress, and experimental playing around to develop some [...]

Marimba frame Progress.

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

Hi all… I spent a bit of time today on the marimba frame. It doesn’t look like much, but actually I achieved an important step. At the last post The end pieces were in basic shape, and the main center strut was cobbled together. Today I got the bolts in to hold it all together [...]

Marimba Frame Started – Bars Stage 1 Done!

Sunday, May 24th, 2009

G’day again marimba enthusiasts! It’s been a busy couple of weeks. I finally have all the bars sanded back finely and polished. The final tuning and drilling of nodal holes is still to go, but that stage is still a while away yet – The frame needs to be calculated and at least partially built [...]

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