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Tuning and Sanding the Bars for the 5 Octave Marimba

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

Welcome back marimba building enthusiasts! The last installment of this blog saw me at the point where the bars had all been cut and sanded in a basic way – basically to the correct dimensions. The next steps involve doing the basic tuning – then doing the finish sanding/polishing – then some tricky bits involving [...]

Five Octaves of Marimba bars cut & faced!

Monday, April 20th, 2009

Hi all – today was a very exciting day – or to be more accurate the last 3 days have had an exciting result! Yep it’s taken me way longer than normal to do the task, but now I have the raw timber cut into five octaves worth of bars all the correct dimensions, and [...]

Introduction to the P 4 to 5 Octave Marimba Project

Wednesday, April 15th, 2009

Hi all – Jim McCarthy here – designer and builder of percussion keyboard instruments.  YOU can build your own marimba, vibraphone, xylophone or glockenspiel. My design philosophy is to create instruments that are as good as commercial ones, but which require NO special tools or materials. You can see some of the the other instruments [...]

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