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List of Services (As of Oct 2016)

Material Cost per Bar Description of Work
Wood (xylos and marimbas)
Aluminum (vibes)
Steel (orch bells)
Composite[1] (xylos and marimbas)

Description: Bar's pitch has been compromised by some degree.  Generally, becomes flat of pitch.

How to Determine:  Has noticeable beating when the bar is played with the unison octaves within the instrument or when played with the same notes from other instruments.

Most-Likely Cause:  Damage to the bar's grain structure from
(1) use of too hard a mallet,
(2) excessive force from heavy-handed playing,
(3) instrument mishandling, or
(4) long term exposure to hostile environments (e.g. direct sunlight, changes in humidity extremes)

Solution: Re-tune the bar's fundamental (and harmonics as applicable) typically using the A-440 pitch standard for bass marimba, standard marimba, vibraphone, and A-442 for xylophone and orchestra bells. 
Note: Prior to tuning and if readily available, the manufacturer's pitch standard will be confirmed.  Customer may request different pitch standard.


$25.00 (if staining or painting is required)

Description:  Bar's quality of finish has been compromised by some degree.

How to Determine: Visual inspection reveals that the original luster of the bar has degraded.

Most-Likely Cause: Damage to the bar's finish from
(1) Discoloration from age or outdoor exposure to the sun,
(2) Stained,
(3) Unsightly marks, dents, cigarette burns,
(4) Chipped,
(5) Peeling or loss of protective finish,
(6) Damage to grain,


(1) Remove old finish
, splinters, and dents to create a satin-smooth bare wood surface.  Sand small radius on front corner of accidentals to discourage splintering and chipping.  (Add stain if required.) 
(2) Apply three coats of water base "satin" finish with interim “smooth-out” sanding between coats.  Semi-gloss and gloss finishes available.
(3) Due to sanding and the new finish, the bar will require tuning which is included in this fee.

Composite bars will not be clear coated.
(1) Light sanding
(2) Spray paint new finish.  Will attempt to match the original color as closely as possible.

 Wood only Repair & Retune $30.00

Repair, Refinish & Retune $50.00
Description: Bar's structural integrity has been compromised by some degree.

How to Determine:
Although the bar is still in one piece, there is a noticeble separation of the bar's grain such as a split or crack either at the end(s) or along the length of the bar.  However, bar's sound may still work.  If not, then replace. 

Most-Likely Cause:
See same header under Bar Tuning (above).

(1) Split/Crack at bar end: Cross-drill, glue, insert dowel cross-member, and clamp.
(2) Split/Crack in middle of bar: Force glue into crack using compressed air, then clamp. 

Note: Due to crack location, this type of repair is not guaranteed and will most likely fail.  Bar replacement might be the better alternative for a longer lasting bar.

C1 to B1[3]
C2 to B2 - $150.00

C3 to B4 - $95.00
C4 to C8 - $75.00
Description: Bar's structural integrity has been severly compromised by some degree.

How to Determine:
Simply non-functional
(1) Bar's pitch too flat to raise
(2) Severe loss of sustain,
(3) Severe buzzing
(4) Cracked in half.  In general, bar is no longer useable.

Solution: Fabricate
new bar from scratch using dimensions of bad bar.  Location of mounting holes will be precisely matched.  
Wood bars include stain and/or clear coat finishing and tuning.
Aluminum Bars - See note [4] below.

The shop is not set-up to fabricate steel orchestra bells.
C2 to B2 - $300.00
C3 to B4 - $190.00
C4 to C8 - $150
[1] Composite refers to engineered composite bar materials (e.g. Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic), under the trade names of Kelon (Musser), Klyperon (Deagan), and Acoustalon (Yamaha)
[2] Since quality Honduras Rosewood is nearly impossible to locate these days.  Recommended substitute woods are African Padouk, bubinga, and Jarrah.  Please call to discuss wood availability options.
Please call for pitches lower than C2 (Cello C).
[4] T-6061 aluminum stock is used.  If gold anodizing is required, the bar is sent to a local plating service.  Neighboring notes will be required and provided to the plating service, so they can [attempt to] match the color for the new bar.  There will be a plating bath set-up charge.  It may be worth having the entire bar set replated.  Bars will then require tuning after the plating process.

Typical Cost by Instrument Range
Instrument Range No of Notes Tune Only
Clear Coat/Tune
2-1/2 octave orchestra bells (Steel) [G5 to C8] 30 $450 Not Applicable
3 octave vibraphone (aluminum) [F2 to F5] 37 $555 Not Applicable
3-1/2 octave xylophone (wood) [F4 to C8] 44 $660 $880
4 octave marimba (wood) [C3 to C7] 49 $735 $980
4-1/3 octave marimba (wood) [A2 to C7] 52 $780 $1,040
5 octave marimba (wood) [C2 to C7] 61 $915 $1,220