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Welcome

My name is Chris Banta.

For the past fifty years (1973-2023) I've been exploring the design, fabrication, and tuning of various types of melodic bar percussion instruments.

This website is about to go down a different direction.   I am currently transferring all this data into a book writing project. 

The attempt is to document all my bar percussion projects, processes, materials, and musical technicalities used in this lifelong endeavor. 

This book is an exhaustive photo-opportunity and explains the wonderful, tricky at times, frustrating at times, and the never-ending romance of such a really cool subject.

1979 - Chris Banta with early instrument constructions
2019 - Chris Banta in the shop with some of his percussion projects

1976

2022

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