(A-Minor Pentatonic Scale)

MARIMBAS

Balaphone

The model E218P utilizes the pentatonic scale (five tones to the octave) which is considered to be universal, natural, harmonious, and has no wrong notes.  Non-musicians can play this instrument and it will sound very musical.

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The original ethnic balaphone or balafon instrument uses gourds as resonators.  ​

  • Instead of gourd resonators, this instrument use rectangular cavity resonators made from Baltic birch plywood.  

  • Bars are made of straight-grained African Padauk. 

  • Finish is a semi-gloss, water-based clear coat.

  • Has built-in mallet rack.  Yarn wound mallets are included.

  • Includes On Stage KS7291XX Ergo-Lok Pro Double X Keyboard Stand (adjustable height).

  • Plywood box with hinges and handles provided to protect the instrument.

Optional Folding Wooden Stand with Casters

The wooden stand provides a means to keep the balaphone in a more permanently set-up condition.  On the stand, the bar height is 32-1/2"

Cost: $300

Model E218P

  • Scale: A-Minor Pentatonic
    (A-C-D-E-G)

  • Range: Bass E2 to Treble A5

  • No. of Notes: 18

  • Size: 54" L x 30" D x 8-1/2" H

  • Wt: 49 lbs.

  • Cost: $2,500

Notes:

  1. All "A" pitches have an embedded wooden disc in the middle of the bar for instant pitch recognition.

  2. The C pitches have a numbered octave identifier next to the lettered note:

      C3 = Tenor C

      C4 = Middle C

      C5 = Treble C

Audio Samples

Balaphone - A Minor Scale - Soft Mallets - Chris Banta
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Balaphone - Improv 1 - Chris Banta
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Balaphone - A-Minor Scale - Hard Mallets - Chris Banta
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Balaphone - Improv 2 - Chris Banta
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Balaphone - A-Minor Scale - Octaves - Chris Banta
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Balaphone - Improv 3 - Chris Banta
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Balaphone - Low Notes - Chris Banta
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Balaphone- Improv 4 - Chris Banta
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Balaphone - Low End Improv - Chris Banta
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Suggested Mallets for Balaphone

Mike Balter Model: MB17B for Bass Marimba

Mike Balter MB15B (Light Blue)

Extra Soft - Provides a muted strike tone when playing

$65

Mike Balter Model: MB17B for Bass Marimba

Mike Balter MB15B (Orange)

Soft - Provides a softened strike tone when playing

$65

Mike Balter Model: MB12B for Marimba

Mike Balter MB12B (Green)

Medium Hard - Provides a more pronounced strike tone when playing

$65

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