(A-Minor Pentatonic Scale)
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.
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"
Scale: A-Minor Pentatonic
Range: Bass E2 to Treble A5
No. of Notes: 18
Size: 54" L x 30" D x 8-1/2" H
Wt: 49 lbs.
All "A" pitches have an embedded wooden disc in the middle of the bar for instant pitch recognition.
The C pitches have a numbered octave identifier next to the lettered note:
C3 = Tenor C
C4 = Middle C
C5 = Treble C
Suggested Mallets for Balaphone
Mike Balter MB15B (Light Blue)
Extra Soft - Provides a muted strike tone when playing
Mike Balter MB15B (Orange)
Soft - Provides a softened strike tone when playing
Mike Balter MB12B (Green)
Medium Hard - Provides a more pronounced strike tone when playing