MISC

A Study in Marimba Design and Construction

Marimbas and bar percussion are undoubtedly complicated instruments.  Not only do the individual parts need to be precisely designed and built, but they all need to fit precisely within the confines of the overall instrument.

 

1. Design Drawings

2. Bars Sizing and Layout

Selecting Wood

CCBANTA NAMM-1979

Chris Banta and wife at CCBANTA Booth at the 1979 NAMM Convention

CCBANTA NAMM-1979

Chris Banta and Deagan's Hal Trommer

CCBANTA NAMM-1979

Chris Banta and Roy Webster

CCBANTA NAMM-1979

Chris Banta setting up his NAMM booth

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Bars

Pre-Assembly Layout

Pitch Lettering

Frame

Bar Support Rails

Rough Set-ups

Test Resonators

Bar Alignment - Mounting - Stand-offs - Stringing-Up

Final Assembly

Shop Ovewrview

Finish

Resonator Alignment - Mounting

Tuning - Coupling