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Chris Banta - Experimental Contra Bass Marimba (1974)
Chris Banta - Experimental Contra Bass Marimba (1974)
Chris Banta - Experimental Contra Bass Marimba (1974)
Chris Banta - Experimental Contra Bass Marimba under construction at Cal-Arts (1974)
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Contra Bass Marimba (1974)

Model: C15S | 5 Notes (C1, D1, F1, G1, Bb1)

Client: John M.

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Instrument Description Sheet

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1974 Video: "In Search of the Lower Notes" by Bruce Nolte

Marimba Constructed at the Cal-Arts Super Shop (No Sound)

1979 Chris Banta Log Drum Set. (Front to Back) Sub-Contra Bass | Contra Bass | Bass | Baritone | Ten
Chris Banta Log Drum Set (1979)
Chris Banta Log Drum Set (1979)
Chris Banta Log Drum Set (1979)
Log Drum Literature Sheet (Front Page)
Log Drum Literature Sheet (Back Page)
Chris Banta Log Drum Set (1979)
Log Drums on display at the 1979 National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Convention

Two-Tongue Log Drums

 

Single Tongue Log Drum


2 x 4 Marimba

Log Drums [Two Tongue] (1979)

Two pitches per drum | Set of 7 drums

Sub-Contra Bass | Contra-Bass | Bass | Baritone |Tenor | Alto | Soprano

Client: David Ahlstrom (San Francisco Youth Opera)

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Instrument Description Sheet

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One for the Kids (1981)Scrap Marimba Parts

L: Adrienne Banta (3yrs.)  R: Monica Banta (13 Mo.)

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Rhythmic* Bass Marimba (1991)

Model: G17S | 7 Notes | G1, Bb1, C2, D2, F2, G2, C3

Client: Kids Space Museum, Pasadena, CA

Explanation of "rhythmic" in this context: *Notice, there is only a single row of selected notes that by design limits the exploration of pitches while using rhythmic patterns. The exciting challenge to this confirguation allows the percussionist to explore the fun and freedom of these notes in linear lines and discover the fun of repetive lines.

  This single-line bar layout was employed to simplify the execution of rhythmic beats while suggesting certain tonalities or key centers. Since the instrument was not designed with 
chromatic notes.for the opportunity to explore rhythmic patter playing.  So wrong notes don't happen on this instrument - all combination of notes are pleasant to the ear.  

, linear "walking" lines (jumping up to the next row) would have been more difficult to execute.

Specification Sheet

Engineering Design Specification

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Rhythmic* Bass Marimba (1991)

Model: D111S | 11 Notes | D1, G1, A1, Bb1, C2, D2, Eb2, F2, G2, A2, C3

Clients: (1) University of Southern California (USC) Music Dept, (2) LA Percussion Rentals

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Available for rent from
LA Percussion Rentals
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Engineering Design Specification

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Novelty Mini  Marimba (2009)

Model: G34S | 4 Notes | G3, B3, D4, G4

Client: Gift

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Log Drums (Double Tongue) (2014)

Sopranino, Soprano, Tenor, Baritone, Bass, Contra-Bass, xxx, and xxx

Client: Composer, Chuck Jonkey

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Chris Banta - Garden Marimba (2016)
Chris Banta - Garden Marimba (2016)
Chris Banta - Garden Marimba (2016)
Chris Banta - Garden Marimba (2016)
Garden Marimba with player (2018)
Garden Marimba with player (2018)
Garden Marimba with Chris Banta playing (2018)

Garden Marimba (2017)

Model: F14s | 4 Notes | F1, Bb1, Eb2, Ab2

Client: Local Gardner

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Novelty Mini  Marimba (2021)

Model: G34S | 4 Notes | G3, B3, D4, G4

Chris Banta Estate

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