MARIMBA TUNING

Marimba Tuning Service

Chris Banta - Professional Tuner of Melodic Bar Percussion

Marimba designer, Chris Banta, can tune and refinish your melodic bar percussion instruments (xylophones, vibes, orchestra bells, etc.) so they'll look and sound like new!

Wood Bars

Honduras Rosewood

African Padauk

Synthetic Bars

Musser (Kelon)

Deagan (Deagan)

Yamaha (Acoustalon)

Ross (Prolon)

Peripole-Bergerault (Techlon)

Adams (Zelon)

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Marimbas

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Marimbas

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Xylophones

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Orff -Style Xylophones

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Xylophones

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Bass Marimbas

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Bass Tone Bars

Metal Bars

Aluminum

Steel

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Orchestra Bells/Glockenspiels

Marching Orchestra Bells

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Orff-style Metallophones

Vibraphones

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Zimbabwe-styled Marimbas

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Guatamalan  Marimbas

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Gourd Balaphones

Bar Tuning Check[1]

Entire instrument.................................. $50


Bar Tuning Only (each)

Wood, Metal, Synthetic......................... $15

Bar Refinishing (includes Tuning)[2]

Wood (clear coat)................................... $25

Wood (stain and clear coat).................. $30     

Synthetic (primer and color coat)........ $30

Bar Repair[3]

(Wood Only)

Repair only.............................................. $15

Repair and Retune................................. $30

Repair, refinish, and retune.................. $35

 

Bar Replacement

(Wood)[4]

Pitches below C2...................Contact Chris

C2 - B2................................................... $125

C3 - B3................................................... $100

C4 - C7................................................... $  75

(Aluminum)

Pitches below F2..................Contact Chris

F2 - E3...................................................  $200

F3 - E4...................................................  $175

F4 - F5...................................................  $150

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Note: Shop is not set up to fabricate steel or synthetic bars from scratch.  But they still can be tuned providing damage is not too severe.

[1] Tuning check is an assessment of the quality of the tuning of the entire instrument.  The client will be notified if findings reveal that tuning is needed and the client agrees, then the tuning check fee will be waived.

[2] Whether stained or painted a best attempt will be made to match the hue/color of the bar's original finish.

[3] Unfortunately bar repair is limited to only splits or cracks in wooden bars at the "end" of the bar and are generally fixed with a dowel cross-member installed, glued and clamped.

  • Splits and cracks in the middle of the bar cannot be glued and clamped because the glue will simply separate in time.  

  • Bars broken into separate pieces simply cannot be reassembled. 

In both these cases replacement is the only solution.

 

[4] Over many decades of manufacturing, marimbas and xylophones were made with honduras rosewood.  This wood has become extremely rare and is nearly impossible to obtain.  Wood, suitable for bar percussion replacement, will be discussed during the initial contact.

CCBANTA - Bar Percussion Tuning Service 

 Detailed Schedule

 Single Sheet