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SCALE TYPES

Pentatonic (5-tone) Scale (using notes from 12-tone equal)

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Modification no. 4 - The low G note was simply not low enough.  So, an additional F1 and D1 notes we
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Initial build with straight resonators - Pitches: G1, A1, C2, D2, F2, & G2
Performer standing on riser to reach the bars which are over 6 ft high.
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Modification No. 1 - Resonators were mitered and frame modified so the player could stand directly o
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Modification No. 2 - Instrument upper range was extend by one octave. Extension was designed to hang
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Modification No. 3 - Due to the wide gap between the two sections, The marimba's frame was modified
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Assembly Step 1 - Layout all pieces
Assembly Step 2 - Assemble frame
Assembly Step 3 - Install resonators
Assembly Step 4 - Install bar support rails
Assembly Step 5 - Lay out and install bars

My interest in the pentatonic scale started in xxxx with...

D-F-G-A-C (D-minor pentatonic)   and F-G-A-C-D (F major pentatonic)

C maj scale: C-D-E -F-G-A-B- C <-- remove the 3rd and the 7th = 1-2-4-5-6-1

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Rhythmic Contra-Bass Marimba (1997)

Model: D113P | D-minor Pentatonic [D-F-G-A-C] | 13 Notes | 2-1/3 Octaves | D1 to G3

Client: Property of "Rhythmic Jam" Group

Donated to: Thousand Oaks High School

Rhythmic Contra-Bass Marimba (1997)

Model: D113P | D-minor Pentatonic [D-F-G-A-C] | 13 Notes | 2-1/3 Octaves | D1 to G3

Client: Property of "Rhythmic Jam" Group

Donated to: Thousand Oaks High School

(This is a product of design evolution in various stages)

[1996] Redwood Marimba Sample "Blues" (6-Note Version)
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[1998] RhythmicJam "Verotica" (13-Note Expanded Version)
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Evolution of a Design

Instrument Description Sheet

How to Assemble

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Rhythmic Bass Marimba (2003)

Model: D111P | D-minor Pentatonic [D-F-G-A-C] | 11 Notes | 2 Octaves | G1 to G3

Client: Jessie M.

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Children's Tenor Marimba (2003)

Model: D36P | D-Major Pentatonic [D-E-G-A-C] | 6 Notes | 1 Octave | D3 to D3

Client: Liza S.

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Instrument Description Sheet

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Children's Bass Marimba (2003)

Model: D26P | D-Major Pentatonic [D-E-G-A-C] | 6 Notes | 1 Octave | D2 to D3

Clients:

Horizon Hills Adult Education

Thousand Oaks City Center Day Care

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Rhythmic Contra Bass Marimba (2006)

Model: D116P | D-minor Pentatonic [D-F-G-A-C] | 16 Notes | 3 Octaves | D1 to D4

Client: Chuck Jonkey

*** Song duet using both instruments above below ***

[L] Monica Banta: Bass Marimba (shown above) , [R] Chris Banta: Lead Marimba (shown below)

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Rhythmic Bass Marimba (2006)

Model: D211P | D-minor Pentatonic [D-F-G-A-C] | 11 Notes | 2 Octave | D2 to D4

Client: Chuck Jonkey

(This is a product of design modification in various steps.)

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Rhythmic Contra Bass Practice Marimba (2009)

Model: D116P | D-minor Pentatonic [D-F-G-A-C] | 16 Notes | 3 Octaves | D1 to D4

Client: Chuck Jonkey

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Novelty Mini-Marimba (2009)

Model: D46P | D-minor Pentatonic [D-F-G-A-C] | 6 Notes | 1 Octave | D4 to D5

Client: "Rhythmic Jam" Group

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Model: A217P Tenor Marimba

A-Minor Pentatonic [A-C-D-E-G] | 17 Notes | 3-1/5 Octave | A2 to C6

Model: E218P Semi-Bass Balaphone Marimba

A-Minor Pentatonic [A-C-D-E-G] | 18 Notes | 3-3/5 Octave | E2 to C6

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Children's Bass Marimba (2009)

Model: D211P | D-Major Pentatonic [D-E-G-A-C] | 11 Notes | 2 Octave | D2 to D4

Client: Horizon Hills Adult Education Center

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"Zebrawood" Bass Marimba (2010)

Model: G119P | D-minor Pentatonic [D-F-G-A-C] | 19 Notes | 3-1/2 Octaves | G1 to D5

Client: CCBANTA Estate

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Tenor Marimba (2018)

Model: A217P | A-minor Pentatonic [A-C-D-E-G] | 17 Notes | 1 Octave | A2 to C?

Client: Munyungo Jackson

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Tenor Balaphone/Marimba with Bass Extension (2019)

Model: D36P | A-minor Pentatonic [A-C-D-E-G] | Tenor Unit ? Notes | Bass Unit 3 Notes | 1 Octave | A1 to A ??

Client: LA Percussion Rentals

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

Add Bass Unit Extension

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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African Padauk Bass Marimba (2021)

Model: A118P | D-minor Pentatonic [D-F-G-A-C] | 18 Notes | 3-1/3 Octaves | A1 to D5

H: 34" | W: xx | D: 32" | Wt: 150 lbs.

Client: Jackie and Bob H.

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Marimba Sport (2021)

Model: F121P | D-minor Pentatonic [D-F-G-A-C] | 21 Notes | 5 Octaves | F1 to F5

H: 34" | W: 94-1/2" | D: 29-1/2" |  Wt. 208lbs.

Client: Stewart J.

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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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