Musser Model M46 ONE-NIGHTER Vibraphone

About the Model M46 ONE-NIGHTER

The One-Nighter Vibe is ideal for the student and the professional gigging vibes player. The 3-octave vibraphone has all the features of a professional instrument, including wide graduated bars finished with a special ball burnishing in a lustrous silver finish. The damper pedal mechanism is height adjustable to keep the angle of the pedal even for proper playing technique. Aluminum resonators are not arched or mitered and are finished in a scratch resistant silver vein powder coating for durability. Designed for portability, the aluminum and wood frame is height adjustable to five different positions, and is also equipped with M-braces for added stability.

SPECIFICATIONS

Version Concert Frame
Name One-Nighter
Motor No
Octave Range 3 Octaves
Note Range F3-F6
Standard Tuning A=442
Option Available A=440 A=445
Bar Material Aluminum
Bar Finish Silver Burnished
Bar Graduation Wide Graduated
Resonators Aluminum
Resonator Shape Straight
Resonator Finish Silver Vein
Powder Coat
Frame Style Wood Frame w/Folding Aluminum Legs
Frame Finish Black Plextone
Height Adjustable Frame 5 Position Height Adjustment
Shallow Drop Covers Standard
OEM Mallets M235
Pro Padded Cover Add-On Option M155VB
Lined Dust Cover Add-On Option M255VB
Add-On Cases M149 Set of 3

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clair_omar_musser.pngThe Musser Mallet Company was founded in by Clair Omar Musser. Musser was a gifted marimba performer, conductor, composer, and marimba designer.  He was even trained as an aircraft engineer.  In 1930, he became the chief engineer and designer for the JC Deagan Mallet Instrument Company and in 1948, left to start the Musser Mallet Company in the Chicago area.

Musser created the modern Vibraphone design and expanded the line into marimbas, xylophones, chimes, and orchestra bells.  It would grow to become the most dominant mallet instrument company in the world.

In 1956, Musser sold his business to Lyons Band in Chicago.  A few years later it was sold to Dick Richardson who grew the company further by creating a partnership with the Ludwig Drum Company to distribute products through the same sales team.  During this era, jazz vibe legend Lionel Hampton became a major influence for the Musser Company.

In 1965, Ludwig and Musser merged creating a “Total Percussion” company with mallet instruments and drums.  Artists like Gary Burton arrived on scene and elevated the Musser brand to new heights. 

With a potential shortage of rosewood used to make bars for xylophones and marimbas in the 70’s Musser would be the first to develop a synthetic bar material made from Kelon ®, a special blend of fiberglass strands.  This innovation allowed instruments to be used in outside weather elements in drum corps and marching bands. 

In 1981, Ludwig Musser was sold to the Selmer Company.  Production of Musser mallet instruments continue to be made in LaGrange, Il outside of Chicago.  Musser today is known as the choice for “sound” for professionals.

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