Musser Model M58M MUSSER/PIPER Vibraphone

About the Model M58M MUSSER/PIPER

A design collaboration between Musser engineers and notable vibist John Piper, the Musser/Piper vibraphone has a 3-octave range and silver finish wide graduated bars. Unique Piper Cushion™ damper pad equalizes pressure on bars for even dampening. Damper pressure is controlled by a dual action adjustable compression spring to assure proper balance and smooth, even action. Reliable fine tuning and volume adjustment is achieved by variable height resonators, despite the effects of varying environmental conditions. To accommodate individual players’ technique, the adjustable damper pedal slides right to left. For the serious professional vibist, the Musser/Piper vibraphone includes telescoping parts on the frame to facilitate quick and easy adjustments.

SPECIFICATIONS

Name Piper
Multi-Speed Motor Yes
Octave Range 3 Octaves
Note Range F3-F6
Standard Tuning A=442
Option Available A=440 A-445
Bar Material Aluminum
Bar Finish Silver
Bar Graduation Wide Graduated
Resonators Aluminum
Resonator Shape Straight
Resonator Finish Silver Vein Powder Coat
Frame Style Aluminum
Frame Finish Aluminum
Height Adjustable Frame Telescoping 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 M258 (ATA) Set of 3
Add-On Gig Bags N/A

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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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