About the Model M47 XYLOPHONE KIT
RANGE: 3.5 Octaves-37 Notes - F4 TO C8
BAR SIZES: Length of low note 10-3/4" graduating down to 4-15/16" highest note
WIDTH AND THICKNESS: C5 to C8 1-1/2" wide by 5/8" thick
PITCH: Bars tuned to A-442 Pitch
FINISH: Black bar lacquer
MATERIAL: Aluminum Alloy Tubing.
FINISH: Resonators are painted with a gold colored coating
CONSTRUCTION: Braces are 1/8" aluminum riveted to aluminum resonators.
END FRAMES: The frame is made of solid wood and painted to a black finish. The end supports are made of steel tubing and fold for transport. Size: High End 13-1/4" wide, Low End 21-1/2" wide, 45-1/4" long. The M41 is height adjustable from 32-1/2" to 37-3/8" tall. The total weight is approximately 50 lbs.
Clair Omar 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 acquired Musser 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 continued to be made in LaGrange, Illinois outside of Chicago until 2013 when production was moved to Elkhart, Indiana. Musser today is known as the choice for “sound” by professionals.
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