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What a temptation . . .

Posted by bj on Saturday, May 7, 2011

I'm really TRYING to keep away from the back of my truck. Trying VERY HARD. Because if I open the back of my truck I might end up dragging out and KEEPING the hand made wooden key Xylophone I bought at a yard sale this morning.

The dang thing is amazing. It's in perfect tune and the wood is an incredible tonewood, dunno what kind. I only have one crappy plastic mallet for it, I can only imagine what it would sound like with the proper wooden mallets. As it is it sounds AMAZING. Kinda like an organic version of vibes.

It's also rather large. Which is why I'm trying so hard to resist temptation.

I wonder how Yew Piney Mountain would sound on it . . .

11 comments on “What a temptation . . .”

richdissmore Says:
Saturday, May 7, 2011 @2:00:00 PM

i would get it fine peace and fun to play one of the ladies in the irish group plays one its grate adds a lot of sound

Swing Says:
Saturday, May 7, 2011 @2:06:57 PM

Whoa, you found a what... I am chuckling because I can picture the scene... wooden
Xylophones sound great, good find... I know that you will find or make good mallets for it and be out busking in no time..... kep us posted

Play Happy

mudbug Says:
Sunday, May 8, 2011 @3:58:48 AM

Sweet! Go to a fully stocked music store and check out mallets. There's everything from hard rubber to varying hard or soft yarn to felt. Usually, I think of hard plastic for metal keys like vibes or glockenspiel. Each one's gonna give a different tone. Start with one mallet in each hand, and progress up to two or three in each hand for chords. I think when the keys are wooden ( usually rosewood), they're referred to as marimba's...........and if you don't jump in that truck, I'm gonna drive down to PA, and I'M gonna! :-)

Humbled by this instrument Says:
Sunday, May 8, 2011 @7:13:19 AM

New tones, new timbres, mallets for all and whimbley blimbers. I played Saint Anne's Reel and Whiskey 'fer Breakfast and Blackberry Blossom with a gal who owns a ranch here (not a possum). She plays a mountain dulcimer so full of wood. You'll have some fun with this thing, methinks.

cheekee Says:
Sunday, May 8, 2011 @12:47:54 PM is usually a really economical site to buy all kinds of mallets. and shipping is FAST.

bj Says:
Sunday, May 8, 2011 @1:10:01 PM

Well, if anyone is interested . . . yes, they're marimbas, according to a musician who saw them today, and yes, they're for sale. I may post a classified tomorrow if they don't sell.

janepaints Says:
Monday, May 9, 2011 @1:29:48 PM

you may have a future in the calypso industry!

bj Says:
Monday, May 9, 2011 @1:42:16 PM

Nah, I suck at percussion. I can't tap my foot and fiddle at the same time.

bj Says:
Friday, May 13, 2011 @2:02:02 PM

Already gone . . .

playmorebluegrass Says:
Wednesday, June 8, 2011 @2:34:08 PM

awesome! i love to find treasures!

bj Says:
Wednesday, June 8, 2011 @2:39:32 PM

Wanna buy an accordion? ;-)

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