Marimba is home

Just got my new old Marimba home – picked up from the transport company, it only just fitted in the back of my 4WD, but a short drive & a short trip on a sack barrow & its home!


Having had to wait all week for it to arrive I was more than a little excited, but the wait was worth it – so great to have a jam on it, instant drool on both sides of the mouth….

Part of my wait had involved buying a few sets of mallets; its stating the obvious that the variation in mallets has a huge impact on the sound but actually playing it & switching between sets of mallets really seriously alters the way you play…



I bought these fluffy mallets in a music shop in Osaka, they are a little beaten up/fluffy due to recording the CONTACT MIC TWO library but I got them as I love soft attack, especially on steel/pan drum…




A couple of weeks ago, before I even knew this marimba was sitting in a junk store waiting for me, I went into the Rock Shop & bought a pair of these Eveleyn Glenny mallets (they had two sets, the other pair were harder & I think green/white rather than red/white)




When I flew back from down south, having bought the Marimba, I went back to the Rock Shop and bought some slightly harder mallets (ProMark Nick Peterella Multi Purpose Medium Hand Felt Mallet, according to the plastic wrapper)




And this is the mallet that came with the Marimba, a hard beater – very sharp attack!
But there was only one of them…




One of the keys has the maker engraved on it: J G Deagon of Chicago. God/Jah/Buddha bless the interweb but here is an archival website for JG Deagon started by John Calhoun Deagan in 1880!




OK, time to boot up something in ableton LIVE & arpeggiate! And rather than just tweak some vitual knob, this device requires another shot of vodka to increase the ‘swing’ or whatever it should be labelled…. (out of time-edness?)

2 Responses to Marimba is home

  1. Irena says:

    Hi Team,

    Nice instrument, 🙂
    Can you please help me, I have one question off the topic: I’m searching for a site/archive of high quality music that is available for usage (analysis, I’m needing it for research). So far I have just came across


  2. Gareth says:

    Great post – ty as always.
    I used to make my own slit drums and beaters.
    For the beaters – borrow two Super/Wham-O balls off a small child (or buy two – optional)
    Gently drill a hole into the each superball using a slow speed, minimal pressure and a wood bit.
    Slightly pointen (not quite sharpen, yet not quite blunt) one end of a piece of wooden dowel.
    Mix up Araldite glue.
    Cover pointened end of dowel with Araldite.
    Insert sticky dowel into hole in superball.
    Lash up with gaffa tape until Araldite hardens.
    Remove gaffa tape.

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