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Posted on Has anyone made a marimba?

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#1 posted 07-03-2013 05:06 PM

I make all kinds of weird stuff. Yes, I made a Marimba about 30 years ago. Several of them. The resonator tubes didn’t require much work as far as tuning. The bars can get interesting. You will be sanding the backs and a small mistake can throw off the bar. But you’ll be sanding a lot off of many of them. The bars don’t have to be rosewood. I used oak and it sounded fine. The bars get really concave on the back (underside). Run felt on the top edges of your stretchers (where the bars sit), then pegs to keep the bars lined up (they need to be very loose), then a piece of exercise band (like surgical tubing) over each peg to cushion the bar and keep it from striking the stretcher, then run your cord through each bar.

When you tighten the cord it should lift the bars just barely off the rubber tubing but not off the peg.

And there ya have it! hehehe….

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