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Glockenspiel : What is it?

Glockenspiels

A glockenspiel, also called a bell lyre or an orchestra bell, is a percussion instrument made up of metal keys in graduating lengths laid over a wooden base. It is played by striking a pair of mallets over the keys to produce a sound with a high and small pitch. It is used in both classical and modern music. 

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Types of Glockenspiels

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Kinds of Glockenspiels include the following:

Soprano glockenspiel

  • A soprano glockenspiel is made up of extended metal keys for easier playing.
  • It provides increased resonance and tone.
  • It is available in chromatic and diatonic models.


Alto glockenspiel


  • An alto glockenspiel consists of 16 steel alloy bars for improved resonance.
  • Its resonator box is made of solid birchwood.
  • It comes with rubber pins and mallets.


Tenor glockenspiel

  • A tenor glockenspiel consists of bars made of a unique light alloy that provides a fuller and louder sound.
  • It is usually played in the B flat bar and F sharp bar.
  • It is available in diatonic and chromatic models.
  • An alto glockenspiel consists of 16 steel alloy bars for improved resonance.
  • Its resonator box is made of solid birchwood.
  • It comes with rubber pins and mallets.

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Choosing Glockenspiels (Buying tips)

Resonator box: For improved tonal clarity and resonance, choose a glockenspiel with a resonator box whose seams are glued together.

Bracket:
Choose a glockenspiel with bracket-fitted box to give you the option of mounting your instrument on a mobile stand or to fit it with movable legs.

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