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Vibraphone : What is it?

Vibraphones

A vibraphone, also called a vibe or a vibraharp, is a percussion instrument that resembles the xylophone. It is made with metal bars in graduating lengths. It produces sounds by striking the bars with a pair of yam or cord mallets. It has a three- to four-octave range. It is commonly used in classical, jazz, and symphony music. 

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Types of Vibraphones

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Kinds of Vibraphones include the following:

Standard vibraphone

  • A standard vibraphone is made up of aluminum graduated bars set in a durable field frame.
  • It is approximately 60 inches long and 36 to 42 inches tall.
  • It is pitched in the A key.
  • It has a three-octave range.
  • It comes with resonators and a motor.


Portable vibraphone

  • A portable vibraphone is made up of silver graduated bars that provide improved tone depth and resonance.
  • It is pitched in the A key.
  • It has a three-octave range.
  • It has built-in wheels that allow easy transportation.
  • It comes with accessories such as a concert frame and a pair of mallets.

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Choosing Vibraphones (Buying tips)

Outdoor use: Choose a vibraphone with a 40 to 140 rmp motor for outdoor use in festivals and concerts.

Wheels: Look for a wheeled vibraphone with a good wheel alignment, allowing it to move in the same direction when pushed or pulled.

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