Musser Model M365 SYMPHONIC GRAND Marimba

About the Model M365 SYMPHONIC GRAND

The versatility of the Symphonic Grand and Classic Grand marimbas allows the percussionist to perform in any environment. Wide graduated Kelon® bars, a Musser exclusive, deliver superb tone that is highly resistant to changes in temperature and humidity. The marimbas produce rich, mellow sound, whether supported on the wood concert frame, or the sturdy steel Moto Cart.

Symphonic Grand Models M350 and M365 are meticulously crafted to produce 4.5 octaves in an extended low F2-C7 note range. With carefully tuned silver powder coated aluminum resonators, the Symphonic Grand also features dual resonator track positioning.

SPECIFICATIONS

Version Moto Cart
Name Symphonic Grand
Octave Range 4.5 Octaves
Note Range F2-C7
Standard Tuning A=442
Option Available A=440 A=445
Bar Material Kelon
Bar Graduation Wide Graduated
Resonators Aluminum
Resonator Shape Straight
Resonator Finish Silver Powder Coat
Frame Style Moto Cart (2" Square Steel)
Frame Finish Black
Shallow Drop Covers Standard
OEM Mallets M229
Pro Padded Cover Option M135MB
Lined Dust Cover Option M235MB
Low End Width 36"
High End Width 16"
Length 87"

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Clair Omar Musser was a gifted marimba performer, conductor, composer, and marimba designer.  He was even trained as an aircraft engineer.  In 1930, he became the chief engineer and designer for the JC Deagan Mallet Instrument Company and in 1948, left to start the Musser Mallet Company in the Chicago area.

Musser created the modern Vibraphone design and expanded the line into marimbas, xylophones, chimes, and orchestra bells.  It would grow to become the most dominant mallet instrument company in the world.

In 1956, Musser sold his business to Lyons Band in Chicago.  A few years later it was sold to Dick Richardson who grew the company further by creating a partnership with the Ludwig Drum Company to distribute products through the same sales team.  During this era, jazz vibe legend Lionel Hampton became a major influence for the Musser Company.

In 1965, Ludwig acquired Musser creating a “Total Percussion” company with mallet instruments and drums.  Artists like Gary Burton arrived on scene and elevated the Musser brand to new heights. 

With a potential shortage of rosewood used to make bars for xylophones and marimbas in the 70’s, Musser would be the first to develop a synthetic bar material made from Kelon ®, a special blend of fiberglass strands.  This innovation allowed instruments to be used in outside weather elements in drum corps and marching bands. 

In 1981, Ludwig Musser was sold to the Selmer Company.  Production of Musser mallet instruments continued to be made in LaGrange, Illinois outside of Chicago until 2013 when production was moved to Elkhart, Indiana.  Musser today is known as the choice for “sound” by professionals.

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