Musser Model M500 CONCERT GRAND SOLOIST Marimba

About the Model M500 CONCERT GRAND SOLOIST

The Concert Grand Soloist is highly regarded for its classic design and masterful, rich tone in the note range of C2-C7. A choice among professional recitalists for its presentation and tone, the 5-octave marimba features beautiful rosewood bars with rounded accidentals. The select wide-graduated rosewood bars provide a rich, full tone. Light staining, hand rubbing and a clear finish on the bars accentuate the beauty of the rosewood.

With a furniture quality hardwood frame and copper vein powder coated resonators, the M500 Concert Grand Soloist marimba is a stunningly handsome instrument.

Musser’s most technically advanced marimba creation, the M500 Concert Grand Soloist features tunable aluminum alloy resonators secured by bolts and lock-nuts. Fine tuning a marimba allows the player to customize sound within the limitations of acoustics, temperature and humidity. With the Musser patented resonator caps, tuning in the range of C2 to C3 is quick and accurate, even in the lowest register. Resonators feature two position settings for placement.

Masterfully designed for the concert performer, the entire instrument disassembles for transport. The frame is height adjustable from 33.5" to 38", with durable locking casters for smooth transport and durability. Folding resonators and rails and detachable end pieces pack securely.

 

 

SPECIFICATIONS

Octave Range 5 Octaves
Note Range C2-C7
Standard Tuning A=442
Option Available A=440 A=445
Bar Material Rosewood
Bar Graduation Wide Graduated
Resonators Aluminum
Tunable Resonator Yes
Resonator Shape Straight
Resonator Finish Copper Vein
Powder Coat
Frame Style Wood Open End
Frame Finish Natural Wood Stain
Height Adjustable Frame Crank Style Height Adjustment
Shallow Drop Covers Standard
Pro Padded Cover M145MB
Optional Cases M151 (ATA) Set of 5
Low End Width 41"
High End Width 16"
Length 107"
Height 33.5"-38"

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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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