About the Model M7365 4.5 OCTAVE KELON MARIMBA WITH MOTO CART
KEYBOARD SPECIFICATIONS: Keyboard height is adjustable from 35" to 39" off the floor. RANGE: 4.5 Octaves - 56 Notes - F2 TO C7 BAR SIZES: Length of lowest note 17-27/32" graduating down to 7-1/32" highest note. WIDTH AND THICKNESS: F2 to F3 2-1/2" wide by 5/8" thick G3 to C4 2-1/4" wide by 5/8" thick C4# to C5 2" wide by 5/8" thick C5# to C6 1-3/4" wide by 5/8" thick C6# to C7 1-1/2" wide by 5/8" thick MATERIAL: KELON. FINISH: Painted with custom black lacquer. RESONATOR SPECIFICATIONS: MATERIAL: High-grade light aluminum alloy tubing. FINISH: Highly durable Silver vein Electro-static finish. CONSTRUCTION: Braces are 1/8" thick steel fastened with screws and locking nuts to Aluminum resonators. Resonators are hinged to fold with a detachable Low End section and are solidly braced to eliminate any sag. FRAMES: The end supports and frame are made of heavy gauge steel and have a durable matte black Electro-static finish. The unit is 36" wide x 35"-39" tall x 87" long. Shipping weight is 230 lbs. HEIGHT ADJUSTABLE: The keyboard height is adjustable with two hand knobs on the sides of each frame end. One is for position, the other is to lock it into position. Adjusting of the keyboard height is assisted with an internal gas spring. This takes most of the weight off, so 10 to 20 lbs. of pressure is all that is necessary to move the keyboard up or down. TELESCOPING WHEELS: The wheels are designed to extend out on both sides to carry the extra weight of the Outriggers and other accessories. This will provide a greater margin of safety and stability for the instrument as well as the Musician. ALL TERRAIN WHEELS: The locking pneumatic wheels are 8" in diameter by 2-1/2" wide and can swivel for easy turning. These air filled tires can easily roll over most obstacles such as door thresholds, hoses, cords and even gravel or stone surfaces with very little effort. With the wheels in the extended out position, you can maneuver the instrument in almost any tight location.
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.