Musser Model M48S PRO-TRAVELER Vibraphone

About the Model M48S PRO-TRAVELER

Pro-Traveler Vibe is an ingenious collaborative effort between Musser and acclaimed vibist Gary Burton. A remarkable combination of superb musicality and easy portability, the Pro-Traveler completely disassembles to fit in storage areas as compact as a car back seat. Crossbar and damper mechanisms separate into smaller pieces. Metal legs detach quickly, and frame rails fold in half. All components are durable, including the baked-on frame finish with Total Lock casters. The 3-octave vibraphone features wide graduated aluminum bars finished in either gold or silver. The perfect instrument for the gigging vibist.

SPECIFICATIONS

Name Pro-Traveler Silver
Multi-Speed Motor Yes
Octave Range 3 Octaves
Note Range F3-F6
Standard Tuning A=442
Option Available A=440 A-445
Bar Material Aluminum
Bar Finish Silver
Bar Graduation Wide Graduated
Resonators Aluminum
Resonator Shape Straight
Resonator Finish Silver Vein Powder Coat
Frame Style Wood Frame w/ Removable Aluminum Legs
Frame Finish Black Plextone
Shallow Drop Covers Standard
OEM Mallets M235
Pro Padded Cover Add-On Option M155VB
Lined Dust Cover Add-On Option M255VB
Add-On Cases M138 (ATA) Set of 3
Add-On Gig Bags M137 Bags Set of 5

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clair_omar_musser.pngThe Musser Mallet Company was founded in by Clair Omar Musser. 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 and Musser merged 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 continue to be made in LaGrange, Il outside of Chicago.  Musser today is known as the choice for “sound” for professionals.

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