Musser Model M50 CONCERT FRAME PRO-PORTABLE ROSEWOOD Xylophone

About the Model M50 CONCERT FRAME PRO-PORTABLE ROSEWOOD

The portable professional xylophone from Musser features triple-tuned rosewood bars. To bring out the natural beauty of the wood, the bars are lightly stained and lacquered. Detachable resonators are silver powder coated aluminum for durability and scratch resistance. The 3.5-octave rosewood xylophone has a wood frame with folding aluminum legs and five position height adjustments.

SPECIFICATIONS

Version Concert Frame
Name Pro-Portable Rosewood
Octave Range 3.5 Octaves
Note Range F4-C8
Standard Tuning A=442
Option Available A=440 A=445
Bar Material Rosewood
Bar Graduation Non-Graduated
Resonators Aluminum
Resonator Shape Straight
Resonator Finish Silver Powder Coat
Frame Style Wood Frame w/Folding Aluminum Legs
Frame Finish Black Plextone
Height Adjustable Frame 5 Position Fixed Height Adjustment
Shallow Drop Covers Standard
OEM Mallets M22 M15
Pro Padded Cover Add-On Option M151XY
Lined Dust Cover Add-On Option M251XY
Add-On Cases M146 Set of 3
Low End Width 30.5"
High End Width 11.5"

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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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