Musser Model M8039 CASE ON CART PICCOLO Xylophone

About the Model M8039 CASE ON CART PICCOLO


Cases and covers are constructed to take the wear and tear of travel and keep instruments safe. Designed with tough, durable materials, padding, metal corners, and heavy duty straps.



Tech Specs



Version Case On Cart
Name Piccolo
Octave Range 3 Octaves
Note Range C5-C8
Standard Tuning A=442
Option Available A=440 A=445
Bar Material Kelon
Bar Graduation Non-Graduated
Resonators N/A
Resonator Shape N/A
Resonator Finish N/A
Frame Style In Case w/M8005 Bell Cart on stand
Height Adjustable Frame 6 Position Fixed Height Adjustment
Shallow Drop Covers N/A
Case included
OEM Mallets M4 M3
Pro Padded Cover Add-On Option N/A
Lined Dust Cover Add-On Option N/A
Add-On Cases Included
Low End Width 24.5"
High End Width 12.5"
Length 45"

Brand History



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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