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The origins of the xylophone are hard to trace.
They are plural and distant, in provenance of Asian and African continents. The xylophone has spread in Europe during the Crusades. The french composer Camille Saint-Saëns was one of the first to use the xylophone in an orchestra pieces.
ACME WHISTLES (formely J Hudson & Co) have been manufacturing and selling a great variety of whistles since 1870. ACME WHISTLES is reknown to be the most famous producer of whistles. 5 milions pieces are producted each year, including whitles dedicated to orchestral works.
Founded in 1970, the Dutch company ADAMS is one of the world leaders in the manufacture of orchestral percussion instruments : timpanies, marimbas, xylophones, vibraphones... Innovation and quality are an integral part of their DNA.
BLACK SWAMP PERCUSSIONS is manufacturer of small and medium orchestral percussions "Made in Michigan" since 1994: tambourines, castanets, snare drums, triangles, woodblocks ... The instruments are made with the same level of passion than those who play them.
The Taiwanese company CADESON has been manufacturing percussion instruments since 1985. Instruments such as concert toms, snare drums, concert bass drums, congas or tambourines are particularly appreciated by percussion teachers and percussionnist.
CHALKLIN PERCUSSIONS MALLETS handcrafted mallets for percussion instruments. The company was founded in 1971 by Paul CHALKLIN, percussion teacher and professional musician. His mallets are appreciated by amateur and professional percussionists.
CONCORDE is the European brand of the Japanese manufacturer KOROGI. KOROGI designs and manufactures exceptional keyboard percussions since 1947 (marimbas, xylophones, vibraphone ...), at the service of a high quality musical experience.
EVANS is a brand of the D'Addario group which is committed to providing musicians with some of the most innovative musical accessories in the world. EVANS manufactures drumheads for percussion instruments with a constant concern for innovation.
GEWA has been a major player in the musical instrument trade for 80 years. GEWA is a distributor of major brands and a manufacturer of dedicated brands. In the percussion field, we mention : DW Drums, Gibraltar, Gretsch, LP, Paiste, PDP, Toca.
ISTANBUL AGOP is a Turkish cymbal manufacturer. The company was born from the split of the company ISTANBUL CYMBALS. The ISTANBUL AGOP quality, made with respect for the tradition of cymbals, has convinced the most influential musicians.
JG PERCUSSION is an American manufacturer of timpani mallets. The company was founded in 2008 by the timpanist Jason Ginger. Its aim is to provide a superior quality range of mallets extended to all palate of sound of the timpani register.
LATIN PERCUSSION company also known as LP is specialized in the manufacture of Afro-Cuban percussion instruments and accessories (conga, bongos, timbales, bells, shakers ...). The company was founded in 1964 in New York by Martin Cohen.
MAJESTIC is a Dutch manufacturer of percussion instruments for the orchestra : marimbas, xylophones, timpani ... The brand was introduced in 1960 but the first traces of the activity of the founder (the family VAN DER GLAS) dated from 1921.
MALLETECH is an American company founded in 1982 by the famous marimbist and concertist Leigh Howard Stevens. MALLETECH designs and manufactures mallets, marimbas, xylophones vibraphones and glockenspiel in a constant concern for innovation and creativity.
The famous MEINL brand was founded in Germany in 1951 by Roland Meinl. It offers a wide choice of quality Afro Cuban and ethnic percussion instruments (cajons, djembes, congas, bongos, Latin timpani, darbukas ...), and cymbals.
BALTER MALLETS Company (founded by percussionist/drummer Mike BALTER in 1977) manufactures a very wide range of mallets, sticks, bags and accessories to meet the needs of all percussionists. BALTER MALLETS joined the large ZILDJIAN family in 2018.
MUSSER was founded in 1948 by Clair Omar Musser, former engineer and designer at JC DEAGAN. At the origin of the modern vibraphone, MUSSER also offers a range of marimbas, xylophones, tube bells and glockenspeils. LUDWIG acquired MUSSER in 1956.
PAISTE is a Swiss manufacturer of cymbals. Its history has its origins in Russia at the very beginning of the 1900s. PAISTE settles in Switzerland in 1957 and begins its activity which will found the bases of this great cymbal institution.
PREMIER is an English company founded in 1922 in London. It designs and manufactures percussion instruments for orchestra, marching bands and drummers. It was the inventor of an innovative timpani pedaling system that still bears her name today.
REMO is an American manufacturer of heads for percussion instruments. The company was established in 1957. Its founder, Remo D Belli, invented the synthetic Mylar ® head which continues to be a standard in the percussion and drums world today.
SAITO is a Japanese brand recognized by Musicians, Music Conservatories and Orchestras around the world. It worked for 70 years in the manufacture of high quality keyboard orchestral percussion instruments (marimba, xylophone, vibraphone, glockenspiel).
SCHIEDMAYER is an German company founded in 1809 in Stuttgart. It was in 1980 that the company made its first celestas. It is the only company in the world to build this instrument in accordance with the construction and specifications of its inventor, M. MUSTEL.
SCHLAGWERK is a German company founded in 1982. The company began to manufacture cajons in 1986. Its creations would shape the modern cajon. In addition to cajons, SCHLAGERK manufactures frame drums, wooden drums, wood blocks, shakers, claves ...
SONOR® is a German company founded in 1875 in Weißenfels. First specialized in the production of instruments for orchestra and marching, SONOR extended its offer from 1930 to jazz drums. Today, SONOR® is specialized in drums, marching and Orff instrument.
STAGG is a brand that appeared in the 1970s in Japan with the production of guitars. EMD Music distribution group gave new impetus to this brand in 1995 by offering a wide choice of affordable instruments for amateur, semi-pro and educational musicians.
STUDIO 49 is a German company created in 1949. Initially specialized in the manufacture of educational instruments associated with the Orff-Schulwerk method, the company enriches its offer by introducing instruments for the professional practice of percussion (Royal Percussion range).
THOR is an English company founded in 1923. It is specialized in the manufacture of hammers and mallets for industry. The quality of its products opens the doors to the orchestra. Its mallets in real water buffalo are appreciated for playing tubular bells/chimes.
VIBRAWELL is a French manufacturer of mallets for percussion instruments (timpani, concert bass drum, vibraphone, marimba, xylophone, glockenspiel and multi-percussion). The company was founded in 1982 and taken over by Pré du Rein in 2006.
VIC FIRTH® is a famous American brand specialized in the manufacture of mallets for drums and percussion instruments. It was premiered in 1963 by percussionist Everett Joseph Firth. 2010 marks his entry into the great ZILDJIAN family.
YAMAHA® is a Japanese company founded in 1887. It operates in many fields including music. The heritage of more than 130 years of craftmanship, R&D and technology allows Yamaha to offer percussion instruments of the highest quality.
ZILDJIAN is a legendary cymbal manufacturing company. Its origins are founded in the XVIIe century under the leadership of Avedis Zildjian. With nearly 400 years of history, ZILDJIAN has become one of the biggest names in its field.