The vibraphone was created in 1916 by Hermann Winterhoff and commercialised in 1922 by the brand Deagan under the name of "vibraharp". In 1924, this instrument makes itself known to the public through radio recording.
VibraphonesThe vibraphone was created in 1916 by Hermann Winterhoff and commercialised in 1922 by the brand Deagan under the name of "vibraharp".
In 1924, this instrument makes itself known to the public through radio recording.
It is at this moment that the craze of the musicians sets in.
The instrument is composed of :
- A keyboard:
The bars of the vibraphone are positionned on two levels.
However, contrary to the marimba or the xylophone, the bars are on one and only plan. The bars are made out of metal (an aluminium alloy which gives a softer sound than steel). The bars are commonly silver or gold, with a mate or shiny finish. But some manufacturer dont hesitate to take another path by proposing other colours (bronze, red or blue).
The lenght of the bars decreases according to the pitch of the note. Higher is the note, shorter the bar will be. The bars of the vibraphone extends from 3 to 4 octaves (C4 to C7) depending on the brands and models.
- The resonators:
They are located under the bars, in vertical position. They're metalic tubes that amplifies the sound of the bars. They are of different lenght and shape depending on the brand and model.
- The frame:
It is a frame that maintain the keyboard and the resonators. Its structure can be in wood or in metal. It can be adjustable in height or fixed.
- A pedal and a damper:
The vibraphone is equiped with a dampening system placed under the bars. It permits to soften the harmonics and dampen the sound. The damper is operated using a pedal that works the same way as for a piano. You have to push the pedal to obtain a resonance.
- A motor:
Depending on the brands, an electric motor is placed under the keyboard. It produces the vibrato effect by opening and closing the valves located inside the resonators.
This instrument is played with the help of sticks, one or two in each hand. We find different types of maillets that permit to produce different sounds. This instrument is very popular in Jazz, even if it is still used in classical orchestras.
Rythmes & Sons proposes vibraphones from major brands in the market such as : Adams, Concorde, Musser, Yamaha, Marimba One.
We also offer transport bags/cases and flight cases to protect your instruments during storage or when traveling.
Do not hesitate to contact us for any additional information or request for a quote!