It's always a joy to sell to Children's museums and playgrounds. I love the fact that the instruments are explored and played to their full potential. I say with pride, that a few have even been worn out in the bigger children's museums. Below are some of the instruments I've made for either children's museum's or musical playgrounds. Most of them I tune pentatonicaly to concert pitch, but any tuning is possible. I can easily make instruments similar to those shown, but I also delight in custom instruments and new designs, so please share your ideas and wishes.
I'm happy to say that most of my steel instruments
are made using old, recycled metals. They are likely to have blemishes
of various sorts (ie.scratches, .pockmarks, etc.). Standard finish
on the larger instruments is enamel paint. Powder coating
is a pricier option that would give a more durable finish.
Please check out my new, dedicated Whale Drum page.
Made from spruce "2x4s". The Amadinda has a bright clear resonant sound. It's most fun to play and sounds fullest with 2-4 players. There are no sour notes as the tuning is pentatonic. See "About Amadindas" for more background info.
Finished spruce Amadinda 12 notes (6'x3', ).....$250
Please Specify if it's for indoor or outdoor use for finishing purposes.
Heavy Duty African Mahogany Amadinda
from sustainably harvested African Mahogany, this will last a
long time in just about any outdoor environment. It has a bright,
resonant tone similar to the regular Amadinda. The one pictured
has attached mallets. One like this goes for $1,250
Made from a mix of hardwoods for visual and tonal variety
8 note Babydinda - $215 . Other sizes are available
Indoor use only
The keys are each made from a variety of materials for a variety of tonal and visual texture. This one has the following materials: Slate, granite, plastic wood ("trex"), maple, oak, mahogany, aluminum, steel. The keys are 1 1/2" -2"wide.
8 Note Multidinda - $265
Indoor use only.
Made from large hex-head bolts.
8 note Boltaphone - $165
Mainly for indoor use. Maybe cusomized for outside use.
Made from old wrenches of various shapes and sizes.These have a sturdier and more resonate sounding mounting system than my regular Wrenchophones and can come in a variety of sizes. The wrenches are tuned to concert pitch to the bewilderment of most people and have a surprisingly bright, clear, and resonant tone.
8 note HD Wrenchophone - $175
Mainly for indoor use. May be cusomized for outside use.
Shown is a 2 1/2 octave, chromatic version of the above.
Heavy Duty and SHD Whale Drum
Very popular heavy duty versions of my Whale Drum made from
old propane tanks.
These have become so popular, and have evolved so many options, that they now have their own Whale Drum page
For indoor and outdoor use.
HEAR A WHALE DRUM
Dedicated Whale Drum page
Dragon Gong and Monkey Gong
These stand about 5' high (but is hung) and can be played about anywhere. There are four to six tuned "tongues " on the front. There are eyes on the dragon, but they seem to have gotten lost in the background or the photo. These are not nearly as musical as The Whale Drum above, as the tone is very "tinny" sounding.
A fairly simple, but resonant gong. The "dimpled" center helps clarify the tone. Made from 3/16 -1/4" aluminum sheet.
36" Gong (pictured) - $295
For indoor or outdoor use.
Chimasaur 2 & 3
The body of the instrument is made from an old Propane tank measuring 30" diameter by 45" long. The overall dimensions are around 35" wide by 50" long. All the steel parts have a powder coat finish base, with some of the welded on elements painted over with enamel for a variety of color.
For indoor or outdoor use.
The keys are made from "Black Galaxy" granite, recycled from 1 1/8" thick counter top leftovers. The tops are polished with bright copper specks scattered brightly throughout. The sound is very surprisingly resonant, bright and clear.
The one pictured at left has attached
mallets (played on the ends of the keys). Indoor options and
loose, round headed mallets are also available.
was made for the National Children's Museum of Jordan.
Tuned Mongo Stonaphone
This Lithophone has 3"x5" keys of a very dense,
black metamorphic stone. It has a rougher look, bigger physical
presence, and a more muted sound than the Mama Stonaphone. The
base shown is of 4"x6" Cedar and measures about 36"
wide x 44" long.
The Chimes are very resonant, sweet sounding, aluminum pipe tuned to a pentatonic scale. The frame is pressure treated wood. This can be made to plant in the ground, bolt to a footing or deck, attach to a structure or wall, or be free standing.
Wall shown on the right goes for $750
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