Glass Musical Instruments:
Glass is a remarkable sound source. The sound of these glass
musical instruments is incredibly soft, clear, and resonant. There
is an unusual water-like quality to the tone which is very relaxing
and meditative, a wonderful stress melter. These glass mallet
instruments are used for performance, meditation, relaxation,
and simple pleasure.
It may seem out of place to be striking glass with a mallet, but
these are sturdy musical instruments. I use 1/4 plate glass which
is pegged with rubber coated nails. One would have a difficult
time breaking a key with the included mallets.
Pentatonic Glass on Oak
10 keys on oak base.....$195
Diatonic Aquarion (15 keys ,C4-C6, 35" long, on oak base).....$245
Chromatic Aquarion, (middle C4-C6, photo below). Set up like a standard marimba.
Two bases which could be played seperately or slid together for
Click Here for descriptions of tunings.
3 Octave Chromatic Aquarion
This Aquarion utilizes extra pieces of glass laminated
to the ends of the bars in the lower octave to help bring out
those low tones.
The bass octave doesn't ring quite as clear or loud as the middle
of the instrument; but if you really want the extra range or low
end, it's here.
3 Octave Chromatic Aquarion (C3-C6 , pegged keys)....$665
(recorded soft, so turn up the volume to hear well)
This has a Pentatonic tuning with three added "beat
frequency" keys on a oak base.
When the dark keys are played concurrently with the adjacent keys
it sets up a "beat" effect which is tuned to help entrain
your mind towards a more relaxed and elevated state of awareness.
Ideal for meditation, sound healing work, or simple relaxation.
Two octaves, three "beat" keys (shown).....$235
I can make these with up to ten "beat" keys.
Almost All Glass Aquarion
For those who want the look of all glass. I can't peg
into glass sides, but I can cheat and use Acrylic for the base.
A bit more expensive tha the regular versions , and also much
more delicate. I Don't recomend carting this one around too much.
My most recent glass instrument.
This one is 2' diameter .
The Glass Gong won't bend your ears like a regular metal gong;
the tone is
much more subtle and mellow.
It's suitable more for personal toning than rousing the neighbors.
Price depends on size and desired mounting.
As pictured, cost is $200 (+ a $40 packing fee + shipping if it's
I can also make larger, custom, "bass" Glassophones
using laminating techniques.
The sound is soft, but deep and rich, great for sound healing
I'm currently experimenting with other glass musical instruments:
Gongs, Tongue Drums and musical instruments especially suited
for sound healing. See some on
the Experimental page. For any Hammered
Dulcimer players out there, I'm now making a "never have
to tune" Glass Dulcimer.
I'm happy to customize any of my instruments to suit your needs.
Jim Doble, Owner
PO Box 565
Union, Maine 04862