Metallophones, Glockenspiels , Gongs...
Metal is an incredibly resonant sound source. In designing
these metallophones and "gongs", I try to make the most
out of their vibrational possibilities. With the exception of
some wrenchophones, I usually tune these pentatonicaly.
My metallophones are resonant enough that other tunings would
mean a lot of overlapping sound and disharmony. These are closely
related to the more traditional vibraphone,celesta, glockenspiel,
and the Balinese gender and saron. Only I use copper pipe, thick
salvaged aluminum, wrenches, and old water tanks to achieve a
wider spectrum and possibly more interesting sound in my metallophones
and gongs. For interesting variations on gongs, check out my experimental... page.
Copper on Oak
PIPE HARP ////PLAY
VIRTUAL PIPE HARP
The name "Pipe Harp" comes from the resemblance in sound
to a harp, when either is "strummed" across the notes.
The tone is bright, resonant and clear. These work well with Balinese
tunings for the more adventurous or gamelon fans.
Pentatonic (12 keys, 16" long).....$220
Copper on flat laying Hardwoods
Pentatonic (4 keys, 6"x12").....$60
Other sizes available; add $10/ key...
Order me or
Bass Whale Drum
This recorded very softly, so you'll need
to crank your computer volume way up and possibly wear headphones
to do the sound justice. I'm working on a re-do.
These are made from old water tanks with rounded tops, in which
I cut "tongues".
The sound is incredible: rich, deep, and vibrant.
Four to eight tongues, made to order (16"- 24" x aprx.40")...$175-
cheaper if you clean-em up and paint.
I currently have a bunch of these on back
order, as it's getting hard to find the proper tanks. Be prepared
to wait quite a while for one. My larger versions designed for
playgrounds, children's museums, etc. are more readily available.
Please see my new Whale Drums
Yep, made from old wrenches and mounted on a flat board. Bright,
five note pentatonic....$60
twelve note diatonic.....$125
Available in a wide range of sizes and scales
up to three octave chromatic.
add $5 a wrench for most other sizes.
If you want to spend more for a better sound and look, check out
for ones that look more like below:
8 KEY COSMIPHONE
Made from recycled aluminum pipe. Can be either mellow and very
resonant or loud and brain warpingly resonant depending on the
mallets used and how hard it's played.
Available in a pentatonic tuning any size up to 12 or so keys.
$15 key unfinished keys with a flat base.
$20/key shiny finished keys with a flat base.
Also available with a "box" base.
I also make metallophones out of aluminum plate , brass
pipe, steel, and a wide range of "gongy" sculpture out
of metal tanks and assorted scrap. See Experimental
Instruments or Instruments
for Children's Museums.
Jim Doble, owner
PO Box 565
Union, Maine 04862
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