photo of Diamond Marimba
Photo by Fred Lyon

BUILT: 1946, at Madison, Wisconsin.
SIZE: 40 inches high at the back, 33 at the front, 36 inches across the top.
MATERIALS: The blocks are Brazilian rosewood and Pernambuco, mounted on thin foam rubber; the resonators are Brazilian bamboo.
TONES: The 36 blocks are arranged in diagonal rows, so that one sweep of the mallet will sound an arpeggio-like chord. Strokes with the right hand are major; those with the left hand are minor (from top to bottom). The range is almost three octaves, beginning with the approximate C# above middle C.

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