Harp and Vibraphone are probably two of the more unique instruments in the musical world ..and their sound definitely is.
My (concert grand) harp: forty-seven strings, about six feet high, eighty pounds (more or less), and subject to the most awful myths. No, a harp is not "the most difficult instrument to play." It's quite logical, actually, and the strings are nicely color-coded. The seven pedals at the base lengthen or shorten the strings to create sharps or flats, and have nothing to do with volume. A harp goes in and out of station wagons, vans, and ambulance gondolas on ski lifts, ( I play for weddings and parties in the most amazing places) and fits through doors! My two harps are both Lyon & Healy Style 23 Concert Grands. Would you like to visit the maker of my beauties? Click here: Lyon & Healy and Salvi Harps Think that you might like to build a smaller harp? Here's a place to get started: Musicmaker's Kits
Vibraharp or vibraphone? They're the same thing. They combine the orchestral chime sound in a keyboard arrangement (like a marimba, but metal) and have oscillators that can make a fast or slow vibrato. The famous NBC-TV sound logo that chimes N---B---C, is played on a vibraphone. "Vibes" went from the recording studio into the jazz kingdom at top speed. Played with four yarn-wrapped mallets, vibes are equally at home with jazz or classical music. You can find Joe playing everywhere from concert halls to weddings-in-the-woods. To get a look at the Musser Century that Joe plays, click here: Musser Vibes (Ludwig Drum Company)
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