Kudos and raves from our customers

United States

I'm especially impressed with tone consistency throughout the keyboard.

Michael Israelievitch - Principal Timpanist / Percussionist - The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra

Hi Ron, Just a quick note to let you know the new marimba arrived at the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra last week. I'm especially impressed (but not surprised) with the tone consistency throughout the keyboard, the high quality of the lower range, and the superior attention to every little detail. It will serve the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra extremely well. Thank you so much!

Michael Israelievitch - Principal Timpanist / Percussionist - The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
Sound Configuration: Enhanced/Basso Bravo

No other marimba retains its sound quality or beauty like the Marimba One.

Colorado State University

Marimba One has one of the longest ring lengths and exceptional bar quality of any marimba manufacturer. The instrument is a terrific mix of playability, portability, and visual appeal. No other marimba retains its sound quality or beauty like the Marimba One. The quality and the ability of the Marimba One to sound outstanding over time is unmatched. I haven't found an instrument that works so well in so many situations. Best wishes.

Colorado State University
Sound Configuration: Premium/Basso Bravo

…All roads led to Ron Samuels and Marimba One. We talked about what my needs and expectations were and he went and built me an instrument that exceeded all my expectations. It's a thing of beauty, both sonically and visually…

Danny Elfman - Composer

When I first took possession of my first recording studio last year, I was inspired with the goal of having something I've always wanted… a really nice tuned percussion section that would provide the heart and soul of my permanent 'in house' collection. I began finding vintage instruments from around the country, marimbas, xylophones, vibes, of as many varieties as I could, but I always knew i needed the center of the collection to be one exceptional extended range marimba.

All roads led to Ron Samuels and Marimba One. We talked about what my needs and expectations were and he went and built me an instrument that exceeded all my expectations. It's a thing of beauty, both sonically and visually. I've already used it in my latest score. It plays and records wonderfully. Thank you Marimba One.

Danny Elfman - Composer
Sound Configuration: Enhanced/Basso Bravo

When I think of the marimba I think of Marimba One because it has an ideal characterizations of these three registers. The bass fundamental is strong so that the harmony is clear but it has enough spice from the audible upper partials to be complex and exotic, almost electronic. The midrange is like butter – anything you write sounds good there(!), and the upper register has a bright ping that cuts.

Steve Mackey - Composer, Musician

It is no secret that I’m a fan of the marimba since I’ve written a lot of music including solo pieces, chamber music and a concerto. I love the fact that the marimba can stand on its own as a solo instrument but has a quirky quality and is not as homogeneous top to bottom as the piano. Because my music focuses on contrapuntal conversations between distinct characters, it takes advantage of the fact that there are three distinct registers each full of character to support strands of polyphony. When I think of the marimba I think of Marimba One because it has an ideal characterizations of these three registers. The bass fundamental is strong so that the harmony is clear but it has enough spice from the audible upper partials to be complex and exotic, almost electronic. The midrange is like butter – anything you write sounds good there(!), and the upper register has a bright ping that cuts.

What might be overlooked is how my love for the marimba has influenced my orchestration in works that are not explicitly about the marimba. The marimba offers warm but definite attacks like the harp but the marimba has a greater dynamic range and fresher timbre than the harp, not to mention that it is chromatic without fussing with pedals. It is also the only member of the percussion family that can play in the low register with agility. Before the five-octave marimba became common I would struggle with the timpani to provide that low percussive voice

Steve Mackey - Composer, Musician
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"It looks great and sounds amazing...I look forward to playing it with my students for years to come!"

Bryan Jeffs, Rogue Community College Music Department Coordinator

"It looks great and sounds amazing...I look forward to playing it with my students for years to come!"

Bryan Jeffs, Rogue Community College Music Department Coordinator
Sound Configuration: Enhanced/Basso Bravo

Thank you to you and your team for building an amazing instrument for me!  It has truly surpassed my expectations!  I didn’t really have words to describe how happy I was to finally have it….so I just played it for five hours instead!

Michael Downing

Thank you to you and your team for building an amazing instrument for me!  It has truly surpassed my expectations!  I didn’t really have words to describe how happy I was to finally have it….so I just played it for five hours instead!

Michael Downing
Sound Configuration: Traditional/Classic

It's been incredible to play wonderful music on such a beautiful instrument!

Emily Liu

I just  wanted to say thank you all for building the marimba one for me! It's been incredible to play wonderful music on such a beautiful instrument, I really couldn't have asked for a better instrument.-- Emily Liu

Emily Liu
Sound Configuration: Premium/Basso Bravo

 Absolutely gorgeous craftsmanship, both visually and aurally.

 

Aaron Grisez

The marimba got here on Friday, and I just wanted to take a moment and say thank you. She is absolutely gorgeous her craftsmanship, both visually and aurally. I am so grateful that you have entrusted me with her care, and I will be sure to let you know how the two of us get along. She’ll be making her performance debut at my recital in January, something I am looking forward to exponentially more now.  With warmest gratitude.

 
Aaron Grisez
Sound Configuration: Enhanced/Basso Bravo

The Marimba One going to make a great addition to our percussion ensemble performances! Cudos to you, Ron – your instruments is even better than I remember them being.

       -- Scott Farkas

 

College of Southern Idano

The Marimba One going to make a great addition to our percussion ensemble performances! Cudos to you, Ron – your instruments is even better than I remember them being.

       -- Scott Farkas

 

College of Southern Idano
Sound Configuration: Enhanced/Classic

We are VERY happy with our new marimba! Our new percussion professor, Dr. Greg Haynes loves it. The students love it and I love it to. I want to say again how much we appreciate your outstanding customer service in providing this wonderful instrument for our university.  --  John Wacker

Western Colorado University

We are VERY happy with our new marimba! Our new percussion professor, Dr. Greg Haynes loves it. The students love it and I love it to. I want to say again how much we appreciate your outstanding customer service in providing this wonderful instrument for our university.  --  John Wacker

Western Colorado University
Sound Configuration: Enhanced/Basso Bravo

The first notes...especially in the lower octave were breathtaking! We were all in awe....I'm not joking! We couldn't stop smiling. Thanks once again for really taking care of us. I chose Marimba One again not only because you build a great instrument but your "customer service" is the best! 

                         -- Sherry Rubins

University of Texas at San Antonio

The first notes...especially in the lower octave were breathtaking! We were all in awe....I'm not joking! We couldn't stop smiling. Thanks once again for really taking care of us. I chose Marimba One again not only because you build a great instrument but your "customer service" is the best! 

                         -- Sherry Rubins

University of Texas at San Antonio
Sound Configuration: Enhanced/Basso Bravo

Sings beautifully!

Longy School of Music

The middle and upper range sings beautifully. Thank you so much for making this instrument possible for us at Longy! I am sure that many students and teachers are going to benefit to be working with such a good instrument for the years to come! -- Sylvie Zakarian

Longy School of Music
Sound Configuration: Traditional/Basso Bravo

"We are so pleased to add a brand new 5 octave Marimba One marimba to our inventory here at Stanford. The tone and resonance of the instrument is amazing, especially with the enhanced low end resonators. The instrument has already been featured in the Sejourne Marimba Concerto in Bing Concert Hall and it sounded fantastic! Thanks so much for your craftsmanship and on time delivery, as well!"

Mark Veregge
Lecturer in Percussion, Stanford University
 

Mark Veregge - Stanford University

"We are so pleased to add a brand new 5 octave Marimba One marimba to our inventory here at Stanford. The tone and resonance of the instrument is amazing, especially with the enhanced low end resonators. The instrument has already been featured in the Sejourne Marimba Concerto in Bing Concert Hall and it sounded fantastic! Thanks so much for your craftsmanship and on time delivery, as well!"

Mark Veregge
Lecturer in Percussion, Stanford University
 

Mark Veregge - Stanford University
Sound Configuration: Enhanced/Basso Bravo

"I feel like I owe you a huge thank you. It is such a beautiful instrument both in sound and looks. I sincerely feel like my playing has tremendously improved because I don't have to work so hard to get the sound that I want, it just comes naturally. I feel so connected with the instrument. I've never been so excited to just play! It really is a piece of art.

Courtney Stredder

"I feel like I owe you a huge thank you. It is such a beautiful instrument both in sound and looks. I sincerely feel like my playing has tremendously improved because I don't have to work so hard to get the sound that I want, it just comes naturally. I feel so connected with the instrument. I've never been so excited to just play! It really is a piece of art.

In addition to the marimba, I wanted to tell you how much I admire your business philosophy. I think it's amazing how dedicated you are to every single person that is interested in your company. Even though I got my marimba through Steve Weiss, I feel like it was built just for me." 

Courtney Stredder
Sound Configuration: Enhanced/Basso Bravo

Incredible resonance.  The low end sounds totally unreal.  Huge and warm.  And the craftsmanship is amazing.  Just a total work of art.  

Ryan Burd

Hi Ron,

I just wanted to shoot you an email to let you know that I absolutely love the new instrument you made for me.  It sounds absolutely beautiful and it looks just as beautiful as it sounds.  I've been playing pretty much nonstop.  Incredible resonance.  The low end sounds totally unreal.  Huge and warm.  And the craftsmanship is amazing.  Just a total work of art.  Another thing I've noticed is that playing on this marimba is effortless.  It takes so little work to make it speak and you never have to overplay.  It is practically impossible not to make a great sound.  I couldn't be happier.  This is the only marimba I'll ever need to buy.  Thank you.
 

Ryan Burd
Sound Configuration: Enhanced/Basso Bravo

Sound quality is BETTER than I ever had expected. Thank you so much!

Bethany Langland

The sound quality is BETTER than I ever had expected. Thank you so much, Marimba One!

Bethany Langland
Sound Configuration: Traditional/Basso Bravo

Ron,

The marimba arrived on Friday and I spent that evening unwrapping - you guys sure know how to pack! 

The instrument sounds absolutely beautiful and looks stunning. It is such a pleasure to play. The whole experience from emails to phone calls to actually having the instrument arrive at my door was wonderfully pleasant and exceptionally organized - everyone I've talked to at Marimba One really knows how to make their customers feel valued.

Thanks so much,

Matt Torcellini
 

Matt Torcellini

Ron,

The marimba arrived on Friday and I spent that evening unwrapping - you guys sure know how to pack! 

The instrument sounds absolutely beautiful and looks stunning. It is such a pleasure to play. The whole experience from emails to phone calls to actually having the instrument arrive at my door was wonderfully pleasant and exceptionally organized - everyone I've talked to at Marimba One really knows how to make their customers feel valued.

Thanks so much,

Matt Torcellini
 

Matt Torcellini
Sound Configuration: Traditional/Basso Bravo

Just thought I would drop you an email and tell you how much I love my marimba.

Joe Howe

Just thought i would drop you an email and tell you how much i love my marimba. Thank you so much for making me such a great instrument.  I am really looking forward to starting my career and I am really excited to be using a Marimba One.  Thanks again for such an amazing instrument. 
 

Joe Howe
Sound Configuration: Enhanced/Basso Bravo

The most resonant marimba I have ever heard.

Craig Collison - Arkansas State University

We just received The 4000 Series Marimba One Five Octave Marimba. This is the most resonant marimba I have ever heard.  The response is very even throughout the range of the instrument.  The height adjustment is incredibly quick and easy to use, which is a real plus with a large number of students in the studio. The craftsmanship is superb !   Congratulations on producing a terrific marimba.

Craig Collison - Arkansas State University
Sound Configuration: Traditional/Classic

The basso bravo resonators coupled with the enhanced keyboard creates an instrument that is literally unbeatable in sound and quality.

Robert Fullex

Being in music school for many years I have had the opportunity to perform on many different Marimbas. I have to say marimba one has been my preference from the very first time I played on one. The craftsmanship of the frame is not only built to last but looks visually stunning. The bars have unprecedented tone - focused, dark low end complimented by a bright high register along with a beautiful treble. The height adjustment is very easy to use and breaking down the instrument and packing it into the cases is extremely intuitive. marimba one has been the leader for years yet still finds ways to hone their craft further. The basso bravo resonators coupled with the enhanced keyboard creates an instrument that is literally unbeatable in sound and quality. Purchasing a marimba is a once in a lifetime opportunity and a marimba one will certainly be with you throughout your entire career.

Robert Fullex
Sound Configuration: Enhanced/Basso Bravo

We received the marimba a couple weeks ago and assembled it. It was packed beautifully and went together like a dream! The initial impact of the sound was glorious - after years of the same 40 year old 4.0 octave marimba being the only marimba in our program, you can imagine the elation of me and my students to play on a Marimba One.

WesHawkins

Phoenix College


 

Wes Hawkins - Phoenix College

We received the marimba a couple weeks ago and assembled it. It was packed beautifully and went together like a dream! The initial impact of the sound was glorious - after years of the same 40 year old 4.0 octave marimba being the only marimba in our program, you can imagine the elation of me and my students to play on a Marimba One.

WesHawkins

Phoenix College


 

Wes Hawkins - Phoenix College
Sound Configuration: Traditional/Classic

Hey!

I got my marimba today! It is perfect and sounds great! Thank you so much for everything. I appreciate it.

Heather

Heather Church

Hey!

I got my marimba today! It is perfect and sounds great! Thank you so much for everything. I appreciate it.

Heather

Heather Church
Sound Configuration: Enhanced/Basso Bravo

I just got my first set of Wave Wrap mallets.  They're simply amazing- I can't hear any contact sound!  I love them!

Brandon J. Kelly

I just got my first set of Wave Wrap mallets.  They're simply amazing- I can't hear any contact sound!  I love them!

Brandon J. Kelly
Sound Configuration: Traditional/Classic

I know Eric Hollenbeck, Professor at Colorado State University, and played his 5.0 octave 'Marimba One' instrument and fell in love with it!  It's now my standard for 'the best' marimbas.  It out performed all other marimbas I've played, and I've played many.

Teag Solberg

I know Eric Hollenbeck, Professor at Colorado State University, and played his 5.0 octave 'Marimba One' instrument and fell in love with it!  It's now my standard for 'the best' marimbas.  It out performed all other marimbas I've played, and I've played many.

Teag Solberg
Sound Configuration: Premium/Basso Bravo

You and your company truly make outstanding instruments!  We received our 5.0 octave marimba just before the school district went on winter break and it was truly an early Christmas!  The students were completely ecstatic and everyone who hears this instrument find its sound unbelievable.  The first time we used the Marimba One with our percussion ensemble it almost made me upset at how much better it sounded than everything else!  I thought our other instruments were good too!

David Gronneberg, Grain Valley High School

You and your company truly make outstanding instruments!  We received our 5.0 octave marimba just before the school district went on winter break and it was truly an early Christmas!  The students were completely ecstatic and everyone who hears this instrument find its sound unbelievable.  The first time we used the Marimba One with our percussion ensemble it almost made me upset at how much better it sounded than everything else!  I thought our other instruments were good too!

David Gronneberg, Grain Valley High School
Sound Configuration: Traditional/Classic

I could not have asked for a better instrument!  It is an absolute privilege to play on a marimba with such quality in the sound, feel and craftsmanship.  Thank you to Ron and the team at Marimba One for building this for me!  It's a dream!

Nick Bruno

I could not have asked for a better instrument!  It is an absolute privilege to play on a marimba with such quality in the sound, feel and craftsmanship.  Thank you to Ron and the team at Marimba One for building this for me!  It's a dream!

Nick Bruno
Sound Configuration: Enhanced/Basso Bravo

We are extremely pleased with the instrument in all regards especially in the bass register.

Robert E. Baden - West Virginia Wesleyan College

We are extremely pleased with the instrument in all regards especially in the bass register.

Robert E. Baden - West Virginia Wesleyan College
Sound Configuration: Traditional/Classic

YOU are the best builder of marimbas in the world today!

John Lawless - Kennesaw State University

Thank you Ron!!!!!!

We are so happy with our beautiful instrument. YOU are the best builder of marimbas in the world today as far as I'm concerned. Today was the first day out of the studio for it and though we have many other marimbas at KSU, all of my students chose to perform solos on our new beauty! Thank you once again for the awesome work that you all do at Marimba One. We feel so lucky to have "scored" one finally.

John Lawless - Kennesaw State University
Sound Configuration: Enhanced/Classic

Amazing service and work.

John Jones

WOW!! Thank you so much for this amazing piece of art! I can't believe the way this instrument sounds and looks! I am very happy with my decision on Marimba One and I will be recommending your company to anyone that asks.


Thank you all again so much for your amazing service and work!

Percussively,

John Jones
Sound Configuration: Enhanced/Classic

Super quality stuff!

Rick Rodriguez, Cedar Ridge Percussion Ensemble

Thanks again for the wonderful instruments that you are building for us.  We are extremely ecstatic with the addition of our fourth 5 octave marimba for our high school Cedar Ridge.  We are hoping to obtain a 4 1/3 in the near future as well.  I also received the box of mallets and am so so grateful.  They are going to be of great use for our performances and auditions and now we have samples for testing for the percussionist know what to purchase... Super quality stuff!!!!!   We are so excited for our future endeavours with all of the great things that are happening with the program.  Once again, Thanks for all of your considerations for my programs throughout.  Take care and God bless

Rick Rodriguez, Cedar Ridge Percussion Ensemble
Sound Configuration: Enhanced/Basso Bravo

The tone quality and resonance throughout the entire keyboard was flawless.

Judi Spencer

The trip to London and audition for the Royal College of Music went very well, but I will not hear the results until December.   I performed on one of your insturments and loved it!!! The tone quality and resonance throughout the entire keyboard was flawless.  I had played on a Yamaha a few times prior to travelling to London and there is no comparison.

 

Judi Spencer
Sound Configuration: Enhanced/Classic

The sound quality is unparalleled.

Adam Miller

Hey Ron,

I just wanted to shoot you a quick email to say thanks for the marimba!  The instruments is beautiful, and the sound quality is unparalleled.  You exceeded every expectation I had - thanks again!

Best,

Adam Miller
 

Adam Miller
Sound Configuration: Traditional/Classic

What a beautiful consistent dark sound throughout the keyboard.

Dave Johnson

Ron,

The new marimba is just terrific!  What a beautiful consistent dark sound throughout the keyboard.  The craftsmanship is also world class.  Please thank all involved for their excellent work.  I know that I will enjoy the instrument for years to come.

Dave Johnson

Leander, Texas

Dave Johnson
Sound Configuration: Premium/Basso Bravo

I can't wait to share beautiful "Marimba One" music with others.

Andrew Lin

Hi Ron,

Thank you so much for your time and dedication and continuing to deliver high quality instruments!  I get along with my new marimba very well since it arrived last month!  I will perform in an event tomorrow and I can't wait to share beautiful "Marimba One" music with others :DSincerely,

-Andrew Lin

Andrew Lin
Sound Configuration: Enhanced/Basso Bravo

I love Marimba One marimbas.

Greg Lyons

Hi Ron,

I love Marimba One marimbas, which is why I purchased a PASIC floor model for my personal use in 2004.  Then in 2005-6 while teaching at Webb City High School, I facilitated the order of another Marimba One for the school district.  I left Webb City in 2007 to begin work toward a DMA at The Ohio State University and am now Assistant Professor of Percussion at Louisiana Tech University.  I actually sold my personal Marimba One in 2007 so that I could afford to go back to grad school.  I hope to eventually partner with you again, as I love the instrument. Thanks,

Greg

Greg Lyons
Sound Configuration: Traditional/Classic

Made with care and precision!

Artie Storch

Hi Ron and Co.

I just wanted to tell you how thrilled I am with my new marimba!  Even unpacking and assembling it was a testimony to the care and precision with which it was made. 

And, of course, playing it makes me very glad I went the extra distance to purchase one of your instruments! Wow.

Wishing you continued success in the new year - thanks again!!

Artie Storch
Sound Configuration: Traditional/Classic

Absolutely gorgeous.

Kristine Peterson

Hi Denise,

I will definitely have my daughter send you some pics when things settle down...she is so excited that she left for school today without her backpack!  It is beautiful.

What an exciting evening.  I had the box decorated with bows and my significant other set up the disco ball in the garage after I left to get her.  They assembled it without a problem.  She said the marimba was better than a new car.  I knew she would see it that way.

Thank you so much for being such critical part of this 'once in a lifetime' event and it couldn't have arrived at a better time. 

Please tell  Ron Samuels I said thank you.  It is absolutely gorgeous.  The packing was phenomenal, delivery went off without a hitch, the driver was very friendly and courteous, and you have made one very special 16 year old happier than ever. 

Now I am going to sit back and enjoy the music-Kris

Kristine Peterson
Sound Configuration: Traditional/Classic

Delighted! A premier instrument. 

Brenda Lane (mother)- "We are very pleased with our purchase.  I hope that Alvin will have an opportunity to work with Marimba One in some way in the near future.  Thank you again for believing in Al and investing in his future."

Alvin Lane

Marimba One Experience
Alvin Lane Jr. is a percussion major at the University of Kentucky. As he began to specialize in the Marimba, he desired very much to purchase one. He considered a purchase of such a significant instrument a once is a lifetime purchase. As he studied and conducted research on Marimba options, he was very convinced that a custom made Marimba from Marimba One was his choice. He could not be persuaded to consider a used instrument or a Yamaha. Yamaha was the manufacturer of choice for the University of Kentucky.
Such a considerable purchase was not considered in reach.


I suggested that he consider applying for scholarships. He applied for a number of scholarships. He also competed for an instrument scholarship with Yamaha. He was turned down for each scholarship that he applied for. He also was not the finalist for the Yamaha scholarship.

But a number of wonderful things happened as he did everything he could do.
1. The percussion department at UK observed Alvin’s diligence and his improvement and offered him a scholarship for his Junior and Senior year.
2. His performance tape for Yamaha was shared with Marimba One and they offered him a discount on a marimba.

As a result the decision was made to proceed with the purchase. Alvin selected the Marimba that met his need for height adjustment and quality of sound.  As he discussed his preferences, the head of the percussion department indicated that he also considered Marimba One instruments as a premier instrument. The reason they had Yamaha was because of the discounts over the years.
Once the instrument was constructed and delivered, Alvin was delighted.  It has been a tremendous resource for additional practice time and improvement in the quality of his performances. He is very pleased with his purchase.
He had the opportunity in the summer of 2010 to participate in the Zeltsman Music Festival and Program.

Alvin Lane
Sound Configuration: Premium/Basso Bravo

The highest quality marimba I have ever experienced. 

Jessica Bross

My new 5 octave Marimba One just arrived. Not only does it sound wonderful, it also has a beautiful design. It is by far the highest quality marimba I have ever experienced. Thank you all so much for building me such a beautiful instrument!

Jessica Bross

Jessica Bross
Sound Configuration: Traditional/Classic

Sounds awesome!

Josh Brennan

Thanks Ron!

You guys made a great instrument. It sounds awesome!

Thanks again

Josh Brennan

Josh Brennan
Sound Configuration: Traditional/Basso Bravo

I could not be happier with it

Tyler Carpenter

I received my marimba last Wednesday and have been playing it ever since.  It sounds beautiful and I could not be happier with it.

 

Tyler Carpenter

 

Tyler Carpenter
Sound Configuration: Premium/Basso Bravo

Hooked on Marimba One!

Jon Seale

Thanks Ron,

I LOVE the marimba.  I got hooked on Marimba One marimbas when I was in college at WTAMU so I started saving.  10 years later and with the help of my wife I finally had enough to buy one!  Now I can practice great solo literature again at home to play for my students and other events.

Jon Seale

 

Jon Seale
Sound Configuration: Enhanced/Basso Bravo

I've never heard another marimba that sounds better than Marimba One day in and day out!

David Saad

I also just wanted to add, especially after just playing my recital last night, that I absolutely LOVE my marimba.  In all of my years as a percussionist (which I guess is up to about 12 now... yikes!), I still have not heard one that sounds better day in and day out.  Thank you SO much!

 

David Saad, Austin Texas

 

David Saad
Sound Configuration: Traditional/Classic

The instrument inspires our students to practice more.

Diane Bargiel - Adirondack Community College, New York

Many thanks to you and your artisans who built our lovely instrument!   The instrument has served to inspire our students to practice more and it is allowing us to broaden the solo, duet, and ensemble repertoire.  I now quite frequently catch a couple of our students, in particular, working on duets.

Diane Bargiel - Adirondack Community College, New York
Sound Configuration: Traditional/Classic

 I am very impressed with the evenness in sound across the instrument.

Tomm Roland - University of Nebraska, Omaha

The marimba arrived yesterday!  It is beautiful in all respects.  I am very impressed with the evenness in sound across the instrument as well as the "improved" bass sound.  We are very pleased!  Thanks so much.

Tomm Roland - University of Nebraska, Omaha
Sound Configuration: Enhanced/Basso Bravo

The students treat it like a shrine.

David McKnight - Assistant Band Director/Percussion, Abilene High School

We are incredibly happy with the marimba.  It is the finest quality instrument we have, and the students treat it like a shrine.

David McKnight - Assistant Band Director/Percussion, Abilene High School
Sound Configuration: Traditional/Classic

The bass sound with Basso Bravo is fantastic!

Genaro Gonzalez - Texas State University

Just wanted to drop you a note to tell you that we are really enjoying the new marimba.

It sounds great!   The  bass sound with those new resonators (Basso Bravo) is fantastic.

Thanks again.

 

Genaro Gonzalez - Texas State University
Sound Configuration: Traditional/Basso Bravo

 Our current and past students are loving the instrument!

Alex Claussen- Instrumental Music Supervisor, Bartlesville Public Schools

As I type this, a recent graduate who is pursuing degrees in both Music Education and Performance is practicing on the marimba one.  Our current and past students are loving the instrument!

Thank you for your attention to detail and concern for customer care!

 

 

Alex Claussen- Instrumental Music Supervisor, Bartlesville Public Schools
Sound Configuration: Enhanced/Classic

A resonant bass sound unlike many other models of marimbas.

Derrick Logozzo -- MM Perf. Director of Instrumental Music, Richland College

It sounds amazing.  The Basso Bravo resonators truly provide a very resonant bass sound unlike many other models of marimbas.

Thanks!

Derrick Logozzo -- MM Perf. Director of Instrumental Music, Richland College
Sound Configuration: Traditional/Basso Bravo

 I know our students will benefit enormously from having the opportunity to play on these extraordinary instruments.

Mark Camphouse - Professor, School of Music, George Mason University

My friend and GMU School of Music Percussion Coordinator John Kilkenny has reminded me of our proud ownernship of two new Marimba One instruments.  Mason is most fortunate to have instruments of such excellent craftsmanship.  I look forward to becoming better acquainted with these world-class instruments this fall from the podium with our University Wind Symphony and from the audience during performances of our percussion ensemble directed by Prof. Kilkenny.  I know our students will benefit enormously from having the opportunity to play on these extraordinary instruments.

With Sincere Appreciation,

Mark Camphouse

Mark Camphouse - Professor, School of Music, George Mason University
Sound Configuration: Enhanced/Basso Bravo

It is truly as beautiful a work as any masterpiece which was written to be played upon it.

Eric Christopherson

It is truly as beautiful a work as any masterpiece which was written to be played upon it.

Eric Christopherson
Sound Configuration: Traditional/Classic

Just wanted take a moment to thank you for building me a marimba. I absolutely love it! It has made it safely to Tallahassee, Florida and is being enjoyed on a daily basis. I couldn't be happier with it.

Megan Ams

Just wanted take a moment to thank you for building me a marimba. I absolutely love it! It has made it safely to Tallahassee, Florida and is being enjoyed on a daily basis. I couldn't be happier with it.

Megan Ams
Sound Configuration: Traditional/Classic

The instrument is BEAUTIFUL and I have no reservations in saying that it is the nicest (M1 or otherwise) that I have ever played on. The new bass resonators (Basso Bravo) are awesome and the low octave is truly astounding. I love the instrument and am SO impressed with the work that you guys do!

Adam Groh

The instrument is BEAUTIFUL and I have no reservations in saying that it is the nicest (M1 or otherwise) that I have ever played on. The new bass resonators (Basso Bravo) are awesome and the low octave is truly astounding. I love the instrument and am SO impressed with the work that you guys do!

Adam Groh
Sound Configuration: Traditional/Basso Bravo

A big hit with my colleagues, administration, and of course, the students.

Dr. Jeff Calissi - Assistant Professor of Music, Eastern Connecticut State University

I wanted to take a moment to thank you for manufacturing such a wonderful instrument. Since its arrival on campus a short time ago, the marimba has been a big hit with my colleagues, administration, and of course, the students. I am positive this new addition to our growing department will please audiences alike, now and in the many years to come.

Dr. Jeff Calissi - Assistant Professor of Music, Eastern Connecticut State University
Sound Configuration: Traditional/Classic

I spent an hour unpacking the boxes and putting the frame together as if each part was a newborn child. When I unrolled the bars, they looked beautiful... and then I got to the bass end and almost lost it. They are stunning! So dark and classy looking. The whole instrument truly a work of art... oh, and the sound! ... Bottom line, the keyboard is a dream come true. I can never thank you enough for truly capturing the ideal in my instrument, one that will allow me to make my music and express myself on a first-class marimba.

Jamie Deitz

I spent an hour unpacking the boxes and putting the frame together as if each part was a newborn child. When I unrolled the bars, they looked beautiful... and then I got to the bass end and almost lost it. They are stunning! So dark and classy looking. The whole instrument truly a work of art... oh, and the sound! ... Bottom line, the keyboard is a dream come true. I can never thank you enough for truly capturing the ideal in my instrument, one that will allow me to make my music and express myself on a first-class marimba.

Jamie Deitz
Sound Configuration: Traditional/Classic

I love your marimbas. They are the best instrument that I have ever had the pleasure of playing and owning. The sound, the design, the feel - they make playing easy!

Rich Dart

I love your marimbas. They are the best instrument that I have ever had the pleasure of playing and owning. The sound, the design, the feel - they make playing easy!

Rich Dart
Sound Configuration: Traditional/Classic

The instrument is great. All of my students and percussion friends are jealous!

Aaron Turner

The instrument is great. All of my students and percussion friends are jealous!

Aaron Turner
Sound Configuration: Traditional/Classic

The experience with you has been first class all the way.

Tom Horst - Boulder High School

The experience with you has been first class all the way. We absolutely love the marimba. Your work is simply incredible!!! Thanks.

Tom Horst - Boulder High School
Sound Configuration: Traditional/Classic

Thanks, I really love the marimba. It looks and most importantly, sounds great.

Alex Kim

Thanks, I really love the marimba. It looks and most importantly, sounds great.

Alex Kim
Sound Configuration: Traditional/Classic

Marimba One instruments convinced me that there were real possibilities that I had not encountered before.

Steve Schick - University of San Diego, California

Is it sacrilege to say that I never liked the marimba very much? I am sorry to say, but I didn't really. However, playing Ron's instruments convinced me that there were real possibilities that I had not encountered before. So I bought an instrument from Marimba One. The marimba and its sound are beautiful of course, but the thing that convinces me is how much I love playing it! Now I am involved in two marimba commissions and have scheduled several recitals of marimba music. I would never have believed that was possible!!!

Steve Schick - University of San Diego, California
Sound Configuration: Enhanced/Classic

I received the instrument today. It looks and sounds absolutely fantastic... I greatly look forward to getting to know this wonderful instrument. The Mahogany finish is gorgeous as well… After twelve years in the coming, I couldn't be happier.

Chester Englander

I received the instrument today. It looks and sounds absolutely fantastic... I greatly look forward to getting to know this wonderful instrument. The Mahogany finish is gorgeous as well… After twelve years in the coming, I couldn't be happier.

Chester Englander
Sound Configuration: Traditional/Classic

My 5-octave Marimba One sounds beautiful. It has an unbelievable singing quality.

Derek Kwan

My 5-octave Marimba One sounds beautiful. It has an unbelievable singing quality.

Derek Kwan
Sound Configuration: Traditional/Classic

The marimba arrived safely. I have to tell you that I am VERY impressed with every detail having to do with Marimba 1. The instrument is exquisite, the design is brilliant, the assembly is a snap, the packing job was done expertly, with attention to detail and loving care, and the service you provided has been the best. Marimba 1 is a class act. Please pass on my appreciation to everyone involved.

Rodman Marymor

The marimba arrived safely. I have to tell you that I am VERY impressed with every detail having to do with Marimba 1. The instrument is exquisite, the design is brilliant, the assembly is a snap, the packing job was done expertly, with attention to detail and loving care, and the service you provided has been the best. Marimba 1 is a class act. Please pass on my appreciation to everyone involved.

Rodman Marymor
Sound Configuration: Traditional/Classic

I received my marimba yesterday and am absolutely thrilled. You know how fantastic it is, so I don't have to gush on and on, but I just wanted to thank you for the judgment, creativity, intelligence, and care that went into this instrument. And the way it was delivered -- packed into the bags -- was genius.

Anne Szabla

I received my marimba yesterday and am absolutely thrilled. You know how fantastic it is, so I don't have to gush on and on, but I just wanted to thank you for the judgment, creativity, intelligence, and care that went into this instrument. And the way it was delivered -- packed into the bags -- was genius.

Anne Szabla
Sound Configuration: Enhanced/Classic

Thank you so much for the wonderful instrument you've created for me! It is truly a joy to practice and perform on! Absolutely lovely!

Lori Fulton

Thank you so much for the wonderful instrument you've created for me! It is truly a joy to practice and perform on! Absolutely lovely!

Lori Fulton
Sound Configuration: Enhanced/Classic

Allan Marcus

Your craftsmanship and the overall physical beauty of the instrument is overwhelming. My first and greatest surprise immediately after setting up the marimba (which I found with your instruction manual very doable even on the first try, and solo) was the ease in which the marimba was to play. I had prepared myself for a long and arduous relearning process converting from bars of uniform width, to bars of varied width. Instead what I discovered was an instrument far easier to play than the one I'd been using for the last 10 years. The switch over was immediate and without difficulty... My favorite bar on the marimba is the low E. It has perfect harmonic overtones and richness without being overwhelming... The bottom line is I guess you could say I'm another ecstatic Marimba One customer. Thanks for all your hard and caring work.

Allan Marcus
Sound Configuration: Traditional/Classic

An incredibly balanced and beautiful set of bars...

Nick Terry - Professor of Percussion, Chapman University

Thanks for checking in with us. We love the new marimba, and have many exciting concerts planned for it. The shipping company did a great job, and I've enjoyed showing the marimba to all interested students and faculty. The bars are just great! When you notice how the bars are from different stocks of rosewood, and yet the craftsmen from Marimba One selected an incredibly balanced and beautiful set of bars...this is why I wanted to go with the company. Never was I worried about what was to arrive.

Nick Terry - Professor of Percussion, Chapman University
Sound Configuration: Traditional/Classic

The kids (and faculty) LOVE the marimba!

Doug Ashcraft - Idyllwild Arts Academy

The kids (and faculty) LOVE the marimba!

Doug Ashcraft - Idyllwild Arts Academy
Sound Configuration: Traditional/Classic

Totally amazing height-adjustable frame.

John Flood - San Diego State University

Thank you so much for our new marimba! It is beautiful. TOTALLY AMAZING HEIGHT ADJUSTABLE FRAME. YEAH. We are so happy, short ones and tall ones alike are rejoicing. I have a lineup of graduate students outside my door waiting for me to go teach so they can have a turn on it. Great stuff. I have no complaints, it sounds wonderful, looks great. The marimba arrived in great shape and I can find no flaws.

John Flood - San Diego State University
Sound Configuration: Traditional/Classic

Impressive in both the low and high registers.

Vincent Pitzulo, Assistant Director, Percussion Instructor Fairfield High School

What a great instrument! It is impressive in both the low and high registers. The customer service is second to none. The entire staff at Marimba One were extremely knowledgeable and very helpful. They walked us through the purchasing process every step of the way, and we ended up with an instrument we were very happy with.

Vincent Pitzulo, Assistant Director, Percussion Instructor Fairfield High School
Sound Configuration: Traditional/Classic

Ron, Thank you so much for the amazing instrument! I love practicing and performing with it! Having such a great instrument is very special to me and I couldn't have asked to anything better. You make amazing marimbas!

Cat Wilson

Ron, Thank you so much for the amazing instrument! I love practicing and performing with it! Having such a great instrument is very special to me and I couldn't have asked to anything better. You make amazing marimbas!

Cat Wilson
Sound Configuration: Enhanced/Classic

A stunning development in marimba construction

Jack Van Geem - SF Symphony / Colburn School of Music

Ron's new instrument represents a stunning development in marimba construction. He has found a way to minimize the overtones of the low register and focus the fundamental. The resulting: a rich, clean bass sound with an enlarged more forgiving beating spot. Fast passages have a clarity and chords, especially those with minor thirds, are free of dissonance created by the clash of the major tenth overtone. This is an extraordinary achievement!

Jack Van Geem - SF Symphony / Colburn School of Music
Sound Configuration: Traditional/Classic

Every time I bring my marimba out to a gig, the quality of sound, manufacturing and overall aesthetic has a huge effect on everyone that comes to the show! Thanks for a great product. Thanks!

Seth Woodard

Every time I bring my marimba out to a gig, the quality of sound, manufacturing and overall aesthetic has a huge effect on everyone that comes to the show! Thanks for a great product. Thanks!

Seth Woodard
Sound Configuration: Traditional/Classic

Germany

Thank you very much for the Marimba. This instrument is amazing!... The tuning isperfect, the shape is great, I love it... For me, there's no alternative to Marimba One marimbas...

Peter Thomas - Principal Marimba Player of Disney's The Lion King

Thank you very much for the Marimba. This instrument is amazing!... The tuning isperfect, the shape is great, I love it... For me, there's no alternative to Marimba One marimbas...

Peter Thomas - Principal Marimba Player of Disney's The Lion King
Sound Configuration: Traditional/Classic

Thank you for building and sending us such a fantastic instrument!

Tomoyo Ueda - Stadttheater Bremerhaven Orchester

Thank you for building and sending us such a fantastic instrument!

Tomoyo Ueda - Stadttheater Bremerhaven Orchester
Sound Configuration: Traditional/Classic

Hello Ron,

Thank you for building my marimba. It’s a great instrument. I’m happy to play on it!

Michael Zeller

Hello Ron,

Thank you for building my marimba. It’s a great instrument. I’m happy to play on it!

Michael Zeller
Sound Configuration: Enhanced/Basso Bravo

Warm bass, strong middle and brilliant treble!

Matthias Goebel

Dear Ron,

The brilliance of the highest keys, the warm basement of the lower and the strong texture of the middle let every melody shine. Inspired from this sound I’m writing music for my Mallet-Duet "two/one", sometimes I’m thinking of renaming it to "TWOmarimbaONE" :)

It’s a beauty, I love it!

Thank for your warm welcome to the marimba one community, your professional and fair "transatlantic-trade".All the best, Matthias Goebel, Cologne

 

Matthias Goebel
Sound Configuration: Enhanced/Basso Bravo

I am absolutely satisfied!

Michael Gluecker

Dear Ron,

I wanna say thank you for this great marimba!! I am absolutely satisfied!! It is very great playing the marimba!! Thanks a lot for your fantastic job!!!

Best regards

Michael Gluecker, Germany

Michael Gluecker
Sound Configuration: Enhanced/Basso Bravo

My new marimba (5-octaves) is wonderful! The sound and the price is perfect. The marimba (and the cases) arrived safely and both things have the best quality I have ever seen! Thank you very much.

Steffen Oesterle

My new marimba (5-octaves) is wonderful! The sound and the price is perfect. The marimba (and the cases) arrived safely and both things have the best quality I have ever seen! Thank you very much.

Steffen Oesterle
Sound Configuration: Traditional/Classic

Thank you for the wonderful marimba. We are completely happy. Now that it is at ourhome, Severin leaves the marimba room only to eat!

Gerolf Stitzenberger

Thank you for the wonderful marimba. We are completely happy. Now that it is at ourhome, Severin leaves the marimba room only to eat!

Gerolf Stitzenberger
Sound Configuration: Traditional/Classic

Now I have played my new marimba in a quiet place and I am very satisfied. Thelower bars have the best volume and bass I ever heard and the tuning all over is morethan perfect. So thank you very much!

Franz Bach

Now I have played my new marimba in a quiet place and I am very satisfied. Thelower bars have the best volume and bass I ever heard and the tuning all over is morethan perfect. So thank you very much!

Franz Bach
Sound Configuration: Premium/Classic

US

The instrument is beautiful in looks and sound. It had its first concert performance last month - I added a marimba quartet to the beginning of a Bach piece we were playing. Of course I had to arrange it so the low C was used a few times.  The students are staff are thrilled with the instrument.

Regards,

Jonathan Lauff
Neuqua Valley High School
National GRAMMY Signature School
Fine Arts Department Chair

Jonathan Lauff

The instrument is beautiful in looks and sound. It had its first concert performance last month - I added a marimba quartet to the beginning of a Bach piece we were playing. Of course I had to arrange it so the low C was used a few times.  The students are staff are thrilled with the instrument.

Regards,

Jonathan Lauff
Neuqua Valley High School
National GRAMMY Signature School
Fine Arts Department Chair

Jonathan Lauff
Sound Configuration:

I just wanted to let you know that the marimba arrived on Friday and is absolutely beautiful. We are thrilled to be the owners of this instrument.  Thank you for making this quality marimba.

Kathryn Ripley

Kenosha Unified School District

Director Tremper Band
 

Kathryn Ripley

I just wanted to let you know that the marimba arrived on Friday and is absolutely beautiful. We are thrilled to be the owners of this instrument.  Thank you for making this quality marimba.

Kathryn Ripley

Kenosha Unified School District

Director Tremper Band
 

Kathryn Ripley
Sound Configuration:

Thank you for the wonderful marimba we recently purchased and received. It is everything we could have hoped for and more! 

Ben Ruetten
Berlin High School

 

Ben Ruetten

Thank you for the wonderful marimba we recently purchased and received. It is everything we could have hoped for and more! 

Ben Ruetten
Berlin High School

 

Ben Ruetten
Sound Configuration:

Ron,

Thanks so much! The new instrument and the new frames are fantastic.

Sincerely,

Josh Byrd, DMA
University of West Georgia Bands

Josh Byrd

Ron,

Thanks so much! The new instrument and the new frames are fantastic.

Sincerely,

Josh Byrd, DMA
University of West Georgia Bands

Josh Byrd
Sound Configuration: Enhanced/Classic

Dear Ron Samuels & Team:

I received and assembled my marimba today, and I am beside myself with glee. I had high hopes and expectations, and you have exceeded them. The marimba is stunningly beautiful in every way: sound, sight, and engineering. Color and grain are exactly what I wanted, and even more beautiful than I imagined. The sound gives me goosebumps. Hats off to all of you. You have made me a very happy man!! :)

Please share this message with the build team, tuner, etc.

All the Best,

Russ Osborn
Baltimore, MD

 

Russ Osborn

Dear Ron Samuels & Team:

I received and assembled my marimba today, and I am beside myself with glee. I had high hopes and expectations, and you have exceeded them. The marimba is stunningly beautiful in every way: sound, sight, and engineering. Color and grain are exactly what I wanted, and even more beautiful than I imagined. The sound gives me goosebumps. Hats off to all of you. You have made me a very happy man!! :)

Please share this message with the build team, tuner, etc.

All the Best,

Russ Osborn
Baltimore, MD

 

Russ Osborn
Sound Configuration: Enhanced/Basso Bravo

Hi –

The marimba is beautiful, and it sounds incredible!  Putting it together yesterday was a real blast, too. My percussionist colleague and I kept saying, "Wait. Is it really this easy to put together?" You guys have thought of everything in the design, the packing, the construction, and you even pre-strung the bars. Absolutely wonderful!

Thank you!!!!!!!!!

Regards,

Jonathan Lauff
Neuqua Valley High School
National GRAMMY Signature School
Fine Arts Department Chair
  

 

Jonathan Lauff

Hi –

The marimba is beautiful, and it sounds incredible!  Putting it together yesterday was a real blast, too. My percussionist colleague and I kept saying, "Wait. Is it really this easy to put together?" You guys have thought of everything in the design, the packing, the construction, and you even pre-strung the bars. Absolutely wonderful!

Thank you!!!!!!!!!

Regards,

Jonathan Lauff
Neuqua Valley High School
National GRAMMY Signature School
Fine Arts Department Chair
  

 

Jonathan Lauff
Sound Configuration: Traditional/Classic

Never have I had the pleasure of playing such a gorgeous instrument in auditory and visual beauty. Your hard work and dedication shows

Andrew Ferdig

Never have I had the pleasure of playing such a gorgeous instrument in auditory and visual beauty. Your hard work and dedication shows

Andrew Ferdig
Sound Configuration: Enhanced/Basso Bravo

"It is an AWESOME instrument!"

Scott Baldwin, Reedy High School

"It is an AWESOME instrument!"

Scott Baldwin, Reedy High School
Sound Configuration: Traditional/Classic

"I received the mallets and the bag today... You guys have the best customer service and highest quality products, and no one comes close to being as helpful and understanding as you guys."

Hannah Weidner

"I received the mallets and the bag today... You guys have the best customer service and highest quality products, and no one comes close to being as helpful and understanding as you guys."

Hannah Weidner
Sound Configuration:

!Also I recently went to the PAS Keyboard competition at Marcus, and I wanted to share with you  that everyone was eyeing my marimba. It is an amazing instrument and has improved my playing and performing so much! I remember seeing one person who just couldn’t stop pointing at it and whispering to other people about it. But anyways, thank you for all of your help! You have been a huge part of my success this year!

Austin Keck

!Also I recently went to the PAS Keyboard competition at Marcus, and I wanted to share with you  that everyone was eyeing my marimba. It is an amazing instrument and has improved my playing and performing so much! I remember seeing one person who just couldn’t stop pointing at it and whispering to other people about it. But anyways, thank you for all of your help! You have been a huge part of my success this year!

Austin Keck
Sound Configuration: Enhanced/Basso Bravo

You guys are seriously the best. Overnighting a marimba bar so that I have a superb sounding instrument for a concert...top notch customer service. It shows real care and passion for what you do, not to mention taking care of a customer. 

Michael Haldeman

You guys are seriously the best. Overnighting a marimba bar so that I have a superb sounding instrument for a concert...top notch customer service. It shows real care and passion for what you do, not to mention taking care of a customer. 

Michael Haldeman
Sound Configuration: Enhanced/Classic

I just wanted to drop you a line and let you know that the marimba arrived safely yesterday and it is beautiful. I couldn't be happier.
Thank you so much for the wonderful instrument and for all the help. We're lucky to have you in the business. 

Jed Blodgett, Juan Diego Catholic High School

I just wanted to drop you a line and let you know that the marimba arrived safely yesterday and it is beautiful. I couldn't be happier.
Thank you so much for the wonderful instrument and for all the help. We're lucky to have you in the business. 

Jed Blodgett, Juan Diego Catholic High School
Sound Configuration: Enhanced/Classic

The marimba is wonderful. Everyone is very happy with both the instrument and the incredible way that you and Denise handled every part of the transaction. Your positivity and beautiful instruments will continue to have a lasting impact in our community.
Thanks again. 

Mark Foster, Empire State Youth Orchestra

The marimba is wonderful. Everyone is very happy with both the instrument and the incredible way that you and Denise handled every part of the transaction. Your positivity and beautiful instruments will continue to have a lasting impact in our community.
Thanks again. 

Mark Foster, Empire State Youth Orchestra
Sound Configuration: Enhanced/Basso Bravo

It's a truly beautiful instrument! Many thanks.

Jingdong Hua

It's a truly beautiful instrument! Many thanks.

Jingdong Hua
Sound Configuration: Enhanced/Basso Bravo

I've been quite busy but have been meaning to write you. Looks like you beat me to it! Thank you so much for the wonderful instrument that I received. I'm very happy with the consistency of the board and the new frame design is really nice. Aside from that, I was hopeful for a darker-colored board and that's exactly what I got. It's absolutely gorgeous. My first gig will be on Easter in a humungous church and I can't tell you how excited I am to hear it in that space!

Gary Shuda

I've been quite busy but have been meaning to write you. Looks like you beat me to it! Thank you so much for the wonderful instrument that I received. I'm very happy with the consistency of the board and the new frame design is really nice. Aside from that, I was hopeful for a darker-colored board and that's exactly what I got. It's absolutely gorgeous. My first gig will be on Easter in a humungous church and I can't tell you how excited I am to hear it in that space!

Gary Shuda
Sound Configuration: Enhanced/Basso Bravo

Thank you so much!  You guys are awesome and I love your instruments.  I'm so happy I have my Marimba :) :) :)

Cara Wildman

Thank you so much!  You guys are awesome and I love your instruments.  I'm so happy I have my Marimba :) :) :)

Cara Wildman
Sound Configuration: Enhanced/Basso Bravo

You guys are fantastic and the marimba is incredible.  I really appreciate all the work and precision you guys put into your craft.    The marimba is really incredible.  Truly a work of art.   The instrument is amazing. The best sounding keyboard I’ve come across and I can't thank you enough for it.

Cameron Figueroa

You guys are fantastic and the marimba is incredible.  I really appreciate all the work and precision you guys put into your craft.    The marimba is really incredible.  Truly a work of art.   The instrument is amazing. The best sounding keyboard I’ve come across and I can't thank you enough for it.

Cameron Figueroa
Sound Configuration: Enhanced/Basso Bravo

I wanted to say thank you for making such beautiful instruments.  I am so lucky to be able to give my students access to an instrument that will always inspire them to be greater musicians, rather than discourage them with built-in limitations.  The Basso Bravo/Enhanced Voicing combo really makes the instrument sing!  This is also my first experience with the Izzy frame, and as I expected, it's working great.  Keep up the wonderful work, it is greatly appreciated.

Jason Van Note

I wanted to say thank you for making such beautiful instruments.  I am so lucky to be able to give my students access to an instrument that will always inspire them to be greater musicians, rather than discourage them with built-in limitations.  The Basso Bravo/Enhanced Voicing combo really makes the instrument sing!  This is also my first experience with the Izzy frame, and as I expected, it's working great.  Keep up the wonderful work, it is greatly appreciated.

Thanks,
Jason Van Note
Assistant Band Director
Roosevelt High School
San Antonio, TX
 

Jason Van Note
Sound Configuration: Enhanced/Basso Bravo

Thank you for everything.  The marimba is beautiful and it is such a pleasure to hear my son play. He has never been happier.

Jenny Toms

Thank you for everything.  The marimba is beautiful and it is such a pleasure to hear my son play. He has never been happier.

Jenny Toms
Sound Configuration: Enhanced/Basso Bravo

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I always recommend your instruments highly to friends and colleagues!
Thanks again,
John Gilchrist
 

John Gilchrist

I always recommend your instruments highly to friends and colleagues!
Thanks again,
John Gilchrist
 

John Gilchrist
Sound Configuration: Enhanced/Basso Bravo

USA

"I played the One Vibe at Carroll's last week, and I was very impressed.  It really sounds and feels like a vintage Musser.  The bars really sing, and I was especially taken with the dynamic range of the upper half. "

Vibe Love

"I played the One Vibe at Carroll's last week, and I was very impressed.  It really sounds and feels like a vintage Musser.  The bars really sing, and I was especially taken with the dynamic range of the upper half. "

Vibe Love
Sound Configuration:

Our new Marimba One is absolutely beautiful, well-constructed, and most importantly, it sounds amazing.
It has consistency in resonance throughout the entire range. There are no dead-sounding range or bars. Very happy with the decision to purchase this marimba. Thank you!

Nobue Matsuoka
American University
Washington D.C.
 

Nobue Matsuoka

Our new Marimba One is absolutely beautiful, well-constructed, and most importantly, it sounds amazing.
It has consistency in resonance throughout the entire range. There are no dead-sounding range or bars. Very happy with the decision to purchase this marimba. Thank you!

Nobue Matsuoka
American University
Washington D.C.
 

Nobue Matsuoka
Sound Configuration: Enhanced/Basso Bravo

"I could not thank you enough for my marimba. I play it all the time and I absolutely am in love with it.

Thank you so much." 

John Kroetz, Butler University

"I could not thank you enough for my marimba. I play it all the time and I absolutely am in love with it.

Thank you so much." 

John Kroetz, Butler University
Sound Configuration: Enhanced/Basso Bravo

"The sound is, and always has been, unmatched by any maker and this is why I chose Marimba One. "

Bobby Lopez

"The sound is, and always has been, unmatched by any maker and this is why I chose Marimba One. "

Bobby Lopez
Sound Configuration: Enhanced/Basso Bravo

"It's beautiful and exactly what I was hoping for. It sounds absolutely amazing and I'm loving it. "

Derek Ou

"It's beautiful and exactly what I was hoping for. It sounds absolutely amazing and I'm loving it. "

Derek Ou
Sound Configuration: Enhanced/Basso Bravo

"I have loved my marimba so much!! It sounds beautiful! Thank you so much for all of your hard work and dedication to making such wonderful instruments!"

Austin Keck

"I have loved my marimba so much!! It sounds beautiful! Thank you so much for all of your hard work and dedication to making such wonderful instruments!"

Austin Keck
Sound Configuration: Enhanced/Basso Bravo

Luxembourg

"Everything is perfect and playing on Marimba One it's more than a pleasure.

I cannot describe the feeling i have every morning when I touch the wood and an amazing sound comes all over the room...it's gorgeous!
I also would like to thank all the staff who worked on to make my dream comes true." 

Constantin Raducu

"Everything is perfect and playing on Marimba One it's more than a pleasure.

I cannot describe the feeling i have every morning when I touch the wood and an amazing sound comes all over the room...it's gorgeous!
I also would like to thank all the staff who worked on to make my dream comes true." 

Constantin Raducu
Sound Configuration: Enhanced/Basso Bravo

Sweden

"Yesterday I did play the premiere concert for my marimba, and it was totally unbelievable! I'm so happy that you made me such a great instrument, thank you so much for all your great work!"

Martin Skoog

"Yesterday I did play the premiere concert for my marimba, and it was totally unbelievable! I'm so happy that you made me such a great instrument, thank you so much for all your great work!"

Martin Skoog
Sound Configuration: Enhanced/Basso Bravo

France

"J'ai été vraiment charmé par la chaleur sonor de ce marimba.La reponse est tres insteressante et il regorge de beaucoup profondeur de nuances."  -- Gabriel Benlolo, Percussion de l'orchestre philharmonique de Radio France

Orchestre Philarmonique de Radio France

"J'ai été vraiment charmé par la chaleur sonor de ce marimba.La reponse est tres insteressante et il regorge de beaucoup profondeur de nuances."  -- Gabriel Benlolo, Percussion de l'orchestre philharmonique de Radio France

Orchestre Philarmonique de Radio France
Sound Configuration: Enhanced/Basso Bravo

“We first fell in love with the sound of Marimba One marimbas, then we started to understand why : when Ron questioned us about how we would like our future instrument to sound and how he took note of each of our very personal remarks and feelings, we saw the true meaning of “handcrafting your sound”. It’s about ending up with an instrument which is not only unique but also features a bit of ourselves and our music."

Sandra Valette, Mathieu Demange

“We first fell in love with the sound of Marimba One marimbas, then we started to understand why : when Ron questioned us about how we would like our future instrument to sound and how he took note of each of our very personal remarks and feelings, we saw the true meaning of “handcrafting your sound”. It’s about ending up with an instrument which is not only unique but also features a bit of ourselves and our music."

Sandra Valette, Mathieu Demange
Sound Configuration: Enhanced/Basso Bravo

A beautiful, warm, round sound.

Clarissa de Borba - Le Mans Conservatoire

We received the marimba this afternoon. It is so beautiful and sounds exactly as I was expecting. Just beautiful, warm, round sound. We, at the Conservatoire, are very happy with the instrument.

Clarissa de Borba - Le Mans Conservatoire
Sound Configuration: Enhanced/Basso Bravo

I wanted to tell you that your marimba is fantastic!! I am very happy. Congratulations to you and "Marimba One". Thank you very much.

Chrisophe Dietrich

I wanted to tell you that your marimba is fantastic!! I am very happy. Congratulations to you and "Marimba One". Thank you very much.

Chrisophe Dietrich
Sound Configuration: Traditional/Classic

North America and Mexico

 I could not imagine wanting to own any other instrument then a Marimba One.

Nicholas Hall

Hi Ron, Just wanted to say that I received my marimba today and set it up at my house. I really love the sound and look forward to using it in a few upcoming concerts and video/recording sessions in November. I wanted to thank you for the quality instrument and just say that I could not imagine wanting to own any other instrument then a Marimba One.

Sincerely,
Nicholas Hall

Nicholas Hall
Sound Configuration: Traditional/Classic

Beautiful instrument!

Ed Stephen - Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

Hello Ron,

I want to say thank you for the beautiful instrument that was delivered to me just a few days ago.  I'm loving having my new Marimba One in my studio at home.  It's been a long time coming.  Thank you!!

Ed Stephen - Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Sound Configuration: Enhanced/Basso Bravo

Europe and Middle East

The lower end register is phenomenal!

Matthew Farthing - UK

Dear Ron,

The marimba arrived on Tuesday and I have a million and one awesome things to say about how amazing the instrument looks and sounds. It's just how I imagined it. I love the great sound quality and pure tone throughout the keyboard. Particularly the lower end register is phenomenal, and also the entire instrument is perfectly balanced. Thank you also for the plaque. An absolutely perfect marimba!

I hope to one day come over to Arcata, CA and visit the factory and see the great craftsmanship that goes into every single marimba.

Many thanks and best wishes to you all at Marimba One!

Matthew Farthing

Matthew Farthing - UK
Sound Configuration: Enhanced/Basso Bravo

Norway

Hi!

Thank you for a fantastic sounding instrument! We are also very happy with the sturdy frame and the extra "boost" from the Basso Bravo resonators. I’m sure it’ll serve us well for years to come.

Sincerely,
Jon Klavenæs
Percussionist
Royal Norwegian Navy Band

 

Royal Norwegian Navy Band

Hi!

Thank you for a fantastic sounding instrument! We are also very happy with the sturdy frame and the extra "boost" from the Basso Bravo resonators. I’m sure it’ll serve us well for years to come.

Sincerely,
Jon Klavenæs
Percussionist
Royal Norwegian Navy Band

 

Royal Norwegian Navy Band
Sound Configuration: Enhanced/Basso Bravo

Thank you very much! I love my marimba. It's a really beautiful instrument, and the sound is just amazing!! And your mallets are great too, probably the best mallets I have ever had. Also, thanks to your staff (in my case Morgan Crane), the whole process of buying this instrument went so smooth. All my questions were answered right away

Anders Kristiansen

Thank you very much! I love my marimba. It's a really beautiful instrument, and the sound is just amazing!! And your mallets are great too, probably the best mallets I have ever had. Also, thanks to your staff (in my case Morgan Crane), the whole process of buying this instrument went so smooth. All my questions were answered right away

Anders Kristiansen
Sound Configuration: Enhanced/Classic

Denmark

I would like to express my admiration for your outstanding product and thank you for receiving such a beautiful instrument which helps and inspires me and my students to make better music. I am very exited by the sound and especially the equality throughout the whole instrument. Also the frame elevating system looks solid and good and I'm sure it will last for many years to come. You are truly the leading in the world!!

Odense Conservatory - Soren Monrad

I would like to express my admiration for your outstanding product and thank you for receiving such a beautiful instrument which helps and inspires me and my students to make better music. I am very exited by the sound and especially the equality throughout the whole instrument. Also the frame elevating system looks solid and good and I'm sure it will last for many years to come. You are truly the leading in the world!!

Odense Conservatory - Soren Monrad
Sound Configuration: Enhanced/Basso Bravo

I’ll be happy playing on it for many years from now on.

Anne Catherine Kielland Lund

Dear Ron.

I’m very happy for my new Marimba One, and I also hope that I’ll be happy playing on it for many years from now on.

Sincerely

Anne Cathrine Kielland Lund, Denmark
 

Anne Catherine Kielland Lund
Sound Configuration: Enhanced/Basso Bravo

Every time I play Marimba One, I feel more relaxed and safe.

Ronni Kot Wenzell

Hi Ron.

Please don’t thank me; your own quality did all the work.
Just before asking you to make a marimba for me, I did the US tour with concerts and master classes at Juilliard, New England Conservatory, Hartt School, New York University etc. last autumn. And on this tour I played on the marimbas available, as it would have been too high a cost to bring my own marimba to the US. And it was really a good experience for me to play the same program on all the different kinds of marimbas (Yamaha, Marimba One, Musser, Malletech etc.). During the tour I felt, that every time I played a Marimba One, I felt more relaxed and safe, and played much better compared to the rest of the marimbas where I was “fighting” to get good sound. And for me, that’s one of the MOST important things when you play – to relax, as ALL tensions limit the expressions, sound quality etc.  It works just like the difference of a concert hall with good acoustics and one with bad acoustics; when you perform in a concert hall with bad acoustics, you have to “fight” to get the sound out there, in comparison to good acoustics when you can relax and your music gets all the possibilities to come out, as well as being able to focus more on the music itself…
I don’t know if all this makes sense in English, but this is the way I felt with Marimba One during the tour (and still feel..) – so the instrument absolutely “sold itself” to me (and with a little help from Morgan…). So please don’t thank me…

I can tell you, that Edition Svitzer is planning a tour for me in September where I’ll be doing master classes and concerts on music academies in the Scandinavian countries, and this time I really look forward to bringing my new Marimba One!!

Thank you for such a great instrument! (everybody are jealous of me, haha) J
Best regards,
Ronni

Ronni Kot Wenzell
Sound Configuration: Enhanced/Basso Bravo

Central and South America

Marimba One helped me find my voice.

Gabriela Rojas Gomez

In this phase of my life I'm looking for my own sound, thank you Marimba One for help me to find my voice.

Gabriela Rojas

 

Gabriela Rojas Gomez
Sound Configuration: Traditional/Classic

Each detail is perfect

Santiago Esteban Suarez Rodriguez

Hi Mr. Samuels...thank you very much for the email....I’m very happy with my new marimba...and studying every day...it's a wonderful instrument and each detail is perfect...I’ll recommend you with friends who are thinking about getting a marimba...thanks a lot for everything and my best regards...

Santiago Esteban Suarez Rodriguez
Sound Configuration: Traditional/Classic

Thailand

Awesome and excellent!

Thitiphan Natnakhin

Dear Mr. Ron Samuels,

Thank you so much. I'm doing great and very happy with my new marimba. I really want to say "Thank you very much for built a great marimba for me". It's AWESOME and EXCELLENT instrument!!!! I love it!!!!

Wishing you and your family have a great time and always happy.

Best Regards,

Thitiphan Natnakhin

Thailand
 

Thitiphan Natnakhin
Sound Configuration: Enhanced/Basso Bravo

Ireland

First class attention to detail.

David Brown

Hi Ron

We recently purchased a marimba from Southern Percussion in the UK.  What wonderful service we received from Katy and her family.  What a superb instrument -as we now say at home this is no ordinary marimba, its a Marimba One marimba! Matthew our son is delighted with it, the sound, the build quality, and the first class attention  to detail.

We were sorry we couldn't make your seminar in London- maybe next time when you are across- how about a trip to Ireland?

Its great that you have Southern Percussion in the U.K promoting your products. Once again many thanks

Best Wishes,

David Brown, Ireland

David Brown
Sound Configuration: Premium/Classic

We recently purchased a marimba from Southern Percussion in the UK. What wonderful service we received from Katy and her family. What a superb instrument-as we now say at home this is no ordinary marimba, its a Marimba One marimba! Matthew, our son, is delighted with it, the sound, the build quality, and the first class attention to detail. We were sorry we couldn't make your seminar in London - maybe next time when you are across- how about a trip to Ireland? Its great that you have Southern Percussion in the U.K promoting your products. Once again many thanks

David Brown

We recently purchased a marimba from Southern Percussion in the UK. What wonderful service we received from Katy and her family. What a superb instrument-as we now say at home this is no ordinary marimba, its a Marimba One marimba! Matthew, our son, is delighted with it, the sound, the build quality, and the first class attention to detail. We were sorry we couldn't make your seminar in London - maybe next time when you are across- how about a trip to Ireland? Its great that you have Southern Percussion in the U.K promoting your products. Once again many thanks

David Brown
Sound Configuration: Traditional/Basso Bravo

Latvia

 The sound is deep, full and excellent!

Juris Azere

Hi Ron!
Thank you for my wonderful marimba.
It is a big pleasure to play it. Sound is deep, full and excellent!
With best wishes


Juris Azeres

Latvia

 

Juris Azere
Sound Configuration: Traditional/Classic

deep, full excellent

Juris Azere

Hi Ron!

Thank you for my wonderful marimba.

It is a big pleasure to play it. Sound is deep, full and excellent!

With best wishes

Juris Azere
Sound Configuration: Traditional/Classic

Finland

Sounds absolutely fantastic!

Pasi Suomalainen - Helsinki Philharmonic

We got the new Marimba One! It's a really beautiful instrument and sounds absolutely fantastic. 

Thank you for that! Let's be in touch!

 

Pasi Suomalainen - Helsinki Philharmonic
Sound Configuration: Enhanced/Classic

Thank you all very much for a great instrument! Good work!

Annika Forsnabba, Professor, Savonlinna Conservatory

Thank you all very much for a great instrument! Good work!

Annika Forsnabba, Professor, Savonlinna Conservatory
Sound Configuration: Traditional/Classic

Belgium

The sound is incredible, especially the fully resonating bass end. 

Vincent Caers

I really love the sound. Last weekend I performed the first time with the marimba for a recital with my saxophone-percussion duo, and one of my former teachers  who came to the concert remarked that the marimba sound was incredible, especially the fully resonating basses. So I have to say thank you to all you guys too for building such a beautiful instrument.

I'm also really happy with the construction, it's easy to handle but still very strong and without any rattling sound, and that's what I need. So, thank you and the pleasure is all mine.

 

Vincent Caers
Sound Configuration: Enhanced/Basso Bravo

I really love the sound. Last weekend I performed the first time with the marimba for a recital with my saxophone-percussion duo, and one of my former teachers  who came to the concert remarked that the marimba sound was incredible, especially the fully resonating basses (Basso Bravo). So I have to say thank you to all you guys too for building such a beautiful instrument.  I'm also really happy with the construction, it's easy to handle but still very strong and without any rattling sound, and that's what I need. 

Vincent Caers

I really love the sound. Last weekend I performed the first time with the marimba for a recital with my saxophone-percussion duo, and one of my former teachers  who came to the concert remarked that the marimba sound was incredible, especially the fully resonating basses (Basso Bravo). So I have to say thank you to all you guys too for building such a beautiful instrument.  I'm also really happy with the construction, it's easy to handle but still very strong and without any rattling sound, and that's what I need. 

Vincent Caers
Sound Configuration: Enhanced/Basso Bravo

Thank you very much for this wonderful instrument, I played it for hours. It was verynice doing business with you and I thank you with all my heart

Wouter De Winne

Thank you very much for this wonderful instrument, I played it for hours. It was verynice doing business with you and I thank you with all my heart

Wouter De Winne
Sound Configuration: Enhanced/Classic

United Kingdom

Makes a big impression on our students, many say ‘it really makes you play better’!! 

Malcolm Ball - Head of Contemporary Studies, ICT and Percussion. Redbridge Music School

After taking delivery of our Marimba One the first thing that strikes you is the sheer craftsman ship of all the component parts and the incredible ease of assembly. Unlike many percussion instruments with many parts, the Marimba One just fits together like a perfect pair of the finest gloves – first time!

We had opted for the Basso Bravo resonators and these really do produce the truest and most pure bass notes I’ve ever heard on a marimba. That irritating ‘pingy’ harmonic of the bottom end notes are now a thing of the past leaving just a full bodied, rounded bass resonance.

This is an instrument of the highest quality and beauty and has made a big impression on our students with many of them saying ‘it really makes you play better’!! What more could I want?


 

Malcolm Ball - Head of Contemporary Studies, ICT and Percussion. Redbridge Music School
Sound Configuration: Traditional/Basso Bravo

Japan

Finally I've got the marimba today!  Thank you very much for the amazing instrument!  I am just happy with EVERY part of this instrument.  Especially the sound is great!  I love it.  I couldn't stop playing today, I'm already addicted. 

Shoko Sakai

Finally I've got the marimba today!  Thank you very much for the amazing instrument!  I am just happy with EVERY part of this instrument.  Especially the sound is great!  I love it.  I couldn't stop playing today, I'm already addicted. 

I was surprised that my old repertoires sounded different on this new marimba.  I've got a totally new voice to sing my music.  This marimba allows me to go to a much deeper place of music. I really hope it is not a dream...my new partner is sooooo great!  A biggest drearm has come true on a beautiful sunny day:)  My marimba life has changed since today!!!

I really appreciate all of you.  And I'm proud to be an owner of this fantastic instrument!!

Shoko Sakai
Sound Configuration: Enhanced/Classic

Mexico

The marimba arrived on Friday. The percussionist loves it!

Ivan del Prado - Orquestra de Baja California

The marimba arrived on Friday. The percussionist loves it!

Ivan del Prado - Orquestra de Baja California
Sound Configuration: Traditional/Classic

Congratulations for not only keeping your high quality standards but improving them through the years.

Miguel Gonzalez - Professor at the Conservatorio de las Rosas

Thank you and your staff for making such a wonderful pair of 5-octave marimbas. I'm very happy and the students are too, and congratulations for not only keeping your high quality standards but improving them through the years.

Miguel Gonzalez - Professor at the Conservatorio de las Rosas
Sound Configuration: Enhanced/Classic

Australia

Without joking I have been singing the praises of my (and all) Marimba Ones ever since it arrived in that big crate over 7 years ago... just last night I did a big solo gig on it, and it still sounds beautiful. This gig was in a jazz club and I was using a lot of live electronics with it, and it all sounded great. I am having a lot of fun miking it up and running the sound through delays and phrase samplers and some cool programs on my laptop.... It sounds great, looks wonderful.

Jeremy Barnett

Without joking I have been singing the praises of my (and all) Marimba Ones ever since it arrived in that big crate over 7 years ago... just last night I did a big solo gig on it, and it still sounds beautiful. This gig was in a jazz club and I was using a lot of live electronics with it, and it all sounded great. I am having a lot of fun miking it up and running the sound through delays and phrase samplers and some cool programs on my laptop.... It sounds great, looks wonderful.

Jeremy Barnett
Sound Configuration: Traditional/Classic

A first rate job!

Gary France - Associate Professor/Percussion, School of Music, The Australian National Univ

I would like to thank you for the terrific tuning job that you did on the marimba bars we sent over last May. The instrument sounds fantastic, better than ever. Really a first rate job!

Gary France - Associate Professor/Percussion, School of Music, The Australian National Univ
Sound Configuration: Traditional/Classic

China

The marimba is absolutely beautiful! The sound and resonance is amazing. Thank you very much!

Gladys Chan

The marimba is absolutely beautiful! The sound and resonance is amazing. Thank you very much!

Gladys Chan
Sound Configuration: Traditional/Classic