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The idea to develop our Basso Bravo resonator voicing came from conversations I had with some marimba players who wished for a bass sound that was even darker and warmer than anything currently available on the market.
Until 2005, Manuel Leuenberger did not know about an instrument called “marimba.”
Doctors rarely make house calls any more, but Marimba One's master tuner did, even though it was a 16-hour flight away.
Fifty linear feet of felt. That is how much is placed on a marimba by Marimba One of Arcata, California. And why the felt-obesssion? Because all contact points are protected, resulting in a pure sound free of rattle or buzz.
I started the International Katarzyna Mycka Marimba Academy (IKMMA) in 2003 after noticing that many teenage students were in need of teachers who were marimbists themselves.
Rather than you sending your instrument to us for retuning, marimba one©is inaugurating the equivalent of a house call.
I was honored to judge the first international percussion competition whose first prize was a performance as a Soloist with the Cordoba Orchestra (as well as 3,000 euros in cash and mallets).