Jack Van Geem - SF Symphony / Colburn School of Music

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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!