Enhanced/Basso Bravo

We select exceptional bars for projection, evenness, and balance to craft our Enhanced Keyboard. Combining our Enhanced Keyboard with Basso Bravo resonators produces a stunning and far-reaching sound that is unparalleled.

Enhanced/Basso Bravo Institutions

Akademia Muzycna Poznan
Alexander High School
Alvin Schools
AMDA Academy Music and Dramatic Arts
Amsterdam Conservatory
Argyle High School
Azusa Pacific
Beijing Central Conservatory
Berklee College of Music
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Bethel University
Blinn College
Boston Conservatory
Budapest Festival Orchestra
Cedar Ridge High School
Chapman University
Charolotte Symphony Orchestra
China Conservatory of Music
Chulalongkorn University
College of Wooster
Conservatoire de Paris
Conservatorium van Amsterdam
Coppell High School
Copperas Cove High School
Cypress Creek High School
Del Mar College
DePaul University
Dickinson High School
Empire State Youth Orchestra
Eton College
Frenship High School
Fresno Pacific University
Fresno State University
George Mason University, School of Music
Georgia Southern
Glendale Community College
Glenville State College
Granbury High School
Henry County Schools
Hochschule fur Musik, Nurnberg
Hochschule Hans Eisler
Ju Percussion Group
Juillard School of Music
Kent State University
Kolding MGK
Kunitachi College of Music
Lakeview High School
Lawrence Conservatory of Music
Le Mans Conservatoire
Li Biao Percussion Group
Marine Band
Mason City High School
McCallum High School
McGill Univeristy
Middle Tennessee State University
Midway High School
Missouri State University
Music Academy in Frankfurt / Main
Musikschule Konservatorium Zurich
Nagoya School of Music
New England Conservatory
New York University
North Forney High School
Northern Arizona University
Norwegian Academy of Music
Ohio University at Athens
Pearland High School
Redbridge Music School
Ridgeline High School
Rogue Community College
Roosevelt High School
Royal Welsh College
Rutgers University
Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
San Francisco Conservatory of Music
Science Hill High School
Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Shadow Creek High School
Slippery Rock University
Southern Utah University
Spring High School
Stanford University
Taipei Symphony Orchestra
Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi
Texas Christian University
Texas Tech University at Lubbock
Turku Philharmonic Orchestra
U.S. Army 101st Airborne Division
United States Navy Band
University Mozarteum Salzburg
University of Chicago, Dept of Music
University of Houston
University of Illinois at Chicago
University of Lethbrige
University of Nebraska - Lincoln
University of Nebraska, Omaha
University of Northern Colorado
University of Northwestern, St. Paul
University of South Florida
University of Texas at San Antonio
University of Wisconsin at La Crosse
Waller High School
Waterford Private School
Wayland Baptist University
West Texas A&M
Western Colorado State University
Western State Colorado University
Westfield High School
Westlake High School-UT
Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music

Enhanced/Basso Bravo Reviews

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

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

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 Kot Wenzell





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We have received the marimba delivery without incident yesterday morning (Tuesday) and it has been unpacked and assembled and is absolutely beautiful.  Nathan played last night until his hands were sore, even in the dark (we had a brief power outage for about 30 minutes).  He loves it and, of course, the sound is incredible.   Thank you so much for your help and great craftsmanship in delivering this beautiful instrument to our home.

 Best Regards, Steve (and Nathan) Whitcomb


Steve & Nathan Whitcomb

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

We love the instrument, it sounds fantastic! Thanks so much for your hard work! Hope to run into you at PASIC and thank you in person!

Jesse Willis, D.M.A.

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

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

"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

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

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

I have received my marimba and it is absolutely magnificent! Thank you so much for allowing me to customize the lighter natural keys and darker accidentals, it is truly special. I absolutely love it and it look/sounds phenomenal! I am so grateful to have this instrument in my possession and am thankful for you and your wonderful crew!
Thanks again,

Breana Meyers

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

John Gilchrist

Hello Ron,

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

Michael Zeller

"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

!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

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


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


Heather Church

Hi Ron, Thank you for building us a wonderful marimba. Wish you have a wonderful year! 

Meng Lin

"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

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

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

It's a truly beautiful instrument! Many thanks.

Jingdong Hua

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


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.

Jon Klavenæs
Royal Norwegian Navy Band


Royal Norwegian Navy Band

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

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

Derek Ou

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.


Anne Cathrine Kielland Lund, Denmark

Anne Catherine Kielland Lund

“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

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

Cara Wildman

The marimba is fantastic! There's nothing better than an instrument that makes you WANT to practice!

Patric Buchroeder

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

"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

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

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

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
Assistant Band Director
Roosevelt High School
San Antonio, TX

Jason Van Note

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

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

"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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"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

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 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

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

I haven't gotten a chance to thank you and the wonderful staff you have at marimba one. I cannot tell you how much I adore and love my marimba. I wake up every morning happy to have it in my room and I can't stop playing it. The sound is so beautiful and resonant that I never want to stop playing. I have played my marimba in a concert and I got many appreciations of how I sounded but I gladly told them that it has nothing to do with me but the awesome instrument that was built for me. I cannot express how much gorgeous, colorful, resonant, and beautiful this marimba is as a whole. 

Alan M.K. Salvador

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

Bobby Lopez

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


Thitiphan Natnakhin

"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

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 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 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 am in love with my marimba! It is so beautiful, just recently I had my senior performance and I brought my marimba to school, Brian Calhoon was there and helped set it up and take it down. It is absolutely beautiful and I have named it Narayan which, in the Indian language, mean moving water :) 

Nadia Castagna

"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