Inspired by the famous and in-demand Deagan model 870 and 872 xylophones, our forward thinking design takes the M1 xylophone to a new level. Expanding upon JC Deagan’s curved #1 and #4 rails and resonators, we have created a xylophone with unparalleled clarity and projection. The rosewood used to make our xylophone bars comes from Belize and was personally selected in 2012 by Ron Samuels. This is the hardest rosewood that M1 has ever used—so hard in fact that it is nearly impossible to pit with normal playing techniques and mallets. The bars have a brilliance to them that no other manufacturer is making today, with an evenness and balance that will make the M1 xylophone the preferred choice. All of our xylophones are voiced using the same processes and techniques that we use on all of our marimbas. The concert xylophone is built with a lightweight, durable frame similar to the One Vibe with 4” locking casters.
"I just unpacked and set-up our new Marimba One xylophone today and am delighted with the instrument. The entire register is responsive to a light touch with a hard stick and I am glad to see that no matter how hard I hit the bar and no matter how hard the mallet is, there is no dent or damage to the bars. I discovered that there is no need to use the hardest xylophone mallet because of the quick response and carrying ability of the sound. No need to overplay. The upper register is brilliant and silvery sounding with bright overtones that carries down to the middle register with ease. The lower register has much more resonance than is usual and reminds me of xylophones from the 1930s. The tone is full, rich and rings well in tune (I chose A=442 that I recommend) right up to the middle C. The intonation is clear and consistent throughout the entire range. I am particularly impressed with the frame: the instrument moves easily on large wheels, has a height adjustment and is very sturdy. I am confident that this instrument will last a long time even with the constant daily use of my students both practicing and performing in ensembles. Bravo Marimba One!" - Michael Rosen, Oberlin Conservatory Percussion (4 octave with Premium Keyboard and Classic Resonators)