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Dear friends of music, arts, and all inquiring minds!

Here's a nice web address to hear a celesta


at the website of one manufacturer - there aren't so many. Also pictures and explanations there.

In short, the celesta has a keyboard and hammers like a piano to strike high-pitched metal bars placed over tuned air resonators. Many symphony orchestras have one, but it's not very common.

One other manufacturer
and Wiki claims Yamaha produces some too.

A third-dozen more companies have existed, including the inventor's one, Mustel. Some instruments subsist, from Jenco among others; you may observe that the design differs much among the manufacturers.


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Nice Monday everyone!

The lithophone has resonating bars of stone, while the marimba uses wood and the vibraphone metal. It has tubes to amplify the sound, or a box, or nothing. Examples abound in the Net, with varied designs and results. This single one has a light-year advance
notice the distinct stone sound, the long sustain, the uniform sound across the wide range. It results from tenacious and enlightened research
steinmusik.ch explanations, more instruments, and sounds gi3vcun-Y0E (the language is Schwyzertütsch if you wonder)

Nice sound too: 6DESaw8w1pA


The txalaparta has bars of wood, stone or metal struck with makilak (thick vertical sticks) often by two musicians, and it's typically Basque, good opportunity to hear the language too.
wikipedia sound cX0Gg33GIuw from 0:16
the Maika and Sara Gomez twins are celebrities in Spain
PLSng6Cyv-o (also stone and metal) and 505x6YgAgyc


The balafon has wooden resonators amplified by calabashes or sometimes a box. Record here:
A different sound from an other country:
kHaeTGph2Ow luthier baragnouma.com
The scale can be pentatonic, diatonic... I heard in the Paris metro a fantastic musician whose scale wasn't a subset of the equal-tempered one. And here's even a chromatic design:
--Alu0-t6Dc music begins at 1:35


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The dulcitone is older than the celesta, with the last ones built a century ago
it has metal forks rather than steel plates, and the forks vibrate a soundboard over an elastic metal sheet, while the celesta has a resonating air tube for each note (originally for note pairs). The second resonator takes its time to reach full amplitude on the celesta, giving the soft attack typical of the celesta, marimba and vibraphone, while the attack is direct on the dulcitone, the biggest audible difference. The dulcitone lacks badly sound strength, probably what let abandon it, but I don't see any reason except bad design to be less loud than a piano. Hear it there:
bbp3eYqE0bY music 0:38 - Q1WGk5IYCHknAYQ5sa51SY_1bnA8pmNGo music 0:18
and few more.

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The cymbalum, or cimbalom and so on, is common in Romania, Hungary and more Central and Eastern European countries, but elsewhere it's not so usual
en.wiki and fr.wiki
Fortunately there are records on the Web.

EflpsFjkzxU traditional role and music. By the way, Victor Kopatchinsky is the father of Patricia, well known too, as a violinist
6aoL0wp6RjE away from folklore. Music 0:18
OUr20-jDN5o different country
IPKIhnnhuTk jazz
WyWPdG2hSuY called a (small) cimbalom too, while the santoor, yangqin and other hammered dulcimers are not.

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