The Marimba That Started It All

It was 25 years ago that music professor Dennis Plies placed an order for a marimba and moved Ron Samuels to quit his woodworking job and jump into building marimbas full time.

This summer, Dennis felt that his 25-year-old marimba could benefit from an overall upgrade. So he and his wife Barbara came to our shop in Arcata, California, with their beloved instrument. 

The craftsmen at marimba one upgraded his frame, refitted the instrument with all-new hardware, retuned the keyboard and the resonators. They did it according to the same motto that Ron gave to Plies when he took his original order: “perseverance and honest workmanship.”

Plies acknowledged Ron’s expertise, saying, ““You have altered the percussion world worldwide... I feel famous with the original model.”

triple-octave harmonic tuning on the bass end bars

While the bars on Dennis's marimba had maintained their pitch, the tuning technique has since evolved.  marimba one continues to lead the field with keyboard retuning and Basso Bravo resonator upgrade