Traditional/Classic

We select only fine rosewood bars to craft our Traditional Keyboard that is the Marimba One signature sound: warm, deep, evenly balanced across the keyboard. This is where we start – and where the competition ends. The Marimba One Traditional Keyboard with our Classic Resonators sets the standard for fine concert sound.

Traditional/Classic Institutions

Abilene Christian University
Abilene High School
Acadia University
Adirondack Community College
Akademia Muzycna Wroclaw
Albion College
Aledo High School
Allegheny College
Anderson High School
Appalachian State University
Arcata High School
Arizona State University
Art Centar
Associacao Musical e Cultural de Lousada
Augsburg College
Augustana College
Australian National University
Baldwin Wallace College, Conservatory of Music
Bates College, Olin Arts Center
Baylor University School of Music
Bellarmine College Prep
Belleville High School
Benedict College
Berklee College of Music
Biola Christian University
Birdville High School
Black River Middle School
Blair School of Music, Vanderbilt University
Blythewood High School
Bob Jones University
Boston Conservatory
Boulder High School
Bowling Green State University
Brevard College
Brigham Young University
Brigham Young University Hawaii
Brigham Young University Idaho
Brno Conservatory of Music
Broken Arrow Public Schools
Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music
Bryan High School
Bucheon Symphony
Bucknell University
Budapest Symphony Orchestra
Burleson High School Band
Butler University
Butler University
Cal Arts
Cal State University
Calabasas High School
California State University, Bakersfield
Campbell University
Cardinal Gibbons High School
Carleton College
Casa De Musica
Casady School
Cecilia de Ador
Cedar Hill High School
Cedar Park High School
Centennial High School
Centennial High School in Burleson ISD
Center Grove High School
Central Ostrobothnia Conservatory Finland
Central Washington University
Chicago Symphony
Cimze Music School
Citrus College
Clear Lake High School
Clemson University
Cleveland Institute of Music
Coastal Carolina University
Colburn School of Performing Arts
Colchester High School
College of DuPage Arts Center
College of St. Rose
College of St. Scholastica
College of Wooster
Concerto Grosso
Concordia College of Music
Condordia University St Paul
Coneculta
Conservatoire de Musique
Conservatoire de Musique Chicoutimi
Conservatoire de Musique de Gatineau
Conservatoire de Musique Delemont
Conservatoire de Musique Rimouski
Conservatorio de Asturias
Conservatorio Nacional de Musica
Conservatorio Profesional de Musica de Cordoba
Conservatory of Music of Esch-Alzette
Conservatory of Saguenay
Conservatory of State of Mexico
Conservatory of Zurich
CSU East Bay
CSU Fresno
CSU Fullerton Music Dept
CSU Long Beach
CSU Sacramento
CSU Stanislaus
Curtis Institute of Music
Da-Chen Junior High School
Dartmouth College
David Byrne Band
Davidson College
Dawson High School
Deer Creek Public Schools
Del Mar College
Delaware State University at Dover
DePaul University
DePauw University School of Music
DeWitt High School
Dickinson High School
Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen
Discovery Middle School
Disney Lion King
Dixie State College of Utah
Drumming Grupo de Percussao
Duncanville High School
Duquesne University
Eastern Conneticut State University
Eastern Michigan University at Ypsilanti
Eastman Community Music School
Eastman School of Music
Elon University
Emory University
Escola Professional De Musica
Escuela Nacional de Musica, Unam
Evangel University
EWHA Women's University
Fairfield High School
Fargo South High School
Fayetteville State University
Fergus Fall High School
Finnish National Opera
Flint School of Performing Arts
Florida Gulf Coast University
Florida State University at Tallahassee
Förderverein Jugendmusikschule
Forney High School
Fort Dorchester High School
Fort Lewis College
Frederic Chopin Conservatory of Music
Frisco High School
Fundao Atrio Da Musica Portugal
Furman University
Gadsden High School
Gdansk Music Academy
Glenda Dawson High School
Glenn High School
Glenville State College
Gordon Gollege
Grand Valley State University
Griffith University
Grinnell College
Guildhall School of Music and Drama
Haltom High School
Harvard University
Henry County Schools
Heritage High School
Hillsdale College
HMT Hochschule fur Musick und Theater Zurich
Hobs-Beats Duo
Hochschule fur Musik & Darstellende Kunst Frankfurt
Hofstra University
Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts
Hope College
Hotchkiss School
Houghton College
Howard Payne University
HS Band
Hudson School District
Humboldt State University
Idyllwild Arts Academy
Indian Trail Academy
Indiana University at Bloomington
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Interlochen Center for the Arts
International Music Camp
Ithaca College
J.M. Tate High School
Jack C. Hays High School
Jackson High School
Jackson School District
Jacksonville State University
James Madison University
Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
John Horn High School
Jugendemusikschule
Julliard School of Music
Juniata College
Kansas City Symphony
Kansas City Symphony
Kansas State University
Kansas State University at Manhattan
KBS Symphony
Keller High School
Kent State University
Kingston upon Hull Music Service
Korea National University of Arts
Krum High School
L.A. Berry
La Porte High School
Lady Bird Johnson High School
Lake Travis High School
Laredo Community College
Las Vegas Academy
Lasalle SIA College of the Arts
Lawrence University Conservatory of Music
Lehman College
Lehman High School
Lewis and Clark University
Lone Star Community College
Los Angeles City College
Los Angeles Philharmonic
Louisiana State University
Loyola University
Luella High School
Lufkin High School
Madison West High School
Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra
Manhattan School of Music
Mannes College of Music
Marimba School of Musik Nurnberg
Martin High School Band
Mary Washington College
McAlester High School
McDonogh School
McNeese State University
Memorial University of Newfoundland
Mercer Island High School
Metea Valley High School
Michigan State University at East Lansing
Middle Tennessee State University
Midland Odessa Symphony
Missouri Western State University
Montana State University at Bozeman
Montclair University
Montgomery College
Morehead State University
Morgan State University
Morristown High School
Mount Allison University
Multnomah Arts Center
Murray State University
Music Academy of the West
Music School of Unicach, Chiapas
Musik Hochschule und Darstellende Kunst
Musik und Kunstschule Bedingen
Musikschule Allschwil
Musikschule Murau
Musikschule Prova
Musikschule Stadt St.Gallen
Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra
Nan Men Junior High School
Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts
National Arts Centre
National Chiayi University
National Sun Yet Sen University
National University of Singapore
New Mexico State University
New World Symphony
Niles North High School
Nimitz High School
Norfolk State University
North Carolina School of Music
North Greenville University
North Lamar High School
North Mesquite High School
North Park University
North Star High School
Northern Arizona University
Northwest Missouri State University
Norwegian Armed Forces - North
Oak Point Intermediate School
Oakland University
Ogolnoksztalcaca Szkola Muzyczna
Ohio State University at Columbus
Oklahoma City University
Oklahoma State University at Stillwater
Ola High School
Old Dominion University
Olympia High School
Onondaga Community College
Owasso High School
Owasso Public Schools
Pacific Lutheran University
Panstwowa Szkola Muzyczna
Parkway South High School
Pearce High School
Pelican Rapids High School
Pennsylvania State University
Phoenix College
PHONON Percussion Ensemble
Plainview High School
Pleasant Grove High School
Plymouth State University
Portland State University
Poteet High School
Primus
Professional Drum School
Prosper High School
Purchase College Conservatory of Music
Queens College
Queensland Conservatorium
Radford University
Red Deer College
Red Oak High School
Reedy High School
Rice University Shepherd School of Music
Richland High School
Robert E. Lee High School
Robert Schumann Academy of Music
Roosevelt University
Round Rock High School
Rowan University
Royal College of Music
Saint Olaf College
Saint Xavier University
Sam Houston High School Band
Samford University
San Chong High School
San Diego State University
San Francisco Conservatory of Music
San Francisco Symphony
San Jacinto College
San Jose State University
Santa Monica High School
Santa Rosa Jr. College
Sarah McLachlan School of Music
Savonlinna Music Academy
School of Music MOL
Seguin High School
Seguin High School Band
Senzoku Gakuen College of Music
Seoul National University
Seton Hill University
Sharyland ISD
Shenandoah Conservatory
Shengli Elementary School
Singapore Orchestra
Skidmore
Slippery Rock University
South Carolina State University at Orangeburg
South San Antonio West Campus High School
Southeast Missouri State University
Southern Utah University
Southwestern Oklahoma State University
Stadttheatre Bremerhaven Orchester
State University of New York, Buffalo
State University of New York, Fredonia
State University of New York, Geneseo
State University of New York, Plattsburgh
State University of New York, Stony Brook
Stephen F. Austin State University
Stetson University
Succession Percussion Group
SUNY Purchase
Susquehanna University
SWR Sinfonieorchester
Tainan Municipal Sinsing Junior High School
Tainan National University of the Arts
Taipei Municipal Ren-Ai Elementary School
Taipei University of the Arts
Tambuco Percussion Ensemble
Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra
Temple University
Tennessee Tech University at Cookeville
Texas A&M University at Commerce
Texas A&M University at Kingsville
Texas Christian University
Texas State University
Texas Tech University
Timber Creek High School
Tokyo College of Music
Towson State University
Trinity College School
Truman State University
Tyler Junior College
U Music Education Foundation
U Music Education Foundation
U.S. Army 101st Airborne Division
U.S. Army 282nd Army Band
U.S. Coast Guard Band
UCE Birmingham
UNAM School of Music
Union High School
United States Navy Band
Universite de Moncton
University of Akron
University of Alabama at Birmingham
University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa
University of Alaska at Fairbanks
University of Arizona at Tucson
University of Arkansas, Pine Bluff
University of Calgary
University of California, Davis
University of California, Santa Cruz
University of Central Florida in Orlando
University of Chicago
University of Colorado at Boulder
University of Dayton
University of Debrecen
University of Denver Lamont School of Music
University of Evansville
University of Houston, Moores School of Music
University of Huddersfield
University of Illinois at Urbana
University of Kansas at Lawrence
University of Lethbridge
University of Louisiana, Lafayette
University of Louisville
University of Manitoba
University of Maryland at Baltimore
University of Massachusettes at Amherst
University of Memphis
University of Michigan at Ann Arbor
University of Millersville
University of Missouri at Kansas City
University of Missouri at St. Louis
University of Montana
University of Music and Performing Arts
University of Nebraska, Omaha
University of Nevada at Las Vegas
University of New Hampshire
University of New Mexico at Albuquerque
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
University of North Carolina at Laurinburg
University of North Carolina at Pembroke
University of North Dakota at Grand Forks
University of North Florida at Jacksonville
University of Northern Iowa
University of Oklahoma at Norman
University of Sioux Falls
University of South Alabama
University of South Carolina at Columbia
University of South Florida
University of Southern California
University of Southern Maine at Gorham
University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg
University of Tennessee at Knoxville
University of Tennessee at Martin
University of Texas at Austin
University of Texas at San Antonio
University of Texas at Tyler
University of Trinidad & Tobago
University of Virginia
University of West Georgia
University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire
University of Wisconsin at Kenosha
University of Wisconsin at La Crosse
University of Wisconsin at Madison
University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh
University of Wisconsin at Platteville
University of Wisconsin at River Falls
University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point
University of Wisconsin at Whitewater
University of Wisconsin Madison
University of Wisconsin, Parkside
University of Wyoming
US Army Field Band
Utah State University at Logan
Utah Valley University
Valley City State University
Vandergrift High School
Vanguard University
Verona High School
Vest Jysk Musikkenservatorium
Virginia Commonwealth University
Vista Ridge High School
Waubonsie Valley High School
Waukee High School
Webb City High School
Weber State University
West Texas A&M University
West Virginia Wesleyan College
Western Carolina University
Western Connecticut State University
Western Kentucky University
Western Michigan University
Western Oregon University
Westfield State College
Westminster College
Westwood High School
Wilde Lake High School
Wilfrid Laurier University
Willamette University
William J Brennan High School
William J Brennan High School
William Patterson University
Wingate University
Wingate University
Winona State University
Woodland High School
Woodson High School
Wylie High School
ZOPSM

Traditional/Classic Reviews

Thank you very much for the Marimba. This instrument is amazing!... The tuning isperfect, the shape is great, I love it... For me, there's no alternative to Marimba One marimbas...

Peter Thomas - Principal Marimba Player of Disney's The Lion King

The marimba arrived on Friday. The percussionist loves it!

Ivan del Prado - Orquestra de Baja California

We just received The 4000 Series Marimba One Five Octave Marimba. This is the most resonant marimba I have ever heard.  The response is very even throughout the range of the instrument.  The height adjustment is incredibly quick and easy to use, which is a real plus with a large number of students in the studio. The craftsmanship is superb !   Congratulations on producing a terrific marimba.

Craig Collison - Arkansas State University

Just wanted take a moment to thank you for building me a marimba. I absolutely love it! It has made it safely to Tallahassee, Florida and is being enjoyed on a daily basis. I couldn't be happier with it.

Megan Ams

In this phase of my life I'm looking for my own sound, thank you Marimba One for help me to find my voice.

Gabriela Rojas

 

Gabriela Rojas Gomez

I received the instrument today. It looks and sounds absolutely fantastic... I greatly look forward to getting to know this wonderful instrument. The Mahogany finish is gorgeous as well… After twelve years in the coming, I couldn't be happier.

Chester Englander

Hi Ron!
Thank you for my wonderful marimba.
It is a big pleasure to play it. Sound is deep, full and excellent!
With best wishes


Juris Azeres

Latvia

 

Juris Azere

Thanks Ron, the marimba is beautiful and we are very happy. Best wishes

Rod Squance - University of Calgary

What a great instrument! It is impressive in both the low and high registers. The customer service is second to none. The entire staff at Marimba One were extremely knowledgeable and very helpful. They walked us through the purchasing process every step of the way, and we ended up with an instrument we were very happy with.

Vincent Pitzulo, Assistant Director, Percussion Instructor Fairfield High School

I wanted to tell you that your marimba is fantastic!! I am very happy. Congratulations to you and "Marimba One". Thank you very much.

Chrisophe Dietrich

"The sound of the new Marimba One exceeded our expectations, especially in itd even sound quality throughout its range, matched by equal projection in all registers." Ruth  Cahn
 

Eastman Community Music School - Ruth Cahn

I spent an hour unpacking the boxes and putting the frame together as if each part was a newborn child. When I unrolled the bars, they looked beautiful... and then I got to the bass end and almost lost it. They are stunning! So dark and classy looking. The whole instrument truly a work of art... oh, and the sound! ... Bottom line, the keyboard is a dream come true. I can never thank you enough for truly capturing the ideal in my instrument, one that will allow me to make my music and express myself on a first-class marimba.

Jamie Deitz

Hi Ron and Co.

I just wanted to tell you how thrilled I am with my new marimba!  Even unpacking and assembling it was a testimony to the care and precision with which it was made. 

And, of course, playing it makes me very glad I went the extra distance to purchase one of your instruments! Wow.

Wishing you continued success in the new year - thanks again!!

Artie Storch

The marimba arrived safely. I have to tell you that I am VERY impressed with every detail having to do with Marimba 1. The instrument is exquisite, the design is brilliant, the assembly is a snap, the packing job was done expertly, with attention to detail and loving care, and the service you provided has been the best. Marimba 1 is a class act. Please pass on my appreciation to everyone involved.

Rodman Marymor

Hi Ron!

Thank you for my wonderful marimba.

It is a big pleasure to play it. Sound is deep, full and excellent!

With best wishes

Juris Azere

Ron, thank you and we could not be happier! Thanks for the support and the beautiful instrument.
 

Tanner Trigg - Aledo High School

Every time I bring my marimba out to a gig, the quality of sound, manufacturing and overall aesthetic has a huge effect on everyone that comes to the show! Thanks for a great product. Thanks!

Seth Woodard

I would like to thank you for the terrific tuning job that you did on the marimba bars we sent over last May. The instrument sounds fantastic, better than ever. Really a first rate job!

Gary France - Associate Professor/Percussion, School of Music, The Australian National Univ

You and your company truly make outstanding instruments!  We received our 5.0 octave marimba just before the school district went on winter break and it was truly an early Christmas!  The students were completely ecstatic and everyone who hears this instrument find its sound unbelievable.  The first time we used the Marimba One with our percussion ensemble it almost made me upset at how much better it sounded than everything else!  I thought our other instruments were good too!

David Gronneberg, Grain Valley High School

The instrument is great. All of my students and percussion friends are jealous!

Aaron Turner

My new 5 octave Marimba One just arrived. Not only does it sound wonderful, it also has a beautiful design. It is by far the highest quality marimba I have ever experienced. Thank you all so much for building me such a beautiful instrument!

Jessica Bross

Jessica Bross

"It is an AWESOME instrument!"

Scott Baldwin, Reedy High School

Thanks for checking in with us. We love the new marimba, and have many exciting concerts planned for it. The shipping company did a great job, and I've enjoyed showing the marimba to all interested students and faculty. The bars are just great! When you notice how the bars are from different stocks of rosewood, and yet the craftsmen from Marimba One selected an incredibly balanced and beautiful set of bars...this is why I wanted to go with the company. Never was I worried about what was to arrive.

Nick Terry - Professor of Percussion, Chapman University

We are incredibly happy with the marimba.  It is the finest quality instrument we have, and the students treat it like a shrine.

David McKnight - Assistant Band Director/Percussion, Abilene High School

Thank you for building and sending us such a fantastic instrument!

Tomoyo Ueda - Stadttheater Bremerhaven Orchester

Thank you for the wonderful marimba. We are completely happy. Now that it is at ourhome, Severin leaves the marimba room only to eat!

Gerolf Stitzenberger

It is truly as beautiful a work as any masterpiece which was written to be played upon it.

Eric Christopherson

Hey Ron,

I just wanted to shoot you a quick email to say thanks for the marimba!  The instruments is beautiful, and the sound quality is unparalleled.  You exceeded every expectation I had - thanks again!

Best,

Adam Miller
 

Adam Miller

Thanks, I really love the marimba. It looks and most importantly, sounds great.

Alex Kim

I also just wanted to add, especially after just playing my recital last night, that I absolutely LOVE my marimba.  In all of my years as a percussionist (which I guess is up to about 12 now... yikes!), I still have not heard one that sounds better day in and day out.  Thank you SO much!

 

David Saad, Austin Texas

 

David Saad

"Speechless with how beautiful of an instrument it is."

Victoria Hartman

Thank you so much for our new marimba! It is beautiful. TOTALLY AMAZING HEIGHT ADJUSTABLE FRAME. YEAH. We are so happy, short ones and tall ones alike are rejoicing. I have a lineup of graduate students outside my door waiting for me to go teach so they can have a turn on it. Great stuff. I have no complaints, it sounds wonderful, looks great. The marimba arrived in great shape and I can find no flaws.

John Flood - San Diego State University

Thank you all very much for a great instrument! Good work!

Annika Forsnabba, Professor, Savonlinna Conservatory

We received the marimba a couple weeks ago and assembled it. It was packed beautifully and went together like a dream! The initial impact of the sound was glorious - after years of the same 40 year old 4.0 octave marimba being the only marimba in our program, you can imagine the elation of me and my students to play on a Marimba One.

WesHawkins

Phoenix College


 

Wes Hawkins - Phoenix College

I wanted to take a moment to thank you for manufacturing such a wonderful instrument. Since its arrival on campus a short time ago, the marimba has been a big hit with my colleagues, administration, and of course, the students. I am positive this new addition to our growing department will please audiences alike, now and in the many years to come.

Dr. Jeff Calissi - Assistant Professor of Music, Eastern Connecticut State University

Hi Ron,

I love Marimba One marimbas, which is why I purchased a PASIC floor model for my personal use in 2004.  Then in 2005-6 while teaching at Webb City High School, I facilitated the order of another Marimba One for the school district.  I left Webb City in 2007 to begin work toward a DMA at The Ohio State University and am now Assistant Professor of Percussion at Louisiana Tech University.  I actually sold my personal Marimba One in 2007 so that I could afford to go back to grad school.  I hope to eventually partner with you again, as I love the instrument. Thanks,

Greg

Greg Lyons

My 5-octave Marimba One sounds beautiful. It has an unbelievable singing quality.

Derek Kwan

Hi Mr. Samuels...thank you very much for the email....I’m very happy with my new marimba...and studying every day...it's a wonderful instrument and each detail is perfect...I’ll recommend you with friends who are thinking about getting a marimba...thanks a lot for everything and my best regards...

Santiago Esteban Suarez Rodriguez

Hi Ron, Just wanted to say that I received my marimba today and set it up at my house. I really love the sound and look forward to using it in a few upcoming concerts and video/recording sessions in November. I wanted to thank you for the quality instrument and just say that I could not imagine wanting to own any other instrument then a Marimba One.

Sincerely,
Nicholas Hall

Nicholas Hall

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!

Jack Van Geem - SF Symphony / Colburn School of Music

Without joking I have been singing the praises of my (and all) Marimba Ones ever since it arrived in that big crate over 7 years ago... just last night I did a big solo gig on it, and it still sounds beautiful. This gig was in a jazz club and I was using a lot of live electronics with it, and it all sounded great. I am having a lot of fun miking it up and running the sound through delays and phrase samplers and some cool programs on my laptop.... It sounds great, looks wonderful.

Jeremy Barnett

I just got my first set of Wave Wrap mallets.  They're simply amazing- I can't hear any contact sound!  I love them!

Brandon J. Kelly

I love your marimbas. They are the best instrument that I have ever had the pleasure of playing and owning. The sound, the design, the feel - they make playing easy!

Rich Dart

Hi Denise,

I will definitely have my daughter send you some pics when things settle down...she is so excited that she left for school today without her backpack!  It is beautiful.

What an exciting evening.  I had the box decorated with bows and my significant other set up the disco ball in the garage after I left to get her.  They assembled it without a problem.  She said the marimba was better than a new car.  I knew she would see it that way.

Thank you so much for being such critical part of this 'once in a lifetime' event and it couldn't have arrived at a better time. 

Please tell  Ron Samuels I said thank you.  It is absolutely gorgeous.  The packing was phenomenal, delivery went off without a hitch, the driver was very friendly and courteous, and you have made one very special 16 year old happier than ever. 

Now I am going to sit back and enjoy the music-Kris

Kristine Peterson

Thank you, Ron. It's been our pleasure here at Union Public Schools to have had a Marimba One for use by our students since 2003 (as I recall). We were excited to be able to add another Marimba One instrument to our inventory this year; you've been producing incredible instruments for many, many years, and it's our pleasure for our students to have the privilege to play them.

Thanks again,

Charles Pisarra
Union Public Schools
 

Charles Pisarra

Your craftsmanship and the overall physical beauty of the instrument is overwhelming. My first and greatest surprise immediately after setting up the marimba (which I found with your instruction manual very doable even on the first try, and solo) was the ease in which the marimba was to play. I had prepared myself for a long and arduous relearning process converting from bars of uniform width, to bars of varied width. Instead what I discovered was an instrument far easier to play than the one I'd been using for the last 10 years. The switch over was immediate and without difficulty... My favorite bar on the marimba is the low E. It has perfect harmonic overtones and richness without being overwhelming... The bottom line is I guess you could say I'm another ecstatic Marimba One customer. Thanks for all your hard and caring work.

Allan Marcus

Many thanks to you and your artisans who built our lovely instrument!   The instrument has served to inspire our students to practice more and it is allowing us to broaden the solo, duet, and ensemble repertoire.  I now quite frequently catch a couple of our students, in particular, working on duets.

Diane Bargiel - Adirondack Community College, New York

The sound of the marimba is amazing!

Eddy Tse

My new marimba (5-octaves) is wonderful! The sound and the price is perfect. The marimba (and the cases) arrived safely and both things have the best quality I have ever seen! Thank you very much.

Steffen Oesterle

The marimba is absolutely beautiful! The sound and resonance is amazing. Thank you very much!

Gladys Chan

We are extremely pleased with the instrument in all regards especially in the bass register.

Robert E. Baden - West Virginia Wesleyan College

The experience with you has been first class all the way. We absolutely love the marimba. Your work is simply incredible!!! Thanks.

Tom Horst - Boulder High School

Dear Ron

 

Heather, Alex and I would like to say how thrilled we are with the Marimba that you and your team made for Alex. Please do thank all of your staff for us.

 

To be honest, being a fine craftsman in wood I have very high standards for my own work and equally high expectations of other peoples’, and in this respect we feel that the instrument that you made for us is perfect. In my time as a cabinetmaker I have known and worked alongside a number of instrument makers and have a very high regard and deep respect for their specialist art forms. I appreciate that not only does an instrument need to look fabulous, it has to sound fabulous too!

 

We are very fortunate to be able to provide Alex with this Marimba whilst she is still relatively young (she is 13), and the other day she did say that she did not expect any Christmas or Birthday presents for the rest of her life! She dearly loves her new Marimba (and on occasions has even given it a hug before bedtime!!)

 

As a craftsman I am passionate about creating pieces of work that I know will be used, loved and treasured down the generations, and I am grateful that you have created just such a piece for us. We look forward to many years of pleasure from this lovely instrument.

 

With kind regards and  great thanks

 

Richard, Heather and Alex Smith.

 

Shapwick

Somerset

UK

 

Alex, Richard and Heath Smith

Thank you to you and your team for building an amazing instrument for me!  It has truly surpassed my expectations!  I didn’t really have words to describe how happy I was to finally have it….so I just played it for five hours instead!

Michael Downing

The kids (and faculty) LOVE the marimba!

Doug Ashcraft - Idyllwild Arts Academy