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Excellent sounding, superbly styled, and easy to move.
The Dynasty USA 4.3-Octave performance marimba has 1-9/16" x 2-3/8" x 11/16" and graduated padauk bars on a performance frame.
The instrument produces a warm, rich tone and is placed on the Dynasty performance concert frame. This marimba can be moved easily from room to room, with an overall width of 33-7/8". Height adjustment ranges from 29-1/5" to 37".
A great addition to any band room, top ensembles around the country choose Dynasty keyboards for the sound they desire. With graduated padauk keys, the instrument gives the sound of rosewood without the price.
This new Dynasty USA 4.3-Octave performance marimba on the Dynasty performance frame is a strong, great sounding and durable addition to the Performance Series instruments.
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Comments about Dynasty 4.3-Octave Performance Marimba, Graduated Padauk Bars:
So far I am not totally sure about how I feel about this marimba. I have played on many marimbas in the past couple years, and have collaborated with Bob Becker him self. This marimba is very inexpensive, but with that comes a price itself, which is sound quality, build, and structural integrity.
I love and hate the sound of this instrument. It sounds great in certain rooms and when played only by it self. Don't expect anything that is too fantastic. Middle range sounds very basic and cheap.
The build of this instrument is not good at all. The build is fairly shaky. There seems to be a couple flaws with the build, and I am not a total fan of the velcro system holding the board onto the stand.
For high school level, or even teaching, this marimba is pretty good. Get it for the price, and use at home for practice. This is a great price for 4.3 octave marimba with real wood. I wouldn't use this with an ensemble, because the pitch isn't exactly the same with every single bar, some are more noticeably flat or sharp with an ensemble.
The features for this marimba are very basic. You don't get anything that's too exciting, the biggest feature for this is that you can move the resonator pipes so you get a different sound, but I honestly noticed not much of a difference after a week of playing with this, for three hours a day.
Quality is not great, not good, a little below decent. The way the bars are placed on the rack is not a good way of doing it. The bars are placed on by a string- which is the only way, but the way the string is held into place it only by gravity, nothing is stopping from the bars bouncing back up when struck. The bars wobble a lot in it's place, so you will hear a very annoying rattle and buzz when it is struck, I am going to be putting on very light felt pads, like you find in a piano on the higher register, and hoping that will eliminate the buzz.
The stand works for what it is, but what I find kind of cheap is that the only thing that is holding the entire board is velcro. There are velcro strips on the cart and the board it self, I find that very cheap and kind of frightening, because if something goes wrong with the velcro, which could easily happen, the board will smash to the ground which will not be good. The cart's back wheel gets suck when moving forward to backwards a lot, and hits the resonator pipe. There is no way of fixing this, just have to be careful when moving, so one doesn't dent or ruin the resonator pipe.
The bars are decent, you are paying for padauk wood, so don't expect for a rose wood sound, even if they are "graduated bars." The only difference the graduation process does to the bars is actually make them thinner, so risk of breaking them is fairly medium level to a middle high, so transportation will have to be very careful, when moving, especially from room to room. The low range and the high range sound pretty good, but the middle range sounds mediocre. Going up from the E above middle C to the E on the top of the treble cleff, so somewhat of a significant range, it stops sounding like a marimba and more like an orff instrument- the keyboards that one usually plays in grade school. The thing I do like about this marimba is that on the lower and high end it does have a pretty traditional sound, when comparing to the marimbas with the poured keyboard that aren't made of real wood. This keyboard does have a pretty "earthy" sound, especially when playing with four mallets.
You get what you pay for. This is probably the cheapest new marimba that is out there on the market, as of when I bought it which was about December 20, 2011. Am I completely sure that I only give this a 5 out of 10, of course not. I have only been using this for about 2 weeks, the sound is decent, but how long will it last before bars start to crack, even when used properly. Weather has been somewhat forgiving this year, a pretty humid winter, but next winter may be more dry, that has to be put into consideration, some seasons are more dry than others, so I am not sure the value this instrument. It's good for practice, but decent for performance.