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Musser M-645 Orchestra Bells   

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2-1/2 octave steel bars in wood case....Read More

Available 09-01-2016

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      2-1/2 octave steel bars in wood case.


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      MusserM-645 Orchestra Bells

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      By Sam-I-Am

      from Brooklyn, New York

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          Comments about Musser M-645 Orchestra Bells:

          I was looking for the best replacement for the Deagan "round top" glockenspiel that I used years ago in the 1940's and 50's. This instrument makes a good match, possibly because Clair Omar Musser, before founding his company, had been for many years a designer for Deagan.

          It replaces a glockenspiel made by Ross which I would probably have continued with, but which I gave away.

          The Musser is more substantially built and I expect shortly to order a rolling cart for it, since it's a bit heavy to lug about the studio.

          I did also consider the Yamaha, but found that they were uninterested in accommodating my demand for 440Hz pitch, The constant rise in pitch over the years has to stop somewhere, and 440 is my limit, as it is for, say, the Metropolitan Opera. Singers, after all, can't arbitrarily just keep raising the pitch.

          The Musser cost a bit more than the Yamaha, but price shopping should never apply when you want a good instrument.

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          By Peilai

          from Seattle, WA USA

          Comments about Musser M-645 Orchestra Bells:

          I am a former member of DCI and am an oncall percussionist in the Seattle area, but enough about me.This instrument is quite nice. The sustain is very longer and very clear (maybe too much for my taste) The tone is similiar to a VERY bright Deagon Song bell if there were in this octave.The bars are about .25" thick with I am guess 1 3/8 wide (I did not have a ruler on me at the time) The steel is very tempered with a nickel plating that seems sturdy (a few years of use will probably see some flaking) Intonation is good. I heard the harmonics to the 3rd tuned, yet as I mention the sustain is so bright on this thing that it verges on "too" bright for me.I used aqurlic (sp), hard rubber, and brass mallets on this. As usual you get the standard pp-ff feel per change of mallets. Brass use really brought out this instrument. It would be perfect outside on the field as it carries throughout the hall. Orchestrally, I would not use this over ff, as it would carry too much over the strings and even brass. A damper would be a good addition, and they do make one, so that would make this a better buy. The price here is a bit high, but that varies per market.Fast runs are blurred on this, as many newer glocks tend to be these days. For highlights and melody, this is wonderful. It would be a good model for college or large ensemble work. Yet as I said the sustain and volume of this makes me lean towards a softer model as I do mostly chamber and orchstra work.

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