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