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Marimba6
08-28-2008, 12:59 PM
First off, let me apologize for the silly LOL-speak reference, I just couldn't resist.

Ok, I'm thinking about buying a concert glockenspiel. For a long time I dreamed of a Malletech 2.6 Infinity glock, but lately I've started to have my doubts. First off, the 2.6 range...everyone has run into music that extends beyond the high C, so the added D really does help...but, there is more and more new music (and some old) that extends beyond the standard 2.5 octave range in both directions. So, I investigated some of the other extended range options such as the Fall Creek glock, the Adams Parsifal, and the Yamaha yg2500. I'm starting to focus pretty heavily on the Adams and Yamaha because they have vibe-like damper pedals that allow you to control sustain.

Now, you are all asking why would someone really buy one of those things? Well, the long and short of it is that I play in several community bands and orchestras and not a one of them has a decent set of bells. I hate having to play on dinky sounding stuff. I also teach percussion, and at the school I work at we have a pretty heavy emphasis on timpani and keyboard music. It would also be great to have access to an extended range instrument for use in that setting. Plus, when I'm bored at home I can hammer through the bell part to Dukas' The Sorcerers Apprentice.

Anyway, please post your experiences or favorite instruments and why.

UNFSUT
08-31-2008, 01:04 PM
Hello,
I purchased a Fall Creek RT 1500 for the university at which I teach. I looked, played, asked about and had students try every glock at PASIC and elsewhere for the past three years before deciding on that one. Like you I thought the damper pedal would be a nice feature, but when you play the Fall Creek next to ANY other bells...there is NO comparison. They are far more expensive, but I think well worth the price. They are also very pleasant to look at and you can fit them into tight set-ups far easier than if you have a glock with a damper pedal (anytime you need to get the bells above the vibraphone, for example, in fast switches). This is all coming from a Pear/Adams endorser as well (tell no one!).

My advice is to go out and play them and see if you hear the same things as we did.

Good Luck!

Marimba6
09-02-2008, 10:45 AM
Thanks for the recommendation. I've now pretty much decided on the Yamaha YG2500. While it may not be the ultimate in sound quality, I have located one with a fantastic price, and for my use, I think I would prefer the pedal. The school already has 2 sets of bells which we can mount in a pinch onto the marimba or vibraphone.

Screenery
11-07-2008, 12:50 PM
Deagan Roundtops are the best glockenspiel bars. I have two sets for sale on ebay:

I wasn't able to add a picture in time to one of the auctions (the one with original nickel plating), so I have attached a picture.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=380078689705
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=380079540392

If you know anyone looking for Deagan Roundtops, please let them know of my auctions. They end very soon.

David Hollywood
11-12-2008, 09:57 AM
I would suggest the Fall Creek RT-1500 or RT-1000. If you want a pedal, I'd go with the Adams GAV33 (set up like a marimba) or the Korogi UG01 (set up like a vibe).

Marimba6
11-12-2008, 01:08 PM
Well, I've already purchased a Yamaha YG2500. After use with the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps during the summer and then at the Texas 3A State marching band contest it now resides in my dining room. I'm very happy. It sounds fantastic and has none of the harsh upper overtone spectra that some of the other instruments mentioned sometimes posses. I also like the cord suspension mounting over the pin mounting, as it gives you a larger playing surface and has better sustain.

David Hollywood
11-12-2008, 02:50 PM
I understand. I was just tossing out my thoughts on glocks. You got a great set to be sure!

Screenery
11-21-2008, 12:57 AM
I agree about the overtone spectra harshness.

The Adams GAV-33 bars definitely have that.

I have not tried the Korogi.

The Deagan Roundtop bars I have for sale are perfect timbrally. No harsh overtones like on the Adams that was modeled after them, but not overly "round" or dull sounding either:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=380083487373&ssPageName=STRK:MESE:IT&ih=025
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=380083488336&ssPageName=STRK:MESE:IT&ih=025

Marimba6
11-21-2008, 10:10 AM
Hmm. Hate to burst your bubble, but neither of those bar sets are Deagan Round Tops.

Deagan Round Top bars are actually stamped "round top" They have a very distinctive shape, like the letter D turned on it's side. See this photo for an example of the stamp: http://www.pas.org/Museum/Tour/images/0504musb.jpg also, neither of the bar sets you are selling fall into the model #'s listed in original Deagan Catalogue Literature under round top models. The Round top models were also only triple plated, not painted.

See also: http://www.pas.org/Museum/Tour/0506.cfm http://www.wadeculbreath.com/deagan/roundtop.html
http://www.malletshop.com/museum_detail.cfm?prod=223
http://www.malletshop.com/museum_detail.cfm?prod=222
http://www.malletshop.com/museum_detail.cfm?prod=224

yakseller
12-05-2008, 09:28 AM
Have you considered the Orchestra Bells from Doug DeMorrow? People rave about them.
http://www.malletjazz.com/database/demorrow/bells.html
http://www.steveweissmusic.com/product/1126481/glockenspiel-bells

nativeguy
01-16-2009, 02:51 AM
Deagon Roundtops are among the best!

Robertw8
07-23-2011, 09:54 PM
I once owned a Saito glock are they still around.

David Hollywood
08-02-2011, 02:21 PM
I once owned a Saito glock are they still around.

Yeah, they're still around:

http://www.saitogakki.co.jp/e/metal/sg100.html

Robertw8
08-03-2011, 04:48 AM
Yeah, they're still around:

http://www.saitogakki.co.jp/e/metal/sg100.html
Thanks David,the one I had was the Saito sg100,nice instrument for the money back then,I used to play in concert/brass bands/orchestras out here but now mainly playing kit.Regards.