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Into the vibe

Into the vibe (15)

Thursday, 01 February 2018 06:01

Old time vibraphones and their value

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history

The history of the vibraphone is small. The first instrument that could be seen as a vibraphone was a Leedy and saw birth around 1926. The Deagan 592 however can be seen as the godfather of the modern vibraphone, with most of the current vibraphones being pretty much a copy of this model.

Every now and then we havepeople asking how much is this or that vibraphone really worth?

Tuesday, 10 October 2017 07:00

vBeam me up Scotty

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Some know that from origin I am a Hammond organ player. And with Hammond comes Leslie, the rotor amplifier, where the sound is thrown into the room thru a rotating drum or horn. 

To get a more dramatic effect, you switch constantly between a slow and fast rotating horn, where the (de-)accelleration is what is giving you the thrills.

The "leslie"-effect is very close to the vibrato effect of the vibraphone. 

So when I started building vibraphones, I searched for a way to get this effect built in. And having a programmable motor system, I was able to do this. 

Saturday, 19 August 2017 07:13

Pickup system

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The vibraphone pickups

It's already more than 10 years or so that we produce an audio pickup system for vibraphones, of which since 2012 also midi (see earlier articles). What are the pros and cons of the pickups compared to miking a vibe?

Monday, 03 July 2017 08:25

Travelling to the Narada, the carbonVibe

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When you are developing vibraphones on an innovative way we do, you get questions, remarks and suggestions. There was one suggestion or question I got from almost every vibe player I talked with:

Can you make a carbonfiber frame? They make bicycles from it so why not vibraphones.

Sunday, 25 June 2017 08:42

Travelling to Narada

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Did you check out the new Narada? It's  something special, right? 

As with many cases in life, getting to the Narada meant going through lots of steps. The first path was paved over 12 years ago.

Wednesday, 31 May 2017 08:26

Models

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I try to listen as much as I can to vibists. I learn a lot from what's in their heads and how they see things.
Sometimes I hear this remark: 

Why do you have so many models, and why do you make so many changes all the time?

Do we have so many models? Do I make so many changes?

Tuesday, 23 May 2017 08:22

Vizzion Narada

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1921,  The vibraphone comes to life.

A new instrument not seen before, with a new sound and new musical possibilities. 
Players embrace the new instrument and start to express their new found identity. The instrument becomes a revolution in its first decades and finds its major use in jazz. 

Music evolves. Players evolve. What about the vibraphone? Did the instrument evolve with your musical identity? 

 
VanderPlas now created the next step in the evolution: the Vizzion Narada.

Sunday, 14 May 2017 07:10

All under the hood

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Ofcourse the main part in a vibraphone, and as this determines for the major part the quality of the instrument, are the bars. In general, manufacturers know how to tune bars. Some tune accurate, some tune a bit less accurate. Many of the manufacturers however are using the same dimensions as their competitors, and using the same tuning scheme being tuning the fundamental and up to a certain bar, also a 1st overtone (double octave).

Sunday, 30 April 2017 07:59

Bar tuning

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Ofcourse the main part in a vibraphone, and as this determines for the major part the quality of the instrument, are the bars. In general, manufacturers know how to tune bars. Some tune accurate, some tune a bit less accurate. Many of the manufacturers however are using the same dimensions as their competitors, and using the same tuning scheme being tuning the fundamental and up to a certain bar, also a 1st overtone (double octave).

Sunday, 23 April 2017 07:00

Ergonomics

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"Can' t you make a more lightweight vibraphone?"

This is my most heard comment from vibists. The reason is that vibists suffer from back problems. 
I have looked into this matter a lot, and came to another conclusion than what you would expect:  it' s not really the carrying of the weight of the instrument alone that makes your back hurt.