The vibraphone is an instrument with a history almost as colorful as its distinctive sound. In the middle of the 20th century, it characterized the "good vibes" of jazz music, earning itself a well-deserved appreciation from musicians and audiences alike. The performance opportunities for vibraphones have only increased in the decades since the golden age of jazz, and today they can be found just about anywhere. Case in point: the selection of concert vibraphones available right here. With instruments designed for a variety of different applications, it has something to offer no matter what your style happens to be.
There are two main categories of vibraphone here, and the first one is devoted to the stage. Instruments like the Musser M55 / M55G / M7055 / M8055 Pro-Vibe 3 Octave and the Musser Lionel Hampton Signature Vibraphone highlight the lineup, along with some affordable options such as the Majestic 3-Octave Deluxe Vibraphone. These are the way to go if you're looking for a vibe to keep in your concert hall or jazz club, where the toughest surface it has to roll over is a stage floor.
The second major type of vibraphone is the field model. If your vibe is going to see some more challenging terrain, then you're looking for one of these. The heavy-duty carts and big, knobby wheels on instruments like the Majestic V1530 Quantum Field Vibraphone and the Bergerault P09-DVP30 Vibraphone with Grid Iron Cart are more than capable of handling the demands of a marching band - so there's no location that's off-limits for the sweet sound of the vibe.
As it turns out, an instrument doesn't have to be small and portable to make its mark on the stage or even in a marching band - it just needs to be ready to travel, with a sound that's like no other. The vibraphone certainly meets those qualifications, and concert models like the ones found here are the perfect ones to make sure your performance stands out whenever and wherever you pick up the mallets and play.
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