This 10 blade xylophone from Africa Heartwood Project is handcrafted in Ghana in the traditional style of northern Ghana and Burkina Faso. The pitch range is quite broad, from low notes that have long sustain because of the large gourds, and higher notes for quick response. This percussion instrument is covered by our satisfaction guarantee, and features: * C pentatonic, +/- 1/4 step (during import the keys dry and the pitch rises by up to 1/2 step - making the gyil close to C#) * Heat dried keys to help maintain tonality and prevent cracking * Solid frame construction using hardwood, leather, and rope * Full size gourds under each blade to amplify and sustain sound * Low notes rake upward to allow room for larger gourds * Two rubber mallets included with each balafon (World Percussion USA is the ONLY authorized seller of Africa Heartwood Project instruments on this marketplace. All other sellers claiming above to also sell this item as described are not honest sellers, so proceed with caution.)
- After import from Africa, each instrument is cleaned, inspected, tuned, and played individually to check sound and quality.
- Random low to high tuning, in keeping with use as a percussion instrument. Tuned close to C-C# Pentatonic.
- Heat dried keys to help maintain tonality and prevent cracking.
- Hand crafted in Africa by village cultural artisans supported by the non-profit Africa Heartwood Project .
- World Percussion USA is the only authorized seller of Africa Heartwood Project instruments on this marketplace. All other sellers of this item are NOT selling the product described in this listing!