The size and sound of the 14 Key Xylophone from is always impressive. The large gourds below the lower notes make for big sound and with extra long decay. The frame is built very sturdy, great for long life but a bit too bulky to be considered portable. The sound quality is very rich and tonal, very earthy and organic. Made in Ghana with Africa Heartwood Project, this xylophone is crafted in the traditional style of Burkina Faso and northern Ghana. This xylophone 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 this gyil close to C#) Low note: 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.
- Heat dried keys to help maintain tonality and prevent cracking. Key of C-C#
- Solid frame construction using hardwood, leather, and rope.
- 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!