Here in U.K., I thought that a xylophone had wooden bars, often
rosewood? I also thought that tuned flat metal bars were termed
I have a keyboard operated xylophone in an oak case here, and also a
Glockenspiel with 25 notes, obviously made for a marching band as there
is a leather strap to go 'round your neck. Although the keyboard is
straight and flat, the front of the casework is curved to the outline
of a large round tummy on the person playing the instrument.
Has anyone else come across keyboard operated machines which play
Kevin McElhone, U.K.
[ If wooden bars it's a xylophone. The marimba is a xylophone
[ with a buzzer. Otherwise if metal bars it's a metallophone.
[ The glockenspiel (das Glockenspiel auf Deutsch) is designed
[ for playing while marching (bell lyre). Orchestra bells,
[ like the xylophone, are played while horizontal. The celesta,
[ a metallophone developed in Paris by Auguste Mustel, was
[ considered a quaint keyboard instrument until Tchaikovsky
[ featured it in "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy". -- Robbie