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A Chrysoglott it Ain't !
By Craig Brougher

Well, I found out something about Chrysoglott I didn't know.  That
basically, they are played with soft hammers, have resonators, and
tremulant.

Mine, obviously, is not one of those, although the bars might be from
a Chrysoglott.  I doubt it.  I suspect we'd call this model a damped
metal bar xylophone.

Bob Loesch said he would be interested in knowing a bit more about
it.  Well, I sort-of "invented" this one.  I felt that having all the
over-ring of metal bars like a band organ inside the home would blur
the tone too much, and anyway I also wanted two playing modes for the
instrument.  So it's built with reiterators to play in that mode --
which, with the dampers, really sounds good.  Then, it's also designed
to play straight single-stroke when accompanying the wooden bar
xylophone.

It's vertical and sits back at a slight angle, so that it can be
properly illuminated all the way to the bottom without harsh shadows,
by lights mounted in the top of its chamber, behind wooden shutters
in the bottom section.  Its tone is "Glockenspeil-ish."

Craig Brougher


(Message sent Mon 7 Jan 2002, 16:08:56 GMT, from time zone GMT-0800.)

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