photo of Marimba Eroica
Photo by Bill Sloan

BUILT: 1951-1955, at Mills College and at Gate 5, Sausalito, California.
SIZE: The largest resonator is 8 feet long, 4 feet high, and 14 inches wide. The plank above this is close to 8 feet long. All planks are mounted at the nodes on foam rubber. The player stands on a riser 14 inches high.
MATERIALS: Resonators are of five-ply 3/4-inch redwood veneer, with steel rods for holding the sides rigid. Three of the tone-producing planks are of vertical-grain Sitka spruce; one is vertical-grain redwood.
TONES: The lowest gives an approximate F below the lowest piano A. Above this are (approximately) the lowest piano C, the lowest E, and the octave above the lowest A. The instrument is played with heavy padded mallets, and with hands in padded gloves. The resonators were designed and built by Bill Loughborough and Gerd Stern.

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