New from Sonor - Global Beat alto glockenspiel; diatonic, C2 to A3, with F# and Bb (16 bars). Each steel bar is tuned to A-440, the industry standard. The note name is stamped on the middle of each bar, and also inside the resonator chamber to make it even easier to put the bars in the correct places.
Are the bars easily removable for pentatonic use??
A shopper on Jan 13, 2012
Best Answer:The bars on the Sonor Global Beat Alto Diatonic Glockenspiels are fairly easy to remove. We have taught 2nd through 4th grade students to remove them as we use them in class. They are a little stiff and you have to wiggle the bar to get it up through the pin. Most of the students 2nd through 4th grade can lift them off without bending the pin. (We did practice this skill a few times.) We set up for Mallet Madness every Wednesday and because different grades are playing different scales and we change them per grade level quite a bit.
The bars come off just fine for pentatonic use. The annoying thing for me is that the letter names on the bars have been wearing off. There are a couple B flats that I can't tell if they're flats or not anymore. :( Otherwise they have been just fine and are quite sturdy for my middle schoolers' use. :)
The bars lift off with a little tug. They do not just lift off you do have to work with the top end a bit. However, since I usually take the bars off for my students this is not a problem. Hope this helps.
I want to play a guessing game with the kids where the note is played and they guess the name of the note. It is possible to take the bars off, turn them over so that you can't see the name of the note, and play that side?
Best Answer:If you flip the bars over, they will sound the same pitch, but might not have the same quality of sound. This is because the tuning of the bar is done on the bottom side, and to tune the bar, metal is removed from it, which may affect the sound quality when the bar is played on the "wrong" side.