Studio 49 is introducing a new line of Orff instruments. The 1600 Series features bright rosewood xylophone bars. All Studio 49 1600 Series xylophones come with a solid multi-chamber resonator boxes, flexible pins, and durable fabric covered cording under the bars.
Built to Studio 49's tradition of high quality standards these instruments are affordable options for the budget consciour classroom or home.
AX1600 - Diatonic Alto Xylophone with F# and Bb bars, 16 bars total. Range is C'-A'. One pair of S4 felt mallets included. The size of this resonator box is the same size as the 2000 Series Alto xylophone made by Studio 49.
My elementary school currently has no pitched percussion. I am writing a grant for up to $1500 to purchase pitched percussion. Can you compare/contrast the 1600 Series alto xylophone with the 1000 Series alto xylophone? Should I be looking at alto xylophones or soprano xylophones? I would like to purchase 2 or 3 of the same instrument.
Best Answer:I purchased a Studio 49 1600 series AX to supplement the instruments I already had. It was my first Studio 49 instrument. I LOVE it. It has a beautiful sound and has held up very nicely. I blends well enough with the fiberglass Sonor instruments I already had, though it's a bit louder. I don't know anything about the 1000 series.
I would strongly recommend you get all alto instruments, or two altos and one soprano. The reason for this is that if you choose to have the students play them for accompaniment to their own singing, they will be able to play in a register that is lower than their singing, wheras the soprano instruments would be in the same register or higher. The lower instruments really fill out the sound. If you ever have the opportunity to purchase a bass xylophone, you will be amazed at how much depth it adds! (I have the Sonor Palisono short bass, which is enough for my kids.)
HI, I have the 1600 Xylophone. I chose this model to match sound of the other studio 49's we already had, but if I had the choice, I would have sprung for the Sonar Palisano instruments. I would not go down to the 1000 series. The sound quality lessens as you go cheaper.
As far as soprano vs. alto. Children sing in the Alto range, and many of the melody parts from the Orff level books are written for the Alto. I would get two alto and one soprano. When in doubt, get the alto.
I really can't compare them because I do not own the 1000 series. However, I do recommend getting a few different ones (alto and soprano) so the students can experience playing on different instruments. The soprano xylophones will be cheaper in price, but I suggest having at least one alto xylophone. I have basically just built up my collection each year and bought it one or two pieces at a time.