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THE GLOCKENSPIEL – with keys in solid brass they produce a great, celestial sound. Available with 7 keys pentatonic, 8 keys diatonic (C major), 12 keys diatonic and 20 keys chromatic. We offer three types of mallet (wood, rubber and plastic) each creating a different sound.
A glockenspiel has the most brilliant shimmering tone of the instruments in the orchestra, often used to underline the leading melody in the music.
Auris eight tone diatonic glockenspiel comprising the seven whole tone steps in the c-major scale. The notes we use are: c´ d´ e´ f´ g´ a´ b´ c´´
With this little instrument you can experience the fundament of all modern music.
It opens up the world of harmonies and you can play both major, minor and in disharmonious manners.
Auris diatonic glockenspiel can be used in the most various situations. At home, just playing musical games or at bed time. In the early school years it is a wonderful companion both by story telling and dramas to create a musical background and atmosphere. It plays lead melodies to choir singing and orchestra very well. The ways to use Auris glockenspiel are so many, only your fantasy sets the limit ( in a systematic work with smaller children the pentatonic glockenspiel from Auris is to prefer).
Auris pentatonic glockenspiel can be used in the most various situations. At home, just playing musical games or at bed time. In the kindergarten and early school years it is a wonderful companion both by story telling and dramas to create a musical background and atmosphere. It plays lead melodies to choir singing and orchestra very well. The ways to use Auris glockenspiel are so many, only your fantasy sets the limit.
The glockenspiel body is made of European maple wood, a hard, blond well suited material. The tone bars, which carries the secret of the Auris sound, are made out of a special brass alloy. This material gives the instrument an enormous tone potential that can fill a concert hall with sonorous light.
This sound can, the smallness of the instrument in spite, compete with any existing full size glockenspiel.
To obtain this very strong and full tone, one needs a extra hard mallet, which can be purchased as option. Normally it is only delivered together with the bigger models, since the tone it produces is to strong for children games.
The CURVED AURIS GLOCKENSPIELS
These curved glockenspiels have a miraculously pure and heavenly bright sound. They were developed to be the ultimate companion to the growing child. The perfect balance between the optic, the touch-sense and the sound of these instruments awakens the interaction between the senses in a very favourable way.
For use in the family, in kindergartens, schools, pre-schools and for music therapy. Due to their fine design and sound these glockenspiels are the most exquisite gifts also to adults.
One should be aware though that this type of glockenspiels, due to the strong sound, are NOT to be put in the hands of the smallest children playing on their own. The appropriate age to pass such an instrument to the child to play all by itself would be from 3 years and up. Before this the curved glockenspiels shall be played by the adult FOR the child or TOGETHER with it.
The STRAIGHT AURIS GLOCKENSPIELS
The straight glockenspiels have a full and warm sound. They were developed to be used by the child from early age on. They have a perfect balance between toy and real instrument. Serves very well all the way from the toddlers free music play and early childhood music education to professional orchestral use.
For use in the family, in kindergartens, schools, pre-schools and for music therapy. Easy to play together with other instruments.
The sound and construction of this instrument allows you to pass it to the child to play by it self from early age. We recommend that you wait until the child is 1 year to let it play alone.
Maintenance of the Auris glockenspiel
The Auris glockenspiel has brass-alloy tones and a maple-wood body. The tone bars are coated with a fine layer of beeswax. The beeswax provides a mild, natural gloss, and it also allows you to restore the bright surface yourself when it loses its shine, due to stains or scratches for example.
The easiest way to restore the surface of the tone bars is to use a conventional metal polish or polishing pads, available in any drugstore or supermarket. Applying fresh wax and polishing with a soft cloth may subsequently restore the bars. A well-maintained surface will acquire a fine patina as it ages, and its looks will improve with use.
Scratches in the metal tone bars can be treated with very fine steel wool. You must be careful to rub the wool ALONG the tone bar, not across it. Start the process by applying a light pressure to ensure that the wool you’ve chosen produces a structure similar to the original
The wooden body has a shellac primer and is finished with a hard wax polish. This gives a very soft “woody” feeling, and makes it easy to protect and preserve. If there are no marks or stains on the wooden body and you just want to shine it up a little, rub it with some beeswax or wood polish on a rough cloth, let it dry and give it a final polish with a smooth cloth.
A deep scratch can be leveled off by wetting it and applying a hot smoothing iron while still wet. Then smooth down with fine sandpaper and polish it as described above.
Wax crayon marks can be removed by applying turpentine.
We trust that your glockenspiel will be a source of lasting pleasure.