The glockenspiel, known in Europe since the 17th century, owes its name to the fact that originally small bells were struck with metal bars. Nowadays, the metal sound bars arranged like a keyboard, are played with two mallets.
At SONOR, we use different materials for the sound bars of our xylophones. Depending on the series, these are either natural woods, fiberglass or the fiberglass material Palisono, which was specially developed by us and corresponds to the sound character of rosewood.
The art with metallophones is to produce metal sound bars in such a way that sound quality, timbre, sound duration and balanced volume extend consistently over several octaves.
SONOR's chime bars are available with both metal and wooden sound bars. Just like xylophones or metallophones, they consist of a resonance box and a sound bar with a clearly defined single tone.
Small percussion instruments form the second important group of instruments in the Orff arsenal, alongside the melodic xylophones, glockenspiels and chime bars.
Every pot has its lid – every percussion instrument its mallet. Whether it is for optimal sound production or also for species-appropriate treatment of the instrument: all our percussion instruments have specific mallets with which an ideal sound result can be achieved.
Meisterklasse is SONOR‘s largest range of instruments within the program for music education, therapy, leisure and family.
The SONOR Orff SMART Series embraces market-leading innovations in sound, functionality, and design.
The primary program for elemental music education comprises glockenspiels, xylophones, metallophones, chime bars, timpani and small percussion instruments.
Global Beat consists of 2 glockenspiels, 6 xylophones and 3 metallophones. A sound and quality comparison with instruments of other manuafactures in a similar category shows the clear advantage of Global Beat instruments.
The idea that music begins inside human beings was the basis of Carl Orff’s music pedagogical concept, intended to inspire children to take part in ‘elemental music-making’. For him and also for us at SONOR music is one of the most important means of expressing personality. Our close, on-going collaboration with pedagogues and therapists still underpins the practice-oriented approach of our company today. Our instruments have proven their worth not only in early musical education, but also in therapy or work with older people.
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