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Musser has now incorporated cost effective Paduk into a series of marimbas. The 4.3 octave M240 Studio Grand Marimba has Paduk wide graduated bars set in the A2 to C7 note range. This marimba includes aluminum resonators with a durable silver vein powder coat for a full rich tone. The Studio Grand sets regally on a handsome wood concert frame. This model is a great first full size marimba for the serious student.
- Range: 4 octaves (A2 to C7)
- Bars: Paduk (exotic hardwood)
- Tuning: A-442
- Weight: 170 pounds
- Width: Low End 32" - High End 15"
- Length: 81.5"
- Height: 35"
- Includes mallets and shallow drop cover
What is Paduk
Padauk (or padouk, or paduk) is a name for any of a group of timbers from the pantropical genus Pterocarpus. Not all wood from Pterocarpus-species qualifies as a padauk, some species don't yield timber at all, some yield a non-padauk wood. All padauks are of Asian or African origin. Padauks are valued for their toughness, stability in use, and decorativeness, most having a reddish wood.
The padauk found most often in the trade is African padauk from Pterocarpus soyauxii which, when freshly cut, is a very bright red but when exposed to sunlight fades over time to a warm brown. Its color makes it a favorite among woodworkers. Burmese padauk is Pterocarpus macrocarpus while Andaman padauk is Pterocarpus dalbergioides. Padauks can be confused with rosewoods with whom they are somewhat related but as a general rule padauks are coarser and are somewhat less decorative in figure.
When used in marimbas, paduk produces a tone similar to rosewood in its warmpt, but is slightly dryer and with a less full timbre. It's lower cost makes it ideal for student and/or practice use and many times is a less expensive alternative to synthetic bar instruments.