About AMI Orff-style Instruments


This range of six instruments includes three xylophones and three metallophones and is designed on the internationally accepted Orff Schulwerk standard, with the added advantage that each instrument in the range covers two full octaves. The bodies are all painstakingly handcrafted in laminated pine, and feature a curved keyboard, carrying handles and beater storage bays. Each instrument comes with a set of beaters. Both xylophones and metallophones can be supplied as a single box with two octaves in C major, with optional keys to allow conversion to different key signatures (e.g. 2 F# keys for G major and 2 Bb keys for F major), or with a separate box carrying all the chromatic notes. To compliment the Orff instruments two octaves of individually resonated bass bars have been made.

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XYLOPHONES
SOPRANO: Used for solo, group or orchestral work: 2 octave range (C1to C3) Sneezewood keys on a five-box resonator. Supplied with hard rubber headed beaters.
ALTO: Used for solo, group or orchestral work. 2 octave range (C0 to C2) Sneezewood keys on a five-box resonator. Supplied with felt headed beaters. The bottom octave is overtone-tuned.
BASS: Used for solo, group or orchestral work. 2 octave range (C-1 to C1) Sneezewood keys on a seven-box resonator. Supplied with wool wrapped, polyurethane headed, beaters. All keys are overtone tuned.

METALLOPHONES
Metallophones are available in identical sizes and layouts as the xylophones above. The hand-polished aluminium keys give a brilliant, clear ring, with a vastly increased sustain, and are therefore better suited to playing chords, or providing a contrasting sound to the xylophones. Notes can be damped using the beaters or by hand if a pizzicato effect is required. “The bodies are all painstakingly handcrafted in laminated pine, and feature a curved keyboard, carrying handles and beater storage bays. Each instrument comes with a set of beaters...”

 

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