Yamaha Debuts the YM-6100 Artist Model Rosewood Marimba

12/5/2008 [Brass/Woodwinds]

The New Five-Octave, Height-Adjustable Model Designed in Conjunction with Marimba Legend Keiko Abe; Culmination of Over 40 Years of Instrument Development

BUENA PARK, Calif. — Yamaha Band & Orchestral Division is pleased to debut the YM-6100 Series Artist Model Rosewood Marimba, which was designed in conjunction with world-renowned marimba legend Keiko Abe. The height-adjustable YM-6100 Series Marimba is constructed out of hand-selected rosewood and contains a full, five-octave scale for a complete range of sound. The bars are carefully tuned with the unique Yamaha tuning method for highly accurate intonation. The culmination of more than 40 decades of instrument development with Keiko Abe, the new instrument is the industry-leading flagship for all Yamaha marimbas.

YM-6100
The Yamaha YM-6100 Series Marimba
The relationship between Yamaha and Keiko Abe began in the late 1960's. Her valued commitment to quality instrument development helped Yamaha develop some of its most popular marimbas including the 5100, 6000 and the 6000A Series marimbas. Abe's first US tour in 1977 featured Yamaha marimbas, which she personally helped to develop.

"Yamaha and Keiko Abe have an extensive history of collaboration," said Troy Wollwage, Marketing Manager, Yamaha Percussion. "The 6100 Series Marimba represents the next evolution of five-octave marimbas. We continually strive to make improvements in all our instruments. New production methods combined with innovative ways of thinking about sound, enabled our design team to create this top-of-the-line marimba with her input."

YM-6100
The culmination of more than 40 decades of instrument development with Keiko Abe, the new instrument is the industry-leading flagship for all Yamaha marimbas.
Ideal for solo and ensemble performances, the YM-6100 Series Marimba also features a new bar suspension cord that is 13 times stronger than the current marimba cord. It also has easily accessible resonator caps, which allow for precise fine tuning. The marimba's beautifully redesigned frame features pneumatic height adjustment.

A Drop Cover is also included with the instrument. Keiko Abe Artist Mallets are also available for purchase separately.

For more information, write Yamaha Corporation of America, Band & Orchestral Division, P.O. Box 6600, Buena Park, CA 90622; telephone (714) 522-9011; e-mail infostation@yamaha.com; or visit www.yamaha.com/band.

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