The Marimba originated in Africa and consisted of bars of resilient wood mounted over gourds and were used by the natives of Africa as war drums. The African Marimba usually consisted of from one to four tones to an instrument.
Later the Marimba came into use through the natives of Central and South America, the instruments being more complete and of larger range than the African instruments.
The South American Marimba consisted of a series of diatonic notes mounted in one row and although the South American Marimbas were a vast improvement of the African instrument they were nevertheless a very flimsy impractical instrument. The first practical Marimbas were designed and manufactured by J. C. Deagan and since the manufacture of the first Deagan Marimba many improvements have been made, and many letters patent have been allowed J. C. Deagan by the civilized governments of the world and today a Deagan Marimba is universally acknowledged as being "a real musical instrument," as well as the only practical instrument of its kind in existence.
Marimbas are daily coming into greater use, there being two principal reasons for same, one being that the Marimba while operated similar to the Xylophone is very much easier to play as the tone of a Marimba is sufficiently sustained so that rapid execution and fine technique is not necessary in the playing of same as with a Xylophone.
And again the tone of a Marimba being soft, sweet and mellow is very much more preferable in many cases to that of a Xylophone and as a Marimba is played with soft mallets which will not injure the bars, a Marimba will last a lifetime.
All metal parts of the Deagan Marimbas are highly polished and triple nickel plated and all wooden parts are finished in natural wood and highly polished the same as a Piano.
The floor racks on which the Deagan Marimbas are mounted are of the famous Deagan design and are made of the finest seamless Steel Tubing and are of the slip joint type, there being no screws to get loose or out of order.
The frames on which the bars are mounted are of the very finest native quarter sawed white oak and on the wooden instruments the bars are suspended above the frames between posts so that the bars do no come in contact with anything but the supporting cord, thus leaving them free to vibrate.
Deagan Marimbas are expecially designed for traveling use and the instruments can easily be taken apart and packed in very small space, and any Deagan Marimba can be taken down and packed or unpacked and set up in but a minute's time.
J. C. Deagan, the manufacturer of Deagan Marimbas, is universally recognized as being the world's greatest acoustician, and as Deagan Marimbas are built by Marimba specialists, in the finest musical instrument factory in the world, under the most critical supervision and by artisans skilled with many years training in the manufacture of high class musical instruments it necessarily follows that no one can produce an instrument equal to the Deagan Instrument.
In presenting the many different styles of Marimbas listed in the following pages we are sure you will find just the instrument suited for your purpose, and we absolutely guarantee a Deagan Marimba to give absolute satisfaction under any and all conditions.
Source: Deagan Catalog G
|Instrument||Model Number||Name||Octave and Range||Bar Size||Date Built||Tuning||No. of Chimes||Notes|
|Marimba||350||3 F-F||2918-25||First Deagan Marimba|
|Marimba||352||3.5 F-C||1918-34||B or X has finish variation|
|Marimba||354||4 C-C||1918-34||B or X finish variation|
|Marimba||352D||3.5 F-C||1929-34||With Deluxe Wheel Rack|
|Marimba||354D||4 C-C||1929-34||With Deluxe Wheel Rack|
|Marimba||52B||Masterpiece||3.5 F-C||1934-39||52B has finish variation|
|Marimba||54||Masterpiece||4 C-C||1934-39||54B has finish variation|
|Marimba||Queen Anne||3.5 G-C||1936||Unique Furniture Design|
|Marimba||330||Stu-Dette||2.5 C-F||1937-41||Table-Top Mounting/Legs|
|Marimba||64||Imperial||4 C-C||1937-42||Few made between 1946-47|
|Marimba||68||Imperial||4 C-C||1937-42||Wide Concert Grand Bars|
|Marimba||70||Imperial||4.5 C-F||1937-42||Wide Concert Grand Bars|
|Marimba||318||C-C||1939-42||Wide Bars (Ensemble)|
|Marimba||325||2 C-C||1939-42||Wide Bars (Ensemble)|
|Marimba||330R||Stu-Dette||2.5 C-F||1940-42||New frame, folding legs|
|Marimba||36||4 C-C||1943-45||WWII - No Metal|
|Marimba||333||Studette||2.5 C-F||1947-52||Redesign of 330|
|Marimba||333R||Studette||2.5 C-F||1947-52||333 with wheels|
|Marimba||485||Bolero||4 C-C||1949-50||Like 484, finish variation|
|Marimba||490||Imperial Bolero||4 C-C||1950-53||Deluxe Bars & Frame|
|Marimba||470||Diana 51||4 C-C||1951-53|
|Marimba||400||Student 400||2 C-C||1952-54|
|Marimba||600||Diana IV||4 C-C||1961-66||Similar to 40|
|Marimba||1200||Imperial Custom||4 C-C||1961-66||Deluxe Concert Grand|
|Marimba||652||Diana Deluxe||4 C-C||1966-82||Deluxe Bars & Frame|
|Marimba||M-52||Victoria||4 C-C||1971-77||by Slingerland, similar to 652|
|Marimba||612K||Studio||3.5 F-C||1972-77||Synthetic Bars|
|Marimba||ABM||1.5 C2-F3||1975-||Amplified Bass, no resonators|
|Marimba||343R||Studette II||3 F-F||1976-78||Honduran Rosewood Bars|
|Marimba||343K||Studette II||3 F-F||1976-78||Synthetic Bars|
|Marimba||654||Bandmaster||4.3 A-C||1976-78||Similar to 653, Bars resized|
|Marimba||678||Marching Marimba||2.6 C-D||1978-||Synthetic Bars|
|Marimba||380K||Studette||3 F-F||1980-||Synthetic Bars|