You are looking for a serious concert instrument, not a toy, but you simply can’t afford a commercial instrument
You are a percussion student or a parent of a percussion student, and you are looking for an inexpensive practice instrument for the home
You are looking for a really fun project to build which will be a real talking pont and source of joy for years to come.
Are looking for an inexpensive way to get Instruments for Schools for classroom percussion ensembles
You are you looking for an instrument that will suit a student right through their high school years, even for music exams
because after all… they are just planks of wood siting on a frame, with resonating tubes to amplify the sound.
And of course if you are after a fully professional Five Octave Marimba then be prepared to fork over closer to $20, 000!!
Furthermore, even for a small box resonated xylophone you can pay upwards of $400 for a good quality instrument.. and schools need to buy full class sets of them…
I’ve also built many other instruments in my time, from small xylophones to ultra large Bass Marimbas. What I’ve done is refined my building processes into step by step building guides for five instruments, The Simple Glockenspiel, The Box Xylophone, the Two Octave Mini Marimba, Three Octave Concert Marimba, the Three Octave Concert Vibraphone and more recently, the Pro Five Octave Concert Marimba
Concert quality marimbas are usually made from Honduras Rosewood or African padouk, and obviously the better wood you have access to the better instrument you’ll be able to make. However you can make these instruments from just about any hardwood (eg, Durian or Meranti).