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Ron Samuels

Arcata, CA

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Written by: Ron Samuels

In the early 1980's, Ron Samuels fell in love with the sound of the marimba. He spent his next years acquiring the woodcraft and design skills that would enable him to make a world class instrument.

Ron spent years listening to concert marimbas, studying their evolution, and talking to percussionists about their ideal marimba sound.

Pursuing that shared ideal, Ron developed a theory of balanced keyboard "voicing," and began to craft the worlds' first voiced keyboards.

Today, Ron and the Marimba One artisans continue to work with musicians worldwide to create the finest concert marimbas and professional mallets that can be made. Marimba One is grounded in the belief that each and every marimba should be custom designed and handmade to perfection: an instrument of art.

Because we truly love these instruments, we are passionate about our customer service, and offer an outstanding warranty to back our uniquely designed, handcrafted marimbas. You can find our marimbas all over the world, played in prestigious colleges and universities, professional orchestras and high schools, and by classical and modern soloists and ensembles.

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