For more information, or to Order Contact designer and maker, Jim Doble
jim@elementaldesign.me
(207) 785-2212
Union, Maine

GLASS  MUSICAL  INSTRUMENTS

Glass is a remarkable sound source. The sound of these glass musical instruments is incredibly soft, clear, and resonant. There is an unusual water-like quality to the tone which is very relaxing and meditative, a wonderful stress melter. These glass mallet instruments are used for performance, meditation, relaxation, and simple pleasure.

It may seem out of place to be striking glass with a mallet, but these are sturdy musical instruments. I use 1/4 plate glass which is pegged with rubber coated nails. One would have a difficult time breaking a key with the included mallets.

I'm currently experimenting with other glass musical instruments: Gongs, Tongue Drums and musical instruments especially suited for sound therapy. See some on the "Experimental" page. For any Hammered Dulcimer players out there, I'm now making a "never have to tune" Glass Dulcimer.


The bases are usually of Oak, Sustainably harvested from my property. Other wood types maybe available.

 I'm happy to customize any of my instruments to suit your needs.

To see and hear some good quality recording of a glass instrument, check out this mini documentary.

For an explanation of tunings, please see my Tunings page.

Chromatic Aquarion:

 Two octaves (middle C4-C6). Set up like a standard marimba. 
The two bases could be played seperately or slid together for playing chromatically. The tinted keys are tuned as beat frequencies.

$565. (~36"x 24")

3 Octave Aquarion:

This Aquarion utilizes extra pieces of glass laminated to the ends of the bars in the lower octave to help bring out those low tones. (C3-C6)
The bass octave doesn't ring quite as clear or loud as the middle of the instrument; but if you really want the extra range or low end, it's here.
$885.  (~52" x 38")

Almost All Glass Aquarion

For those who want the look of all glass. I can't peg into glass sides, but I can cheat a bit and use Acrylic for the base.
More cost to build than the regular versions , and also much more delicate. I don't recomend carting this one around too much. Two octaves as above.

$965

Aquabeat:

This has a Pentatonic tuning with three added beat frequency keys.
When the dark keys are played concurrently with the adjacent keys it sets up a "beat" effect which is tuned to help entrain your mind towards a more relaxed and elevated state of awareness. Ideal for meditation, sound therapy, or simple relaxation (see about Beat Frequencies on my Sound Therapy page).

$345

 
Glass Gong

This Glass Gong won't bend your ears like a regular metal gong; the tone is much more subtle and mellow. 
It's suitable more for personal toning than rousing the neighbors.
 $280 (+ $40 packing fee if shipped.)

Glass Hammered Dulcimer

A Dulcimer players dream: a never have to tune hammered dulcimer! A glass marimba with the layout of a hammered dulcimer. It can be played up and/or across depending on what key you'd like to play in.

Has a detachable lid for safe transport.

$1285 for one like shown.