Marimba One has launched a new marimba called the Izzy. Their press release states the following:
The culmination of 30 years of acoustic research, engineering and craftsmanship, this is simply the finest marimba ever built. Sound innovations which have also been integrated in all marimba one©marimbas include resonator harmonic filters for a smoother, more balanced sound, updated resonator tuning to maximize sound potential, and voicing options on both our resonators and keyboards.
The complete re-design of our frames ranges from combination aluminum and wood rails with laser engraving to the incredibly durable frame hardware. Our ultra-smooth pneumatic height adjustment system is functional and durable–never slips, easy to use. We only use US-grade certified hardware on our marimbas which are 100% made in Arcata, California, USA.
The marimba one Izzy™ is named after Izzy Samuels, son of marimba one© founder Ron Samuels.
I was able to play on one of the Izzy models at the Zeltsman Marimba Festival this summer. I really like what they have done to the frame to make it more sturdy. This is the choice that I would make if I were in a school or somewhere where you are moving the marimba between rooms. It has a darker “black” look on the rails which is a combination of aluminum and wood and therefore saves you a little money compared with the 3000 series Height Adjustable choice. The soloist and 3000 series continue to have the tuning nobs while the new Izzy does not.
You can choose this option by visiting the marimba one “build your dream marimba” link at: