Stone marimba

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Stone marimba
Stone marimba (from Emil Richards Collection).jpg
Stone marimba (from Emil Richards Collection)
Classification Percussion instrument (Idiophone)(Lithophone)
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Related instruments
Elemental Design

The stone marimba is a musical instrument in the percussion family. It is a mallet percussion instrument arranged chromatically, but has bars made of stone, unlike the more typical wooden bar marimba. Because it is made out of rock, it is classified as a lithophone. The bars are usually wide like a wooden marimba, but are thinner and flat, which helps increase resonance. The stone marimba may or may not have resonators, however.

A stone marimba housed at the Musée de l'Homme is possibly the oldest-known musical instrument on the planet.[1]

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  1. ^ The stones of Ndut Lieng Krak. New Scientist. 10 January 1957. p. 8. Retrieved 5 January 2013.