CHRIS BANTA - MASTER TUNER

CHRIS BANTA - MASTER TUNER

It comes down to: years of practice in building marimbas, tuning and building endless amounts of marimba bars, understanding their physical properties, and using highly accurate professional equipment
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Back in 1980 Chris spent many hours with master marimba builder, Del Roper [Left]

discussing the detailed points of harmonic tuning. Without this critical detail, bars sound terrible.  The interest in learning the marimba building craft lead to many construction projects having hundreds of bars of various sizes and ranges.  Along the way, there were many tuning jobs.  Most bars were capable of being re-tuned.  However, there were many bars that were out of pitch and not salvageable, thus requiring new bars to be made from scratch that exactly matched the the size and pitch the suspect bar.  Chris has developed a professional tuning technique and extensive knowledge in how to read, interpret the strobe tuner's images, and most importantly how to apply those readings in correcting a not quite perfectly-pitched bar.  Eventually, it becomes perfectly tuned...ah!

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Mechanical Rotating Disc Strobe Tuners

  • (Top) Peterson Model 490 Autostrobe

  • (Bottom) Peterson Model SC 5000-II Strobe Center

818 599-8410 | chris@ccbanta.com | Shop Location: Thousand Oaks, CA 91360 | © 2019 chris banta

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