Questions: choosing a set of vibes.
I'm a long-time drummer, new mallet player. I've been studying on a nice old marimba and I want to start working with vibes as well.
From what I can tell, the standard gigging vibe seems to be the M-55. Some guys like the Yamahas, some guys *really* like the old Deagans like the Commander or the Aurora.
Which vibes are useful for *gigging* on, i.e., are practical for packing up, transporting, and setting up night after night?
What are basic differences in tone between the major manufacturers (current and vintage, so Musser, Yamaha, Deagan, Jenco, etc)?
Folks seem down on Jencos, are they all kind of crummy, or are some OK?
How hard / expensive is it to have a set of vibes shipped after purchase? I'm talking about larger cities like LA, or NY.
The situation I'm running into is that it's likely that I may end up buying a set of vibes that I haven't had a chance to hear or play before buying. There just aren't that many around. So, any information at all is helpful.
Sorry if these questions have been covered in detail elsewhere, if so if you could just point me to an appropriate thread that would be great.
Many thanks all!!
Just to update this: I picked up a set of used Jencos over the weekend. 1.5" non-graduated bars, but they get a decent tone with a soft mallet. Not ideal, but I can play four-mallet stuff on it, so it'll do.
Motor works, damper works fairly consistently across the whole keyboard. The felt isn't totally worn out.
Intonation is good up to about C5, above that the fundamental is in tune but the harmonics are not so much. So, when I get to the point where I'm ready to play with other folks, I'll either need to have the bars tuned or else upgrade to a better instrument.
At some point, I'll probably want a better instrument. In the meantime, this one will keep me busy.
Now I'm gonna go play some tunes!