M46, how good is it?

Dear Friends,

I'm back again... I've been saving and saving for a new vibraphone. I'm almost ready to make my purchase. I had posted earlier about which instrument I should get, I know the m55 is what is loved around here.

I was wondering, besides the absence of a motor, does the m46 sound the same as an m55 or m48?, is it the same bars, and same resonators??

the bars are not finished. they're not as shiny. but they sound good. i play on 3 of them. all of them sound great.

thank you tony.. this will be my last question about this i promise. then i will order my vibes from steveweiss, and i will begin to practice my a@@ off!!

so, in a blindfold test, could you tell the difference between m46 and m55?

i wouldn't be a good judge of that. but i don't think so. sometimes i think the gold bars sound different. maybe better in a way. but i love the silver bars to and play my m46 (with graduated bars) all the time.