Musser M55 that have no height adjustment
Hello Vibe Community, Newbie here, first time posting- (This community is fantastic, so much great input and info!)
I'm looking at buying a vibe, and there is a Musser M55 I'm looking at, but it's from the 70's and is not height adjustable.
In searching this site, I see many with this same problem, but the standard height (about 34 inches the seller said) is not too short for me, but too tall! I'm 5'5" and I'd pretty much be playing it with my arms out, somewhat like a scare crow. That's going to hurt the shoulders after a while. I know some shorter marimba players put a big long wooden platform to stand on while they are playing, but I can't see that working for a vibe player who is using a damper pedal.
I'm guessing there really is no fix to this except to buy the new frame, which sounds expensive. Even the shortest setting on the adjustable frames on Mussers (32") is 2" higher than where I have my little student glockenspiel set. But 32" is a height that would work. Does anyone know when Musser introduced the adjustable frames?
Besides a couple models of Mussers that I'm considering, I'd also love to find a Deagan Traveller Models 580 through 583, preferably. (It's too early in the game for me to be picky about graduated bars,and I like the sound of the Deagans.)
Does anyone know how tall the Deagans stand? I'd never thought before that it might be an issue in which models to consider. Thanks! Nina