Hi, new guy to the forum here. I'm looking to get a set of vibes. I've been playing kit drums for 40 years and bought a MalletKat a few years back. As nice as the MalletKat is, I also like the immediacy and subtlety of acoustic instruments so I figured why not? After searching around (including this site) I've come up with some questions regarding what to get. I don't live near a large city so I can't audition instruments directly and used instruments are pretty much out of the picture (I don't know enough about them to trust my judgement anyway).
I see a lot of love for the M55 but that's a little out of my price range. I have also heard from different sources that the frame is not that great. The M46 is within my price range if I get it w/o motor. Does it use the same bars? The frame appears to be similar on the pics I have seen. Is the frame issue something that has been fixed on recent models? On the other hand, I found the Adams Concert Series is about the same price as the M46 but includes a motor and has what appears to be a very solid frame. What's a guy to do?
Mostly, this will be played in my home studio. I gave up gigging a long time ago but I might need to transport it from time to time. Being based in the USA it also seems I will have to special order a 440 tuning from what I've read here.
Thanks for any info.