1920's Premier Vibraphone

Hi Tony,
Here's a photo of my newly renovated 1920's Premier Vibes. I bought them for $30 from a garage sale in Dublin, Ireland in absolutely terrible condition. We saved the bars, bar rails , brass resonators and pedal, and had new folding legs, the mechanism and a musser style damper bar made up. The art deco metal logo on the front used to be a part of the structure of the frame and was too weak to be reused but too pretty to get rid of!( other ones like it had to be thrown away after they crumbled)Then it was restrung,the frame stripped and painted black, bars polished and all metal parts chromed. The renovations cost about $800 all in. Overall, I'm really happy at how it turned out and was glad to be able to save it from the scrap heap! Richard


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ver very very nice!!!
you make the restoration?

This is awesome!

Beautiful. How do the bars sound?

The bars sound good but a few of the notes in the middle don't ring quite as long as the rest. The shiny finish isn't as good on these bars so that might be the reason.

lower the stoppers in the tubes under those less ringing bars for some 5mm or so.
That will bring the sustain back.

Nico

Would love to have some more pictures during the restoration. Do you have any? I own a 751 which my husband and I restored but with much less work of course as it must be from the 70s or so. Congrats ! Now we'd need to hear it! ;-)