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Restorations by Fall Creek Marimbas

We can provide whatever level of restoration you wish, from basic upgrades such as new felt cord and insulators to total refurbishment often resulting in better than new condition.

Examples of our work:

Deagan #352 Marimba

When we received this marimba the finish on the bars, rails and end blocks was 90% gone. Resonators and all hardware were seriously rusted and pitted and several parts were missing, including the center support pipe.  The rails and end blocks had deep gouges, almost no finish and water damage causing seriously raised grain.

To return this instrument to its original pristine condition:
  • Bars were tuned and refinished
  • New braces and center pipe were fabricated
  • Resonators, tubular stand and metal plates were nickel plated
  • Rails and end blocks were repaired, sanded and refinished
  • Felt was removed, bar pins polished and new insulators and cord installed

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DEAGAN #870 Xylophone

This xylophone had smoke and heat damage having been near a fire.  However the bars had no permanent damage so restoration was viable.  Resonators had many cracks and virtually no finish left.  The finish on the rails was 'spackled' due to the heat.  The cast "Y" joints were cracked.  Most of the bar posts were bent and many broke off when removing.  One rail was too warped to use.

Restorations on this instrument included:

  • Rails and end blocks were stripped, sanded and refinished
  • One warped rail was replaced
  • Resonator cracks were repaired
  • Resonators were nickel plated
  • New braces and knurled knobs were fabricated - including the center pipe. Then all stand parts and metal plates were nickel plated.
  • New rosewood resonator height adjusters were made
  • New bar posts, insulators, felt, cord and springs were installed
  • 4” lockable casters were installed with hand threaded plugs for easy of removal

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LEEDY #5616 SOLO-TONE Xylophone

We started with only the bars, resonators and rails.

Restoration work on this instrument included:
  • Bare tuned and refinished
  • Rails stripped, lacquered in white and pearl laminate added
  • New end blocks fabricated
  • Resonators polished
  • Custom Fall Creek “Vintage” style stainless steel tubular stand fabricated
  • Pearl veneer applied

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DEAGAN #1123 - Round Top Glockenspiel

Restoration work on this instrument included:
  • Bars tuned and nickel plated
  • New felt, pins, cord and insulators
  • New leather straps and rosewood “keeper” stick
  • Case refinished to keep the original oak patina
  • New handles
  • Hardware nickel plated
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DEAGAN #932 Xylophone

The bars on this xylophone had worn finish and, well you can see.  Several bars had splintering.  The wood parts of the stand had serious cosmetic and structural damage.  The resonators had been dropped and were damaged with many tubes loose.

Restoration work on this instrument included:
  • Bars tuned and refinished
  • Several new bars
  • Rails and ends sanded, filled and painted
  • Resonators stripped, anodized and straightened

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DEAGAN #1123 in ROAD CASE

Restoration work on this instrument included:
  • Bars tuned and plated
  • Custom “RESONATOR” ROAD CASE with floating rails, edge bracing, recessed twist lock latches and heavy duty handles
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DEAGAN #1000 "AURORA" Vibraphone

Restoration work on this instrument included:
  • Rails and wood sections of frame were lacquered in black
  • All gold parts- resonators, trim, damper pedal, support post, etc were anodized
  • Motor refurbished
  • Bars were cleaned and tuned
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DEAGAN #886 Xylophone

This xylophone arrived with only the bars and resonators.

Restoration work on this instrument included:
  • Rails and end blocks fabricated from white oak
  • Custom Fall Creek “Vintage” style stainless steel tubular stand fabricated - our newer stands have hand-machined knurled knobs to replace the wing nuts
  • Bars tuned and refinished
  • Resonators powder coated
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LEEDY #651 Xylophone

Restoration work on this instrument included:
  • Bars tuned and refinished
  • Rails and end blocks stripped and refinished
  • Stand and resonators nickel plated
  • New felt, cord and post insulators
  • Replacement casters

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LEEDY #992 Xylophone

Restoration work on this instrument included:
  • Bars tuned and refinished
  • Several new bars fabricated
  • Rails and end blocks refinished
  • Bar posts polished, new felt, insulators cord and springs
  • Resonators, frame and casters nickel plated

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DEAGAN #872 Xylophone

We received a hodge-podge of parts-some mixed in from other models, some bent, some that had been anodized in green, broken rails and some just missing.  There were also a number of damaged bars and replacement bars from other instruments that did not match the 872.  All in all, a total disaster.  But we....
  • Refinished and tuned bars, many of which had previously had ‘5ths’ added
  • Fabricated new bars when necessary
  • Repaired rails and made new end blocks
  • Plated all hardware, made new 45 degree braces, low end block brace and mounted 4” lockable casters in hand-machined fittings on each leg
  • Fabricated knurled knobs
  • Added new felt, bar pins, insulators and cord

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DEAGAN #262 ARTIST SPECIAL XYLOPHONE

Restoration work on this instrument included:
  • Bars tuned and refinished
  • New frame braces fabricated
  • New lockable 4" casters
  • Resonators and all metal parts nickel plated
  • Rails and end blocks stripped and refinished
  • Brass screws installed on end plates
  • New insulators cord and springs
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DEAGAN PARSIFAL BELLS

Restoration work on this instrument included:
  • Bars retuned and nickel plated
  • Resonators plated
  • New custom resonator case
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