Similar to the xylophone, the marimba is a traditional Zimbabwean instrument featuring wooden keys that players strike with mallets to produce musical tones amplified by resonators below the bars. While many marimbas today have taken on a more modern sound and design, X8 Drums maintains the traditional look and sound of the marimba by offering Rattletree marimbas.
Handcrafted right here in Austin, TX, Rattletree creates authentic Zimbabwean marimbas sold online exclusively through X8 Drums. These customizable marimbas can feature traditional African tunings or standard Western tunings, but whichever tuning you choose, you’re guaranteed an authentic, quality-crafted African marimba designed to fit your playing needs. Each marimba purchase also comes with a one-on-one live Skype session with Rattletree founder Joel Laviolette so that you can learn the basics and maybe even some advanced techniques!