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Outdoor Instruments: Manta Ray Metallophone
The Manta Ray is an
outdoor metallophone with a difference.It has a beautiful, elegant shape with mirroring diatonic (c major) scales on each side, making it easy for two to
play alongside each other.The Manta Ray
is characterised by a bright, clear, softer tone produced by the individual aluminium
tubes suspended by coated steel cable.Perfect as an outdoor music teaching resource,
music therapy instrument or as playground equipment.
Outdoor Manta Ray Metallophones and Metallophones in general have become increasingly popular for use in schools as Playground Equipment for children. Similar to the glockenspiel it is a percussion instrument consisting of a graduated series of metal bars to be struck with a hand-held mallet or beater. The name "Metallophone" is simply a word to describe the type of instrument. The name "Manta Ray" describes the shape of the instrument.
Metallophones existed in China during the 7th century. By the 17th century, Metallophones reached Northern Europe through Indonesia where there are many different types with names such as slentem, gender and saron. They were originally used as practice instruments but were accepted as performance instruments in the 18th century. In the 20th century, the music-education methods of Carl Orff added Metallophones to many classrooms around the world.
The Outdoor Manta Ray Metallophone has been inspected by The Play Inspection Company who have confirmed its compliance with EN1176.
Freenotes provides a large range of musical Playground Equipment , and Outdoor Musical Equipment so if you would like to know more about these or specifically the Outdoor Manta Ray Metallophones, please contact us.