Pricelist Ludwig/Musser 2017
Grand Symphonic Timpani Suspended One-Piece Bowl Construction with Pro Tuning Gauge Coupled with the new rolled-lip copper kettle, the Ludwig Grand Symphonic timpani feature the most overtone-free pitches ever to sound from a timpani. In Ringer fashion, these kettles are hand-hammered one at a time. Sturdy pull rods are built within the struts for durability, […]
M645 Classic Musser’s Classic Bells are made from the finest high-carbon tempered steel. Carefully tuned with a specially designed bar mounting system to deliver unsurpassed tone, clarity and resonance. The 2.5-octave bars are nickel plated with a satin finish. Classic Bells have a vinyl covered wood case with sturdy steel hinges, latches and double handles […]
M50 Concert Frame Pro-Portable Rosewood The portable professional xylophone from Musser features triple-tuned rosewood bars. To bring out the natural beauty of the wood, the bars are lightly stained and lacquered. Detachable resonators are silver powder coated aluminum for durability and scratch resistance. The 3.5-octave rosewood xylophone has a wood frame with folding aluminum legs […]
M500 5 Oct. Concert Grand Soloist Musser’s most technically advanced marimba creation; the M500 Concert Grand Soloist is the choice among professional recitalists for its presentation and tone. This 5-octave marimba features select hand-tuned Honduras Rosewood bars, which provide a full and rich tone. The tunable aluminum resonators allow the player to customize their sound […]
M75 Century An elegant testimony to Musser craftsmanship, the Century Vibe is preferred by leading artists throughout the world. The 3-octave concert vibraphone offers unmatched warmth and resonance. Gold finished bars are perfectly tuned, and gold lacquered resonators are arched and mitered for superb projection. Covered wood end panels create a resonating chamber for richer, […]
Clair Omar Musser was a gifted marimba performer, conductor, composer, and marimba designer. He was even trained as an aircraft engineer. In 1930, he became the chief engineer and designer for the JC Deagan Mallet Instrument Company and in 1948, left to start the Musser Mallet Company in the Chicago area.
Musser created the modern Vibraphone design and expanded the line into marimbas, xylophones, chimes, and orchestra bells. It would grow to become the most dominant mallet instrument company in the world.
In 1956, Musser sold his business to Lyons Band in Chicago. A few years later it was sold to Dick Richardson who grew the company further by creating a partnership with the Ludwig Drum Company to distribute products through the same sales team. During this era, jazz vibe legend Lionel Hampton became a major influence for the Musser Company.
In 1965, Ludwig acquired Musser creating a “Total Percussion” company with mallet instruments and drums. Artists like Gary Burton arrived on scene and elevated the Musser brand to new heights.
With a potential shortage of rosewood used to make bars for xylophones and marimbas in the 70’s, Musser would be the first to develop a synthetic bar material made from Kelon ®, a special blend of fiberglass strands. This innovation allowed instruments to be used in outside weather elements in drum corps and marching bands.
In 1981, Ludwig-Musser was sold to the Selmer Company. Production of Musser mallet instruments continue to be made in LaGrange, Illinois outside of Chicago until 2013.
In 2013 production was moved to Elkhart, Indiana where it currently resides. Today Musser is known as the choice for “sound” by professionals.