About the Model M75LH LIONEL HAMPTON SIGNATURE CENTURY
A tribute to the legendary jazz musician, the Lionel Hampton Signature Vibraphone features Hampton’s signature on the front rail. The vibraphone has an all natural wood finished frame and antique gold finished arched and mitered resonators. Based on the design of the M75 Century Vibraphone, the M75LH features three octaves of aluminum antique gold finished wide graduated bars.
|Name||Lionel Hampton Signature Century|
|Octave Range||3 Octaves|
|Option Available||A=440 A=445|
|Bar Graduation||Wide Graduated|
|Resonator Shape||Arched & Mitered|
|Resonator Finish||Hampton Gold Antique|
|Frame Style||Wood Open End|
|Frame Finish||Natural Wood Stain|
|Height Adjustable Frame||N/A|
|Shallow Drop Covers||Standard|
|Pro Padded Cover Add-On Option||M155VB|
|Lined Dust Cover Add-On Option||M255VB|
|Add-On Cases||M141 Set of 5|
|Low End Width||30"|
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 continued to be made in LaGrange, Illinois outside of Chicago until 2013 when production was moved to Elkhart, Indiana. Musser today is known as the choice for “sound” by professionals.