Deagan Marimba For Sale

Im updating my previous post to include new information since I cannot for some reason edit my original post. Im still offering my Deagan model no. 40 marimba for sale. Ill accept $3200 for it as long as the buyer arranges for pickup or delivery on their end, and covers all costs associated with picking up or delivery of the item. My email is Please no spammers; Im not going to give out my personal information so dont bother sending a misleading email if you arent serious about this instrument. Thanks.

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Deagan No 40 Marimba

Im in the market to sell my Deagan Marimba. It is a 4 octave with rosewood bars that are in excellent condition. The unit has been closet kept for nearly 20 years, and its time to let it go. The resonators are in very good condition. The frame exhibits some slight peeling, nothing major and hard to avoid considering that this is a 70 year old instrument. Everything is original and intact; nothing has been done to it except a light dusting for the sake of taking pictures. The item is quite large and currently assembled, so I would like to complete this sale within the next month. Im asking $3600 for this piece, but would be willing to consider very reasonable offers after enough time has passed. I am located in West Virginia, close to the Ohio border, and would prefer for the marimba to be picked up as its going to be a nightmare to ship, and quite expensive as well. I will consider shipping, but would be much happier if some type of pickup or meeting could be arranged as opposed to having to pack the marimba into 10 different boxes and take it to the UPS store. Anyone seriously interested can reach me at 304-927-1925, usually between noon and 9 pm or so. I am usually outside, so if you dont reach me, please do try again, as I will be home at some point throughout any given day. I have a million pictures of the item, as well as video which I would be happy to email to anyone who wants a close look at this piece. My email is if anyone would prefer to contact me in that fashion. Thanks.

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Re:Resonator material and tube length??

There is probably a leak somewhere if the resonator length is correct. The leak could be where the plug meets the inside of the resonator. Paint won’t matter. Aluminum tubes will make the bars louder.

Test the pitch of the resonator: hold you hand on the bar as you strike it, you should hear the pitch of the resonator, then compare that to the pitch of the bar. It’s nice having an adjustable resonator plug so that you can move it up and down until it sounds best.

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Resonator material and tube length??

Hello Folks-

I’m a percussionist of many years who lucked into a fine old Deagan model 330 “Stu-Dette” marimba, a tiny one for sure at 2.5 octaves.

The bars are in fantastic shape, I will probably replace the grommets too but the big issue was this: the resonators are cardboard and it was missing the tubes (broken off) for the low C# and D#.

I’m a fix it guy, I do repairs on all sorts of instruments so I thought this would be fun to tackle.

I found 2 cardboard tubes the right diameter, I cut some aluminum caps for the bottoms, and I found a formula online for measuring resonator length for each pitch. I even found some paint that closely matches the paint on the other tubes.

Got it all together….the two replaced resonators aren’t quite as resonant.

Is it the cap on the tube? Should it be brass? Should the insides of the tubes be painted to be more reflective (this I thought of after I glued the caps on so I could only paint about half of the inside)? Should I use PVC or something as a reso tube? Or, could my calculations be off?

My resonators measure 30.8cm for the C# and 27.6cm for the D#.

Any leads would be great!


mark in Philly

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