Adams Alpha Series Xylphone
The Adams Alpha Series Xylophone strikes an iconic pose in any venue. The high sweeping arc of the resonators, rich wood stain finish, and polished aluminum nameplate all merge seamlessly to form a visual and aural statement in modern design.
Flowig Design. Tonal Perfection.
Alpha Series Xylophones feature our wide uniformed width Alpha tuned Honduras Rosewood bars for consistent tuning and ease of playing throughout the range of the instrument. The Adams Apex frame promotes perfect instrument height adjustment for any size player via its easily accessible handle. The flowing resonators provide optimal projection for large rooms and are available in a choice of 3 unique powder-coated finishes. The beautiful flowing oak rails create motion from every possible angle and are available in 3 stunning hand-stained finishes.
Adams Alpha xylophone bars are quint tuned. Quint tuning has a fifth tuned in between the fundamental and double octave for the short, penetrating sound that cuts through the largest ensembles. Quint tuning was the used on the classic American Xylophones of the 20s and 30s.
NINE COLOR COMBINATIONS
The Adams Alpha instruments are available in a variety of color and stain combination. On special request we offer a special service that can match any color from a sample or color reference.
The Alpha woodwork is made out French oak is available in the following stain colors:
Graphite - Walnut - White Wash
This can be combined with three colors of resonators:
Black - Desert - Satin Gold
Keyboard: Honduras Rosewood
Bar width: 48 mm
Range: C4 – C8
Tuning: A = 442 Hz, quint tuned
Length: 185 cm
Low end: 78 cm
High End: 50 cm
Height: Verstelbaar 80-100 cm
Frame: Adams Apex
The most resonant wood on the planet
Honduras Rosewood, a very unique wood with unparalleled sound qualities grows in the heart of Central America. The beauty of its resonance can even be heard on a raw-cut piece of wood Honduras Rosewood, which is also known for its hardness and durability.
These typical characteristics makes it the best and most valuable wood available for crafting mallet instruments.
Superior Honduras Rosewood Bars
Only the finest aged Honduras Rosewood is considered for an Alpha Series keyboard. This selected Honduras Rosewood is possible only through years of intensive advancement in sourcing and tuning techniques.
The Alpha Series Bars are the first choice out of every new production series we craft. This, in combination with the Alpha Tuning Method allows to create the Superior Xylophone Keyboards we use for the Alpha Series.
Illegal trade and overharvesting is a real threat for Honduras Rosewood, and local communities in the region. The high demand of the hardwood-furniture industry drives illegal trade, and even many companies in the music industry buy from dealers without a moral compass.
Adams Musical Instruments has an own local mill with plantation to ensure sustainably and prevent unnecessary harvesting. In this way we help to protect the most beautiful wood in the world, securing the future of our beloved instruments with respect for the local community.
Every Adams mallet instrument containing Honduras Rosewood has the right documentation to prove that we work according the strict guidelines of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).
Adams Musical Instruments has always worked in this sustainable way, with necessary documentation. Even long before the regulations on this type of wood were tightened, and protection became a major theme in the music industry forcing companies to take action.
The Adams Apex mallet frame is designed to provide the best possible sound, to deliver a frictionless experience, and to surprise with astonishing and modern looks, the Adams Apex frame reaches a new peak in design. Apex replaces the Voyager and Traveller frames.
Structural rigidity is the most important part of the Apex design. The position of the high-strength central crossbar creates a very low center of gravity for peerless ease of motion and the ultimate in stability. Combined with reinforced crossbar connections, the strength and support of the Apex side pillars provide less frame-noise than any other frame available.
The time tested Adams height adjustment mechanism is the most intuitive, simple, and strongest system in the market, and has been transformed in an improved design for the Apex frame. With its unique side pillars and improved crossbar connections, the Apex frame is quick to assemble and easy to transport.