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Nancy Zeltsman Signature

Initiated at the personal request of legendary marimba artist Nancy Zeltsman, this model’s unique Apex frame has a lower section of carved wood that integrates the instrument’s support section with the traditional, flowing Alpha rail and resonator design for a cohesive and complete look. These features are combined the angled pillar height adjustment system and shorter treble-end wheel base that comprise the distinctive Alpha Series form.

I think the resulting design is very striking aesthetically – and unique!

— Nancy Zeltsman

“I love the lines of the upper-frame of the original Adams Alpha Marimba designed by KesselsGranger Design Works (released in 2012). My suggestion was to continue its sleek, modern design elements into the lower portion of the frame for a cohesive look. It was a funny coincidence (given the “Z” of my surname) that the design solution the engineers and designers at Adams came up with was a Z-shaped height adjustment system. In addition to the frame, we brainstormed a new color combination using a lighter resonator color and rich dark brown for the frame that we feel is warm yet modern. I think the resulting design is very striking aesthetically – and unique!”


Model: MAHZ50
Keyboard: Honduras Rosewood
Bar width: 72 - 40 mm
Range: 5 octaven (C2 – C7)
Tuning: A = 442 Hz 
Length: 255 cm
Low end: 104 cm
High end: 40 cm
Height: Adjustable 88-108 cm
Frame: Adams Z

Create an immersive musical experience

Your musical ideas are delivered to your audience with purity and precision, thanks to the industry-leading Adams Alpha tuning method.

The high part of the keyboard delivers pinpoint accuracy and detailed insight into your music. The Adams Alpha has been tested as the marimba with the least frame sound in the world.

The precision harmonic placement reduces distortion and boosts midrange clarity. Phrasing and dynamics, no matter the tempo you play, are projected fully and clearly.

This innovative tuning technique also allows the Adams tuners to tune through an incredible sixth overtone in the bass part of the keyboard. This, combined with the construction of the Alpha woodwork and the frame, provides an unparalleled rigidity resulting in the most accurate and dynamic bass marimba sound you will find.

No-nonsense. Simply made for the best

Each Adams Alpha marimba features a class leading keyboard made out of premium Honduras rosewood, tuned with the inventive Alpha tuning technology at a fair and honest price. There is no need for unnecessary voicing options when every keyboard is held to the same standard.  

The Adams Alpha marimba is the choice of Martin Grubinger, Ji Hye Jung, Christoph Sietzen, Svet Stoyanov, Simone Rubino, Alexej Gerassimez, and many more.

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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.

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