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Ludwig Albert Signature Marimba

Iconic and distinguished

Ludwig Albert is unmistakably an icon in the international marimba world. With his own marimba competition, worldwide masterclasses and his self-developed 'eight-mallet grip, he has influenced many young players in an particular way.

The instrument Adams made for him is based on the Adams Custom marimba with the so-called 'Traveler Frame'. The instrument has a range of C2 - C7 with bars from selected Honduras Rosewood, tuned with the “Adams Alpha tuning method,” the most advanced tuning method for marimbas in the world. Unique to the Ludwig Albert signature model are the beautifully dark-red stained bars with rounded accidental bars. 

Built on the Adams Traveler frame with low crossbeam and smooth, large wheels, the instrument has great stability. The beautiful “whitewash” stained rails and end-parts, in combination with the matt gold lacquered resonators, make the instrument a beautiful appearance on every stage.

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 Honuras Rosewood is considered for an Alpha Series keyboard which comes with the Bogdan Bacanu Signature marimba. This select Honuras Rosewood is possible only through years of intensive advancement in soucring 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 Marimba 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 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.

Internationally highly acclaimed, Ludwig Albert belongs as Belgian leading marimbist with the absolute top-flight and is profiled as one of the most successful marimbists and pedagogues of his generation. After obtaining a First prize Percussion, the Superior Diploma and a Masterdegree specialisation marimba at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Antwerp-Belgium, he was profoundly shaping his musical talent with the Japanese marimba virtuoso Ms.Keiko Abe. Afterwards he performed with her from 1996 several concert tours such as: 'Keiko Abe plays Keiko Abe' (1996 Belgium), 'Ludwig Albert in concert' (Osaka-Japan 1996), 'Keiko Abe charity gala concert' (1996 Japan), Belgium Tour: 'Dialogue in Nature/ K.Abe & L.Albert in concert'-1997 & 2000, Japan Tour: 'Dialogue in Nature'-1997.

Read the full bio of Ludwig Albert here