Everything about the Keyboard glockenspiel


What is it?

The Keyboard Glockenspiel is a french instrument that is a combination of a glockenspiel (percussion instrument)  and a piano, with a first appearance in 1739.

Here’s how it looks and sounds 

Not to be confused with

You may hear about it with other names like organ glockenspiel. Pronounced [ˈɡlɔkənˌʃpiːl], with the name meaning , “bells” and/or “set”, “set of bells”.

Category

The Keyboard family which means that it has a row of keys, buttons or levers that make the sound when you press them and from the subcategory idiophones meaning it makes sound vibrating the instrument.

Materials

Different types of wood, anything from hard maple, oak, beech with the glockenspiel part made of steel sheets.

Prices

For the Keyboard Glockenspiel Cel, around $ 16,000 – $ 31,000 USD, the cheapest we found was a model used oak 56 keys glockenspiel  and the most expensive was a Yamaha CEL with 56 keys and in the middle we have something like a CEL with 53 keys for $ 26,300 USD, so really consider if you want those extra 3 keys for the added price..

Weights and sizes

The size of a 53 keys  goes around 41 x 42 x 25 In – 39 x 42 x 25 In (105 x 108 x 65 Cm – 101 x 108 x 65 Cm) and has a weight from 154 Lbs (69.9 Kgs) to 158 Lbs (72 Kgs), that’s smaller than standard size upright piano and also lighter than standard size upright piano.

Best brands and models

We checked a lot of brands and rated them based on customer experience. Models and series are confusing? check this guide. Not picky? you have more options.

The best Keyboard Glockenspiel for a beginner is either a Glockenspiel or a keyboard, that means the instruments separated because the combination (the keyboard glockenspiel) is very expensive, not only that but, there are not easily accessible (making the price even higher) and even less beginner friendly versions..

If we look at famous players like Claude Debussy and Jules Massenet they used 53 and 56 keys versions so if you’re going professional, you don’t have any excuse with any of them.

 Accessories

Here’s a list of a lot of them, but for this one a set of keys to replace old ones in case they break, a stopper to avoid scratching the floor, stickers with the key names to familiarize yourself with the keys and a metronome to make sure you’re playing music sheets correctly.

Start playing

We recommend learning to read sheet music to get the basics. We review resources to help you choose how you want to learn. Now that you know how to read them, you need to get some. 
Sheets come in different notations so we recommend checking various versions of the same sheets, searching for “scores” to get all instruments and even the “song name for keyboard to save on translations because the only thing that is going to change is not the pitch but the timbre and colour.

Don’t forget all the details that combined make a big difference like the way you hold it, efficient warmups, positions and techniques.

Remember,the keyboard glockenspiel is easy to learn and fast if you already know any other keyboard, it’s also similar to the clavichord, digital piano and dulcitone, so you can combine those resources to help you learn.

Luis Gerardo

Musician as a hobby for +6 years, documenting every instrument in simple words for this website.

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