Wood, the Most Popular, Durable Material for Building a Xylophone

Honduran Rosewood is a popular species of wood for making the xylophone bars. But because it is expensive, we also used hardwoods like cardinal wood or purpleheart hardwood.

Since the ancient rituals in Hawaii and the tropical islands, forest wood has been a vast source of material to build xylophones. Some of these used to hang from trees and be larger than life.

These days, wood xylophones are a constant feature in orchestras and concerts, both as pit instruments and on-stage ensembles.
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