Do I need a practice marimba?
If you have a student in percussion then there is a good chance you’ll need a practice marimba in your home at some point. Becoming a good marimba player can be challenging and requires more practice time than class allows. So, you have several options to obtain a student practice marimba for your home.
What size practice marimba do I need?
If your student is in 6th grade to 8th grade, we generally recommend a 3-octave marimba. This is a good size for a beginner marimba student. If your student is 9th grade or later, they are likely starting to work on more complex, 4 mallet pieces which require a larger, 4.3 octave marimba. By that age, most student spend mote time practicing at school but some still need a marimba at home.
Do I rent, purchase or lease-to-own a marimba?
Every situation is unique but we recommend renting a marimba for a low monthly price as many kids drop out of band after a year or two. Few families really need to own a marimba long term and they can be somewhat challenging to sell used. So if you can find a low-cost rental option in your area, this is the best route.
Some families choose the rent-to-own model but you’ll end up spending quite a bit more to own a marimba than you would be just purchasing or and even renting monthly in some cases. Most rent-to-own options are $50-$60/mo and you’ll spend nearly $2k to own it when its all said and one.
If you prefer to own a marimba, we suggest you look into buying a used one in your area. You can generally find a 3-octave marimba on Facebook Marketplace or Craigslist for around $800 and $2,500 for a 4.3-octave marimba. If you purchase it at a good price then you generally sell it for the same price.
Where can I rent a marimba?
Which model of practice marimba should I rent or purchase?
For 3-octave practice marimbas we prefer Marimba Warehouse MPM’s and Demorrow M1’s for our 3-octave practice marimbas. The Adams AMPD30, Musser 3PM, and Ross R409 are also good 3-octave practice marimbas. If you’d prefer a 3.3-octave then you might also look into the Fugate 3.3 practice marimba. Personally, we’d avoid any of the other brands out there as we’ve seen a lot of poor quality marimbas.
As for 4.3-octave marimbas, we use the Fugate 4.3 Practice marimba but some other great options are the Demorrow PM2 Adams MSPV43 and the 4-Octave Musser M32.
Where do I find more information on practice marimbas?
Glad you asked! We recently launched a new site at PracticeMarimbas.com for more information on Practice Marimbas.