Marimba prices range from $600 to $25,000 depending on the number of octaves, type of wood, and quality of the instrument. You generally find a good used marimba for about half of the cost of the same marimba purchased new. Here are some rough estimates of marimba costs.
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How much does a 3-octave marimba cost?
Generally, 3-octave marimbas cost between $600 for a used marimba and $1500 for a new marimba. They are typically constructed with padauk or synthetic bars and no resonators. This keeps the costs lower to make them accessible to more students.
3-octave marimbas are perfect for novice percussion students to practice at home. They are generally available for rent for $30-$50 per month which is a great way to get started in percussion without a big investment. They generally come with an adjustable keyboard stand to raise or lower the height of the marimba.
How much does a 4.3-octave marimba cost?
4.3-octave marimbas range from $2500 for a pracatice marimba to $12,000 for a concert-level marimba. 4.3s are perfect for the advanced marimba player as they begin to work on 4-mallet exercises and perform more complex pieces in front of an audience.
The 4.3-octave practice marimbas are generally constructed with padauk or synthetic bars and available with or without resonators. They are excellent tools for home practice as the student continues to learn 4-mallet excercises. These are typically available for around $2500 used and $3500 new from sites such as Steve Weiss, Sweetwater, Demorrow or Fugate.
The concert level marimbas are build for concert-level performance and constructed with rosewood bars, resonators, adjustable stands. These can start arounfd $5,000 and run all the way to $12,000. You’ll generally find these in middle and high school percussion sections utilzed for performances.