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The Vibraphone, sometimes just called the vibes is a mallet instrument in the percussion family, commonly used in Jazz music. Vibraphones look similar to a xylophone or marimba, but have aluminum bars and a motor, and uses a sustain pedal to achieve different harmonic affects.

The first vibraphone was developed in 1921 in the United States. The design was changed significantly from 1921 until it was more or less finalized in 1928.

Typical vibraphones have a range of three octaves, beginning from the F below middle C, though other sizes are available.

Notable Vibraphone Performers

  • Peter Appleyard
  • Tito Puente
  • Gloria Parker
  • Terry Gibbs
  • Gary Burton