The Best Glockenspiels for Newbies in 2020
Yes. Though you may think of glockenspiels as colorful toys made for small children, they are also for adults. In fact, you may even call them xylophones, but let us tell you the difference: while xylophones are composed of wooden bars (as marimbas are too), the glockenspiel is a musical instrument that uses metal bars, producing a very different sound.
But there also a difference in size and composition: glockenspiels are smaller than xylophones and marimbas, and they do not have resonators under the bars. These characteristics make glockenspiels a very attractive choice when deciding which of these percussion instruments should we start with.
And that is why we have chosen a selection of the best and most affordable ones for young (and not so young) learners.
Mr.Power Foldable Glockenspiel
When purchasing a metal xylophone, it is important to consider the space we have at home and how we will carry it. The Mr. Power company has taken size into account, producing a glockenspiel with a wooden body that is compact and foldable. Plus, it is perfect for learners as it has each note engraved on its 30 aluminum bars.
It does not only come with a nylon bag with handles and a removable shoulder strap, but also with a carrying box with haul handles.
- 30 notes with a note range of G5 – C8
- Bars made of aluminum with a wooden body
- Includes maple mallets, a nylon bag with shoulder strap, and a carrying box
Gearlux 32-Note Glockenspiel Bell Kit
A 32-note bell kit that includes a tunable drum pad, mallets and drumsticks, and its own adjustable metal stand (with a sheet music holder to keep everything in place while practising).
We love the carrying bag included, as it is made of durable nylon and features a zippered pocket for accessories and comfortable backpack-style straps. You can even carry the metal stand easily on its special compartment.
- 32 notes from F to C with names engraved on keys
- With an adjustable metal stand for glockenspiel and drum
- Includes a sheet music holder, mullets, drumsticks, a carrying bag and a 8″ drum pad
inTemenos 30 Note Professional Glockenspiel
The inTemenos metal xylophone has thick aluminum keys that produce a deep and long sound, as they lay on a soft rubber support. However, their screws can be tightened to shorten the sound if we prefer it so.
The adjustable metal stand included can also fix the glockenspiel horizontally, allowing you to set it flat or tilted for a perfect playability. It is no doubt an instrument produced taking into account all ages and levels.
- 32 notes version also available
- Includes a carrying bag, a pair of mallets, and an adjustable metal stand
- Keys lie on a soft rubber support for a long and clear sound
Ammoon 30 Note Glockenspiel
Another extra-compact and foldable metal xylophone is the sturdy Ammoon option, made of wood frame. It includes rubber mallets and a bag to carry this surprisingly light instrument. All notes are engraved on the keys, which makes it perfect for newbies and young learners.
The price is unbeatable for an instrument of these characteristics, so it had to be on our list without any doubt.
- 2 scales: diatonic scale from G to C and semitone scale from G to A
- Foldable design for a perfect carrying and storage
- Includes a carrying bag with shoulder strap and rubber mallets
Eastar Advanced 32 Note Glockenspiel
Eastar has produced two glockenspiel models: an advanced one (our choice) and a more professional model.
Besides the lower price, the advanced model is a 32-note one that includes an 8″ adjustable pad with its own electroplated stand, bringing players a realistic drum feel. The metal xylophone will be perfectly fixed thanks to the 4-claw structure and the double anti-slip legs.
The bag included in this set allows you to carry the whole set easily, with a strap that can be used as a backpack or messenger bag.
- 32 notes from F5 to C8 on its aluminum bars
- Includes mallets and drumsticks, 4-claws metal stand, drum pad, and carrying bag
- With a 12- month of limited product service support
Rakumi 30 Notes Professional Glockenspiel
With thickened 5mm pure aluminum bars and a wood base, the sound produced with the Rakumi glockenspiel will be clear and in tune (as it is tested before delivery).
Besides, it is an easily foldable model and includes a bag that makes it easy to carry even for children. Very lightweight but sturdy: a perfect choice for those looking for a compact metal xylophone with a nice sound.
- 30 notes on a diatonic scale from G to C and a semitone scale from G to A
- High quality aluminum bars placed on a foldable wood base
- Includes mallets and bag for an easy carrying and storage
Mendini MGS-30 Educational Glockenspiel Bell Kit
Mendini’s company is a must when it comes to musical instruments for learners, and of course they have produced their own glockenspiel taking newbies into consideration.
Very easy to assemble and pack, the MGS-30 has a powder coated aluminum frame and includes a custom made carrying bag with reinforced handles, back straps and pockets for other items.
- 30 notes from G5 to C8
- Frame made of powder coated aluminum
- Includes: metal stand, 8″ practice pad, mallets and drum sticks, and nylon bag
Giantex Foldable Glockenspiel Xylophone
The Giantex ultra-compact glockenspiel is a perfect choice for young learners, but also adults.
With a wood base that has been treated, smoothing all edges to avoid scratches, this model is lightweight and foldable: with the carrying bag provided it will look smaller than a violin.
- Aluminum plates that lie on a stable wood frame with smooth edges
- Lightweight and foldable for an easy storage
- Includes two rubber mallet and a carrying bag with a detachable shoulder strap
A complete pack with a metal stand, a resistant carrying bag, and an 8 inch drum practice pad. Eastar never disappoints!
- 4-arm umbrella style electroplated stand
- Adjustable carrying bag
- 12-month of product service support
- Mallets could be better