Xyloba Mezzo Runway
Article Number 88414
The kit includes 40 parts: 6 building blocks, 7 sounding blocks, 2 throughway blocks, 1 foundation plate, 6 short runways, 6 long runways, 1 eighth note construction part, 6 marbles, 8 sounding plates, and 1 mallet. The construction elements and the mallet are made of untreated beechwood (originating in Switzerland). Weight 4.2 kg.
Xyloba. The Xylophone Runway.
"Everything is possible, from simple children's songs to Mozart," its inventor, Samuel Langmeier, explains – which is what makes Xyloba so unusual. According to inclination, mood and skill, the builders can put together the plug-in construction any way they want. There are practically no limits to the configurations unless one runs out of parts. But the manufacturer offers a way out of this dilemma with kits of different sizes which can be combined and extended.
Learning by playing with the sounding marble run.
Setting up the high quality produced runway is intuitively simple because of the clever design. With the help of their parents, three year old children can discover rudimentary melodies. The recommended entry age is five years. The Xyloba kits called 'piccolino', 'mezzo' and 'orchestra' are recommended for beginners. The point here is to design the most varied tower constructions and become familiar with the first melodies. A composer's manual is included with the kit. There are many videos on the internet showing how to set up familiar melodies or create one's own compositions. Xyloba owners from around the world put themselves, their children, or their entire family on display, playing simple melodies or even complex musical pieces. Apparent that the solid construction puts no limit on building even tall runways with long sequences of notes. If there are enough Xyloba elements, a polyphonic effect can be created with parallel runways.
A Resoundingly Good Idea.
The professional musician glued together wood for the first construction elements and hung the little sounding plates vertically. In order to participate in the 4th International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva in 1975, he had his design patented. It was worth the effort because Langmeier's musical toy was awarded a Bronze Prize.
The development goes on.
The right manufacturer. The Weizenkorn Foundation.
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