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Xyloba Sound Marble Runs

Xyloba Sound Marble Runs

Samuel Langweiler started working on his idea of a musical marble run in 1969 which would allow a marble to create a melody by striking chimes while running down the tracks. Samuel wanted the marble run to be interactive and the chimes to be interchangeable so children could not only build marble runs but also create different tunes by changing the order of the chimes and the lengths of the tracks in between. During the design process Samuel encountered quite a few problems but after many experiments he came up with his first melody and design. Due to his busy job as a cellist for the Tonhalle Orchester Zürich and being on tour for long periods at a time, Samuel did not have time to search for a manufacturer for his marble run. It was only years later that the Weizenkorn Foundation started manufacturing and distributing Samuel’s invention under the name Xyloba Musical Marble Runs.

Xyloba Musical Marble Runs is a creative wooden toy which develops fine motor skills, spatial imagination and facilitates a creative approach to music. As the marble rolls down the track it hits each chime in succession. The interlocking system of ramps and sound blocks, which house the chimes, lets children create a large variety of set ups. Xyloba Musical Marble Runs allow children to compose their own tunes by experimenting with the different chimes and the distance - the lengths of the ramps - between the chimes to create a rhythm. 

Weizenkorn Foundation 

The Weizenkorn Foundation, based in Basel, Switzerland, is a social business which supports and employs over 200 young men and women with psychological impairments who are unable to find work. In the sheltered workshops of the Weizenkorn Foundation these young men and women create the different components of the Xyloba Musical Marble Runs as well as many other beautiful and high quality wooden toys.

  • Xyloba Junior Mini 17 pieces
    Xyloba Junior Mini 17 pieces

    Xyloba Junior Mini 17 pieces

    Xyloba
    $149.90

    Welcome to the world of Xyloba Junior, the little sister of the legendary musical marble run Xyloba. The marble track Xyloba Junior combines the fu...

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  • Xyloba Junior Midi 21 pieces
    Xyloba Junior Midi 21 pieces

    Xyloba Junior Midi 21 pieces

    Xyloba
    $199.90

    Welcome to the world of Xyloba Junior, the little sister of the legendary musical marble run Xyloba. The marble track Xyloba Junior combines the f...

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  • Xyloba Junior Maxi 25 pieces
    Xyloba Junior Maxi 25 pieces

    Xyloba Junior Maxi 25 pieces

    Xyloba
    $269.90

    Welcome to the world of Xyloba Junior, the little sister of the legendary musical marble run Xyloba. The marble track Xyloba Junior combines the f...

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  • 22011 Xyloba Sound Marble Run Piccolino Construction kit

    Xyloba Sound Marble Run Piccolino Construction Kit

    Xyloba
    $119.90

    The Xyloba Sound Marble Run Piccolino Construction Kit is a marble run set which children can use to compose their own melodies by building a trac...

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  • 22012 Xyloba Sound Marble Run Mezzo Construction Kit

    Xyloba Sound Marble Run Mezzo Construction Kit

    Xyloba
    $179.90

    The Xyloba Sound Marble Run Mezzo Construction Kit is a marble run set which children can use to compose their own melodies by building a track wh...

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  • 22013 Xyloba Sound Marble Runs Orchestra

    Xyloba Sound Marble Run Orchestra Construction Kit

    Xyloba
    $379.90

    The Xyloba Sound Marble Run Orchestra Construction Kit is a marble run set which children can use to compose their own melodies by building a trac...

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  • 22014 Xyloba Sound Marble Run Extension Kit Piccolino to Mezzo

    Xyloba Sound Marble Run Extension Kit Piccolino to Mezzo

    Xyloba
    $119.90

    This Xyloba Marble Run Extension Kit upgrades an existing Piccolino set to a Mezzo set. The Extension Kit has 22 pieces, specifically more interlo...

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  • 22015 Xyloba Sound Marble Run Extension Kit Mezzo to Orchestra

    Xyloba Sound Marble Run Extension Kit Mezzo to Orchestra

    Xyloba
    $249.90

    The Xyloba Marble Run Extension Kit upgrades an existing Mezzo set to an Orchestra set. The Extension Kit has 62 pieces, specifically more interlo...

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  • 22019 Xyloba Sound Marble Run Melody Kit Christmas
    22019 Xyloba Sound Marble Run Melody Kit Christmas

    Xyloba Sound Marble Run Melody Kit Christmas Songs

    Xyloba
    $359.90

    The Xyloba Melody Kit with Christmas Songs includes all elements needed to construct marble runs which play the first few lines of christmas melod...

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  • 22602 Xyloba Sound Marble Run Melody Track Row, Row, Row Your Boat
    22602 Xyloba Sound Marble Run Melody Track Row, Row, Row Your Boat

    Xyloba Sound Marble Run Melody Track Row, Row, Row Your Boat

    Xyloba
    $369.90

    The Xyloba Marble Run with melody "Row, Row, Row Your Boat" is a marble run in which children can actually build and play the popular song Row, Ro...

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  • 22601 Xyloba Sound Marble Runs Melody Track Frere Jacques (Brother John)
    22601 Xyloba Sound Marble Runs Melody Track Frere Jacques (Brother John)

    Xyloba Sound Marble Run Melody Track Frere Jacques (Brother John)

    Xyloba
    $349.90

    The Xyloba Marble Run with melody "Frère Jacques" is a marble run in which children can actually build and play the popular song Frère Jacques sol...

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  • 22020 Xyloba Sound Marble Run Melody Kit Happy Birthday
    22020 Xyloba Sound Marble Run Melody Kit Happy Birthday

    Xyloba Sound Marble Run Melody Track Happy Birthday (Short Version)

    Xyloba
    $179.90

    The Xyloba Marble Run with melody "Happy Birthday" is a marble run in which children can actually build and play a part of the popular song Happy ...

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  • 22607 Xyloba Sound Marble Run Melody Track Happy Birthday

    Xyloba Sound Marble Run Melody Track Happy Birthday (Full Version)

    Xyloba
    $499.90

    The Xyloba Marble Run with melody "Happy Birthday" is a marble run in which children can actually build and play the popular song Happy Birthday s...

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  • 22611 Xyloba Sound Marble Run Melody Track Oh,When The Saints
    22611 Xyloba Sound Marble Run Melody Track Oh,When The Saints

    Xyloba Sound Marble Run Melody Track Oh, When the Saints

    Xyloba
    $599.90

    The Xyloba Marble Run with melody "Oh, When the Saints" is a marble run in which children can actually build and play the popular song Oh, When th...

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  • 22612 Xyloba Sound Marble Run Melody Track Silent Night
    22612 Xyloba Sound Marble Run Melody Track Silent Night

    Xyloba Sound Marble Run Melody Track Silent Night

    Xyloba
    $999.90

    The Xyloba Marble Run with melody "Silent Night" is a marble run in which children can actually build and play the popular song Silent Night solel...

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  • 22022 Xyloba Sound Marble Run Melody Kit Lullabies
    22022 Xyloba Sound Marble Run Melody Kit Lullabies

    Xyloba Sound Marble Run Melody Kit Lullabies

    Xyloba
    $499.90

    The Xyloba Melody Kit with Lullabies includes all elements needed to construct marble runs which play the first lines of songs such as Hush Little...

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  • 22016 Xyloba Sound Marble Runs Melody Kit Folksongs 1
    22016 Xyloba Sound Marble Runs Melody Kit Folksongs 1

    Xyloba Sound Marble Run Melody Kit Folksongs 1

    Xyloba
    $249.90

    The Xyloba Melody Kit with Folk Songs includes all elements needed to construct marble runs which play the first few lines of folk songs such as...

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  • 22017 Xyloba Sound Marble Runs Melody Kit Folksongs 2
    22017 Xyloba Sound Marble Runs Melody Kit Folksongs 2

    Xyloba Sound Marble Run Melody Kit Folksongs 2

    Xyloba
    $459.90

    The Xyloba Melody Kit with Folk Songs includes all elements needed to construct marble runs which play the first lines of folk songs such as Oh Wh...

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  • 22401.DE Xyloba Sound Marble Run Melody Booklet
    22401.DE Xyloba Sound Marble Run Melody Booklet
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    Xyloba Melody Booklet

    Xyloba
    $59.90

    The Xyloba Melody Booklet includes 12 fantastic, complete tunes including Are You Sleeping Brother John, the German folk song Hänschen Klein, Happ...

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  • Xyloba Building Extensions

    Xyloba
    from $3.90

    The Xyloba Building Extensions are single items that can be added to an existing Xyloba collection. Handy when designing and composing a specific ...

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  • Xyloba Chime Bars Melody Extensions

    Xyloba
    from $2.90

    The Xyloba Chime Bar is what creates the sound, when inserted into the Xyloba Sound Bricks during a ball run. There are 20 different notes ranging...

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  • 22052 Xyloba Sound Marble Run Wooden Marbles

    Xyloba Marbles

    Xyloba
    $19.90

    The Xyloba Marbles are an essential component of the Xyloba marble runs as they are the element that strikes the finely tuned chime bars. All Xylo...

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