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Due to a current high volume of orders, we are aiming to ship orders within 2-3 business days.
Due to a current high volume of orders, we are aiming to ship orders within 2-3 business days.

Xyloba Chime Bars

by Xyloba
$9.90

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 from G2 to D4, including all nuances,  that can be used within the Xyloba interlocking building system. 

Oskar's Wooden Ark currently offers the most commonly used tones ranging from C3 to C4. Items available are as follows:

  • Chime Bar: The chime bar is one of the most important elements in the Xyloba marble runs.
  • Sound Brick without track exit: This element is used together with the start brick in the tower.
  • Xylophone Mallet: The Xylophone Mallet can be used when the Chime Bars are not used in a ball run but rather laid down flat on a table to form a xylophone. Melodies can be tested prior to constructing the corresponding marble run, making it easier to construct.

Made in Switzerland.

Recommended Age: 5+ Warning. Not suitable for children under 36 months. Choking hazard due to small parts.

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.

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