In response to requests for a more compact instrument, Buchla and Associates has created the Marimba Lumina 2.5, a close cousin to the 3 1/2 octave version.
The ML 2.5 achieves its diminutive 44 inch length by shedding one octave. It fits in the trunk of a compact, travels with standard baggage, and doesn't hog stage space. Weighing in at a mere 15 pounds, it cuts chiropractic bills to the bone.
In compensation for its restricted range, the Lumina 2.5 sports a dedicated transposition key; notes can be shifted an octave or two with the stroke of a mallet. 12 special pads can call an additional octave's worth of notes.
The instrument is provided with 2 mallets and two pucks; the latter are small versions of shuffleboard pucks. Moved around on the bars, they can generate notes or can adjust MIDI controllable parameters.
All other features of the original Marimba Lumina are retained in the Marimba Lumina 2.5. Full sized, location sensitive bars; mallet differentiation; extensive on-board sounds and effects; comprehensive editor; zoning and layering 'till the cows come home.
Complete with built in synth, two pucks, two mallets, and a memory card, the Marimba Lumina 2.5 is priced at a modest $2495. Available accessories include cases, additional mallets, and a solar panel for those wanting independence from the power grid.