dennis & the vibraphonette

Friday, March 11, 2011

Vibraphonette Original Instructions / Paperwork / Manual

Special thanks to Randy Cloutier who emailed me the original vibraphonette instructions!  It came in several languages, but I've only posted the English version.  This is just the basic part names and not a schematic of the electronics or hardware.  (Click on the photo for a higher quality version.) The paperwork is for the larger 2.5 octave (30 note) vibraphonette so it includes a Volt Changer, Vibration Frequency Control and four legs instead of three.

One of the most interesting parts about this is the top right - where it has the company name and address.
Premiata Fabbrica Fisarmoniche which means Award-Winning Accordion Factory and Vibrafoni Portatili Brevettati means Patented Portable Vibraphone.  It also mentions a few other products from Galanti - Electric Pianos, Normal Guitars and Electric Guitars.  There's an address in Genova, which is on the coast in the northern part of Italy. Above the address it says Coadiutore Alieto Galanti (figlio) which means Coadjutor Alieto Galanti (son).  I wonder if the son assisted the father in making the vibraphonette?  Who's the father?  The last thing I'll mention is the old 6 digit telephone number 310.126.  Hard to imagine phone numbers were just 6 digits long.

Again, special thanks to Randy Cloutier for sending this along.  He is a percussionist who performs and teaches in New England.  He has owned a 2.5 octave vibraphonette since the mid 90s.  He plays it regularly with a group called Bistro Beat (accordion, upright bass, guitar, and vibraphonette).  Also, check out Randy's myspace page which has a great video of him tearing it up on a full sized vibraphone!


  • Hi

    Just got a vibraphonette is possible you could email me the instructions manual?

    Thx Mikael

    By Blogger Mikke, at 5:42 AM  

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