Balafon Restoration

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Balafon Restoration

Postby cobra » Tue Oct 04, 2011 4:44 pm

Hey All,

I posted this topic on another forum, but now I see it's more appropriate here.

I've come into the possession of old an balafon from Camaroon, or, more precisely, the parts of an old balafon from Camaroon. You know the balafon I'm talking about - no legs, generally played at waist level strapped around the shoulders. My hope is to restore it to it's original state.

I'm pretty handy, so I can probably figure out how to put it back together, but if anyone has pictures or instructions you'd be willing to share - that would be awesome. I'm generally pretty good at research, but I've had no luck finding any information out there.

Thanks in advance,
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Re: Balafon Restoration

Postby dleufer » Sun Oct 09, 2011 12:57 pm

Check out "The Balafon" by Ali Keita. In the documentary which comes with it he carves and assembles an entire balafon from scratch. You might find something useful in it.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/DVD-Balafon-Keita-Gert-Kilian/dp/B00260YD5U
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Re: Balafon Restoration

Postby cobra » Mon Oct 10, 2011 4:27 am

Thanks dleufer,

I'll see if I can get a hold of one. The thing is that Ali Keita is from the Ivory Coast, and the balafon I'm trying to restore is from Camaroon. There are differences.

Thanks again,
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