In musical terms a Cadenza is an improvised dramatic solo performance. We thought this was a good description for this petite instrument. Cadenzas are scaled down outdoor musical instruments perfect for one player and comfortable enough for two. When played they immediately bring smiles to everyone in earshot.
Strong, weather-proof and durable, the notes are arranged as a traditional xylophone or glockenspiel with low to high notes going from left to right. There are no wires or strings as the aluminum notes are individually and securely attached to a high-density polyethylene backboard below which sits black anodized aluminum resonators offering maximum vibration with incredible resonance and durability. Each resonator is individually capped with a polyurethane rain baffle. Finally, stainless steel security fixings deter vandalism and prevent the theft or removal of the instrument.
Available as standard with aluminum notes, the Cadenza is also available on request with GRP (glassfiber reinforced plastic) notes in the color of purple heartwood. Each note material gives its own distinct sound when played.
The aluminum notes have an extremely high resistance to
corrosion due to an anodic coating that cannot be peeled off or flake away. It is highly durable
and resistant to most atmospheric attacks.
Your aluminum notes or chimes can be kept clean with soapy water or a mild detergent solution
followed by rinsing with clean cold water. After drying, a good household wax spray polish may
be used. Grease and dirt deposits may be removed by using solvents such as white spirit in
conjunction with a soft cloth or soft bristle brush. On no account should harsh abrasives be used
for cleaning. As the notes are permanently exposed to some atmospheric weathering, they
should be regularly cleaned, and we recommend not less than four times a year.
GRP stands for 'Glass fibre Reinforced Plastics', also referred to as 'Fibreglass'. Once cured,
GRP will remain in its original condition (with exception of some colour deterioration) with only
chemical or mechanical damage resulting in any change of this condition. A popular choice
where exposure to harsh environments is likely it’s UV resistant has excellent resistance to
extreme temperatures, salt air, and a variety of chemicals. Because GRP is chemically inert and
corrosion-resistant coupled with being low maintenance it serves as an excellent component in
Outdoor Musical Instruments. To keep the notes of your instrument looking their best simply
wipe clean with a mild detergent and rinse with clean cold water.
The instrument is designed for ground installation, surface or wall mounted. Cadenza's are tuned to the C-Major pentatonic scale covering two octaves.
The Cadenza, with it's lovely curved design is perfect for exploring possibilities with melody, harmony, and rhythm.
- Suitable for ADA Accessible Projects/Parks
- Inclusive Play Equipment
- Different Note Material Options
- Multi-generational Fun
- Pentatonic Tuning - No Wrong Notes!