Mark Tree

Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by Mike Saville, Oct 17, 2003.

  1. Mike Saville

    Mike Saville Member

    Here's a question for you percussionists our there.

    In our area test piece for next year, Coventry Variations, the percussion part has an indication to use a Mark Tree. We are assuming that it is some sort of bell tree but looking through all the percussion catalogues we cannot find such an instrument. Any ideas as to what it is and where we get one???
  2. Straightmute

    Straightmute Active Member

    Mark Tree is the proper name for what we commonly call a Bell Tree, ie a row of fine metal tubes, suspended from a stand and then brushed lightly, like a wind chime. According to James Holland (Macdonald and Janes 1978) a Bell Tree (sometimes called a Jingling Johnny!) is more properly an upright pole with clusters of bells attached.


  3. Despot

    Despot Member

  4. Mike Saville

    Mike Saville Member

    Cheers guys - that's simple then as wealready have one of these! :D
  5. Cornishwomble

    Cornishwomble Active Member

    Thank God for that! We've got so much percussion equipment already that if we bought any more we'd have to upgrade our Mini van to an Arctic lorry!! :shock:
  6. Straightmute

    Straightmute Active Member

    An Arctic lorry? You must be snowed under!

  7. Cornishwomble

    Cornishwomble Active Member

    Believe me, it takes the whole band to help set them all up. The last big concert we did, we even had a big blacksmith's anvil! The percussion section take up more space than the band!
  8. Bluebottle

    Bluebottle Member

    Argh! that means we've got a bell tree so we need 2 get a mark tree! :roll: :shock:
  9. Railybobs

    Railybobs Member

    An anvil? We find a small section of scaffolding covered at both ends hit with a solid metal lump hammer or a tubular bell mallet.

    It must have looked nice on stage though.

    Get some scaff and an angle grinder and keep taking bits off til you like the sound.... But remember.......... you can't put bit's back on if you think you've gone too far
  10. HBB

    HBB Active Member

    There are more percussion instruments in our band than players themselves, and even then it takes the whole practice to set it up .... hardly worth it! :D:D:D

    We need a proper band room!
  11. lynchie

    lynchie Active Member

    we used to have a brake drum from a lorry that we used as an anvil down at YB2K... I'm sure we got it entirely lawfully, and there are no lorry drivers currently wondering why that wall kept approaching so quickly!
  12. tsawyer

    tsawyer Member

    We took an anvil to the Isle of Man once. On the Ferry. Was attached to a big tree trunk.

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