Yamaha Design “Synapses” YM-6100
Yamaha's flagship marimba, the YM-6100 is the result of forty years of cooperation between Yamaha and Keiko Abe.
Designers removed the ornamental pipes from the instrument, and arranged resonance regulators facing outward to allow the performer to adjust the resonance easily. The resulting offers a functional beauty that resonates with the artist's mind.
A white rail supported on jet-black legs, looking almost as if they were supported on air. Resonators with a finish that accentuates their solidity. These elements give it an overwhelming presence, even when performing with an orchestra.
The YM-6100 features a hollowed-out wooden rail to support the tone bars: to the performer, the bars appear to float, creating an atmosphere in which it is easy to concentrate on making music.
At 272cm in length and weighing 107kg, the YM-6100 is very large for a portable instrument. However, the design supports the weight reliably and can be assembled and disassembled with ease.
- Kazuhito Nakajima
- Yamaha Design Laboratory