... I am sometimes asked. And I would like to say that the talented and under-recognised Herman Winterhoff, prime mover in development of the vibraphone, went on to invent the marimba on a quiet weekend.

Well, actually not; although he was -- arguably -- responsible for a crucial innovation, to which we shall return.

The invention -- if that's the right word -- of the marimba was spread over decades; and over continents; and involved contributions from many people, only some of whom are identifiable. One of the most important has the distinction of being celebrated on a banknote (worthy achievement) -- specifically this Guatemalan 200 quetzal note (image from www.banknotenews.com).


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