schools seem to have a Granton glockenspiel or two lying around.
They were built like tanks and often sound fine. Unfortunately they
are no longer made and neither are the parts. The one above had
seen many years service, but was unusable through neglect and age.
The repair took about four hours and involved stripping off the
old rubber and replacing it with commercially available rubber note
pegs, rubbing down the sound box to bare wood and revarnishing with
two coats of varnish, repainting the damper bar and replacing the
missing felt strips, cleaning and polishing the note bars to remove
the signs of age and oxidation.
to glockenspiels, xylophones, metallophones and so on, many unpitched
instruments can also be repaired. This includes some otherwise obsolete
instruments like New Era timp-toms, for which I was able to have
tuning clamps made by a local engineering company. While that source
has now dried up, unfortunately, I am on the lookout for someone
else to make them. By all means get in touch if these are what you
need and I'll be spurred on to look harder. I should say at this
point that if you have a professional performing quality instrument
you need a specialist repair service, not my diy skills. I will
happily tackle many jobs on educational and classroom instruments,
but out of respect for your time, your work as a musician and your
instrument that has probably cost you thousands I know my limitations!