The quaduet, designed together by Mannette and his team, is the most versatile solo instrument for the professional steel drum player. The instrument consists of a normal pair of professional double seconds, paired with two extension drums that expand the range chromatically down a minor sixth to low G-sharp, lower than even the triple guitar. The accomplished player can then use the double seconds normally, while adding incredible low tones that have never before been possible for the double second player.
Price: Quaduet (Full): $8,600.00
Quaduet (Ext. Only): $3,700.00
The quadraphonic has a gentle tone reminiscent of a guitar crossed with a short-skirted double second. Its lowest notes, in particular, have a sweetness and lightness that is unlike the same range of other instruments. Players interested in a modern, refined interpretation of a four-pan instrument might consider the quadraphonic for its unusual sound and its wide range.
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Based on the standard diminished-chord pattern designed by Mannette, the Triple Guitar is the primary strumming instrument of the steel orchestra. Tuned darker in tone than the Triple Cello, the Triple Guitar carries a somber and haunting tonal quality. With its punchy character, the Triple Guitar serves the same purpose as a rhythm guitar to fill out the middle register.
The most versatile instrument in the steel band family, the Double Second is an excellent solo or ensemble instrument. Based on Ellie Mannette's original whole-tone design, this pattern is played by nearly every professional. With its warm, dark tonal quality, this instrument is used to "comp" chords, carry the melody or solo. The Double Second is the most prolific and elegant instrument in the steel band family. Note range E3-F6
Created by Bertie Marshall, the Double Tenor is unique in its tonal quality. This instrument is tuned with a brighter tone then the Double Second and is an essential voice in the steel orchestra. The Double Tenor reinforces the melodic lines often in a lower register then the lead voice. With a strong, cutting tone, it also complements the harmonies and rhythms of the Double Second.
Based on Ellie Mannette's original design, the Invader, or Low lead, is well known for its playability and is used by the world's foremost professional lead players such as Andy Narell, Len "Boogsie" Sharpe, Ray Holman, Robert Greenidge, and Tom Miller. The sonority of the Invader Lead is unique in its purity of tone and functions as an excellent solo instrument.
The Spiderweb (or Circle of Fifths) Lead, designed by Tony Williams, is one of the melody instruments in the steel drum ensemble. This instrument ranges from middle C to high G and is an excellent tool for music educators because its note pattern is based on the circle of fifths.