At what point does a musical instrument become art? Korogi artisans have over 60 years of experience in selecting the finest woods and metals to build YOUR instrument. Every bar is graded and matched for quality, color, grain, density, and tone. We spend years carefully selecting and aging our woods. Every frame rail, resonator tube, and end cap is handcrafted to exacting specifications. When you are ready to find YOUR voice, Korogi has the raw materials, expertise, technology and craftsmanship to create an instrument worthy of your artistry and aspirations.
A bar of rosewood … it’s a simple idea. The art is in the details. Korogi artisans carefully evaluate and select from the finest raw Guatemalan rosewood, and prepare it for drying and aging, a process that takes a period of years. The climate-controlled low-humidity environment of the drying room simulates as closely as possible the natural drying process, resulting in wood that is consistent in density, resonance and color, ideal for creating the finest mallet instruments. The AAA-grade rosewood used in our premiere instruments represents the top 1.2% of the raw rosewood timber we import.
After seasoning, the wood is rough cut and drilled. Korogi’s experts carefully examine and test every bar, evaluating and grading each for appearance and sound. Bars passing the rigorous quality testing will be matched with other bars of similar visual and tonal characteristics, then fine-tuned and finished using Korogi’s exclusive processes to create works of art.
Superior timber can become a superior marimba only through the highly developed processes and craftsmanship of Korogi technicians and artisans. Korogi’s exclusive manufacturing facilities and techniques provide the best tools and technology, and the team of Korogi engineers and designers ensures precise tolerances and product quality. Korogi artisans apply a keen sensitivity to visual appearance, the highest musical standards and the experience of the artist and listener.