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Where to Buy Bones and Related Materials

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The Bones Marketplace at a Bones Fest

Bones Marketplace

Our members and a few others who make or sell rhythm bones and related items set up tables at every Bones Fest, and you can try out rhythm bones until you find the sound you are looking for. Shown here are Scott Miller, standing, and Randy Sepalla.

Where to Buy Rhythm Bones from an RBS member

A few of our members make and/or sell bones. It may be a bit crass to list them first, but we appreciate the support they give RBS.

  • Mardeen Gordon. She makes Shooting Star Bones in many woods; $16.00 Budget Bones = canarywood, cherry, oak, primavera. $20.00 Basic Bones = bocote, bubinga, chechem, goncalo alves, lacewood, maple, osage orange, peroba rosa, purple heart, satinwood, shedua, vermillion, walnut. $26.00 Bonnoisseur Bones = cocobolo, granadillo, kingwood, rosewood, tulipwood, verawood, ziricote. Also available: $10.00 BONES BAGS: colorful drawstring cloth bags designed to hold up to 4 pairs
  • Order online from Rhythm Fusion at at http://www.rhythmfusion.com,
  • Mardeen Gordon, Shooting Star Bones, 1201 Dundee Ave, Ben Lomond, CA 95005, 831-336-8745
  • Adam Klein. He makes bones of all shapes and sizes from recycled and sustainable sources, primarily pine and maple. The most recent batches have been sanded to 2000 grit, making them the smoothest bones on this earth. Low inventory but will make to order. http://www.adamcjklein.us/lilybones.htm
  • Scott Miller. His Bone Dry Musical Instrument Co. advertises it has the largest selection of rhythm bones on the planet. Check out his website. Link: http://bonedrymusic.com
    • . Plunkett Percussion, Aaron Plunkett is a bones player, bones maker, and world percussionist. His site sells a variety of percussion instruments, including goat-rib bone bones joined with a leather thong, rounded lignum vitae bones, resin bones, and his instructional video. His latest creation is 'Blue Bones,' plastic bones cast in two sizes and tones, Alpha for regular and large hands with higher tone and Omega for smaller hands with lower tone.
  • Sandor Slomovits Sandor, a student of Percy Danforth, has been apprenticed for a number of years to Ray Schairer, who makes Danforth bones. Sandor makes bones in a similar design, while branching out to new woods and styles, including old-growth wood reclaimed from the bottom of Lake Michigan. You can order bones from him online at his website. Phone: 800-317-9929 Address: 2000 Penncraft Ct., Ann Arbor, MI 48103
    • Link: http://geminichildrensmusic.com/
    • . Triskele Rhythm Bones. Jim Hesch is a bones and bodhran player hand crafting rhythm bones made from alternative bones as well as domestic and exotic woods. Examples include 100 year old oak and elk. Quality instruments with significantly unique tones and appearance. Pictures and videos of these Rhythm Bones can be seen on EBay and Facebook at Triskele Rhythm Bones. Telephone: (518) 506-3119. Website: http://triskelerhythmbones.com. Email Address:Triskele_Rhythm_Bones@yahoo.com

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    Where to Buy Rhythm Bones the old-fashioned way:

    • Bedroom Acoustic Music Wooden bones from Ampthill Bedfordshire, UK. They sell rosewood bones. To buy click on link, then click e-mail and send them an inquiry.
    • Cabin Creek Music they list bones available in native or exotic hardwoods. Mainly a dulcimer shop.
    • Celtic Shop New Zealand Wooden bones made by Peter Collier, and bone bones. Prices in New Zealand Dollars.
    • Dr. Horsehair Music Co. Dr. Horsehair sells ebony and walnut bones-- just click on the "accessories link" for picture, and bones jokes! Also lots of Banjo stuff.
    • History Lives/Cooperman This site is also associated with Cooperman fife and drums. They sell bones as one of many historical museum-type items.
    • Musantiqua At 5.95 Canadian dollars, maybe the most economical bones anywhere. In French and English (it's a Qebequois outfit). There's a brief tutorial on bones, spoons, and limberjack, as well.
    • Noteworthy Instruments This is John Huron's shop in Bristol TN. He makes and sells bones made of cherry, mahogany, walnut, maple, figured woods, american chestnut (!), and persimmon (that's the only North American relative of ebony, folks). Also banjos, dulcimers, and many far stranger things.
    • Rainbow Farms Dulcimer Works This dulcimer shop sells very affordable bones; look in the "other instruments" section, not the "percussion" section.

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    Where to Buy Rhythm Bones directly through the internet:

    • Andy's Front Hall They say they are no longer a full service busines, but they still sell Danforth bones as well as the Sue Barber's How to Play the Bones booklet and CD. Pay online with credit card or PayPal.
    • Ebay You can almost always find LP Worldbeat rosewood bones here, every single day of the year. Fairly often (maybe once every month or two), someone finds an old pair of Joe Birl's "Rhythm Bones" brand black plastic bones and puts them on auction (sometimes they're broken though-- be careful). Lately, his newer black wooden "Rhythm Bones" brand bones have been appearing. Less often, there are more unusual set of bones for sale.
    • Elderly Instruments These folks sell Danforth bones. They sometimes also carry other brands (As of 2006, bones made by Clif Ervin are in stock, for example). They sell several of the video tutorials reviewed here, as well. They are a big hitter in the folk music online/mail-order retail business.
    • Hobgoblin Instruments/Stoney End Searhc the catalog for 'bones.' They sell Atlas bones, Tommy Hayes DVD and Nick Drive Tutor
    • House of Musical Traditions These folks sell (Bones Society Member) Black Bart's bone bones (although they are listed as "in short supply as of 2006)! They also sell Whamdiddle bones for prices similar to Whamdiddle's. General folk instruments, also.
    • Lark in the Morning One of the biggest folk instrument retailers out there, period. Very wide selection-- bone bones, striped bones, laminated (wooden) bones, Shooting Star bones, Danforth bones, other wooden bones, and spoons. They also sell several of the video tutorials reviewed on this site.
    • Barry Patton Barry sells bones in many hardwoods, mentioning ebony, osage orange, and rosewood on his site. He used to have a tutorial video for sale, and was promising another one ("Advanced Bone Playing"). His web site hasn't been updated for years, however, so send him an email and bug him!
    • Planet TX Music Store These folks sell hardwood bones made by Walton's of Ireland (who are famous for making irish tin whistles and bodhrans, and who unfortunately never mention their line of bones on their own website). Prices are in Australian dollars.
      • Phone: (02) 4474 5000
      • Address: P.O. Box 265, MORUYA NSW 2537, Australia
      • Link: Look for them on Facebook.com
    • Rhythm Fusion They sell Shooting Star Bones, made by their friend Mardeen Gordon. They also sell a package of 9 mixed pairs with a display case, which is really unusual. The display was described as being "made of clear plastic shaped like a rectangle paper holder."
    • River Lark Music Their hardwood bones are made in Tenessee by John Huron. Other folk percussion, dulcimers, and musical supplies, too.
    • Roundstone Musical Instruments Malachy Kearns is an Irish bodhran maker He says, "I stock the original cow rib bones now...as well as ebony bones." Go to "order," click on your homeland, and you can see them in the price list.
      • Phone: +353 95 35808
      • Address: Roundstone Music Craft & Fashion, Roundstone, Connemara, Co. Galway, Ireland
      • Link: http://www.bodhran.com/
    • Triskelion Folk Music These guys seems to sell mainly to folks who play or re-enact medieval or renaissance music. Wide variety of woods in several price ranges: low-- fir, mahogany, ash, oak, cherry; med-- maple walnut, curly maple, birdseye maple; high-- tropical hardwoods, including ebony; top-- ox shin bone.
  • Whamdiddle Instruments Sells bones of domestic and exotic woods, and laminates (layers of wood). Mainly a dulcimer shop. Rick Fogel, maker. You can order on on-line and pay with PayPal.
    • Phone: (206) 910-8259, email: rick@whamdiddle.com
    • Address: Whamdiddle, 1916 Pike Place Box 906, Seattle, WA 98101-1097
    • Link: http://www.whamdiddle.com

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