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From what materials are Percussion Play instruments made?

Materials For Outdoor Playground Musical Instruments

We design our outdoor musical instruments using a mix of materials. We choose the best quality materials to create the right look, sound, durability and price.

The majority are made from Stainless Steel, Aluminium, GRP (Glassfibre Reinforced Polymers) ABS and Ipe (Hardwood).

About the Materials We Use:

GRP (Glassfibre Reinforced Polymers)

GRP is a composite material or plastic reinforced by fine fibres made of glass. GRP is a lightweight, extremely strong, and robust material with a better strength to weight ratio than steel.  It won't warp, shrink or rust. It’s virtually maintenance free with durability in even the most extreme conditions.  GRP is also referred to as 'Fibreglass', 'Composite Plastics' and in the USA 'FRP'.

High strength - Corrosion free - Extremely safe - Fire retardant - Cost effective - Weather proof - Durable

Percussion Play uses GRP to make the notes on the Duo, Marimba, Sansa Rimba, Cadenza and Wall Marimba.  The sound it produces is fast and punchy.


Aluminium is a very durable material designed  to withstand the rain, sun, wind and snow. It is light weight with high strength and resistance to corrosion.  After iron, aluminium is now the second most widely used metal in the world. This is because aluminium has a unique combination of attractive properties:

Low weight. High strength. Superior malleability. Easy machining. Excellent corrosion resistance

Aluminium can be reused for the same purposes over and over again. Unlike many other materials, aluminium does not lose its unique properties.

Percussion Play uses aluminium to make the notes on the Duo, Sansa Rimba, Cadenza and Mirror Chimes, Tubular Bells and Harmony. The sound it produces is clear and bright.


Ipe Wood (pronounced ee-pay)

The notes of some traditional instruments such as the Akadinda are made from Ipe. Ipe is a durable and very strong hardwood requiring no chemical preservative treatment due to its natural resistance to fungal decay and insect attack. It is very low maintenance.  Typically a reddish brown, left to nature the UV sun rays and traditional weathering will change the ipe to a nice consistent light grey.

Percussion Play uses Ipe to make the notes for the Grand Marimba, Akadinda, Duo, Sansa Rimba and Cadenza. The sound it produces is strong deep and resonant.

ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene)

ABS is a thermoplastic that is easy to machine and fabricate. ABS is an ideal material for applications when impact resistance and strength are required and is easy to paint and glue. The ABS we use for our Rainbow Sambas and Conga Drums has a very tight surface structure with good shock absorbance which results in a great sound when struck.

Stainless Steel

Stainless steel is known as a steel alloy, meaning that it has several metals that have been melted together with increased protection from the elements by the addition of chrome and nickel. Stainless steel does not corrode, rust, and cannot be stained with water like ordinary steel. Stainless Steel is bright, easy to maintain and clean - perfect for rigorous environments. 

With proper care, stainless steel has a useful life expectancy of over 100 years, and it is totally recyclable. Over 50% of new stainless steel comes from re-melted stainless steel scrap.

Percussion Play uses stainless steel to produce their Babel Drums, Tembos, Bell Lyre and also in frames and legs for other outdoor musical instruments.

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Percussion Play is a Limited company registered in England and Wales. Company Registration No. 07639169.
Registered Office: Harwood House, 43 Harwood Road, London, SW6 4QP.
Trading Address: Percussion Play Limited, The Courtyard, Heath Road, Petersfield, Hampshire, GU31 4DX.