The metallophone holds its roots in Asia where rudimentary variations of the instrument have been played for thousands of years and is still used in many types of Balinese and Javanese gamelan ensembles. However, these instruments are fundamentally different to their western counterparts in construction and also tuning.
Western glockenspiels and vibraphones are also of the Metallophone family of tuned percussion instruments as they also have two rows of metallic bars laid out in the chromatic scale. However, the metallophone is an instrument in itself, which in constructed of a wooden box resonator frame with tuned metallic bars arranged on top of the frame in the chromatic scale, much like a xylophone. Whereas the a glockenspiels does not use a resonator chamber and the vibraphone is much like the marimba where each note bar uses a tuned tubular resonator which are arranged and positioned beneath the bars.
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