After watching one of Toumani Diabate's backing band hammer the marimba at Matt Groening's ATP, there were several people in our group who left the show remarking "we want one of those".
Well it may not be the cheapest option, but the The White Stripes are currently auctioning off a custom-made, red and white marimba for charity.
The marimba made its live debut on May 11, 2005 at the Fundidora Amphitheater de Coca Cola in Monterrey, Mexico and was subsequently used in concert in Panama, Colombia, Brazil, Latvia, Poland, Russia, New Zealand, Japan and every other country the White Stripes played in 2005-2006.
Used primarily for the subtle tones of The Nurse during its nightly performance, this marimba was also employed for at least one live version of “The Denial Twist”, as well as numerous improvisations during the tour.
The marimba itself was unceremoniously flipped over by frontman Jack White at the last show of the tour in Osaka, Japan on March 9th, 2006. It has since been safely stored in Nashville in its custom red white and black flight case, which is ALSO included in the auction.
Bids for the marimba, auctioned via eBay are currently around the US $2,275.00 mark. All proceeds are going towards the people who have been affected by recent flooding in the Nashville area.
Bids end on May 24. Worth selling a kidney for? Let us know what you think.