Balaphone or balafon - West African xylophone
Fits on a keyboard stand, but also played sitting on the ground.
Sticks tipped with tire rubber. Note the nice wood grain
In this photo you can see gourd resonators suspended under the keys
These are the gourds underneath. You can see where the underside of the keys have been chisled to tune them.
This shows how the gourds are cut in half, open under the keys
Here's a short recording made the day it arrived. balaphone.mp3 (2 MB)
A better recording with patterns to accompany an A or D flute (8 MB)
Simple recording setup: