This is a crazy Italian mini-version of a vibraphone. Its case opens up by removing the lid. The bottom portion of the case becomes the sound chamber with holes for each bar. It is very unique and portable and sound very little like any vibraphone I have ever heard which makes it very useful when adding it to a track already containing vibraphone. This piece was found for me by Andy's Music in Chicago. They got it on a trade in and called me up the moment the guy left the store, thank goodness. Thanks Andy! Actually I just saw Andy for the first time in a few years and he has no recollection of having this instrument or calling me up and selling it to me... Did I dream it?