It is said that the instrument had in origin the eastern Asia. The hammers used for striking the tuned wooden bars may be made of a variety of materials such as plastic, rubber or wooden in order to produce different sounds. It can also be said that xylophone music existed from the ancient times. Since this is present from the ancient times there are a number of types of xylophones used and it regularly underwent changes since its origin in the ancient times.
Though there are a variety of modern musical instruments available these days such as piano or electric key board etc, the specialty of the xylophone is that it produces a natural and unique sound. The quality of the sound produced by the xylophone depends on the wooden bars used and the presence of the resonating tubes under them which are used for enhancing the quality of the sound produced by the wooden bars. These resonating tubes may decide the cost of the instrument as they have a huge role in creating the sounds of better quality. It is also said that this instrument contributes to the musical development in children. The xylophones used in the western countries differ from that of the xylophones used in the other parts of the globe. The tones of the western xylophones are sharp and bright than their counter-parts in other countries.