Dr. Anthony Di Sanza - University of Wisconsin (Madison)

"The Black Swamp temple blocks sound fantastic and are constructed using only the finest and most detailed craftsmanship. The mounting system is ingenious, allowing for various block combinations and integration with any rack system. I could not be happier with this instrument."

Dr. Anthony Di Sanza - University of Wisconsin (Madison)

Bentwood Temple Blocks

There had been nothing like it before. Temple blocks made from a single ply of Ash bent into a curved, organic shape, harkening back to the days of the carved chinese temple blocks. The warm, open tone is what refined artists expect from a temple block. The BSP Bentwood Temple Blocks are mastery in sound and instrument woodcrafting.

Black Swamp Bentwood Temple Blocks bring the authentic sound of warm, open temple blocks to the stage and studio.
  • Warm, rich, open temple block sound

  • Exclusive shock mount design maximizes resonance

  • Solid bentwood Ash and Finnish Birch plywood construction

  • Includes solid Maple mounting bar and universal clamp mount

  • Individually mounted - blocks can be rearranged or used in other setups in any combination

Sound, Design, and Functionality

We bend a solid piece of Ash into a unique, rounded shape to supply the body of the temple block, with Finnish Birch plywood used for the sides.  Not only does the solid wood make for better sounding temple blocks (think solid shell snare drums), but the shape increases impact strength significantly.  The rounded shape also increases the "sweet spot" of the block, and produces a warm, round tone reminiscent of traditional temple blocks...which plastic or square blocks can never duplicate.

Our custom solid maple mounting bar places the front edge of each block in line, making them easier to play confidently.  Each block is mounted with a clamp which fits over a 3/8" knurled post, creating the freedom to place the blocks in any arrangement.  This versatility proves useful in multiple percussion set-ups when only select blocks are needed, or a combination of percussion instruments are required, such as woodblocks or cowbells.  The mounting bar can also attach to any existing cymbal stand by means of a universal clamp integrated into the construction of the mounting bar.

Black Swamp TBSET5 - Set of 5 blocks with mount
Black Swamp TBSET6 - Set of 6 blocks with mount
Set of 5 Blocks with Mount - TBSET5
Pitches low to high: C / D / F / A / C
Set of 6 Blocks with Mount - TBSET6
Pitches low to high: C / D / F / G / A / C
Andy Jones - Broadway Percussionist for Wicked

"Black Swamp temple blocks are easily the best I've ever seen. They sound fantastic! They are very durable, and the mounting system is incredibly versatile, allowing for changes in numbers, heights, and angles. As a theatre percussionist, this quality and flexibility are an absolute must."

Andy Jones - Broadway Percussionist for Wicked
Black Swamp Percussion Temple Block Case TBCASE
Black Swamp Percussion Temple Block Case TBCASE
Temple Block Case - TBCASE

Give your temple blocks a fighting chance to survive the tour or band trip! The BSP Temble Block Case is tough, light, and easy to transport by carrying like a suitcase or rolling it on the ground with the integrated wheels. Egg crate foam grabs and secures the temple blocks and prevents them from moving in the case. Case is made by SKB - the leader in musical instrument case manufacturers.