I'm using the celesta for the first time in an orchestral piece and am having trouble getting a good sound with appropriate balance with other instruments and an appropriate balance between the tone of the celesta and the sound of the hammer striking the reed. If I set the celesta loud enough to be heard over other instruments the percussive part of the sound dominates over the tone of the sound (at times excruciatingly so). If I adjust velocity, volume, etc to get a good balance between tone and hammer in the celesta it is far too soft to be heard in even the softest orchestral context.
Has anyone had similar problems with success in solving them?
Any suggestions would be appreciated.