Posted on June 7, 2011 by dsssk
In continuing on with my acoustic instruments creation thread I found this article about making flutes from commonly available PVC piping. Good luck, be careful and good flauting around!
Plastic plumbing pipe is nearly ideal for simple flutes. There’s no easier material to work with. Sanded clean and smooth, it’s attractive, requiring no finish. It’s waterproof, crack-proof, and nearly unbreakable. It’s fine acoustically, if you use the right dimensions. And once you develop a pattern, the pipe’s regularity allows a perfect flute every time.
via The Plumber’s Pipe (Making PVC Flutes, Make a Flute).
Here is another link to a different website with more great info about making your very own PVC flute!
via Make A PVC Flute
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Posted on June 3, 2011 by dsssk
You might want to try making your own didgeridoo if you’re on a tight budget, if you want an inexpensive practice instrument, or if you just have fun making things. Figure 6-1 shows three didgeridoos made by the author — made of plastic pipe, copper pipe, and bamboo.
You can easily make a didgeridoo of your own, tuned to any key you want, with a few basic hand-tools and some inexpensive materials. For example, you can make a plastic pipe didgeridoo in a couple of hours for a total materials cost of less than $10 (US#, and without any tools more complex than a hacksaw. By the way, if you scoff completely at the idea of playing a plastic pipe, the Bloodwood CD by Alan Dargin & Michael Atherton #see the Discography page) contains a track of Mr. Dargin doing some rather amazing things with a 2 meter (6 foot) length of plastic electrical conduit. This track clearly demonstrates the playability of plastic pipe and other non-traditional didgeridoos, although that probably wasn’t what Mr. Dargin specifically had in mind.
via The Didgeridoo – How To Make A Didgeridoo.
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